joomla visitor

Cultural Events LA: July 10-12

Phil Ranelin Sextet

LARusso Photo Shoot 2003 022

Fri July 10. 6 pm

BP Grand Entrance

Free, no reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 857-6119

http://www.lacma.org/


Two Guitars and Two Centuries:

Odeum Guitar Duo: Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti
Friday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Odeumindex
Program includes: Albinoni, Rameau, Weiss, Albéniz, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, J. S. Bach & Torelli.
Norton Simon Museum.
411 W Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.
(626) 449-6840
www.nortonsimon.org


beggar
Sordid and Sacred:
The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings
Opening this Sunday
July 12- August 23
Bowers Museum.
2002 North Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706.

(714) 567.3600

http://www.bowers.org

read more

Cultural Events LA: July 4th

Theatricum_Midsummer09_2sm

William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Opens July 4th

Directed by Melora Marshall

Saturdays at 4 pm: July 4, 11, 18*

Thursdays at 8 pm: August 6, 13, 20, 27

Monday at 6:30 pm: September 7 (Labor Day)

*Prologue (pre-show discussion): Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 pm (included in ticket price)

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(310) 455-3723 or  www.theatricum.com
conte_clinicsetup

Luis Conte and Cuba L.A.
Sat, July 4th 5 pm
Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater .
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6119
http://www.lacma.org/
read more

Cultural Events LA: June 26-28

SBJ

Friday Night Jazz

Sweet Baby J’ai.  Fri. June 26th 6 pm

Free. No reservations.

BP Grand Entrance

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115

http://www.lacma.org/

USA_CALIFORNIA PHILHARMONIC

BY GEORGE!

George Gershwin, George F. Handel

Cal Phil Festival on the Green

Sat. June 27. Arboretum, Arcadia 7:30 p.m

Sun. June 28.Walt Disney Concert Hall. 2:00 pm.

626.300.8200

http://www.calphil.org/

oleanna

David Mamet’s Oleanna
Starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles
Fri. June 26 8:00 pm
Sat. June 27 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Sun, June 28 1:00 pm &6:30 pm
Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
http://www.centertheatregroup.org/
read more

Cultural Events LA: June 19-21

LACMA nightFriday Night Jazz

Peter Sprague String “Consort” Friday June 19th 6 pm

BP Grand Entrance. 

Free

No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115

http://www.lacma.org/

 

Photo by Leticia Marie Sanchez

 

 

 

 

saturdays_405_logo 

Saturdays Off the 405.

Music by Chairlift, DJ Frosty, and DJ Ale

Sat. June 20 6 pm – 9 pm

Museum Courtyard, Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310) 440-7300

Free

http://www.getty.edu/

 

O wildeOscar Wilde’s

The Importance of Being Earnest

June 17-21

Wed., Thurs., & Fri. at 8PM,

Sat. at 2:30 PM,  Sun. at 4PM.

LA Theater Works.

Skirball Cultural Center.

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., LA, CA,90049.

(310) 827-0889

 www.latw.org

read more

Cultural Events LA June 12-14

QuintenUnveiling A Masterpiece

Fri. June 12. 7:00 p.m. 

California String Quartet performs in the Museum’s 18th-Century Gallery.

Ernst von Dohnanyi’s String Quartet No. 2, Op.15, Josef Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2, Quinten

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

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

Julius Caesar_1_smWilliam Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Directed by Ellen Geer

June 6 through September 26

Saturdays at 8 pm: June 6,13, 20

Saturdays at 4 pm: June 27; August 29*; September 12, 19,

Sundays at 7:30 pm: July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23; September 6

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290

(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

Audience members are advised to bring cushions for bench seating.  

PsalmsTemptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David

French, British, German, Flemish, Italian, and Armenian Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

June 9-August 16

The Getty Center.

200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049.

(310) 440-7300.

http://www.getty.edu/


read more

Cultural Events LA: June 5-June 7

Ludwig-van-Beethoven--C11747955Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Friday June 5th. 8:00 P.M

Sat Jun 6. 8:00P.M

Orange County Performing Arts Center

600 Town Center Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA.

714-556-2787.

http://www.ocpac.org

 

 

250px-Pasadena_City_Hall

 

    

June 7th- Music Under The Stars Free concert for the community

Featuring the Pasadena Pops

Pasadena City Hall

5:30 Pre-Concert: Theater 360 and performers from the Rose City Ballroom.

