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Cultural Calendar of Events in Los Angeles: April 18-19

postcard-nw-auctionfor-wePasadena Symphony: A New World

Saturday April 18th, 7:30pm

Milhaud: The Creation of the World; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Linda Wang, Violin; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

Benefit Auction immediately to follow concert in the Gold Room on the Mezzanine Level. The Auction will include international villa vacations in New Zealand and Tuscany.

Local Artist Peter Adams has generously donated one of his paintings for the auction, the breathtaking Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, a cascade of inspiration in the San Gabriel Valley.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101

For images of items to be auctioned, please visit:

The Audition


Sunday April 19th 12 p.m Pacific Time

This behind-the-scenes documentary by Susan Froemke follows the finalists of the Met Opera National Council Auditions as they compete in a life-changing competition: the chance to sing on the Met stage.

Come see the drama behind the drama!

For more information, including participating movie theatres, please visit:



lrg-331-walk__re_stage_027HISPANICS FOR LA OPERA cordially invites you to A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Featuring:

Wagner’s Die Walküre

Sunday April 19. 1 p.m.

Directed by Achim Freyer. featuring Plácido Domingo, Anja Kampe, and Conducted by James Conlon.

To purchase performance tickets please call 213-972-8001

Those attending the April 19th are invited to a reception following the performance: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 5th Floor, Salon A. Enter through the Gold Elevators adjacent to Kendall’s Brassiere on Grand Ave.

Please make your reservation for the reception to (213) 972-3620 or



mc6Musical Circus: Featuring storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Saturday April 18, 8:30 a.m.

For children 10 and younger. 

This event will include a “Musical Petting Zoo” to allow children to explore various instruments. A family concert will follow. Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101.

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Cultural Events LA: April 10-12


salonenSalonen Conducts Beethoven and Salonen

Fri. April 10th 11:00 AM. Sat. April 11, 8:00 PM

LA Philharmonic;  Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Women of the Los Angeles Master Choral;, Grant Gershon, music director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5; LIGETI Clocks and Clouds;SALONEN New Work (LAPA commission)

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012

Phone: (323) 850-2000



qtq6j1wa3jpa-1“STICK FLY”

Fri April 10 8pm; (Sat April 11 is Sold Out;)Sun April 12 3 pm

(The play will continue to be performed through May)

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond opens a window in the life of African American upper middle class family whose lives begun to unravel while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney; Starring Chris Butler, Avery Clyde, Tinashe Kajese, Terrell Tilford, John Wesley, Michole Briana White; Presented by The Matrix Theatre Company, producer Joseph Stern. The Matrix Theatre. 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046. Call 323-960-7740 or visit

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

charles-darwin-standingMind the Gap: Did Darwin avoid publishing his theory of evolution for 20 years?

April 10 (Friday) 7:30 p.m. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.1151 Oxford Road.San Marino, CA. 91108. 626.405.2100

From the Huntington website: “It is widely believed that Charles Darwin avoided publishing his theory of evolution for many years because he was afraid of the consequences. John van Whye, director of The Complete Works of Darwin Online at Cambridge University, will discuss how “Darwin’s delay” is a recent historiographical theme for which there is no clear evidence. Van Whye will show that Darwin did not keep his belief in evolution a secret and that a fundamental chapter in the story of Darwin’s life and work needs to be re-written. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall.”

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Celebrating Haydn at LACMA Sunday April 5th


Haydn Celebration No. 4 April 5| 6 pm

Pianist Andrei Baumann performs Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867; Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob XVI: 40; Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1 “Sonata quasi una fantasia,” and Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Opus 87. Bing Theater | Free, no reservations Program generously supported by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

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Cultural Events LA- the weekend of March 27th

angel_romeroFire and Spice: West LA Symphony

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez performed and conducted by Sir Angel Romero

Featuring Singers Diego Torre and Jose Adan Perez, from the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program*

Sun. March 29; 7-9pm

Royce Hall, UCLA Campus

Free Admission.

For more information, please call: (310) 873-7777




Folk Songs: Brahms and Copland.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Sun. March 29, 7pm

Bela Bartók. Slovak Folk Songs; Johannes Brahms, Zigeunerlieder; Aaron Copland, Old American Songs; Francis Poulenc, Chansons Françaises; and Veljo Tormis, Forgotten People’s Cycle;

Grant Gershon, Music Director. Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hal.111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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thornton_singersCasa De España Concert. Sun., March 29th, 3:30 pm.

