Impressionistic Summer’s Eve…

June 25, 2017

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Impressionistic summer clouds perfectly blending perfectly with the music of Ravel & Debussy at a concert performed by the incredibly talented Salastina Music Society

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Review: The Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall

April 23, 2017

Dancing and playing into our hearts The Colburn Orchestra and Dance Academy at Walt Disney Concert Hall By Leticia Marie Sanchez On Friday evening, the Colburn Orchestra had the audience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on the edge of their seats. It was…

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Behind the Scenes with Vittorio Grigòlo: Master Class with the superstar Tenor

April 14, 2017

Behind the Scenes with Vittorio Grigòlo:  Master Class with the superstar Tenor By  Leticia Marie Sanchez All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez A master class with Vittorio Grigòlo offered an unexpected lesson in chemistry, conducting, and electricity. The charismatic opera star has been…

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Wagner, Robber,and the Flying Dutchman

April 5, 2017

Wagner, Robber, and the Flying Dutchman By Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark He not have been an actual thief, but Richard Wagner’s Newfoundland dog Robber successfully stole the composer’s heart. In Wagner Without Fear, author William Berger regales us with…

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Review: Pittance Chamber Music

March 27, 2017

Pittance Chamber Music and the Chambers of the Heart By Leticia Marie Sanchez All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez Chamber Music comprises music that can be played in a large room or chamber, or as denoted by the French “chambre.”…

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Beethoven: In a Stew Over Beef?

March 22, 2017

by Leticia Marie Sanchez According to Norman Lebrecht, author of “The Book of Musical Anectodes” (Simon & Schuster, 1985), Beethoven flew off the handle when a waiter at the Viennese restaurant “The Swan,” brought him the wrong meat dish. Some artists are particular…

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Sibelius and the Cigar Royalty

February 27, 2017

According to Katerine Bakeless, in her book “Story Lives of Great Composers,” Jean Sibelius received minor ducats for one of his most famous compositions, Valse Triste. The payment for his work? A small sum and a box of cigars. Meanwhile, Valse Triste went on to…

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February Top Pick! Mozart and Mendelssohn with Pittance Chamber Music

January 24, 2017

A mélange of Mozart and Mendelssohn creates an intriguing Cultural Cocktail! Pittance Chamber Music Friday, February 3, 8 p.m. Zipper Concert HallThe Colburn School. 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012 Featuring Maestro James Conlon Conducting Members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra MOZART Serenade No.…

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Rachmaninov’s Retort

January 20, 2017

According to author Norman Lebrecht, in his Book of Musical Anecdotes, virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninov was in the midst of performing a violin and piano recital in New York when his partner, violinist Fritz Kreisler was struck by a memory block. A nervous…

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December TOP PICK: LA Dance Project December 9th and 10th

November 23, 2016

A splash of  art+ 2 shots of music+ a pas de bourrée of ballet= a TOP PICK! The choreography of Benjamin Millepied+ piano etudes of Philip Glass, + a live performance by Rufus Wainwright+ the art of Mark Bradford =the recipe for a scintillating CULTURAL COCKTAIL! L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre…

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