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Cultural Events LA: May 1- May 3

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Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples

May 3–October 4, 2009.

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

Pompeii and the Roman Villa is a specially ticketed exhibition. Purchase tickets online or by calling 877.522.6225.

 http://www.lacma.org/

 

 

is-he-dead_1_sm Is He Dead?  The West Coast unveiling of a newly discovered play by American humorist Mark Twain. A fledgling artist concocts a scheme to fake his own death in order to increase the value of his paintings.

Adapted by David Ives; Directed by Shashin Desai

May 1-  May 24      

Thurs. at 8 pm; Fri. at 8 pm; Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm:

International City Theatre. Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach CA 90802

(562) 436-4610 or www.ictlongbeach.org

 

 

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Ballet Preljocaj: LES 4 SAISONS

A Choreographic Version of Vivaldi’s Monumental Music

May 1-2, 8pm

 UCLA Live’s Royce Hall.340 Royce Drive LA, CA 90095

For tickets visit www.UCLALive.org, call 310-825-2101, or contact Ticketmaster. 

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Review: Immortality Through Art

Immortality through Art

 By Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Live Forever

Mr. Electrico to Ray Bradbury

 

Let baser things devise 

To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:

My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,

And in the heavens write your glorious name

Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 75

 

Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

 

Nestled in the hillside of Pasadena, among its beautiful views, which the Spanish dubbed Linda Vistas, exists a gem, American Legacy Fine Arts. Some of the artists represented at this gallery include Peter Adams, Béla Bácsi, Jeremy Lipking, Jove Wang, Aaron Westerberg, and Alexey Steele. American Legacy Fine Arts weds American contemporary art with classical standards.

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff, for instance, epitomizes the synthesis between classical technique and modern narrative. A piece that incarnates this fusion is Fr. Electrico, a complex and stirring sculpture that captures a life-changing moment in the young life of writer Ray Bradbury.

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The sculpture’s form, a clear allusion to Michelangelo’s Pieta, firmly anchors it in history, while its innovative subject matter, an imagination set ablaze, give it wings to soar into the future. Just like the Virgin Mary clasps her son in a gentle embrace, Mr. Bradbury’s father tenderly cradles his twelve-year old son on the walk home from a long day at two different circuses. The father’s composition has a two-fold meaning: the front view represents Bradbury’s literal father, while the back view reveals a figurative father, Father Electrico. At the circus, the young Bradbury felt a shock in the form of a mildly charged metal wand that Mr. Electrico, a carnival magician, placed on his forehead, causing the boy’s hair to stand on end. During this life-changing moment, Mr. Electrico exclaimed, “Live forever.” The very next day Ray Bradbury began writing and has never stopped. The symbols on the back of Father Electrico: astronauts, firemen and lions, represent images from Ray Bradbury’s writing, images which have touched millions of readers around the world.

Art functions as a kaleidoscope, a constantly shifting lens through which we can alternatively glimpse the past and the future. Whether the life of Christ, the masterpieces of Michelangelo, or the futuristic dimension of Fahrenheit 451, art allows us to explore life’s mysteries. Art allows its creators to live in an eternal realm.  The connections between Fr. Electrico and Michelangelo’s Pieta go deeper than formal similarities. Like Christ, Ray Bradbury will achieve immortality. Like Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare, Mr. Bradbury, through the written word, will live forever. The work of writers, sculptors, painters, and composers live on through generations and, sometimes, civilizations.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives Art, which gives eternal life to the artists, and nourishment to all of us who have been touched by its grace.

Fr. Electrico, by Christopher Slatoff is currently on view at:

American Legacy Fine Arts, LLC. 949 Linda Vista Avenue. Pasadena, CA. 91103. (626) 577.7733

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday by Appointment; Saturday: 11 a.m- 5 p.m

http://www.americanlegacyfinearts.com/

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Cultural Events LA April 24-26

l_39821bcecc6a9ffe5b240b794d1999d5Slumgum:  April 24th: 8-10 p.m

Café Metropol. 923 E. 3rd. Street, Los Angeles

Slumgum weaves elements of jazz, free improvisation, world music, and contemporary classical music.