7:00 Concert: The program includes pieces from Louis Armstrong and John Williams as well as an 80-voice choir including members from the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Burbank Chorale, and the St. Francis De Sales Chorale. Pasadena City Hall.100 N. Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA  91109.

Bring chairs or blankets

www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org


andreabocelli_6d45

Andrea Bocelli

Sunday, June 7, 7:30 PM.  Hollywood Bowl 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 9006

(323) 850.2000

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/


read more

Verdi: A bold request

Verdi: A bold request

by

Leticia Marie Sanchez

The following correspondence in the form of abridged letters between Giuseppe Verdi and one very unusual opera-goer, Prospero Bertani:

6a00d8341c39e853ef00e55148ac5b8834-800wi

Much Honoured Signor Verdi,       Reggio, May 7, 1872

On the second of this month, attracted by the sensation which your opera Aida was making, I went to Parma. Half an hour before the performance began I was already in my seat, No.120. I admired the scenery, listened with great pleasure to the excellent singers, and took pains to let nothing escape me. After the performance was over, I asked myself whether I was satisfied.  The answer was “No.”

I returned to Reggio, and on the way back in the railroad carriage, I listened to the verdicts of my fellow travelers. Nearly all of them agreed that Aida was a work of the highest rank.

Thereupon I conceived a desire to hear it again, and on the fourth returned to Parma. I made the most desperate effort to obtain a reserved seat, and there was such a crowd that I was obliged to throw away five lire to see the performance in comfort.

I arrived at this decision: it is an opera in which there is absolutely nothing which causes any enthusiasm or excitement, and without the pomp of the spectacle, the public would not stand it to the end.  When it has filled the house two or three times, it will be banished to the dust of the archives.

Now, my dear Signor Verdi, you can imagine my regret at having spent on two occasions 32 lire for these two performances. Add to this the aggravating circumstance that I am dependent on my family, and you will understand that this money troubles my rest like a terrible spectre. Therefore I address myself frankly and openly to you, so that you may send me the amount.

Here is the account:

Railroad: One way 2.60 lire;  Railroad: Return trip 3.30 lire;  Theater 8.00 lire  Detestable dinner at the station 2.00 lire

=15.90 lire Multiplied by 2=  31.80 lire

In the hope that you will extricate me from this embarrassment, I salute you from the bottom of my heart

BERTANI

My address: Bertani, Prospero; Via San Domenico No. 5

Verdi’s reply, addressed to his publisher Ricordi                                     May, 1872

As you may readily imagine, in order to save this scion of his family from the spectres that pursue him, I shall gladly pay the little bill he sends me. Be so kind, therefore, as to have one of your agents send the sum of 27 lire, 80 centesimi to this Signor Prospero Bertani, Via San Domenico No. 5. True, that isn’t the whole sum he demands, but for me to pay his dinner too would be wearing the joke a bit thin. He could perfectly well have eaten at home. Naturally, he must send you a receipt, as well as a written declaration that he promises never to hear another one of my new operas, so that he won’t expose himself again to the danger of being pursued by spectres, and that he may spare me further travel expenses!

 ——————————–

What Mr. Bertani did not realize was that Mr. Verdi encouraged his publisher to publish the correspondence in newspapers far and wide.

So, the tables soon turned. The one receiving hate mail was Mr. Bertani. He received vitriolic letters from all over the nation.  His prophecy about AIDA gathering “dust” also backfired. AIDA has become one of the most popular operas of all time.

___________

Verdi’s letters were discussed in a vivid lecture by Professor Robert Greenberg, P.H.D. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition. Part 5 of 6. Lecture 38: 19th Century Italian Opera, Giuseppe Verdi.

read more

This weekend in LA: Cultural Events May 29-31st

A Model for Matisse (2006)

Model for MatisseFri May 29 7:00 p.m.

Norton Simon Museum. 411 W Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 449-6840

Illustrious 20th-century artist Henri Matisse forms a rapport with French Dominican nun Sister Jacques-Marie, the inspiration behind his last creation, the Chapelle du Rosaire (Chapel of the Rosary) in Vence, France. Barbara Freed, Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon, directed this documentary film. 67 minutes.

www.nortonsimon.org

Cymbeline_10_sm

Willam Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

Opens May 31

Sundays at 3:30 pm

May 31 through September 27

Directed by Ellen Geer.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum*1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Topanga CA, 90290

(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

*The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is an outdoor amphitheater. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.

BrubakerHaydn Celebration No. 5 “Haydnseek” Sunday May 31. 6 pm.

