LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth approaching in 2018, LA Opera began the celebration with a semi-staged concert performance of Wonderful Town. For the occasion, the orchestra was seated on the stage, flanked by LA Opera Chorus members, with the soloists lining up front and center. What began as a… Read More LA Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With enough Juggling stunts to rival Cirque du Soleil, Philip Glass’s opera, Akhnaten, tumbled into town from London in a new staging co-produced by English National Opera and LA Opera. It was a night to remember, both for its failings and for its strengths. When Glass’s meditation on the life of Akhnaten… Read More Opera: Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

“Heartbeat Brazil” CD Release at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles

By Norton Wright Wondrous was on November 2nd to see and hear Stephan Oberhoff and his “Heartbeat Brazil” quintet DAZZLE at the Catalina Jazz Club. Large visual screens displayed gorgeous photographic sequences of Brazilian beaches, beautiful people, sunrises, and sunsets synced to Oberhoff’s bossa nova compositions. Vocals, and instrumentals were backed by spectacular woodwindist Robert… Read More “Heartbeat Brazil” CD Release at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles

Highlight of the Week in Los Angeles: Heartbeat Brazil celebrates CD release at Catalina Bar & Grill, Wednesday, November 2.

by Don Heckman Any evening of Brazilian music is almost always a night to remember. Stephan Oberhoff brings his Heartbeat Brazil group to Catalina Bar & Grill to celebrate the release of their new CD.For this event you will experience not only the familiar Brazilian jazz classics but the high energy street music called Maracatu.… Read More Highlight of the Week in Los Angeles: Heartbeat Brazil celebrates CD release at Catalina Bar & Grill, Wednesday, November 2.