Free

www.slumgummusic.com

 

ensembleHarmonia Baroque Players

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 4:00 p.m. Oneonta Congregational Church. 1515 Garfield Avenue. South Pasadena, CA 91030

Sonata in B-flat Major, Johann Friedrich Fasch; Sheep May Safely Graze, J. S. Bach;Why Should Men Quarrel?Henry Purcell; Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, Marin Marais;  Nell Dolce Dell’Oblio,  George Frideric Handel;  Trio Sonata in D minor,  Jean Baptiste Loeillet; Jauchzet Dem Herrn; Christoph Bernhard

(714) 970-8545

http://www.harmoniabaroque.org/

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Review: A New World at the Pasadena Symphony

          A New World at the Pasadena Symphony 

by 

Leticia Marie Sanchez

Peter Adams’ painting, The Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, graced the entrance of the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, April 18.  Mr. Adams’ painting of the cataracts  in Santa Anita Canyon beckons the viewer to take a dip in translucent aquamarine waters. The tempting pool, with its sunlight swirl, retains an air of mystery. Is the sun rising or setting? An evanescent moment, as ephemeral as a musical note.

An invitation to enter into a New World.

Mr. Adams’ painting heralded the theme of Saturday Night’s concert: A New World.  The program represented a new world of styles, techniques, and cultures in the music of Darius Milhaud, Felix Mendelssohn, and Antonin Dvorák.

Darius Milhaud’s Le Creation Du Monde should be called A Frenchman in Brazil because many mistakenly believed that Milhaud’s piece copied Gershwin’s American in Paris. In fact, Le Creation Du Monde came first, in 1923, a year before Rhapsody in Blue and five years before an American in Paris. Milhaud, a French native, derived inspiration from his journeys to Brazil and Harlem. Not everyone reacted with acceptance towards Milhaud’s new musical world. Milhaud wryly observed the pundits’ reaction, declaring, “The critics decreed that my music was frivolous and more suitable for a restaurant or a dance hall than for the concert hall. Ten years later the selfsame critics were discussing the philosophy of jazz and learnedly demonstrating that La Création was the best of my works.” Those embarking on musical, nautical, artistic, and scientific New Worlds, from Columbus to Galileo to Picasso to Milhaud often find that being derided as a lunatic is simply the first step towards being hailed as a genius.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E. Minor, Op.64  also represents a foray into uncharted waters. While most orchestral works slowly develop the exposition of main themes, Mendelssohn’s unusual structure has the main theme burst through the piece at the beginning. Violinist Linda Wang, performing on an Old World violin, a 1767 Guadagnini, captured the energy of this dynamic movement. Unlike the mocked Milhaud, Mendelssohn fortunately found immediate acceptance of his unusual style.

Finally, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, op. 95 “From the New World” exhibits the composer’s passion for his new world, the United States. A native of what is now the Czech Republic, Dvorák wrote Symphony No.9 while living in New York. Dvorák’s homage to his new domicile incorporates the influences of African American spirituals as well as the Native American legend of Hiawatha. Longfellow’s poem Song of Hiawatha inspired Dvorák so much that he once attempted to compose an opera based on the work. Many motifs from Hiawatha, such as the wedding dance, blend seamlessly into Dvorák’s symphony. This piece celebrates the diversity and variety of our heritage and has become an immensely popular work. Ironically, it took a visiting composer from outside of the United States to weave a tapestry that so cohesively captured the American spirit.

Legend has it that Neil Armstrong took  “From the New World” Symphony with him on the Apollo 11 mission, the historic odyssey that marked man’s landing on the moon. The astronauts transported Dvorák’s piece to a whole new lunar world. Music emboldened the heroes as they made their giant leaps and bounds for mankind. We, too, can take music with us when we catapult into new worlds, whether it is a hike near Sturtevant Falls or a trip to distant lands.

The lightest of all belongings, music is that suitcase which we we carry in our hearts.  

