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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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During an economic downturn is Art a luxury or a necessity?

By Leticia Marie Sanchez   “When I get a little money, I buy books;  And if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”         ~ Desiderius Erasmus ~  The Los Angeles Times reports that the troubles of the Pasadena Symphony, Opera Pacific, and the Geffen Contemporary represent but a few examples of artistic collateral damage in Los Angeles. When the economy goes down, arts are the first to get slashed from any budget. People simply cannot afford the arts, that muse who sits too lofty on Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs. Or can they?        A quick observation of Pasadena’s Old Town on a recent Saturday evening reveals crowds with still-disposable incomes huddled inside the Cheesecake Factory waiting to spend their dollars on a caloric feast. Let them eat cheesecake. Lines of designer label-clad youth still line

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Introduction to Wagner’s “The Ring” November 8

 A touch of Fantasy.. A touch of Myth and Magic.. An experience you’ll never forget! In conjunction with LA Opera and Hispanics for LA Opera, Dr. Sherwin Sloan, Chairman of the Southern California Wagner Society, will give a lecture on the Ring Cycle at his home in the Hollywood Hills Saturday November 8 5:00 P.M Wine Reception and Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 P.M Lecture on Wagner’s Ring Cycle; 6:30 P.M Opera Recital, featuring Teresa Brown, Soprano, Nmon Ford, Baritone, Victoria Kirsch, piano; To purchase tickets, email SpecialEvents@LAOpera.com, call 213.972.3260 Or open the following link: ring-invite-pdf-2

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Review: Camerata Pacifica’s September concert

Apollo, Dionysus, and Camerata Pacifica In his groundbreaking 1872 work The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, Friedrich Nietzsche connects musical structures with two ancient deities, Apollo and Dionysus. The Apollonian and Dionysian framework allude to Apollo, the fair-haired Greek and Roman god of music, prophesy, and the sun. His errant half-brother, Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, held court as the god of wine, theater, fertility, and ecstasy. Apollo represents the paragon of classicism- order, harmony, and control, while Dionysius stands as the paragon of Romanticism- emotional expression, expansion of formal structures, and lyricism. The Camerata Pacifica, with their vibrant interpretation of Bach, Haydn, and Dvorák at the Huntington’s Friends Hall proved that this chamber music ensemble more than holds its own with both the sun and wine divinities. However, the ensemble’s powerful performance of Dvorák’s Piano Quintet

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In the News: Mozart Discovery

Original Mozart Music Discovered in Nantes, France Staff of a Library in Nantes, France discovered the draft of an unknown original piece by Mozart. According to Ulrich Lesinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, the handwriting gives away its famous author. “There’s no doubt that this is an original piece handwritten by Mozart.” Mozart’s preliminary draft consists of a melody sketch and was discovered in the library’s archives. AP Photo/David Vincent For the full Associated Press Story, please visit:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_en_mu/eu_mozart_discovery;_ylt=Al.Fr6jVjdNfcQAqgzpHtRflWMcF

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Jazz Bakery: Kalil Wilson, Monday September 15th

Kalil Wilson Monday Sept 15th 8:00 & 9:30 P.M Shows Jazz Bakery. 3233 Helms Avenue. Los Angeles, CA, 90034 www.jazzbakery.com Reservations: 310.271.9039

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This Week in Los Angeles: Camerata Pacifica

Camerata Pacifica, a wonderfully talented chamber music ensemble opens the 2008/2009 Season: Tues. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. The Huntington Library, San Marino Thurs. Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Zipper Hall, Los Angeles Bach Suite Nº2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 Haydn Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, H XVI Dvorák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 Warren Jones, piano; Adrian Spence, flute, Catherine Leonard, violin; Tereza Stanislav,violin; Richard O’ Neill, viola; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Geoff Osika, double bass; Patricia Mabee, harpsichord. For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.cameratapacifica.org

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La Scala Comes to Beverly Hills, Thursday August 21

A film of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Thursday August 21, 7:30 P.M Laemmle Music Hall. 9306 Wilshire Boulevard. Beverly Hills. 90211 310.274.6869. www.laemmle.com

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This Weekend in LA: Friday August 15. “Winds in the Garden.”

Winds in the Garden Friday, August 15: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. In the Norton Simon Sculpture Garden, oboist Myka Miller and flautist Salpy Kerkonian will perform works by Rodrigo, Fauré and Copland. Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

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Mozart Under the Stars: July 22 and July 23

Tuesday July 22 8:00 P.M Wednesday July 23 8:00 P.M Hollywood Bowl. 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90068. 323.850.2000 LA Philharmonic. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor. Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano. Orion Weiss, Piano. Mozart. Overture to La Clemenza Di Tito; “Ch’io mi scordi di te.”; Piano Concerto No 17. K. 453. “Exsultate Jubilate;” Symphony No. 38, K. 504. “Prague.” http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance_detail.cfm?id=3520

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