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This Week in LA: Jan 17th-Jan 22nd

 Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.” Fremont Centre Theatre 1000 Fremont Ave South Pasadena, CA  91030  Opens Sat, Jan 17, 8 pm; Sun. Jan 18 3 pm 626. 441.5977 http://www.fremontcentretheatre.com/           Free Holiday Monday; Free Admission and Special Events LACMA Martin Luther King Day; Mon. Jan 19. 12-8 pm 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, LA, CA, 90036.323.857.6000      ART LA 2009 Opening Night Thurs. Jan 22, 6:30 PM Barker Hanger 3021 Airport Avenue Santa Monica Artfairsinc.com

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This Week in Los Angeles

 LA Opera: The Magic Flute  The Magic Flute opens this weekend at LA Opera Sat. Jan 10. 7:30. Sunday Jan 11 2:00 p.m http://www.losangelesopera.com/    Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575 – 1725   Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Dr. LA, CA 90049 http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/captured_emotions/    Camerata Pacifica Tues. Jan 13. 8p.m The Huntington Library, San Marino Thurs. Jan. 15. 8pm Zipper Hall, Los Angeles  Debussy, Images (Oubliées) (1894); Beethoven, Piano Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 78; Szymanowski, Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 9;  Nurit Pacht, violin Anna Polonsky, piano http://www.cameratapacifica.org/ Photo: Nurit Pacht

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Cultural Christmas: This Weekend in LA Dec 20th-21st

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sat. Dec 20, 2:00 PM. Sun Dec. 21, 7:00 PM http://www.laphil.com/ 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 The Kirov Ballet presents The Nutcracker Sat. Dec. 20. 2:00 p.m & 7:30 p.m. Dorothy Chandler. 135 North Grand Avenue. LA, CA. 90012. (213)972.7211. http://www.musiccenter.org Holidays at the Rancho 2008 Gala Dinner Show Sat. September 20. 5:30: Reception by Candlelight (Luminarias) in the ruins of the Old Coach House 7:00 P.M Dinner Show, featuring Special Guest J. Michael Walker, Artist/Author presenting excerpts from “All the Saints of the City of Angels” with Elizabeth Waldo’s new soundscape. New Mission Theater. 9015 Wilbur Avenue. (corner of Nordhoff and Wilbur) Northridge, CA. 91324. Valet Parking. Reservations Required. For more information, see: http://theguide.latimes.com/profiles/6048/reviews/5804

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This Weekend in LA: Dec. 13th and 14th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail involves a splash of Marimba, two shots of Magnificat, and a dose of Rembrandt- Enjoy!   Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Marimba  Sat. Dec 13; 8 pm. Alex Theatre. 216 North Brand Boulevard. Glendale, CA 91203  Sun. Dec 14; 7 pm. Royce Hall; UCLA.340 Royce Drive LA, CA 90095 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Jeffrey Kahane, conductor. Makoto Nakura. Marimba. R. STRAUSS Serenade for Winds; PIERRE JALBERT Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (US premiere); HAYDN Symphony No. 31 in D major 213 622 7001  http://www.laco.org/    Season of Joy: Magnificat & More Angeles Chorale Sat. Dec. 13. 8PM. First United Methodist Church, 500 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101.  John Rutter, Magnificat; Arvo Part, Magnificat; Conrad Susa, Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest; Carol of the Bells; Betelehemu; Still-Still-Still; and many more.. 818.591.1735   http://www.angeleschorale.org/    Rembrandt in Southern California: A Virtual Guide.  Southern California is the center of the

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Cultural Events: Los Angeles, Dec 6th and 7th