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Cultural Calendar of Events in Los Angeles: April 18-19

postcard-nw-auctionfor-wePasadena Symphony: A New World

Saturday April 18th, 7:30pm

Milhaud: The Creation of the World; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Linda Wang, Violin; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

Benefit Auction immediately to follow concert in the Gold Room on the Mezzanine Level. The Auction will include international villa vacations in New Zealand and Tuscany.

Local Artist Peter Adams has generously donated one of his paintings for the auction, the breathtaking Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, a cascade of inspiration in the San Gabriel Valley.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101

For images of items to be auctioned, please visit:

http://pasadenasymphony-pops.org/gpage.asp?id=27

The Audition

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Sunday April 19th 12 p.m Pacific Time

This behind-the-scenes documentary by Susan Froemke follows the finalists of the Met Opera National Council Auditions as they compete in a life-changing competition: the chance to sing on the Met stage.

Come see the drama behind the drama!

For more information, including participating movie theatres, please visit:

metopera.org/hdlive

 

 

lrg-331-walk__re_stage_027HISPANICS FOR LA OPERA cordially invites you to A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Featuring:

Wagner’s Die Walküre

Sunday April 19. 1 p.m.

Directed by Achim Freyer. featuring Plácido Domingo, Anja Kampe, and Conducted by James Conlon.

To purchase performance tickets please call 213-972-8001

Those attending the April 19th are invited to a reception following the performance: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 5th Floor, Salon A. Enter through the Gold Elevators adjacent to Kendall’s Brassiere on Grand Ave.

Please make your reservation for the reception to (213) 972-3620 or specialevents@laopera.com

 

 

mc6Musical Circus: Featuring storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Saturday April 18, 8:30 a.m.

For children 10 and younger. 

This event will include a “Musical Petting Zoo” to allow children to explore various instruments. A family concert will follow. Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101.

More more information, visit:

http://www.dianeferlatte.com/

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Cultural Events LA: April 10-12

 

salonenSalonen Conducts Beethoven and Salonen

Fri. April 10th 11:00 AM. Sat. April 11, 8:00 PM

LA Philharmonic;  Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Women of the Los Angeles Master Choral;, Grant Gershon, music director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5; LIGETI Clocks and Clouds;SALONEN New Work (LAPA commission)

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012

Phone: (323) 850-2000

http://www.laphil.com/

 

 

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Fri April 10 8pm; (Sat April 11 is Sold Out;)Sun April 12 3 pm

(The play will continue to be performed through May)

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond opens a window in the life of African American upper middle class family whose lives begun to unravel while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney; Starring Chris Butler, Avery Clyde, Tinashe Kajese, Terrell Tilford, John Wesley, Michole Briana White; Presented by The Matrix Theatre Company, producer Joseph Stern. The Matrix Theatre. 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046. Call 323-960-7740 or visit www.plays411.com/stickfly

Photo by T. Charles Erickson


charles-darwin-standingMind the Gap: Did Darwin avoid publishing his theory of evolution for 20 years?

April 10 (Friday) 7:30 p.m. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.1151 Oxford Road.San Marino, CA. 91108. 626.405.2100

From the Huntington website: “It is widely believed that Charles Darwin avoided publishing his theory of evolution for many years because he was afraid of the consequences. John van Whye, director of The Complete Works of Darwin Online at Cambridge University, will discuss how “Darwin’s delay” is a recent historiographical theme for which there is no clear evidence. Van Whye will show that Darwin did not keep his belief in evolution a secret and that a fundamental chapter in the story of Darwin’s life and work needs to be re-written. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall.”

http://www.huntington.org/

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Celebrating Haydn at LACMA Sunday April 5th

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Haydn Celebration No. 4 April 5| 6 pm

Pianist Andrei Baumann performs Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867; Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob XVI: 40; Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1 “Sonata quasi una fantasia,” and Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Opus 87. Bing Theater | Free, no reservations Program generously supported by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

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

http://www.lacma.org/

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Cultural Events LA- the weekend of March 27th

angel_romeroFire and Spice: West LA Symphony

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez performed and conducted by Sir Angel Romero

Featuring Singers Diego Torre and Jose Adan Perez, from the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program*

Sun. March 29; 7-9pm

Royce Hall, UCLA Campus

Free Admission.

