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Cultural Events LA labor day weekend- Sept. 1, Sept 5. Sept 6

This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes a dose of antiquity, a labor-free stroll through LACMA, and one of the world’s greatest violinists

Trojan Women (after Euripides) at the Getty Villa 8:00 P.M.

SITI Company, directed by Anne Bogart and adapted by Jocelyn Clarke. Previews Thursday–Saturday, September 1–3 Performances: Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1 Getty Villa, Outdoor Classical Theater. For more information call (310) 440-7300 or visit:

http://www.getty.edu/

LACMA FREE Labor Day Monday, September 5th 12 pm

*Free* day at the museum (all day) including a live performance. Tickets required*Does not include free admission to the Tim Burton exhibit or any specially ticketed exhibitions. LACMA• 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA http://www.lacma.org/

ITZHAK PERLMAN performs Beethoven

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 8:00PM

Hollywood Bowl.

2301 North Highland Avenue. Hollywood, CA 90068. Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Itzhak Perlman, violin/conductor. Beethoven: Two Romances, Symphony No. 8 For more information, call (323).850.2000 or visit: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/


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Review- Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”– Just How Private?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

In the International City Theater’s light-hearted production of “Private Lives,” divorced couple Elyot and Amanda cannot seem to live with-or without- each another. Caroline Kinsolving embodied the headstrong, alluring Amanda while Freddy Douglass portrayed the witty, brooding Elyot Chase. The glamorous costumes and music in the ICT production enhanced the accidental reunion of the jet-setting pair in Deauville, France. Elyot and Amanda go from loving each other one minute to throwing barbs (and records) at each other the next. Adam J. Smith‘s sensitive performance as Amanda’s caring second husband Victor infused a dose of integrity to the chaos; despite being ditched by the runaway bride, he returned to ensure her safety. Underneath the veneer of biting wit and tumultuous emotions, one could not help but feel that something was missing- not from ICT’s production- but from Coward’s play itself. Looking at the play from a historical perspective, Mr. Coward was a homosexual at a time in which he would have been jailed had his private life been made public. Had Elyot and Amanda been gay characters, many of the play’s scenes would have made more sense and had more depth. For instance, Elyot’s affectionate young bride, Sibyl (Jennice Butler) begs him three times on their honeymoon to kiss her; he forces himself to do so reluctantly. Later, when accused of being too flippant, Elyot retorts that his flippancy masks deeper emotions. Perhaps the flippancy of Coward’s lines also masked a more complex subtext. But, Coward was no coward. His predecessor Oscar Wilde died in prison when his private life was revealed.  Private Lives proves that in the 1930′s England one could only go so far in exploring the truly private.

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Cultural Events this weekend in LA: Aug 26, 27, 28

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives

Fri. Aug 26 (Opening Night) + Sat. Aug 27 8pm.

Sun Aug 28 2pm. Directed by Luke Yankee. Featuring Jennice Butler, Wendy Cutler, Freddy Douglas, Caroline Kinsolving, Adam J. Smith. INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE Long Beach Performing Arts Center.300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach CA 90802 For information on tickets and show times,  For information on tickets and show times, please call (562) 436-4610 or visit: www.InternationalCityTheatre.org  Photo by: C. Delgado

Saturdays off the 405- Getty Museum- party

Sat, Aug. 27 6:00

Music: Charles Bradley and DJ Clifton Free Spotlight after Dark tours in the galleries at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300 http://www.getty.edu/

LACMA- Daniel Rothmuller (cello) and Bernadene Blaha (piano)

Sun. August 28 6 pm Chopin: Sonata, Opus 65, and Brahms: Sonata in E minor, Opus 38 Bing Theater.   FREE, no reservations. LACMA• 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA,

http://www.lacma.org/

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Film Review: Mozart’s Sister- now playing in Los Angeles and New York

