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Backstage at LA Opera’s “Billy Budd”

Cultural Cocktail Hour’s Editor-in-Chief Leticia Marie Sanchez had the opportunity to go backstage on the set of Benjamin Britten’s seafaring opera Billy Budd which opens at LA Opera on February 22nd. Backstage at Billy Budd: 3 Fun Facts 1. Water and Britten Conductor James Conlon explained, “Water is an enormous element in Britten’s music.” Born in the fishing port of Lowestoft, England, Britten was influenced by his childhood panorama; as an adult, he set many of his operas in locales surrounded by water. For instance, Peter Grimes takes place in a fishing village.Death in Venice takes place in the Italian city of canals, while Billy Budd takes place on a battleship, the HMS Indomitable. 2. The Odyssey of the Set The set that you will see braved London storms, the Panama Canal, New York tempests- and (whew!) made it to Los Angeles

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This Week’s Top Pick in LA

Hearsay of the Soul, Werner Herzog Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300  www.getty.edu Closing April 20th This moving journey into interior worlds combines the landscape etchings of 16th century Dutch artist Hercules Segers with the music of cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger. For this pilgrim, sitting on the bench in front of the installation the experience felt intensely spiritual, a communion with haunting music and the powerful, evanescent flashes of nature.The experience called to mind William Wordsworth’s poem, the World Is Too Much With Us; Late and Soon” The world is too much with us; late and soon/ Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers/ Little we see in Nature that is ours Thankfully, Herzog’s piece allows us to escape the white noise, the constant distractions of the modern world. To take a journey into nature. To

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This weekend Top Picks in LA: Jan 17-19

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a splash of Brahms and more than a dash of Art: Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark AX BRAHMS PROJECT: Emanuel Ax & Robin Ticciati Fri Jan 17 8:00PM; Sat Jan 18 2:00PM; Sun Jan 19 2:00 PM; LIGETI: Melodien; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/   LA Art Show Jan16-19 LA Convention Center; South Hall J and K; 1201 South Figueroa St. LA, CA 90015 http://www.laartshow.com/

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Top Picks Nov 16th & 17th in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a burst of Beethoven and a shot of 12th Century Music- enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Nov 16th and 17th Hans Graf, conductor Alessio Bax, piano DUTILLEUX:  Mystère de l’instant; MOZART:  Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral” Sat. Nov. 16, 8 pm Alex Theatre, Glendale 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203 November 17, 7 pm. Royce Hall, UCLA 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095. 213 622 7001 www.laco.org Gordon Getty Concerts Music Inspired by St. Thomas of Canterbury & other 12th-Century Marvels Sat. Nov 16th 7:00 p.m Members of Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon. Harold M. Williams Auditorium Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 www.getty.edu      

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Top Picks this weekend in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a Shot of a suspenseful jury nail-biter, a Swizzle of Shakespearian opera, and a fusion of dance and painting- enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men November 5 – December 1 The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101 626-356-7529 www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.    Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff Opening Night Saturday Nov 9th 7:30 LA Opera 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001 http://www.laopera.com/   Art in Motion at the Norton Simon Nov. 9th; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Family Festival. Live Performances. Theater | Free with admission. | No reservations needed 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/  

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Cultural Events LA: October 25th, 26th, & 27th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Sibelius, and a flourish of young talent at the Met Opera Auditions. Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Salonen & Sibelius Walt Disney Concert Hall Fri Oct 25 8:00PM Sat Oct 26 8:00PM Sun Oct 27 2:00PM Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin; IVES: The Unanswered Question; SALONEN: Violin Concerto; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5  Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/ WDCH Photo:© 2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez Metropolitan Opera National Council 2013 Western Regional Finals Saturday Oct. 26- 1:00 pm The Colburn School. Zipper Concert Hall. 200 South Grand, LA. 90012. Ticket Price Is $35 per person.Tickets may be purchased by contacting: Fred Dear, 626. 257.7878  - fldear@sbcglobal.net. Send $35 check made out to “MONC-‘Western Region.” Mail to:  MONC – Western Region, 1415 Indiana Avenue, South Pasadena, CA  91030 Colburn School Photo:

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Cultural Events LA October 20th and 21st

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Chekhov, a dash of Beethoven, and a double dose of concerts at the Getty Villa! Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Stacy Keach, Grace Gummer, Josh Radnor record David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” for L.A. Theatre Works Oct. 17-20 Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 8 pm; Friday, Oct. 18 @ 8 pm; Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 3 pm & 8 pm0 Sunday, Oct. 20 @ 4 pm. James Bridges Theater.  UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 235 Charles E. Young Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310-827-0889 or www.latw.org   Beethoven, Bagels & Banter Oct. 20th 11 am Robert Davidovici, Violin; Alexander Shtarkman, Piano;  Antonio Lysy, Cello; Beethoven – Kakadu Variations for Piano Trio in G major op. 121a; Debussy – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915); Ravel

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Top Pick this weekend in LA

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail Hour recipe involves a dose of drawings by Klimt, Boucher, Poussin, and Bernini Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark The Poetry of Paper Closes October 20th Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/ Portrait of a Young Woman Reclining, 1897–98, Gustav Klimt

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Cultural Events LA October 6th and 7th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Berlioz, a swirl of sacred treasures, topped off by a hearty shot of Tchaikovsky. Enjoy! Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark American Youth Symphony Launches 49th Season FREE CONCERT Sun. Oct. 6th 7 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk featuring free screening of Keeping the Score: Symphony fantastic, 5:30 p.m.; Alexander Treger, music director; Allan Steele, cello; TIMOTHY ANDRES Bathtub Shrine; TCHAIKOVSKY; Variations on a Rococo Theme; BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique; UCLA’s Royce Hall 340 Royce Drive Westwood, CA 90095. (310) 470-2332. www.AYSymphony.org CANTERBURY AND ST. ALBANS Treasures from Church and Cloister Sept 20, 2013- February 2, 2014 Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/ 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Dudamel & Bronfman Los Angeles Philharmonic Thu-Sat, Oct 3-5 8:00PM Sun Oct 06 2:00PM SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4, “Tragic;” LIEBERSON (OLIVER KNUSSEN REALIZATION): Shing Kham

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Cultural Events LA Sept 28th and 29th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 1 Part Colburn Orchestra, a fusion of Flanders and Florence topped off by a splash of Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Enjoy!  Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Colburn Orchestra Concert Sat. Sept. 28th 7:30 PM Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena Yehuda Gilad, conductor; William Hagen, violin;  Program: Glinka Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla; Sibelius Concerto for Violin;  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6; Reserve online through: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1182359987?ref=eorgbtn Photo of Ambassador Auditorium: © 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting Opens Sept. 28th Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. http://www.huntington.org Left: Rogier Van Der Weyden; Virgin and Child; c 1460         Los Angeles Dream Orchestra  Sat. September 28th; 8:00 p.m. Aratani Theatre; Little Tokyo Akira Nakano;  Rachmaninoff; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Liszt Totentanz; Nakano, Original Score from “the

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