By Jane Rosenberg As a reader of fairytales, with a particular devotion E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Offenbach’s opera has always exerted a strong pull on my imagination. I approach every production with anticipation – much like a child eagerly awaiting a performance of The Nutcracker, another magical Hoffmann creation. Opening night of LA Opera’s The Tales… Read More LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
By Don Heckman Brazilian singer/guitarist Teka and her New Bossa Quartet perform music rich with free flying jazz, the irresistible rhythms and melodies of Brazil, and the lyrical pleasures of the Great American Songbook. She will make a rare Los Angeles appearance with her New Bossa group at the E Spot Lounge in Studio City.… Read More Highlight of the Week: Téka & NewBossa at the E Spot Lounge March 29
By Roger Crane, the Song Scout The ground-breaking big band Dizzy Gillespie formed in 1946 was one of the most powerful and exciting in the history of jazz. Its brass and reed sections were given arrangements that demanded heavy expenditures of energy. It didn’t take long for Gillespie to realize that his horns needed more… Read More A ROGER CRANE SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Five by the Elegant MJQ
By Jane Rosenberg In a program that succeeded artistically, intellectually, and politically, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater offered an evening both challenging and joyful, with works ranging from Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece, Revelations, to Hope Boykin’s involving and evocative 2016 r-Evolution, Dream. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and sermons, Hope Boykin, a longtime… Read More Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles
By Jane Rosenberg Since the 1960s, Trisha Brown has been experimenting with movement in a spirit of scientific investigation. Like abstract painting and sculpture, her dances are about form and structure and the poetics of space. It is fitting that the work of this pioneering artist should be performed at various art venues around Los… Read More Trisha Brown: In Plain Site Los Angeles at LACMA
By Brian Arsenault Just past twilight. First dark. The fire pit burning well but modestly. Saying something of little consequence to Kath when her eyes go beyond me and wonder comes into them. I turn in my chair and am startled to see two foxes bounding toward us. For an instance I feel I must… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Kitsune Weddings and Magic on the Lawn.
By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion Jimmy Van Heusen wrote “Darn That Dream” for the unsuccessful Broadway production Swingin’ the Dream. The original show incorporated artwork and sets by Walt Disney, music by the Benny Goodman Sextet, and an extravagant cast of 150 people, including Louis Armstrong, Maxine Sullivan and the Dandridge Sisters. Despite… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Darn That Dream”