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A Cultural Cocktail of Cirrus, Stratus, and Cumulus

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”

- G.K. Chesterton

Stroll through The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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February Top Pick! Mozart and Mendelssohn with Pittance Chamber Music

 A mélange of Mozart and Mendelssohn creates an intriguing Cultural Cocktail!

Mozart PortraitPittance Chamber Music

Friday, February 3, 8 p.m.

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School. 200 South Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012

Featuring Maestro James Conlon Conducting Members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra

MOZART Serenade No. 10 in B flat (“Gran Partita”) James Conlon, conductor

MENDELSSOHN Octet for Strings in E flat, Op. 20

Artists: - Leslie Reed, Jennifer Johnson — Oboe;  - Stuart Clark, Laura Stoutenborough, Donald Foster, Steven Piazza – Clarinet, Basset Horn; - William May, William Wood — Bassoon; - Steven Becknell, Kristi Morrell, Nathan Campbell, Philip Yao — Horn;- David Young — Double Bass; - Roberto Cani, Jessica Guideri, Ana Landauer, Lisa Sutton — Violin; - Brian Dembow, Shawn Mann — Viola; - John Walz, Dane Little — Cello

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Rachmaninov’s Retort

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 Kreisler inched towards the piano, whispering intensely at Rachmaninov,

“Where are we?”

To which Mr. Rachmaninov cooly replied, “Carnegie Hall.”

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A Yellow Brick Road of Gingko leaves…

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…

and I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”- Robert Frost
Baldwin Coach Barn
Los Angeles Arboretum
All photography ©2017 Leticia Marie Sanchez
Yellow Woods
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Wise Man of the Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Take a music bath once or twice a week”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes-

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Wise Man of the Day: Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fenelon

“If the riches of the Indies,

or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe

were laid at my feet

in exchange for my love of reading,

I would spurn them all.”

Francois Fenelon

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January 2017: LA’s TOP CULTURAL PICKS!

An exciting and vibrant month in LA in which to imbibe a Cultural Cocktail of Iconic Photography and a cornucopia of art! 

Two heavy hitters hit the LA Art Scene: Photo LA 2017 and LA Art Show

CCH is looking forward to:

PHOTO LA 2017 and checking out 1) photographer Grey Villet‘s intimate images of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose compelling story to marry in segregated Virginia in the 1960s 2) the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning war photographer, Tony Vaccaro in the exhibit ”War, Peace, and Beauty”, 3) Vintage prints of South African born photographer Norman Seeff who has made images of artists including Ray Charles, Andy Warhol, John Belushi and Joni Mitchell. 

LA ART SHOW: More than 90 galleries from more than 20 countries including: France, China, Spain, Mexico, South Korea,and the United Kingdom

photo-laPHOTO LA 2017

Jan. 12 – Jan 15

The REEF/LA Mart

1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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la-art-show-2017LA ART SHOW

Jan. 12-Jan 15

LA Convention Center

1201 South Figueroa Street West Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Strolling through a Sea of Picassos; “States of Mind”- A Must See Exhibit at the Norton Simon

Review: “States of Mind” at the Norton Simon

October 14, 2016- February 13, 2017

 By Leticia Marie Sanchez

picasso-into-2The act of artistic creation is often a mystifying process, in which a mysterious alchemy of genius, inspiration, and hours of labor combine to form the masterpieces that we see hanging on museum walls today.

Although we may be connoisseurs and consumers of output, it is rare to have an opportunity to view the artistic process firsthand. Strolling through a sea of Picassos at the Norton Simon one is struck by the ability to have a window into an artist’s thoughts and vision. Unlike oil paint, which covers the artist’s work, the flexible medium of lithography allows one, as explained by Picasso himself, to “show the picture underneath the picture.” The insightfully curated exhibit of 86 prints juxtaposes various states of a composition so that we can view nuanced adjustments as well as significant changes. For instance, the iconic bull becomes more abstract and geometric with each iteration, with the final image evoking a cave drawing.

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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) The Bull, 1945. (Lithograph, various states, including 11th and final state). Norton Simon Art Foundation

The exhibit transports us through visions of Picasso’s loves, mistresses, friendly rival (Matisse), and even his own childlike self-conception. At more than 60 years old, Picasso’s self-portrait was that of a young boy. It is only fitting that he saw himself through a youthful lens, as the exhibit vividly illustrates the artist’s technique of deskilling, moving from the professional to the whimsically childlike in his style. Picasso once remarked of his children, “When I was their age I could draw like Raphael, but it has taken a lifetime to learn to draw like them.”

Finally, in addition to getting a window into the mind of Picasso, the exhibit also affords a glance into the intense collecting style of maverick industrialist Norton Simon. In contrast with many of his tycoon peers, Simon lived well below his means, allowing him to invest his fortune in a formidable art collection.  The fervent and often obsessive collector acquired more than 880 works by Picasso, one of the deepest collections of its kind. Simon’s foresight and passion resulted in the sea of Picassos through which we can now immerse ourselves, delving into the mind of a revolutionary artist.

First Image. Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Head of a Young Girl, November 5, 1945. Lithograph. 1st State; 1 of 18 artist reserved proofs. The Norton Simon Foundation, F. 1983.20.05.G

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


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 at Ace Hotel Downtown LA

December 9 and 10th 8 p.m.

Choreography by: Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Roy Assaf;  Special Musical Performance by: Rufus Wainwright; Art by  Mark BradfordFeatured Dancers- Janie Taylor with Benjamin Millepied, Carla Korbes with Batkhurel Bold L.A. Dance Project Company Artists

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For a past Cultural Cocktail Hour review on the innovative LA Dance Project, please read:

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Behind every cloud is a silver lining…Nimbus at Walt Disney Concert Hall

All photography ©2016 Leticia Marie Sanchez

CCH designates NIMBUS as a must-see, must-hear! Art Installation + Accompanying Music= Purely Celestial

From LA Phil website:

Fallen Rising
Text from the Tenth Elegy of Rilke’s Duino Elegies
Translated by Yuval Sharon
And we
And we who always
Always think of happiness rising
and we who always think of happiness rising
We will be
Will be over whelmed
by the emotion
Emotion of a happy thing falling


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