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Angels Vocal Art: A refreshing dose of opera in the summer

By Leticia Marie Sanchez During the summer, many LA opera lovers may feel pangs of withdrawal, the sense that autumn is too many weeks away to wait for the thrill of hearing an aria live. Cultural Cocktail Hour has discovered a cure for those craving an opera fix. Angels Vocal Art represents the only opera festival in Los Angeles this summer and last weekend presented the Gran Gala di Verdi at the State Playhouse Theater. Angels Vocals Arts allows emerging singers to perform alongside opera professionals, and on Saturday night, young students poured their hearts and souls into the works of the timeless maestro, Giuseppe Verdi. Moreover, the Verdi Chorus anchored the evening with the solemnity of seasoned performers. I will leave you with the resounding motto of the Verdi Chorus, included in the evening’s program: “We are The judgment of

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In honor of World Music Day today- June 21st

 Seen on a Pillow in Los Angeles:

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Photos: Season Finale- Salon de Musiques: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

  Photos taken at the Season Finale of the Salon De Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion   by Leticia Marie Sanchez Music has a healing power, and, in the wake of tragedies in the headlines, I felt particularly hopeful after listening to the uplifting program by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann at the Salon De Musiques Season Finale on June 12th. As Thomas Carlyle once remarked, music “leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for a moment gaze into that.” Through the talented direction of Founder Francois Chouchan, the Salon embodied the restorative capacity and deep humanity of a language that needs no words.     

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“Duchamp to Pop”- A Must-See Exhibit

  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark This week’s Cultural Cocktail Hour involves a Pinch of Parody, a Dose of Double Entendre, and a Highball of Warhol- Bottom’s Up! “Duchamp to Pop” is a must-see exhibit in Southern California due to the wit of Marcel Duchamp and his influence on the Pop Art Movement. CCH loves any exhibit where you can unleash your inner art detective; “Duchamp to Pop” lends itself to peeling back layers of culture and indulging in wordplay and irony. Cheeky puns are the name of the game. For instance, when one usually thinks of the Mona Lisa, one imagines crowds of tourists lining up to see a dignified work encased behind glass, vigilantly guarded by museum security. Quite to the contrary, Marcel Duchamp’s mischievous Mona Lisa, La Joconde, bears an absurd mustache,

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Happy Cultural Valentine!

HAPPY’S VALENTINE’S DAY to my readers! Wishing you a day filled with love, art, and music! All Photography© 2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural escapade at the Getty Center Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark

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Sculptures taking Selfies?

When even the sculptures take selfies, you know that we are in trouble! What would Michelangelo say? by Leticia Marie Sanchez Kudos to these artists for providing a snapshot into today’s culture. Lines of tourists crowd Florence’s esteemed Uffizi Gallery, not necessarily to take the time to observe the art, but rather to take a quick selfie with Botticelli’s Birth of Venus before rushing onto the next Instagrammable moment. Today many individuals walk by masterpieces because they are too busy staring at their cellphones or getting ready for a closeup. Based on Bertel Thorvaldsen’s “Eve Holding an Apple,” “The Immortalization of  Self” by Jana Cruder and Matthew La Penta captures today’s self-obsessed culture with cheeky precision. CCH selects this work as the most timely at LA Art Show this week. Narcissistic statue seen at LA Art Show 2016      

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CCH End-of-January Highlights

Cultural Cocktail Hour End-of-January Highlights The end-of-January’s LA Cultural recipe includes: an Explosion of art, an Infusion of Impressionism, and a Shot of Verdi- Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark LA Art Show January 27 – 31 http://www.laartshow.com   The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement Jan 23 – May 09 Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. http://www.huntington.org Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931), The Crimson Rambler, ca. 1908, oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 30 3/16 in. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Joseph E. Temple Fund. Verdi Requiem: Los Angeles Master Chorale Sat. Jan. 30th, 2 pm; Sun. Jan. 31,  7 pm Grant Gershon, conductor; Amber Wagner, soprano Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano;  Issachah Savage, tenor Morris Robinson, bass;   Walt Disney Concert Hall.. 111 S. Grand Avenue  LA, CA 90012. www.lamc.org Photo credit: Jamie Pham

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Review: “Made in L.A” by the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Passport to the Human Soul: LA Master Chorale’s Made in LA By Leticia Marie Sanchez LA Master Chorale’s Made in LA provided audiences with a passport to the human soul. The diverse program not only allowed concertgoers to experience distinct cultures, but also transported them on a journey to understand the human condition in all its complexity: solitude, pain, love and redemption. Prior to the concert, LA Master Chorale’s Artistic Director, Grant Gershon announced that in light of the recent tragic current events, the concert was a “response to nihilism;” the evening’s program was dedicated to “victims of hate around the world.” Made in LA opened with Morten Lauridsen’s Ave Maria, an uplifting antidote to violence, a work of art that brings us closer to celestial realm. The piece invokes the Virgin Mary, a figure who symbolizes one who has transcended

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November Top Picks

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes the music of the incomparable Morten Lauridsen and a splash of dance inspired by the color blue! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Los Angeles Master Chorale: “Made in L.A.” Sunday, November 15th 7 pm Grant Gershon, conductor; Subla, featuring Guru Danny Kalanduyan; Lisa Edwards, piano; 62 Singers. Morten Lauridsen, Ave Maria; Jeff Beal, The Salvage Men (U.S. Premiere) Nilo Alcala Mangá Pakalagián (World Premiere) with Subla, featuring Guru Danny Kalanduyan; Paul Chihara Ave Maria/Scarborough Fair (World Premiere);Dale Trumbore, The Whole Sea in Motion; Matthew Brown, Another Lullaby for Insomniacs; Moira Smiley, In the Desert With You (World Premiere);Shawn Kirchner Memorare; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.lamc.org    Photo Source: Ken Hively Out of the Blue Sat. November 21 6:00 pm Dance Performance Free with admission Norton Simon.  411

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October Top Picks

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a Mozart-Marimba mixer, a dash of the Renaissance, and a splash of free art in Pasadena- Enjoy!  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Mozart to Marimba Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Richard Goode, piano; Wade Culbreath, marimba; TIMO ANDRES   Word of Mouth (West Coast premiere); MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major;   EMMANUEL SÉJOURNÉ    Concerto for Marimba and String; HAYDN  Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88; Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm Alex Theatre, Glendale Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall, UCLA www.laco.org Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance October 13, 2015 –January 3, 2016 Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049 www.getty.edu/     Art Night Pasadena: Friday Oct. 9th 6-9p.m. More than a dozen participating venues include: Boston Court, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, and Kidpsace http://www.artnightpasadena.org

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