For more information, please call: (310) 873-7777

Visit:  http://www.uclalive.org/event.asp?Event_ID=644

 

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Folk Songs: Brahms and Copland.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Sun. March 29, 7pm

Bela Bartók. Slovak Folk Songs; Johannes Brahms, Zigeunerlieder; Aaron Copland, Old American Songs; Francis Poulenc, Chansons Françaises; and Veljo Tormis, Forgotten People’s Cycle;

Grant Gershon, Music Director. Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hal.111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, visit: http://lamc.org/0809-090329-learn-more.php

thornton_singersCasa De España Concert. Sun., March 29th, 3:30 pm.

Opera Recital in benefit of Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera. Members of the La Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program*: Diego Torre, Adan Perez, Karen Vuong and accompanist Matthew Lobaugh. Tickets $25 per person and $40. Including tapas, sidra, cava and wine. Casa De España. 6532 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601

Call Rosa Kelly to make your reservation: (909) 628-5062.*Created and overseen by Plácido Domingo, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at LA Opera is one of the world’s foremost training programs for emerging professional opera singers of potentially international stature.

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Review: Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony


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Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony

by Leticia Marie Sanchez 

A few months ago, the Pasadena Symphony unfortunately reported the cancellation of several concerts due to the recession.

Good news Pasadena- Spring is on the Horizon.

On March 14, the Pasadena Symphony, led by the ever-vivacious Jorge Mester, performed an uplifting troika celebrating “Rebirth.” The reinvigorating and thematically unified program was composed of Spring by Vivaldi, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and Spring Symphony by Robert Schumann. 

Complementing the revitalizing music was the resurgence of community support on stage. Before the concert started, the Women’s Committee presented Mr. Mester with a $90,000 check to the Pasadena Symphony, a contribution that helped to make the March Rebirth and April New World concerts possible. 

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The revival of the Pasadena Symphony could be heard through the ebullient spring program. One of the liveliest pieces of the night was Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a ballet score for which Copland won the Pulitzer Prize. The seventh section of the ballet derives from “Simple Gifts,” a one-verse dance song composed in 1848 by American Shaker Elder Joseph Bracket. The lyrics to Simple Gifts embody the fortune of the Pasadena community, blessed to have our local symphony once again in our midst.  

 

 

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Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free; ’Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right; Twill be in the valley of love and delight.” 

 

 

 

 

The night of Rebirth was a renaissance of music and community support. We are slowly moving towards the place that we ought to be.: A community that treasures our artists. A community filled with love and delight. Listening to the stirring music we are unshackled from the chains of worry in daily life. Only then can we be uplifted. Only then can we truly be free.

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Cultural Events March 19-22

jamesconlonA Conversation with James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera

Thurs. March 19. 7pm.Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

To register, call: 626-405-2128.

http://www.huntington.org/

 

 

jazz_henri_matisse-1Sound and Color: Henri Matisse and the Music of His Time.

Fri. March 20, 7:00-8:00.

Piano and Lecture: Polli Chambers-Salazar.Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA, 91105. 626.449.6840.

http://www.nortonsimon.org/

 

 

motezumaMotezuma* in Venice with Georgio Luke

Sunday March 22. 3pm. Museum of Latin American Art.

American Premier of Motezuma.

Andreas Mitisek and the Long Beach Opera cast of Vivaldi’s opera will take you on a journey into the composer’s life and his musical imagery.Gregorio Luke will lecture about the Aztec leader and the times of the Spanish conquest. *Motezuma (as Vivaldi liked to spell it), was the first opera penned about the Americas628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562)437.1689.

http://www.molaa.org/


dance_0809_ailey_lrgAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Thurs March 19- Sunday March 22. 

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 213-972-0711 

http://www.musiccenter.org/ 

See website for times.

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