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Q: ” Excuse me. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”

 A: “Practice, Practice, Practice.”

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This week in Los Angeles Nov. 14th-16th

This week’s Cultural Cocktail Hour involves a blend of competition, mystery, and invention- enjoy! 

opera-met152nd Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) – Western Regional Finals

Saturday, Nov 15. 1:00p.m.

Tickets $29 each at

Or call 213.740.4672.

Bovard Auditorium. University of Southern California. 3551 Trousdale Pkwy,Los Angeles, CA 90089. (213) 740.4211 

The Metropolitan National Council Auditions unearths raw talent across the nation with the goal of bestowing exceptionally talented singers with the opportunity to compete on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. During the Regional Finals at Bovard Auditorium, young opera singers will compete to win a trip to the National Semi-Finals concert held in New York. The Metropolitan Orchestra accompanies the eventual Grand Finals Concert at the Met, which is broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


The National Council has provided awards to many of the world’s most illustrious opera singers including Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, Susan Grant, and Frederica von Stade.

Renee Fleming, past MONC winner.


mtf-theschoolofnight1SCHOOL OF NIGHT

Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center

Fri. Nov 14. 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov.15. 2:30 pm;8:00 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 16. 1:00 pm; 6:30 p.m.

135 N. Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA, 90012. 213.628.2772.

Who killed Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe? Was her targeted for his allegiance to the secret society of independent minds, The School of Night?

Take advantage of the Center Theatre Group’s Entertainment Stimulus Package – which will make 100,000 tickets available at a $20 ticket price.

score_home_straightCAMERATA PACIFICA

Fri Nov. 14. Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara. 1:00 p.m & 7:30 p.m

Sun. Nov. 16. Temple Beth Torah, Ventura. 3:00 p.m.

Tues. Nov. 18. Huntington Library San Marino. 8:00 p.m.

Thurs. Nov. 20, Zipper Hall, Los Angeles. 8:00 p.m.

Program: Heft for Flute and Piano by Camerata Pacifica Principal Composer Ian Wilson; Schubert’s Arpeggione, D 821; Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor. Op.25

Adrian Spence, flute; Richard Yongjae O’Neill, viola; Lars Hoefs, cello; Kevin Fitz-Gerald; Violinist Nurit Pacht. Tickets for the concerts, as well as additional information on Camerata Pacifica can be found at or by dialing toll-free 1-800-557-BACH.

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


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 Pacific, and the Geffen Contemporary represent but a few examples of artistic collateral damage in Los Angeles. When the economy goes down, arts are the first to get slashed from any budget. People simply cannot afford the arts, that muse who sits too lofty on Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs. Or can they?

       A quick observation of Pasadena’s Old Town on a recent Saturday evening reveals crowds with still-disposable incomes huddled inside the Cheesecake Factory waiting to spend their dollars on a caloric feast. Let them eat cheesecake. Lines of designer label-clad youth still line up on Sunset Boulevard outside of the latest club du jour, flashing wads of cash at the barbarians at the gate in order to have the privilege to spend even more money on alcohol, cover charges, deafening music, and the opportunity to become desensitized.

     Therefore, many still have the economic means to get desensitized while denying the opportunity of refining the senses through the symphony, the opera, or fine art. The reduction of the arts in the City of Angels is not an issue of finance; it is an issue of priorities. A friend from Russia once remarked to me, upon seeing a vast sea of silver patrician heads last year in the audience of the Pasadena Symphony, that in Moscow concerts were not the exclusive domain of well-heeled patrons, those on the upper echelons of the social ladder. Families of modest means would dine on cabbage soup for a week in order to be able to take their children to see the virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz in concert.

      One need only to look at Venezuela, a country where the average income is a mere $3,490 a year, and, where the youth symphony embodies a national priority. More than 400,000 of Venezuela’s youth have participated in this program, saving themselves through musical dedication and discipline from a life of gangs, criminality, and destitution. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Venezuelan conductor José Antonio Abreu declared that musical programs in Venezeula functioned as a “weapon against poverty.” In Venezuela, classical music represents a vital component of the popular culture and progress, not a sanctuary for economic elites. If only many Angelenos could look at classical music and fine arts through the same lens: not as a luxury item but as a central building block of the social fabric and future of our city.

      The Dutch humanist and scholar Desiderius Erasmus once remarked, “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”  Unfortunately, in Los Angeles, this proverb exists in the reverse. Citizens first shell out money for dinners, libations, or a fetching new outfit, with nothing left for the Grapes of Wrath (an opera now cancelled by Opera Pacific) or the holiday concert at the Pasadena Symphony.

      The arts crisis in Los Angeles is not a reflection of the economy; it is a reflection of ourselves: our desires to feed our bodies at the expense of nourishing our souls.          

For LA TIMES report on struggling arts organizations:,0,3849403.story


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This weekend in LA: Cultural Events Nov 8th and 9th

dibnerbanner Dibner Hall of the History of Science opens at the Huntington.

From Ptolemy and Copernicus to Galileo and Newton this exhibit presents revolutionary ideas that changed the world.

The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. (626)405.2100

20576_midori1 Midori and Harth-Bedoya

Sat. Nov 8th. 8:00 p.m

Sunday Nov 9th 2:00 p.m

 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012. 323.850.2000.

Featured Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor, Midori, Violin.

Program: Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite, Britten, Violin Concerto, Revueltas, La noche de los mayas



vivaldi1Harmonia Baroque Players

Sun. Nov. 9, 4:00 p.m.

