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
By Don Heckman & Faith Frenz A new album by Broadway musical star, Susan Watson, has just been released to a myriad of praises from many of her most luminary peers. We are about to add our own with the unnecessary disclaimer that she is also our longtime friend of whom we are extremely proud.… Read More CD review: “The Music Never Ends” by Susan Watson
By Jane Rosenberg I approached Robert Wilson and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s latest collaboration, Letter to a Man, with great expectations. A music and movement based theatre piece exploring the diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, Letter to a Man is a one man show delving into the mad mind of that tortured genius of early twentieth century dance… Read More Baryshnikov in “Letter to A Man” at Royce Hall
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
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
By Roger Crane, the Song Scout The full title of Bill Reed’s lively book is The Last Musical Hurrah – Jazz and Pop Singing and the Onslaught of Rock. A perfect subtitle would be “One Shot” Wonders.” By drawing on interviews conducted exclusively for this book, along with his own extensive knowledge, Reed discusses in… Read More “The Last Musical Hurrah” –a Book Review
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.