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A Star is Born! Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions

A STAR (OF THE OPERA) IS BORN! Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions Finals to take place Saturday, October 23, 2010  – 1 p.m. Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School. The roster of renowned singers whose early careers involved competing in the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Audition Finals includes Leona Mitchell, Sondra Radvanovsky and Deborah Voigt. Those wishing to hear the upcoming generation of opera stars are invited to attend the 2010-2011 Western Regional Audition Finals on Saturday, October 23. “The purpose of the auditions is to discover exceptionally talented opera singers and assist them in their development,” explains Molly Siefert, Western Regional Director. Judges who will hear the singers participating in the auditions on October 23 are- Christopher Hahn, General Director – Pittsburgh Opera Gianni Rolandi, Director - Young Artists Program, Lyric Opera of Chicago Christopher Macatsoris, Music Director –

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Ring Festival June Highlights

Two-day Conference: “Wagner in LA: The Opera of the 21st Century?” June 1–2, 2010, 10 am–6 pm Hammer Museum 1pm Spectral Gesamtkunstwerk Juliet Koss, Chair, Department of Art History, Scripps College 2:30pm Re-Inventing Bayreuth for the 21st Century: The 2007 Meistersinger as a Self Reflection of Performance History Clemens Risi, Professor of Theater, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Berlin 4pm The Ring in Pieces: Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart Opera, Peter Konwitschny, 2002-2003) David Levin, Professor of German and Theater and Performance, University of Chicago 5:30pm Wagner as a Christian Jew: The Alternate Endings of The Twilight of the Gods Slavoj Zizek, Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 7pm Public Reception Info: www.hammer.ucla.edu or (310) 443-7000. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 “Wagner and Myth,” June 5, 2010, 10 am–4 pm; LACMA A day-long seminar featuring LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon, LACMA curator

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Ring Festival LA: May Highlights

Robert v. Fullerton Art Museum California State University, San Bernardino “Timeless Enchantment: Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung in Performance, from Bayreuth in 1876 to LA in 2010,” May 12, 2010, 5 pm Info: museum.csusb.edu or (909) 537-5000. 5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407 LA Opera Library Project: Free Speakers Bureau talks Beverly Hills Public Library. “The Men of the Ring of the Niebelung,” May 18, 2010, 7 pm. 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, (310) 288-2220, www.bhpl.org University of Southern California: Brain and Creativity Institute Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater. “Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain,” May 30, 2010, 3–5 pm A colloquium, featuring acclaimed theater and opera director Peter Sellars, world-renowned visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio Damasio, internationally-renowned  neurologist . Tickets: $10, www.redcat.org, (213) 237-2800. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA

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Largest LA Cultural festival since the 1984 Olympics!

April 15 – June 30, 2010 The first ever presentation in Los Angeles of  the  four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung. For a full listing of events, please visit: http://www.ringfestivalla.com/ for the multiplicity of events from not only LA Opera, but also from cultural institutions as diverse as UCLA, Descanso Gardens, and American Jewish University. Photography © LA Opera

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Gaze: Portraits of Artists and Composers

Musical Performance Fri. February 26 Performer Polli Chambers-Salazar links composers Scriabin and Hindemith to Jawlensky,  Klee, and other painters after Ingres. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Theater Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

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Music Review: Richard Goode: Richard the Great

Richard Goode: Richard the Great by Leticia Marie Sanchez Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of New York: Richard Goode, Richard the Great. Audiences at the Walt Disney Concert Hall attending his January 19 recital were bathed in the purity of Bach, the sweetness of Haydn, the pathos of Schumann, but, thankfully not in the tempest of the Los Angeles thunderstorms outside. The award-winning Mr. Goode holds the distinction of being the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas. His numerous honors include: the Avery Fisher Prize, Yale University’s Sanford Medal, and a Grammy award. Goode’s thematically unified program showcased a study in contrasts. He opened the program with two pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. The haunting, melancholy Prelude and Fugue in F-Sharp minor, BWV 883, with its tripartite

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FREE PUBLIC CONCERT: Wed. May 20th 6:45 p.m

Performance by Principal Artists of Camerata Pacifica & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St LA, CA 90012 Boyce; Symphony Nº1 in B Flat Major, Opus 2; Bach; Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060 Vivaldi; Concerto for 4 Violins, Opus 10 Nº3; Bach; Brandenburg Concerto Nº4 in G Major, BWV 1049 You must reserve your tickets online. http://www.cameratapacifica.org/ Or call: 805-884-8410

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Review: A New World at the Pasadena Symphony

          A New World at the Pasadena Symphony  by  Leticia Marie Sanchez Peter Adams’ painting, The Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, graced the entrance of the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, April 18.  Mr. Adams’ painting of the cataracts  in Santa Anita Canyon beckons the viewer to take a dip in translucent aquamarine waters. The tempting pool, with its sunlight swirl, retains an air of mystery. Is the sun rising or setting? An evanescent moment, as ephemeral as a musical note. An invitation to enter into a New World. Mr. Adams’ painting heralded the theme of Saturday Night’s concert: A New World.  The program represented a new world of styles, techniques, and cultures in the music of Darius Milhaud, Felix Mendelssohn, and Antonin Dvorák. Darius Milhaud’s Le Creation Du Monde should be called A Frenchman in Brazil because many mistakenly believed that Milhaud’s piece

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Review: Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony

Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony by Leticia Marie Sanchez  A few months ago, the Pasadena Symphony unfortunately reported the cancellation of several concerts due to the recession. Good news Pasadena- Spring is on the Horizon. On March 14, the Pasadena Symphony, led by the ever-vivacious Jorge Mester, performed an uplifting troika celebrating “Rebirth.” The reinvigorating and thematically unified program was composed of Spring by Vivaldi, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and Spring Symphony by Robert Schumann.  Complementing the revitalizing music was the resurgence of community support on stage. Before the concert started, the Women’s Committee presented Mr. Mester with a $90,000 check to the Pasadena Symphony, a contribution that helped to make the March Rebirth and April New World concerts possible.  The revival of the Pasadena Symphony could be heard through the ebullient spring program. One of the liveliest pieces

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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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