Review: LA Opera’s Carmen

November 26, 2008

Chiaroscuro in LA Opera’s Carmen Through a study in contrasts, LA Opera’s humanistic Carmen encompassed at once the passion, frailty, and psychological vulnerability of Georges Bizet’s tragedy. The unique set and color scheme, a soothing sea of pastels (as opposed to the standard…

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Review- Inventiveness Reigns with Camerata Pacifica

November 21, 2008

Inventiveness reigns at Camerata Pacifica “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” -John Cage- Innovation proved the theme of the night at Tuesday’s concert comprised of Ian Wilson’s Heft, for Flute and…

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During an economic downturn is Art a luxury or a necessity?

November 11, 2008

By Leticia Marie Sanchez   “When I get a little money, I buy books;  And if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”         ~ Desiderius Erasmus ~  The Los Angeles Times reports that the troubles of the Pasadena Symphony, Opera…

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Review: Camerata Pacifica’s September concert

September 18, 2008

In his groundbreaking 1872 work The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, Friedrich Nietzsche connects musical structures with two ancient deities, Apollo and Dionysus. The Apollonian and Dionysian framework allude to Apollo, the fair-haired Greek and Roman god of…

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Mingei East and West at the Pacific Asia Museum

June 15, 2008

East Meets West: The Mingei Exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum The East and West have often been at conflict on the political stage. Even today, geo-political grandstanding mars the 2008 Summer Olympics in China as titans prove unwilling to…

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A bright candle for Peace

June 3, 2008

Picasso, Dove of Peace, 1949 Pippa Bacca, an Italian performance artist on a mission to promote peace and cultural understanding was murdered during her journey last spring. Peace is one of the highest goals of art. May Pippa’s idealistic spirit always…

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May 22, 2008

During the best of times and the worst of times, we must always remember that Hope was the last spirit in Pandora’s Box; she captured it just in time as a last refuge for humanity. “Only Hope was left within…

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Review: Camerata Pacifica at the Huntington, May 20th

May 21, 2008

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we tell the dancer from the dance? William Butler Yeats, Among School Children     Ludwig Van Beethoven called music “the electric soul in which the spirit lives.” The supremely talented Camerata Pacifica filled…

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Classical concert, Camerata Pacifica, this Tuesday, May 20th at the Huntington

May 19, 2008

What better way to feel refreshed on a balmy spring evening than with a soothing concert at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens? Camerata Pacifica, a Chamber Music ensemble based in Santa Barbara, will be gracing the Huntington with Mozart, Grieg, and Schumann.Tuesday…

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Gen Art’s The New Garde: LA Fashion Week, March 2008

April 17, 2008

 Since 2003, Gen Art has given the opportunity to emerging fashion talent to display their work in high-profile group runway shows and fashion presentations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. Designers debuted by Gen Art include: Zac Posen,…

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