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In the news: Riccardo Muti’s eyes “threw daggers” after fisticuffs erupted at the Chicago Symphony

Ahh.. Brahms..

The music of soothing lullabies, sleeping babies, and…fist fights?

This month, while the illustrious Riccardo Muti conducted Brahms Symphony No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a young man turned the exclusive box seats into a tawdry Fight Club. The 30-ish man punched a 67-year-old man in the face, in an apparent dispute over the correct proprietor of the box seats.

An ambulance arrived to squire the senior citizen to the hospital, as his face had been cut. The Brahms Brawler fled the scene before police arrived.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Muti flashed “dagger eyes” at the brutish interruption. Maestro Muti was quoted in the Chicago Tribune as saying, “This was the first time in my more than 40 years of (musical) activity in all parts of the world that such a thing has happened. Never could I imagine the concert hall would become a (wrestling) ring. The irony was that this took place during a program of Brahms. Most of his music was written to express consolation, not aggression.”

“I hope it was not my interpretation that brought this on,” Muti is reported to have said with a smile.

If the fighter became this inflamed during Brahms, imagine how would he would have reacted during Liszt’s Totentanz or Prokoviev’s Scynthian Suite?

For the full report of the fight, please see John Von Rhein’s report in the Chicago Tribune.,0,4806105.column

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Cultural Events LA: Weekend of March 17th

Los Angeles Ballet presents Swan Lake

March 17. 7:30 p.m.

Alex Theatre. 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203 310.998.7782




March 17 8:00 PM

Los Angeles Philharmonic. Neeme Järvi, conductor;Mischa Maisky, cello. Dvorák: Carnival Overture; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012 (323) 850-2000


Celebrating Norwuz, Iranian New Year at LACMA

Sun. March 18 11:00-7:00 p.m

Program includes: Musical Performances, Calligraphy, Story Reading,and Film Festival.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 tel 323 857-6000


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In the news: Art detectives possibly discover lost mural by…Leonardo Da Vinci?


Leticia Marie Sanchez

Art researchers in Florence claim to have found a strong clue that a mural entitled The Battle of Anghiari by  Leonardo Da Vinci lies hidden in a wall of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Art detectives, led by Maurizio Seracini, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, drilled tiny holes in a fresco by Giorgio Vasari which lies on top of what they believe is a work by Da Vinci.

Clue #1: Black Pigment

Using miniature cameras and tiny endoscopic probes, the team has found the proof that they believe links the work to Leonardo: black pigment which matches the exact paint used in Da Vinci’s most famous work, the Mona Lisa.

Clue #2: Mysterious Message

Researchers point to another clue, a message painted on the Vasari work, which lies on top: Cerca Trova,” or “Seek and you shall find.

Is this a hoax?

Critics of the project accuse the researchers of trying to stir up some “Da Vinci Code” publicity. 

Florence’s Mayor says, “Carry on, Detectives!”

However, the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has declared. “We need the courage to push on and resolve this mystery.” 

What do you think, my fellow Sherlocks?

For the full story, please read:

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Cultural Events LA weekend of March 10


LA. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater present a National Theatre Live broadcast

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors HD film Screening at UCLA

Sun.March 11, 4 pm

Stand up-comedian Lenny Henry stars as Antipholus of Syracuse.
James Bridges Theater. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 235 Charles E. Young Dr. LA, CA 90095. For information on purchasing tickets, please call 310-827-0889 or visit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Pianist Abbey Simon performs at LACMA- free concert

Sun.March 11, 6 pm

Mozart: Sonata in A major, K. 331, Liszt: 3 Petrarch Sonnets, Chopin: Impromptus I-III.

No reservations needed. Bing Theater.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036 tel 323 857-6000

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In the news: Levitated Mass “Rock star” begins its journey to LACMA


What weighs 340 tons and is the largest rock formation to be moved from two points since the Egyptian pyramid?

No, this is not a leap year prank!

Artist Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” is making a 105-mile journey to LACMA.

LACMA is even providing a mapped route of the massive boulder’s journey for Angelenos who wish to observe the rock as it travels to its new home at the museum.

Will this very unusual “Rock Star” garner fans? Only time will tell…

For the full story, please read:

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Video: Plácido Domingo makes a cameo appearance on Cultural Cocktail Hour

Cultural Cocktail Hour was thrilled to speak for a minute with Plácido Domingo!

Despite being swarmed on the dance floor by photographers & enthusiastic fans who dreamed of getting their picture taking with the Maestro, Mr. Domingo  graciously stopped by to talk to Cultural Cocktail Hour about the meaning of his name.

The majority of the 3-minute video provides a history of the LA Music Center and the accomplisments of Mr. Domingo.

Enjoy! Leticia Marie SanchezFounder and Editor-in-Chief

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Cultural Events LA: March 2, 3, 4

Heras-Casado conducts Strauss at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Fri, Mar 2 8:00PM; Sat., Mar 3 2:00PM; Sun, Mar 4, 2:00PM
Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Martin Chalifour, violin. Beethoven: Egmont Overture (Except Friday). Matheson: Violin Concerto (West Coast premiere; LA Phil commission) Strauss: Ein HeldenlebenWalt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000


Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200–1350

February 28–May 13
Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. LA, CA. 90049. (310) 440-7300



Capitol Ensemble at LACMA- Free
Sun, Mar 4th 6 pm
Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Opus 20, No.4;  Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, Rosamunde.
Bing Theater. No reservations
Stream Sundays Live. LACMA905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

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Magnificat by Moonlight…

Cultural Photography © 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez

The Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena,basking in moonlight

after a performance of Bach’s Magnificat by LA Chamber Orchestra Feb 25th


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Cultural Events LA- Feb 25th

Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring 

Opening Night Sat Feb 25th 7:30 p.m

LA Opera.

135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s BACH’S MAGNIFICAT “Discover” Concert

led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

Saturday, Feb 25, 8 pm

Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105

Tickets available online at, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157


Year of the Chimera 7.0 exhibit 

Glass Garage Gallery Fine Art Gallery. 414 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90048

For more information on the exhibit please call 310-659-5228 or e-mail:

“The Doe Marriage” Copyright © Margo Selski & Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery. All rights reserved.

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President’s Weekend Cultural Cocktail

LACMA is Free President’s Day

Mon- Feb 20- 12pm

Live music from 12:30-2:45

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. Free, general admission ticket required | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.

Photo © Leticia Marie Sanchez

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