  “The Cherry Tree: Medieval English Carols and American Christmas Tunes.” Anonymous 4; Pre-Concert Lecture: 3:30 Concert: 4:30.  Sun. Dec. 7. St. James Episcopal Church. 393 Wilshire Blvd LA, CA 90010. 213. 388. 3417    http://dacamera.org   Holiday Wonders: Christmas Around the World Sat. Dec 6th. 3:00 P.M Los Angeles Master Chorale Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA 213.972. 7282 http://lamc.org/    “Here Comes Santa Claus” Sun. Dec 7. Noon – 4 p.m Autry National Center From the Autry National Center Website:  “ It’s holiday time, and Santa is back at the Autry! Bring the camera and the kids for a family sing-along of Gene Autry’s beloved classic tune, and see Santa himself decked out in his finest Western wear.”  4700 Western Heritage Way. LA, CA, 90027. 323.667.2000  http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/

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Review: LA Opera’s Carmen

Chiaroscuro in LA Opera’s Carmen Through a study in contrasts, LA Opera’s humanistic Carmen encompassed at once the passion, frailty, and psychological vulnerability of Georges Bizet’s tragedy. The unique set and color scheme, a soothing sea of pastels (as opposed to the standard bright red motif) and white walls conjured a Caribbean island, thus evoking a carefree mood. The peach palette of the set, designed by Gerardo Trotti, proved successful in providing a sharp contrast, thereby bringing the passion of Carmen to the foreground. The soft hues and blithe island atmosphere had a second positive effect: to cleverly lull the audience into a false sense of serenity so that the bloodshed at the end becomes that much more shocking. Carmen, as played by Viktoria Vizin, also proved a study in contrasts. Physically, Vizin looked every inch the part and moved

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Cultural Events LA: November 22-24

 Opera Scenes Presented by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Nov. 22, 8pm Nov. 23, 4pm Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA, 90840  Mozart: The Magic Flute & The Abduction from the Seraglio; Rossini: La Cenerentola & The Barber of Seville Britten: The Turn of the Screw & A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos And a scene from Professor Carolyn Bremer’s new cyberpunk opera Laughing out Loud! Tickets: $15/10 (students with valid ID) Online purchase: www.csulb.edu/coleconservatory Ticket Office Direct Line: 562-985-7000. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.  Carmen at LA Opera Nov 22: 7:30 p.m 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012  213. 972. 7219 http://www.laopera.com/      Harmonia Baroque Players Sun. Nov 23. 4 pm Peninsula Community Church 5640 W. Crestridge Rd. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Program: Scarlatti: Concerto in A minor; Corelli: Sonata in G minor for Violin

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Review- Inventiveness Reigns with Camerata Pacifica

Inventiveness reigns at Camerata Pacifica “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” -John Cage-       Innovation proved the theme of the night at Tuesday’s concert comprised of Ian Wilson’s Heft, for Flute and Piano, Franz Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. D. 821, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G. Minor, Op.25. Each of these pieces embodies a pioneering attitude, uniting the program into a cohesive whole of creativity, ingenuity, and vision.  Franz Schubert wrote Arpeggione Sonata D. 821 for an unusual new invention, the Arpeggione, a cross between a cello, guitar, and viola de gamba. Although Tuesday’s performance consisted of the piece transcribed for viola and piano, Richard Yongjae O’Neill’s virtousic and subtle interpretation (one that has resulted in his recording of the piece going platinum in Korea) personified the innovation that

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Quote of the Day

  Q: ” Excuse me. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”  A: “Practice, Practice, Practice.”

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This week in Los Angeles Nov. 14th-16th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail Hour involves a blend of competition, mystery, and invention- enjoy!  52nd Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) – Western Regional Finals Saturday, Nov 15. 1:00p.m. Tickets $29 each at www.usctickets.com Or call 213.740.4672. Bovard Auditorium. University of Southern California. 3551 Trousdale Pkwy,Los Angeles, CA 90089. (213) 740.4211  The Metropolitan National Council Auditions unearths raw talent across the nation with the goal of bestowing exceptionally talented singers with the opportunity to compete on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. During the Regional Finals at Bovard Auditorium, young opera singers will compete to win a trip to the National Semi-Finals concert held in New York. The Metropolitan Orchestra accompanies the eventual Grand Finals Concert at the Met, which is broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The National Council has provided awards to many of the world’s

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