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Cultural Events LA: Feb 10, 11, 12

Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra starring 

Plácido Domingo

Opening Night

Sat Feb 11th 7:30 p.m.

LA Opera135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

ARIA Night at the Opera

Sat. Feb. 11

On opening night, members will attend the Company Premiere of Simon Boccanegra and immediately following the performance, gather for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at downtown LA’s historic Engine Co. No. 28

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 New Faces from Egypt: Roman Panel Paintings

Sat. Feb. 11 2:00 p.m

Getty Villa, Auditorium. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA.

(310) 440-7300

Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the “Get Tickets” button on the website below. Parking fee: $15

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In the news: Lost work by Brahms discovered in Princeton Library


Conductor and Musicologist Christopher Hogwood discovered a two-minute piano piece by Johannes Brahms in a Princeton library.

Brahms had composed the piece when he was only 20 years old.

The piece received its world premiere this year by pianist Andras Schiff on BBC Radio 3. 

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Cultural Events LA Feb 3, 4, 5, & 7

A Conversation with Gary Oldman at LACMA

Followed by a screening of The Contender

Fri. Feb 3. 7:30 p.m

5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

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Chinese New Year Festival 2012 at the Huntington

Sat Feb. 4 & Sun Feb 5 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Musical performances, dragon dancing, calligraphy, & more.

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100

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Joshua Bell at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Tues. Feb 7th

Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F Major; Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108; Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano; Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade;” Gershwin: Three Preludes. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 323.850.2000

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Cultural Events LA- Jan 27, 28, 29

Da Camera Society

Fri. Jan. 27.  8 pm

Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano

Pompeian Room,  Doheny Mansion. 8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007. 213-477-2929

Memling’s “Portrait of a Man” on loan from The Frick Collection

Opens Fri. Jan. 27

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


Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Sat, Jan 28, 8:00pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel, conductor.

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. LA, CA 90012 323.850.2000







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Cultural Events LA- Jan 20, 21, 22

The recipe for this weekend’s delicious Cultural Cocktail Hour includes: One Part classical music in a museum, Two Doses of Mozart and an award-winning young violinist, and a Splash of the brightest stars in the contemporary art world. Shaken, not stirred. Enjoy!

The Italian Connection: An Evening of Piano Masterworks- Norton Simon

Fri. Jan. 20 7:00 p.m.

Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

Program includes: Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor, transcribed for solo piano by Earl Wild, four sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, a nocturne by Ottorino Respighi, and Franz Liszt’s Dante Sonata

Held in the 20th-century gallery. Stickers for ensured seating will be distributed starting at 6:00 p.m.

411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Mozart (Mostly)

Sat Jan 21- 8:00 p.m Alex Theater, Glendale; Sunday Jan 22 Royce Hall, UCLA- 7:00 p.m.

Andrew Shulman, conductor. Nigel Armstrong, violin.

Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A major ; Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major;  Walton Sonata for Strings Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203. (818) 243 7700 Royce Hall. 340 Royce Dr. Westwood, CA 90095 For more information, please visit:


 LA Art Show

January 18-22Los Angeles Convention Center

Artists include: Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Arshile Gorky, Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero, and others.

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Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner- Feb 19th

Enjoy Dinner with Plácido Domingo

During the presentations at the 14th 

Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner

Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2012

Eva and Marc Stern Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion

After the 2:00 p.m. performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra

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or call (213) 792-7338

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In the news: Live Classical Music helps veterans in California hospital

Today, The Los Angeles Times reported an uplifting story related to the health benefits of music.

Live classical music performances by a harpist and classical guitarist, improved the well-being of patients at a California hospital. The patients were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among other issues.Upon observing the significant changes in his patients, one doctor remarked, “It’s like an amazing miracle, and I don’t say that lightly.” 

Vermeer. The Guitar Player. 1672.


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Cultural Cocktail Hour heads to San Francisco: “Masters of Venice” at the de Young Fine Arts Museum

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power

 By Leticia Marie Sanchez

It was the best of times. It was the best of times.

Stepping into San Francisco’s de Young Museum of Fine Arts is stepping into the Venetian Renaissance. Entering the exhibit you feel like one of the many pilgrims shown in the de Young’s reproduction of Bellini’s panoramic scene on Piazza San Marco.

Gentile Bellini: Procession in the Piazza San Marco, 1496.