Concordia University: Good Shepherd Chapel

1530 Concordia West. Irvine, CA 92612


Scarlatti: Concerto in A minor ; Corelli: Sonata in G minor for Violin and Archlute Telemann: Trio Sonata in C minor for Recorder, Oboe and Basso Handel: Sonata in F major for Recorder and Basso Vivaldi: Concerto in F major P.323

(714) 970-8545

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This weekend in LA: Halloween Weekend 2008, Oct 31-Nov 1st

Imbibe a Cultural Cocktail this Halloween!

Halloween in Hades; UCLA Hammer Museum; 7-11 p.m  


 This Halloween party includes a costume contest, a spooky screening in the Billy Wilder Theater as well as musical performances by the groups Discount Cruise to Hell, Hecuba, and We Are the World. According to the Hammer website, “The ghoulish music, ghastly dancers, and gruesome visuals that descend upon the Hammer Courtyard will have you shrieking with horror.”

Hammer Museum.

10899 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90024. 310.443.7000




Editor’s Caveat: Although most individual tickets are sold out, one can purchase a Halloween membership to LACMA which comes with two Costume Ball tickets. Call 323 857-6010 for information. 

 From the LACMA website:

 Ghoul meets glamour at the fifth anniversary of the Muse Costume Ball as we walk down the blood red carpet on the arm of Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008. Join us as we enjoy mysterious potions concocted by Pernod Absinthe while getting down to live music by Grand Ole Party and a DJ set by Le Femme Digitale. Once again, the party kicks off in the L.A. Times Central Courtyard followed by the after party in the LACMA West Penthouse featuring our annual Costume Contest. Dress to impress as paparazzi lurk at every turn!”

For more information, please visit:


LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036.  




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Introduction to Wagner’s “The Ring” November 8

 A touch of Fantasy..

A touch of Myth and Magic..

An experience you’ll never forget!

In conjunction with LA Opera and Hispanics for LA Opera, Dr. Sherwin Sloan, Chairman of the Southern California Wagner Society, will give a lecture on the Ring Cycle at his home in the Hollywood Hills

Saturday November 8

5:00 P.M Wine Reception and Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 P.M Lecture on Wagner’s Ring Cycle6:30 P.M Opera Recital, featuring Teresa Brown, Soprano, Nmon Ford, Baritone, Victoria Kirsch, piano;

To purchase tickets, email, call 213.972.3260

Or open the following link:


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This Weekend in LA, Oct. 24-26


Photographs 1913–2008.

Opens Oct. 26th

Hammer Building.


5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036.(323) 857-6000





by Twyla Tharp & Elvis Costello

Fri. Oct. 24 & Sat Oct 25 7:30 P.M Sun. Oct. 26. 2:00 P.M

Music Center. 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012 213.972.7211

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October Master Calendar of Events Los Angeles

Editor’s Note: As your cultural correspondent will be on a different continent this month, here are October’s activities in advance.

Weekend of October 4-5

Da Camera Society

Sat. Oct 4 8pm

Doheny Mansion

8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007

Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet; Menahem Pressler, Piano

Schubert, Sonatina in D, D. 384; Berg, Four Pieces, Op. 5; Brahms Sonata in F, Op. 120/1




 Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure

Opening Sat. Oct. 4th

The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. (626)405.2100


 Lecture: American Wartime Propaganda

Sat. Oct 4th. 4 p.m.

Norton Simon. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.

(626) 449.6840


Weekend of October 11-12 

Tradition as Innovation in African Art

Ahmanson Building, Plaza Level

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036.

(323) 857-6000








Madama Butterfly

Fri. Oct. 10 7:30 p.m. Sun. Oct 12. 2:00 p.m LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave, LA CA 90012. (213) 972-8001. 




Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art

Pacific Asia Museum. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA, 91101.

(626) 449. 2742


Weekend of  October 17-19

Surf Orpheus- Oct 17 8 pm

Auditorium, Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway.

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

(310) 440-7300






Baroque Variations: Anderszewski Plays Bach- Sat. Oct 18

Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat, BWV, 825; Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811  

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




Camerata Pacifica- October 17-23

Fri. Oct 17. Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara: 1:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m

Sun. Oct 19. Temple Beth Torah, Ventura. 3:00 p.m.

Tues. Oct 21. Huntington Library, San Marino 8:00 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 23. Zipper Hall, LA, 8:00 p.m

Saint Saens, Sonata for Bassoon, Op. 168. Gaubert. Flute Sonata in A Major. Harbison. Twilight Music. Villa-Lobos. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6. Brahms. Horn Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40.Adrian Spence, Catherine Leonard, John Steinmetz, Steve Becknell, Kevin Fitzgerald. For more information about the concerts, please see:

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This Weekend in LA: September 26-27

Lecture: Rodin: The Back Story

Sat. Sept 27

2:00-3:00 p.m

Norton Simon Museum of Art.

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105





The Janis Mann Quartet

Fri Sept 26: 6pm LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA,

All the Saints of the City of Angels

by J. Michael Walker

(Closing October 5th)

Autry National Center. 4700 Western Heritage Way. LA, CA, 90027 (323) 667.2000

If you have not already, please read full review:

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This Weekend in LA: Sept 20-21


Francis Alÿs: Fabiola.

Ahmanson Building


5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036




Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor

Closing October 16th

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main Street. Santa Ana, CA. 92706



 Lecture: Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England”

Sat, Sept. 20th 3 pm

Auditorium, Getty Villa. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway.Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300.

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