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Cultural Events: May 17, 18, & 19th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail includes: a tall glass of Mozart, a swirl of Tosca, and a Bollywood Pacific Asian Fusion on a museum dance floor!

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Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy: The Marriage of Figaro

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Fri, May 17: 7:30 PM

Sun. May 19: 2:00pm

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Set design by Jean Nouvel; Costumes by Azzedine Alaïa; Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director

111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012. (323) 850-2000

LA Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca

Conducted by Plácido Domingo

Opening Night

May 18: 7:30 P.M.

135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

Fusion Friday

May 17: 7:30-10:30

Pacific Asia Museum

Art, DJ music, & drinks in the courtyard; gourmet food trucks, Indonesian shadow puppet performance; DJ Arshia’s Bollywood dance mix, Free for members, $15 general public. 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Pasadena, CA 91101-2071(626) 449-5269

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Cultural Cocktail Hour- Top Picks May 9th, 10th, & 11th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe: 3 Tablespoons of a well-aged bottle of Bach, a soupçon of Sicily, and a shot of Schoenberg- enjoy!

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


Thurs, May 9, 7pm

Zipper Concert Hall. Colburn School. 200 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012

Margaret Bajtier, leader & violin;Allan Vogel, oboe d’amore;

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Sinfonia in D minor, “Adagio and Fugue,” FK 65; Johann Sebastian Bach Oboe d’amore Concerto in A major (orig. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4), BWV 1055; Johann Christian Bach Sinfonia in D major, Op. 3, No. 1; Johann Sebastian Bach’sViolin Concerto No. 2 in E major

For more information about tickets, please see:


Getty Villa.  17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300.


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LA Cultural Events May 3rd, 4th, & 5th

This weekend’s Cultural Cocktail includes a Splash of Rodin, A Dash of Van Gogh, and a New World Symphony. Enjoy!



Dates: May 3 – 5

Choreography and staging by Boris Eifman

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Jules Massenet and Maurice Ravel

Fri May 3: 7:30; Sat May 4 2:00 + 7:30; Sun May 5th 2:00

600 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For tickets and information, visit or call (714) 556–2787


Lecture: Van Gogh under the Microscope: Investigating the “Portrait of a Peasant; (Patience Escalier)”

Sat May 4. 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Speakers: Devi Ormond, Associate Paintings Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum &Lauren Bradley, Assistant Conservator, J. Paul Getty

Theater | Free with admission |

From the Norton Simon Website: We encourage you to arrive no later than 3:00 p.m., when stickers for ensured seating are distributed in Main Entrance gallery. Members enjoy early seating between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 3:45 p.m.”

Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840

Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas. Norton Simon Art Foundation. M.1975.06.P © 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation.

The Colburn School Orchestra

Sunday, May 5: 6 pm

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, New World, and Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2.,

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000

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Stradivarius violins and Madrid’s Palacio Real

By Leticia Marie Sanchez

All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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One of the largest collections of Stradivarius violins in the world can be found in…Madrid.

Madrid’s Palacio Real houses a collection of antique instruments by Antonio Stradivari that includes two violins, two cellos, and a viola. Four of the five instruments were commissioned at the same time, and this collection dubbed the Spanish Quartet is valued at more than 100 million euros.

During the eighteenth-century, Madrid boasted more than fifty Stradivarius violins and a royal court of internationally acclaimed musicians including Italian composer Luigi Boccherini.

King Carlos IV had a passion for the violin, an instrument that he studied as a young man in Italy. Alas, His Majesty’s musical enthusiasm did not translate into execution. Boccherini found the king’s technique rather like nails on a chalkboard. Moreover, the king’s tempo proved quite erratic. At a rehearsal, one of Carlos IV’s musicians gently suggested that the king should rest for three bars to let the others catch up. Robert Hughes, in his tome Goya, reveals Carlos IV’s swift reply:

“Kings never need wait for anyone.”

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography:Almudena Cathedral

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography:Almudena Cathedral

All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography: Palacio Real- April 2013

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography: Palacio Real- April 2013

All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Heads to Spain!

Cultural Cocktail Hour is heading to Madrid and Andalusia. Check back in Mid-April for cultural reports on museums, architecture, and the landmark Cordoba cathedral!

In the meantime, check out April Highlights Calendar for LA Cultural Events.

During these two weeks , take the time at your leisure to peruse the categories to the right to explore ART CRIMES and ART ANECDOTES for your reading pleasure!

Editor-in-Chief. Leticia Marie Sanchez

Detail: Diego Velázquez. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo del Prado. Madrid, Spain.

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April Cultural Events LA: Highlights

Cultural Cocktail Hour April Highlights: Los Angeles

This month’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes 2 Oz of Ballet, A Dash of Bach, A Sprinkle of Violins, and an Audible Feast. Enjoy!

 Youth American Grand Prix Presents the Film “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”

April 2

The film showcases Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Giselle, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, & Swan Lake & includes interviews with Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, and Edward Villella

Laemmle’s Playhouse Pasadena; Laemmle’s Noho 7 North Hollywood; Laemmle’s Santa Monica; Laemmle’s Town Center 5 Encino;

For film & showtimes, please visit:

Photo by Liza Voll Photography



Printemps: An Audible Feast: Sounds of Spring

APRIL 14TH 5:30 PM 

Food and wine pairings, inspired by music, performed in a contemporary take on the salon tradition.


Vivaldi: Spring; Piazzolla: Primavera; Porteno, Mihaud; Concertino de Printemps

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András Schiff at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Wed April 17th- 8pm

Bach Keyboard Cycle III BACH: French Suites BACH: French Overture


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

LA Music Center

Apr 17, 7:30 p.m;Apr 18, 7:30 p.m;  Apr 19, 7:30 pm; Apr 20, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Apr 21,  2:00 p.m.

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Thurs, Apr 18 8pm

Zipper Hall, Los Angeles;.

Mozart: Duo in B-flat Major, K. 424, for Violin and Viola; Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No 1;

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Easter March 31 at the Huntington

Easter at The Huntington

Easter Sunday, March 31

Music and brunch accompanied by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt

For information on tickets, reservations, and seating times please visit:


Photography: Temple of Love at the Huntington  © 2013  by Leticia Marie Sanchez

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