The Masters of Venice applies to the city’s painters and power-brokers. Canvases of Venetian merchant ships made the city a maritime power. Canvases of avant-garde artists during the Quattrocento and Cinquecento like Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto pushed the creative envelope.

The Venetian School revolutionized painting by shifting away from rigid wood panels, favoring canvases as a medium of choice as well as oil painting instead of the quickly drying and less-forgiving egg-based tempera. The ability to lavish layer upon layer of oil produced a richness of hue and a glossy dimension that distinguished these artists from their Florentine counterparts for whom Disegno, or design, was paramount. For the Venetians color reigned supreme.

Moretto da Brescia. Portrait of a Young Woman, circa 1540 

Not only does the exhibit give the viewer a sense of the Venetian Renaissance, it provides context to the paintings’ permanent home in Vienna. By a stroke of luck and excellent timing, the entire temporary exhibit (Closing February 12th) was transferred lock, stock, and barrel to San Francisco (as the only US destination) from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, which houses the collection of the Hapsburg Empire.

Who is the gentleman surrounded by so many paintings? One of the first galleries in the de Young exhibit contains an intriguing depiction of Hapsburg mega-collector Archduke Wilhelm standing in his well-stocked Brussels gallery. This lucky man eventually owned many of these Venetian beauties.

Look closely at these “paintings within the painting.” Like a game of clue, you will discover nine of the Archduke’s paintings in the de Young, including Giorgone’s The Three Philosophers, Titian’s Christ and the Adulteress, and Titian’s Il Bravo.

This clever image at the exhibit’s opening encourages the viewer to embark on a treasure hunt through the galleries to spot the Archduke’s paintings. What once belonged to the Archduke, now belongs to everyone in the de Young, if only for another month.

Above, David Teniers the Younger. Hapsburg Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery in Brussels. Circa 1650

Do not miss Andrea Mantegna‘s “David with the Head of Goliath.

Mantegna set out to prove that painting was just as good as sculpture, and he certainly proved his point. The sculptural quality of this David sets it apart from every other work in the exhibit.

Andrea Mantegna. ”David with the Head of Goliath. Circa 1490.



The Fashion Police won’t arrest me”

The Sumptuary Laws of Renaissance Venice governed the manner of dress and required that citizens dress within norms governing each specific class. The rules permitted extravagant colors for the chosen few, like this red-garbed Procurator of San Marco, the second most powerful man in Venice after the Doge.

Bernardino Licinio. Portrait of Ottavio Grimani. 1541 


 ”Et tu Pentheus?”

Titian’s “Il Bravo” illustrates the moment in Ovid’s Metamorphoses when Bacchus is arrested by Pentheus, King of Thebes. While at the exhibit, be sure to get close to Pentheus’ armor. Its shiny dimensionality reflects Titian’s superb talent in evoking luminosity.

Tiziano Vecellio, “Titian.” Il Bravo. Circa 1520.


Who is the real voyeur, here?

Tintoretto’s “Susana and the Elders” depicts the Biblical tale of a virtuous woman spied on by two elderly lechers. Despite their futile attempts to seduce and slander, the men are soon proven prevaricators. The painting embodies the literal and figurative contrast between light and dark. Up close, one can admire Tintoretto’s skillful rendering of the luxurious jewelry, earrings, and the human body. It is a bit ironic that a morality tale about the pitfalls of voyeurism presents us the voyeurs, or viewers, rather, with an unabashed celebration of a voluptuous nude.

Jacopo Rusti, called Tintoretto. Susanna and the Elders. Circa 1560

Perhaps Tintoretto’s work reflects the nature of art itself. While contemplating a work of art, whether painting, music, or drama we become privy to a complete stranger’s exterior and sometimes psychological world.

The moment that the artist reveals himself or herself to us, are we also voyeurs?

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

de Young fine arts Museum of San Francisco

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive  San Francisco, CA 94118



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Rodarte to design costumes for LA Phil’s May production of “Don Giovanni”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced that fashion house Rodarte, who designed the costumes for the film “Black Swan” will be creating the sartorial operatic look for Mozart’s libidinous lothario, Don Giovanni. The fully staged opera debuts on May 18th at Walt Disney Concert hall.  Guess who will be in charge of the set design? None other than Frank Gehry, the mastermind architect behind Walt Disney Concert Hall itself.

Not too shabby, LA Phil. Not too shabby, at all! 





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Woody Allen to perform live in LA with his New Orleans Jazz band

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band

Thurs. Dec 29- Royce Hall- UCLA- 8pm

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