The New England Conservatory’s Bruce Brubaker celebrates the anniversary of Haydn’s passing (May 31, 1809), with 2 Haydn works: Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hoboken XVI/39, and Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI/50, with live electronic sounds by Laura Karpman &Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. Bing Theater. Free. No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036.

http://www.lacma.org/

read more

Theater Review-So Farce, So Good at the ICT

So Farce, So Good:

 Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” at the International City Theater, Long Beach    

by Leticia Marie Sanchez       

Cultural Cocktail Twain

Mark Twain may be dead, but his work can still elicit quite a brouhaha. The hilarious West Coast premiere of “Is He Dead?” directed by Shashin Desai at the ICT proves that laughter remains the best medicine. 

If it were not for the Shelley Fisher Fishkin, the mirth-filled play may not have seen the light of day. Dr. Fishkin, Professor of English and Director of the American Studies of program at Stanford University, discovered Twain’s manuscript in the archives of UC Berkley’s Bancroft Library in 2002. Never produced during Twain’s lifetime, the play debuted in New York in 2007 and this month in Long Beach.

Upon entering the International City Theater, one sets eyes on the vivid and visually rich set designed by Stephen Gifford. Beautifully rendered replicas of Jean-Francois Millet’s paintings grace the artist’s atelier, easing the audience into the world of 19th century Barbizon, France. Mark Twain, author of “Roughing It,” and former gold prospector, entered the European world himself during the 1860’s and the 1890’s. Much of the play’s comedy derives from Twain’s juxtaposition of  the slapstick humor of the American West with the European sensibility of his cast of characters. The protagonist, French painter Jean-Francois Millet, determined to cast off the “starving” in Starving Artist, becomes embroiled in a scheme to fake his own death in order to drive up the value of his work.

The ICT cast spiritedly brings Twain’s comedy to life. Perry Ojeda, poised and dignified as the illustrious artist Millet, turns into a bumbling live wire when disguised as Millet’s buxom and zany “sister” Daisy Tillou. In addition to Ojeda, many of the actors reveal multiple facets of their personalities, creating hilarity. Even before he opens his mouth, Joe Fria, portraying a pompous British art collector, leaves the audience in stitches with his idiosyncratic walk. Later, Fria plays the King of France in one of the play’s zaniest moments, a scene involving a fetid piece of Limburger cheese. Jules Hartley also shines as a chameleon, transforming from the dulcet French lady Cecile Leroux into a mustachioed French gendarme whose eyes throw daggers of rage. The entire ensemble keeps Twain’s zingers flying at breakneck speed.

Twain’s play exposes the hypocrisy of a society that often values artists more in death than life. Vermeer and Van Gogh are but two of many artists who  lived in considerable poverty although their paintings today bring art dealers astronomical profits,approaching triple digit millions. Twain skewers this injustice, turning what could have been a tragedy into a pleasing melodramatic comedy. It is fitting that Twain once enjoyed life as a gold prospector, because in the esoteric archives of the Berkeley library Dr. Fisher discovered a nugget of comic gold.

Last remaining performances: 8pm Saturday May 23;  2 pm Sunday May 24th

International City Theater. Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach.

ICT Box Office: (562) 436-4610.   www.ictlongbeach.org

read more

Cultural Events LA: May 20-24

Traviata

La Traviata  by Giuseppe Verdi Opening Night

Thur. May 21. 7:30 p.m.

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

www.losangelesopera.com

 

 

 

part109spring 

La Sylphide

Los Angeles Ballet

Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Artistic Directors;

Freud Playhouse, UCLA: Sat. May 23: 7:30 p.m;

Sun. May 24th 2 pm;

405 Hilgard Ave.,Westwood

Alex Theatre Glendale; Sat. May 30, 7:30 p.m

216 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

For more information call: 310.477.7411

www.losangelesballet.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century

Opens May 23

Library, West Hall.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA  91108

626.405.2100

http://www.huntington.org/

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

La Cenerentola Thumbnail

Rossini’s La Cenerentola – Live in HD from the MET

Encore performance.

Wed. May 20 7 p.m.

Starring Elina Garanca.

AMC Santa Anita. 400 S. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA. 91007

626-321-4270

For more information about participating movie theatres visit:

www.metoperafamily.org

 

 

Verdo Otello

Verdi’s Otello

Salzburg Festival.

Thurs. May 21. 7:30 P.M

Laemlle’s Playhouse 7.

673 East Colorado Boulevard. Pasadena, CA, 91101.

626.844.6500

read more
Page 40 of 50« First...102030«3839404142»...Last »