Opera Recital in benefit of Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera. Members of the La Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program*: Diego Torre, Adan Perez, Karen Vuong and accompanist Matthew Lobaugh. Tickets $25 per person and $40. Including tapas, sidra, cava and wine. Casa De España. 6532 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601

Call Rosa Kelly to make your reservation: (909) 628-5062.*Created and overseen by Plácido Domingo, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at LA Opera is one of the world’s foremost training programs for emerging professional opera singers of potentially international stature.

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Review: Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony


Rebirth at the Pasadena Symphony

by Leticia Marie Sanchez 

A few months ago, the Pasadena Symphony unfortunately reported the cancellation of several concerts due to the recession.

Good news Pasadena- Spring is on the Horizon.

On March 14, the Pasadena Symphony, led by the ever-vivacious Jorge Mester, performed an uplifting troika celebrating “Rebirth.” The reinvigorating and thematically unified program was composed of Spring by Vivaldi, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and Spring Symphony by Robert Schumann. 

Complementing the revitalizing music was the resurgence of community support on stage. Before the concert started, the Women’s Committee presented Mr. Mester with a $90,000 check to the Pasadena Symphony, a contribution that helped to make the March Rebirth and April New World concerts possible. 


The revival of the Pasadena Symphony could be heard through the ebullient spring program. One of the liveliest pieces of the night was Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a ballet score for which Copland won the Pulitzer Prize. The seventh section of the ballet derives from “Simple Gifts,” a one-verse dance song composed in 1848 by American Shaker Elder Joseph Bracket. The lyrics to Simple Gifts embody the fortune of the Pasadena community, blessed to have our local symphony once again in our midst.  




Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free; ’Tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right; Twill be in the valley of love and delight.” 





The night of Rebirth was a renaissance of music and community support. We are slowly moving towards the place that we ought to be.: A community that treasures our artists. A community filled with love and delight. Listening to the stirring music we are unshackled from the chains of worry in daily life. Only then can we be uplifted. Only then can we truly be free.

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Cultural Events March 19-22

jamesconlonA Conversation with James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera

Thurs. March 19. 7pm.Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

To register, call: 626-405-2128.



jazz_henri_matisse-1Sound and Color: Henri Matisse and the Music of His Time.

Fri. March 20, 7:00-8:00.

Piano and Lecture: Polli Chambers-Salazar.Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA, 91105. 626.449.6840.



motezumaMotezuma* in Venice with Georgio Luke

Sunday March 22. 3pm. Museum of Latin American Art.

American Premier of Motezuma.

Andreas Mitisek and the Long Beach Opera cast of Vivaldi’s opera will take you on a journey into the composer’s life and his musical imagery.Gregorio Luke will lecture about the Aztec leader and the times of the Spanish conquest. *Motezuma (as Vivaldi liked to spell it), was the first opera penned about the Americas628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562)437.1689.

dance_0809_ailey_lrgAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Thurs March 19- Sunday March 22. 

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 213-972-0711 

See website for times.

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Cultural Events LA March 12-15

brand-flyer-jpg2New Music For Flute and PianoPerformed by Antares Boyle, flutes, and Rory Cowal, piano.

Sunday, March 15 7:00 P.M.

Featuring World Premieres of works by Qasim Naqvi and Chappell Kingsland. Also works by Tristan MurailBeat Furrer, and Diego LuzuriagaBrand Library and Art Center. 1601 West Mountain Street. Glendale, CA, 91201. (818) 548. 3782



pasadena360x360Pasadena Art Night

Friday, March 13: 6:00 – 10 p.m.

Pasadena’s Cultural Institutes invite you to a FREE open house.

Free shuttles will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue. Park at any one venue and ride to the others.

Venues include: the Alliance Francaise, the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Public Library, and the Pasadena Symphony

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3/12 through 3/14 8:00 P.M. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Orange County Performing Arts Center. 600 Town Center Drive. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. (714) 556.ARTS.  Vivaldi: “Winter” from “The Four Seasons” for Qanoun and Orchestra; Baderddin: Concerto for Nai and String Orchestra; Jabri: Oriento Grosso for Clarinet, Cello and Orchestra;  Abdul karim: Tango for Bouzaq and Strings,Solhi Al Wadi: Meditation on a theme by M. Abdul Wahhab;  Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

rotatephpCamerata Pacifica

Mozart: Violin Sonata in A Major, K526;  Auerbach: Cello Sonata; Brahms:  Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

Thursday March 12. 8pm. Zipper Hall, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, March 17. 8pm. The Huntington Library, San Marino

