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Cultural Events LA- Nov 5th and 6th

LA OPERA- Open house- Nov 5th- FREE

9:30 A.M- 5:00 P.M

Highlights include: Question and Answer Sessions hosted by Placido Domingo and James Conlon, back stage tours, costume, prop, and wig presentations, performances for children, screenings of “LA Traviata” and more! Some advance reservations required. For more information, please visit: http://www.laopera.com/support/openhouse.aspx

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- Nov 5th and 6th

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Sat. Nov 5th- 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale;  Sun.Nov 6th- 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA

Margaret Batjer, leader & violin

Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203. (818) 243 7700 Royce Hall. 340 Royce Dr. Westwood, CA 90095 For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.laco.org/            

Lang Lang in Recital

Sun. Nov 6th 7:30 p.m.

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat, BWV 825 Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D. 960 Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op. 25 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/

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For a Halloween Treat- Karl Richter performs J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

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In the news: Was Vincent Van Gogh Shot?

A CBS News report discusses a ground-breaking new biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning writers who argue that Vincent Van Gogh may not have committed suicide, as has been long believed.  Instead, their evidence points to his being shot by wealthy, rowdy teenage boys. The teens had taken previous pleasure in bullying Van Gogh by pouring salt in his coffee, snakes in his paint can, and having their girlfriends torment him. The authors argue that although these teens shot Van Gogh, as he lay dying, he protected them from police, asking investigators not to accuse anyone of the crime.

For the full report, please see:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384904n&tag=re1.galleries

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Cultural Events- LA- Oct 21, 22, 23


Active Cultures- Friday Oct. 21

Pacific Asia Museum

6 p.m. Galleries and Store open

7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge opens

8 p.m. First Speaker begins

For more information, please visit:

http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org

Pianist In Young Huh performs an all-Liszt program- FREE- Sun Oct 23

in honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday

Bing Theater No reservations

LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org

Goya at the Huntington

Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012

Dreams, Disasters, and Reality: Goya’s Prints from The Huntington’s Collections

Huntington Gallery Works on Paper Room presents about 10 works from all of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes major etching series, including Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de Guerra (The Disasters of War) drawn from The Huntington’s collections.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.huntington.org/

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Opera recital in a Consular Setting- with mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán- October 27th

PLEASE NOTE:  The correct number to call for reservations is 213-972-3620


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Cultural Events- LA- Oct 14, 15th, and 16th

Art Night Pasadena- Friday Oct 14th- *FREE*Free Art, Entertainment, and Shuttles. Participating institutions include: the Armory Center for the Arts, the Norton Simon, Kidspace Museum, and the Alliance Francaise of Pasadena. For further information, please consult: http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

Saturdays Off the 405  Oct 15, 6 pm – 9 pm

Getty Center

Musicians Thundercat blend electronic music with the history of African American pop. Also performing: Low End Theory’s DJ Daddy Kev. For more information, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra- Sat Oct 15th + Sun Oct 16th

Sat- 8:00 p.m Alex Theater, Glendale; Sunday Royce Hall, UCLA- 7:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Karina Gauvin, soprano;

DVORÁK Nocturne in B major; BRITTEN Les illuminations; BRITTEN Now sleeps the crimson petal; BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major

For more information, please visit: http://www.laco.org/


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Metropolitan Opera- Western Regional Finals- Saturday Oct 22- 1:00 p.m- Colburn School- LA

You are cordially invited to attend

The 55th Anniversary of the WESTERN REGIONAL FINALS

Featuring Amber Wagner, Western Region, 2006, Grand National Winner, 2007

Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Special Finals Tickets 29 (Box Office 35). Reception Ticket 28. Please mail check to: Western Region- 2455 Adair Street, San Marino, CA, 91108 postmarked by Oct 13th.                                                                                   Or For more information, call: 626.285.3688 

 

 

 

 

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year.

Sacré bleu!

Is nothing sacred ?

A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin.

The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year.

Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash.

The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you.

Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn.

The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure was a 43-year-old wall-climbing Serbian who managed to climb inside the museum. The clueless security guards outside were oblivious to the masked intruder within the museum walls strolling around for more than one hour cherry-picking works to his heart’s delight.

His nickname?

Spiderman.

For the full story, please read:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-france-art-garbage-20111010,0,7870046.story

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Cultural Events LA- October 7th, 8th, and 9th

Attention Cultural Cocktail Hour adventurers: A 10-mile network of downtown streets will be closed on Sunday, October 9, from 10am–3pm. Your Cultural Concierge has tips to avoid Downtown on Sunday!

Frank Strazzeri Quintet- Fri. Oct 7th- 6pm

Free, No reservations

Veteran pianist Frank Straazerri has worked with musicians ranging from Billie Holiday to Chet Baker.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org

Pacific Standard Time at the Getty opened this week

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049.

(310) 440-7300

For more information on the exhibit, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/

Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn- Sat, October 8- 8:00PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic. Janine Jansen, violin

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/


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Is an opera singer allowed to smile?

 

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Critics recently blasted Anna Nebtreko, star of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena for daring to smile on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera. The audience wildly cheered Ms. Netrebko after a particularly grueling and moving rendition of the aria Al dolce guidami. Netrebko, who had been gazing upward, briefly smiled, causing the audience to erupt in more cheers.

The critics lambasted her for this gesture, which they claim caused her to break character.

Their negative reaction begs the question: for whom are singers performing: naysaying critics or their beloved audience?

What about the bond between a singer and the audience?

Opera celebrates the wide gamut of human emotions. Why should should natural feelings and spontaneous impulses be constrained?

When a singer is not allowed to acknowledge the connection with their audience or their own emotional triumph, that is a shame.

The critics should realize that one can have vibrant fonts of human emotions or one can have statues.

One cannot have both.

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