Cultural Cocktail Hour reports from Paris: Garnier and the Paris Opera

June 21, 2018

A brief history of Le Palais Garnier: Persona Non Grata and the Opera Bombs By Leticia Marie Sanchez All Paris Photography and Text © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Persona Non Grata On the exuberant opening night at Le Palais Garnier, the…

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Bach and the Nanny-Goat Bassoonist

March 23, 2018

Some celebrate BACH’s BIRTHDAY  on March 21st, some on March 31st (due to the differences in the Gregorian and the Julian calendar). We here at Cultural Cocktail Hour celebrate BACH’s BIRTHDAY  all month long! In honor of his birthday, here is an anecdote about the musical…

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Mozart’s Mug Shot?

March 17, 2018

Holy Cadenza! Do you recognize this guy? This photo represents a facial composite of  that 21 year old wunderkind Mozart, created in the around 1990s by the Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden—the Federal Criminal Police Office of Wiesbaden, Germany—from four portraits painted during the composer’s lifetime, according…

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Is an opera singer allowed to smile?

March 17, 2018

This article originally appeared on Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2011 by Leticia Marie Sanchez In 2011 critics blasted Anna Nebtreko, star of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena for daring to smile on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera. The audience wildly cheered…

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Rock on, Gottlieb– the many nicknames of Mozart

March 15, 2018

First published by Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2011 Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark by Leticia Marie Sanchez A lecture by Professor Robert Greenberg, from San Francisco Performances, revealed hidden gems about Mozart’s name. Enjoy! Baptized Name: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus…

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Met Opera Auditions- Western Region Finals- Zipper Hall

January 16, 2018

This past Sunday was yet another afternoon filled with wonderful talent. Opera Singers from across the Western Region vied for a chance to sing on the Met Stage at auditions held at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. Soprano Julia Metzler…

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For a Halloween Treat- Karl Richter performs J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

October 30, 2017

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Classical Music for healing

October 4, 2017

Hopeful music during these dark days of violence and tragedy. Thank you to Brian Lauritzen – KUSC for sharing this inspiring piece of music on his program. The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, Conductor, performs “Even When He Is Silent” by Kim…

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Cultural Cocktail Hour Contest- Win 2 tickets to season opening of Pittance Chamber Music

September 2, 2017

Southern California Residents, please email [email protected] a message about you think is missing in the LA Arts and culture scene. What do you think would MOST improve the performing arts in LA? SUBJECT LINE: CCH Contest The winning entry will…

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Mozart and the Barber Shop Chase

August 12, 2017

“Why Can’t you Sit Still? “Because I’m Mozart” In his delightful tome, The Book of Musical Anecdotes, Norman Lebrecht reveals that the perpetually inspired Mozart led his Barber on a hair-cutting chase: “Every moment an idea would occur to him…he would…

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