Catherine Leonard, violin; Bil Jackson, clarinet; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Warren Jones, piano

Contact: 805 884.8410

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Review: Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola Portraits at LACMA

  The Fabulous Fabiolas

At LACMA Through March 29, 2009


An overwhelming sea of red greets visitors entering the Francis Alÿs’ Fabiola exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. The darkly colored room on the museum’s second floor houses a hushed shrine. The LACMA pilgrim entering the room is struck at first glance by the undeniable likeness between more than 300 veiled women, mostly in red, mostly in profile. Upon closer observance, however, the hundreds of Fabiolas play with the viewer, exposing their differences. Some Fabiolas stare ahead somberly. Other lips convey the hint of a smile.  One fetching Fabiola resembles a 40’s movie star. Another typifies a Plain Jane. One is etched onto velvet, while another is comprised of beans. The exhibit transports the sacredness of iconography into the profane territory of flea markets, ceramics, and beans.  

fab-inside-banner1Francis Alÿs, the collector behind the Fabiola exhibit, amassed at least 300 renditions of Saint Fabiola, the noble Roman saint who became a patron of nurses and abused women.

Alÿs’ acquisition of Fabiolas took him from regions as far-flung as Latin America and the Netherlands where he scoured high and low, from antique shops to open air markets. 

pf_1948399fabiola-posters1The iconic image that we now have of Fabiola originates from a now lost portrait of Fabiola, painted by the nineteenth century French academic, Jean-Jacques Henner. 

A reproduction of the now lost Henner portrait of Fabiola. The color and profile are similar, but the harsh countenance is very distinct from the 20th century Fabiolas currently at LACMA.

But while Henner’s rendition (reproduced here) is stern and austere, the 20th century Fabiolas discovered by Alÿs exhibit a soft youthful countenance befitting the nurturing saint who founded Rome’s first hospice for the poor.

In fact, the sweet faces in the majority of the Fabiola portraits more closely resemble the sitter in another of Henner’s paintings, the Study of a Woman in Red.


The face of this Henner painting, the Study of a Lady in Red, strongly resembles the majority of the faces in the more than 300 Fabiolas at LACMA. Perhaps modern artists conflated the original lost Henner Fabiola portait with this painting.

The proliferation of Fabiolas demonstrates not only the saint’s lasting universal popularity but also begs the age-old question, “What is art?” Can it be found in flea markets? Francis Alÿs had clear stipulations for objects to be included in the exhibit. Forbidden were printed reproductions. In the age of Xerox copies, the integrity of the Fabiola portraits lies in the fact that they are all constructed by hand, mostly anonymous hands.



One of the many Fabiola Portraits currently at LACMA.   The Fabiola Portraits embody the democratization of art. Art, like saints, should not be relegated to closed off reliquaries. They both exist in churches, temples, and flea markets. The word “Profane” originates from the Latin “Outside the Temple.” In the Fabiola Portraits, Francis Alÿs, takes the profane and makes it sacred.






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Cultural Events LA: the Weekend of March 7 and 8th

lincolnThe Last Full Measure of Devotion:

Collecting Abraham Lincoln

Feb. 7–April 27, 2009

Library West Hall.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA  91108. 626.405.2100




America Youth Symphony

Royce Hall, UCLA

Sun. March 8 7 pm

Royce Hall. UCLA. Royce Drive at Sunset Blvd. LA, CA. 90095. (310) 470-2332

Mozart Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”)

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Alexander Treger: Music Director and Conductor

Admission: Free

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Cultural Events LA. Feb 28-March 1

lrg-275-rheingold_211_lowDas Rheingold

Sun. March 1, 2:00 PM

LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-7219




matisse-for-exhMatisse’s Amours: Illustrations of Pierre de Ronsard’s Love Poems

Norton Simon Museum of Art. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. (626) 449.6840

The exhibit includes 25 pages of a rare copy of Matisse’s anthology of Ronsard’s 16th Century poetry. It took seven years for Matisse to complete this project which he undertook while his wife was imprisoned and his daughter was in a concentration camp. Perhaps Matisse found consolation in the romantic and sometimes melancholy blossoms of Ronsard’s poetry. 




bontempi-wind-instruments-trumpet-tr4231-n Irvine Valley College Wind Symphony

Saturday, Feb 28 7:30p

Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center

World Premiere of French Horn Concerto by Kenneth Nowak, Rob Grishkoff, Horn Soloist.

5500 Irvine Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 451-5100

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