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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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Must-See Performance: “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” at the Getty Villa

Greek Tragedy in the city of Angels By Leticia Marie Sanchez     Intense. Riveting. Pulsing with life from beginning to end. During a time when the heartbreaking plight of fleeing refugees has garnered global headlines, the struggles of Medea and her family could not feel more timely. Playwright Luis Alfaro has successfully adapted Euripides’ Greek tragedy with “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.” Now playing at the Getty Villa, the classic work is set among Mexican immigrants in contemporary Boyle Heights. Together with Director Jessica Kubzansky, Alfaro has created a play that is unnerving and powerful. The desperation of his characters is palpable. During the scene when the family emigrates to the United States, violence and atrocities are committed against them. Watching the characters onstage, caged like animals during their journey, we squirm. We want to look away. But

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Top Pick: “Revolution of the Palette” at the Norton Simon Museum

  A Touch of the Blues By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week two complementary exhibitions opened at the Norton Simon Museum of Art: Fragonard’s Enterprise: the Artist and the Literature of Travel and the Revolution of the Palette. Although both exhibitions proved stunning (and sublimely curated) this review will focus on the Revolution of the Palette, an exhibition that reveals the power of color, specifically the color blue. This vivid exhibition sheds light on the nuances of different shades of blue paint, providing insight about their historical origins. Did you know that ultramarine was derived from Lapis Lazuli, a rare semiprecious gemstone mined almost exclusively in Afghanistan in the 6th century and imported to Europe through Venice? The expensive true blue ultramarine can be viewed in the sumptuous cloth in Paul Liégeois’ Still Life, Mid 17th Century. Paul Liegeois French,

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CCH Review- “The Hollywoodland Murder” at the Next Door Lounge

By Leticia Marie Sanchez This week’s feature may seem a bit off the beaten path for the Vivaldi-loving readers of Cultural Cocktail Hour. Warning: if you’re expecting  a white-gloved, chamomile-tea sipping Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express, you’re in for a huge surprise. Instead, the boisterous atmosphere feels like Sherlock and Watson at a local pub, laughing uproariously with their comrades as a hapless victim gets assassinated during a game of darts. Held at Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge, “The Hollywoodland Murder” re-creates a movie premiere about a dark subject matter: the Black Dahlia murder. This dinner party proves raucous and racy. The highlight of the production is undoubtedly the talented cast of actors. Witty, engaging, and hilarious, their sense of spontaneity steals the show. Zingers fly in this performance, both between the actors themselves and in their interaction with

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CCH Top Picks June 7th

The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a dash of Degas, an infusion of artists in their natural habitats, & a smooth stirring of secret walks in LA Enjoy! Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/     Venice Artblock Open Studios  June 7th 11-6pm Visit 60 Open Artist Studios: Free & Open to the Public. For info, see the website of artist Melissa Herrington http://www.melissaherrington.com/ as well as http://www.veniceartblock.com/       Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming. Santa Monica Press. CCH has selected this non-fiction guide as a delightful weekend companion for exploring our city; this guidebook not only presents innovative walks in LA but also describes the colorful characters behind the landmarks: controversial Water Engineer William Mulholland, convicted murderer

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A dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015

  A Dose of London in LA: British Polo Day USA 2015 by Leticia Marie Sanchez The launch party for British Polo Day USA 2015, held at the rooftop of the London Hotel brought a dose of Britain to the city of angels. Naturally, one of the 10 cities in the global British Polo Day series is Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, as the event itself is cinematic, with exotic landscapes and adventurous protagonists. This exciting series encompasses matches across the globe at destinations including Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Mexico. In Morocco, the terracotta hued sand of Marrakech billows like swirls of desert smoke while a caravan of vehicles heads to the polo match, the majestic Atlas Mountains looming in the background. A colorful host of global luminaries inhabit these real-life sets, from royal families and dashing

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End of May Highlights: Cultural Cocktail Hour Top Picks

  The latest Cultural Cocktail recipe includes a flask of Flamenco, a pinch of Polo, & a splash of Strauss! Enjoy! Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez performed by classical guitarist Angel Romero MAY 21-24; Thu-Fri, May 21-22 8:00pm; Sat-Sun, May 23-24 2:00pm; Program also includes Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo; Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Company; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.laphil.com British Polo Day Saturday May 30th; Noon Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor will be hosting a day of Polo and Philanthropy in Los Angeles; including matches between Eton, Oxbridge, and the Southern California Polo Club and Harrow and the Will Rogers Polo Club. Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 For invitations, please send an email to info@britishpoloday.com For additional info go to www.britishpoloday.com Capitol Ensemble Sunday, May 31st; 6

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This week in LA: May 1-8

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: a blast of Beethoven, a mixture of Masterpieces, and a blend of Baroque! Enjoy!   Beethoven and Strauss Fri May 1 8pm; Sat May 2 8:00 pm; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000 http://www.laphil.com/   LACMA 50 for 50 Opened April 26 Works by Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, & Andy Warhol.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org/     Baroque Conversations Thursday, May 7th 7 pm Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Zipper Hall.  The Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 Program: HAYDN; KOHAUT, & VIVALDI.  www.laco.org.

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