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Mozart’s Sister, directed by René Féret,  presents a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the Mozart family: ambitious patriarch Leopold, his doting wife Anna-Maria, and his gifted children Woofgang and Nannerl (played by Feret’s daughter, Marie). The film contrasts the exterior aspect of the musical family, including the children’s performances at court with an interior portrait of a family who engages in pillow fights at bed-time, and more sinisterly, the unyielding favoritism that Leopold showed his young son. The rigid Leopold squelches his young daughter’s talents by not only refusing her an education, but by falsely telling her that her compositions (which he passes off as those of Wolfgang) lack merit. The mistreatment of Nannerl was not unusual at the time.  In his book “The Other Mendelssohn,” Larry Todd describes the life of another talented and relatively unknown composer, Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix.

It is fitting that the talented young Nannerl composes pieces in a minor key. Melancholy permeates her character, and the dark cinematography symbolises the shadows to which she is relegated.

A dose of light-hearted Shakespearean cross-dressing adds a dose of intrigue, and Nannerl’s new found chum Princess Louise (played with vivacity by Feret’s real life sister, Lisa) allows a flower of friendship to flourish between two passionate young women confined by the walls of the court, the church, and their fathers.

Photo: Real Life Sisters Lisa Feret and Marie Feret, playing Louise De France and Nannerl Mozart

For trailers and showtimes, please see:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/mozartssister/

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Cultural Events LA- Aug 19, 20, 21

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe includes two doses of Beethoven blended with Pacific Asia Fusion, and topped with Mozart- not on the rocks, but on the lawn of the Huntington library- enjoy!

Beethoven’s Ninth- Hollywood Bowl

Thurs, August 18, 8:00PM  Los Angeles Philharmonic

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano;  Los Angeles Master Chorale

Beethoven’s Ninth and Choral Fantasy

2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA, 90068. 323.850.2000

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/

Fusion Fridays-

Pacific Asia Museum

Fri. Aug. 19 7:30-10:30pm

Island Style Grand Finale

Polynesian dance in the courtyard, classic Hawaiian music by Moana in the upstairs lounge.

Free for members, $15 for non-members.

46 North Los Robles Avenue. Pasadena, CA 91101-2071(626) 449-5269

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

Southwest Chamber Music Festival

Sat. Aug 20 and Sun. Aug 21- 7:30 p.m

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quintet for Horn and Strings, K. 407; Wadada Leo Smith

Ten Thousand Cereus Peruvianus for Harp and String Quartet

Mozart: String Quintet No. 6, K. 614

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA, 91108

http://www.swmusic.org/ 

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News Update: Stolen Rembrandt found in Encino Church

Only three days after a Rembrandt drawing valued at $250,000 was snatched from the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, “The Judgement,” turned up mysteriously at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino. An assistant priest noticed the drawing placed inside his boss’ office. He assumed that it was a donation by a parishioner before recognizing the work as the stolen Rembrandt.

Questions abound:

Why did the art thief dump the painting in the church? Was it a spiritual crisis of conscience? Or a convenient place without security cameras? Did the title of Rembrandt’s drawing, “The Judgement,” give the thief pause?

How did the art thief get access to the church’s inside office? Did he watch Ben Affleck’s heist-caper “The Town” too many times and don a nun disguise?

Do we know for a fact that the drawing dumped in the church is the real Mc Coy? Could it possibly be a copy to get the police off the criminal’s scent while the thief sells the real painting on the black market to a Rembrandt-loving oligarch? (This is one theory on the current location of Rembrandts stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum)

What happened to the person who “distracted” the curator with art chatter on Saturday at the Ritz, coincidentally at the very moment when the painting was snatched? The articles imply that this person was part of a team? Shouldn’t the loquacious interlocutor be an LAPD “person of interest?”

Why did the thief choose to take a Rembrandt from the sailing haven of Marina Del Rey to Encino? He could have made a seaside escape with his looted booty. Is it possible that the art thief is,in fact, a Valley Boy?

