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Cultural Cocktail Hour Contest- Win 2 tickets to season opening of Pittance Chamber Music

Southern California Residents, please email culturalcocktail@gmail.com a message about you think is missing in the LA Arts and culture scene. What do you think would MOST improve the performing arts in LA? SUBJECT LINE: CCH Contest The winning entry will receive a pair of tickets to the season opening performance of the Pittance Chamber Music! Deadline for sending your contest entry is Thursday September 7th. The concert is Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at ​Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 The season opening program program of Mozart, Berg, Brahms and Bernstein, featuring Principal players from the LA Opera Orchestra, along with Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist, soprano Elizabeth Zharoff.  The full program is listed below: Soprano:        Elizabeth Zharoff  Horn:              Steven Becknell 

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Review: Ballet NOW- A Kaleidoscope of styles at the Music Center

Review: Ballet NOW- A Kaleidoscope of styles at the Music Center By Leticia Marie Sanchez With Ballet Now, the Los Angeles Music Center found itself as a global stage for the best that ballet has to offer. The performers included dancers from companies including: the New York City Ballet,  The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dorrance Dance, Miami City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. The superlative choreography included the work of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Ulysses Dove and Justin Peck. International dance sensation Tiler Peck curated the innovative kaleidoscope of pieces which kept both the dancers and the audience on their toes. The ballet was a dynamic tapestry that skillfully juxtaposed contrasting shades of music, choreography, and talent. The program opened with the thought-provoking Increases, choreographed by Justin Peck and performed to Philip Glass’ Four Movements by Two Pianos. The palette of pale blue

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Top Summer Pick- BalletNOW at the Music Center: July 28-July 30

CCH- Top Pick—BalletNOW at the Music Center This is a not-to-be-missed Cultural Cocktail of brilliant choreographers, stirring music, and world class dancers. Each day has a different program, but musical highlights over the weekend include: Pas de Deux from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein Thaïs by Jules Massenet Four Movements for Two Pianos by Philip Glass Choreography includes the work of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Sir Kenneth Mac Millan, and Christopher Wheeldon The performers include dancers from companies including: the New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dorrance Dance, Miami City Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet  BalletNOW  The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Friday, July 28 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30 2:00 p.m. For information on tickets and each day’s program please see: Musiccenter.org/balletnow Photo Above: Tiler Peck,

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Impressionistic Summer’s Eve…

  All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Impressionistic summer clouds perfectly blending perfectly with the music of Ravel & Debussy at a concert performed by the incredibly talented Salastina Music Society      

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Jeff Koons- Balloon Dog- a Sculpture that’s Grrreat!

  At LA’s Broad Museum, Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Blue)  

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Today at the Getty Center

  “I always start a painting with the sky.”- Alfred Sisley   Clouds swirling above Aristide Maillol’s “Air” at the Getty Center.   All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez            

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Review: The Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Dancing and playing into our hearts The Colburn Orchestra and Dance Academy at Walt Disney Concert Hall By Leticia Marie Sanchez On Friday evening, the Colburn Orchestra had the audience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on the edge of their seats. It was a night celebrating the trajectory of of love, from the sweet lightness of the music of Irving Berlin to the dissonant passionate struggle in Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” opened the program with enthusiasm and proved a fitting bookend to the intensity of Prokofiev.From the music of Bernstein, the music flowed smoothly to the music of Irving Berlin arranged by Scott Ninmer. The transportive choreography by L.A Dance Project Founder Benjamin Millepied added to the uplifting nature of the evening. Dancers from Colburn Dance Academy conveyed a soaring spirit of optimism, their

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Review: “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse- A Must See Production

Sparring with Scalia Review: The Originalist at the Pasadena Playhouse by Leticia Marie Sanchez All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez In Ancient Greece, theater played a central role in keeping citizens of the city-state politically informed. John Strand’s The Originalist, which is currently playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, harkens back to the days of civic-minded theater by delving into political issues and polemics in a way that is equally thought-provoking and entertaining. Beyond the highly engaging Beatrice and Benedick-like sparring of the two talented leads (Edward Gero as uber-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and Jade Wheeler as “flaming liberal” Supreme Court Clerk Cat), the play probes a deeper philosophical issue. In his program notes, playwright John Strand asks, “How did we become so polarized that we see our political opponents as demons? What happened to the political middle?”  The timely play

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March Highlight- Pittance Chamber Music- Free-Music Center Founder’s Room

A delightful Cultural Cocktail recipe: An infusion of R. Vaughan Williams+ a shot of Britten+ a dose of Korngold= a TOP PICK! And, it’s free! Sunday, March 26th 3 pm Pittance Chamber Music Presents Members of the L.A. OPERA ORCHESTRA with ARNOLD LIVINGSTON GEIS, tenor and PAUL FLOYD, piano Program: On Wenlock Edge,  R. Vaughan Williams; Selected Folk Songs, Benjamin Britten; Sextet, Op. 10, E.W. Korngold Admission is FREE Seating is first-come, first-serve Founders Room Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Avenue, LA, CA, 90012 During LA Opera’s Open House Above left: Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Outside of the Broad Museum…

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez  “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”- Rainer Maria Rilke  

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