For the LA Times report please read:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0817-rembrandt-20110817,0,716178.story

Photo from LA Times by Irfan Khan: Detectives handle Rembrandt’s “The Judgement”

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In the news: Rembrandt drawing stolen from Marina del Rey Hotel this weekend

 

This weekend, “The Judgement,” a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an evening exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. The work, worth more than $250,000, was snatched around 10:30 p.m during an evening event for potential buyers. The curator was temporarily distracted by a person, who may have been part of a team of art thieves. According to experts, more than 81 of Rembrandt’s works have been stolen over the past century.

For more information on the Marina del Rey heist, please read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/8702503/Rembrandt-stolen-in-well-planned-heist.html

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In the News: Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

You heard it here first!

News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians.

This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said,

Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,” 

For the full story, please see:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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LA Cultural Events Aug 12, 13, and 14

This week’s Cultural Cocktail recipe is: 3 Oz. of Italian chamber music, a Dash of Mendelssohn, and a Splash of a soirée for young art enthusiasts. Shaken. Not Stirred. Enjoy!

Commemorating the Unification of Italy through the Music of Verdi, Puccini and Mozart

Free Concert at the Norton Simon

Fri. August 12- 7:00 p.m

To mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the California String Quartet will perform chamber music by Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, in addition to compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who influenced Italian opera.

Concert is free (with museum admission ticket)

Norton Simon Museum of Art.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

Gallerati Society

Sat. Aug 13. 3:30- 5:30 p.m

The Glass Garage Gallery, 414 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90048

The Gallerati Society is a new breed of social networking: an art gallery soirée where young arts enthusiasts mingle over art, fine wine, and gourmet desserts. Meet 3 of the artists at a group exhibition featuring Surrealist landscapes and portraits, abstract sculptures, crashed Porsches, and defiled Bibles. The exhibiting artists are: Clair Carter, Jerry Wanye Downs, Susan Hannon, Steven Kenny, Aleve Meh Loh, Larissa Morais, and Joshua Suda. Carter, Hannon, and Morais will be in attendance.

For information on purchasing tickets to the exhibit, as well as the dinner at Il Piccolino Restaurant after the show please visit: www.gallerati-society.com

The Lyris String Quartet

Free Concert at LACMA

Sunday, August 14- 6 pm

Mendelssohn: Quartet in A minor, Opus 80.

Bing Theater.

No reservations or museum ticket needed.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA

323-857-6000

http://www.lacma.org/

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The tumultuous love life of Richard Strauss- part deux- Strauss versus Stransky

Since so many of my readers enjoyed reading about Richard Strauss’s unusual engagement to the libretto-throwing singer Pauline De AhnaStrange Love: the berserk engagement of Richard Strauss 

we will now continue onto his roller coaster marriage.

Due to a letter mix-up, his wife Pauline de Ahna filed for divorce.

In his book, Richard Strauss, Tim Ashley reports that while Strauss was working in England, his wife opened a letter from a female opera fan. The fan mentioned looking for a composer at Union Bar and asked for opera tickets. The harmless letter caused Mrs. Strauss to foam at the mouth. She contacted an attorney, telegraphed Strauss (who was working in England) to let him know that she was filing for divorce, demanded to draw their life savings from a bank, and prepared to vacate their apartment.

 Strauss telegraphed his wife that he had no clue as to the identity of the opera fan nor had he ever been to Union Bar.

It turned out the confused woman had asked an Italian tenor for the name of Czech composer Josef Stransky. Tim Ashley revealed that the Italian had mispronounced Stransky as “Strausky,” and hence, the confusion began.When the mix-up was revealed, Pauline eventually withdrew her plans for divorce.                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo, Left- Richard Strauss and the eye-scratching Pauline De Ahna!

Although the event left Strauss with a headache, it also left him with an opera: “Intermezzo” which he composed about his wife’s accusation.

Mrs. Strauss’ jealous streak continued into her eighties. In his biography, Richard Strauss, An Intimate Portrait, Kurt Wilhem revealed that an elderly Pauline exclaimed, “I would scratch the eyes out of any hussy who was after my Richard.” 

Fräuleins beware! 

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