By Don Heckman
It’s a slow week for music venues around the world, but there’s always a lot happening in L.A. Here’s a sampling for this weekend.
– Jan. 23 (Fri.) Tango Buenos Aires. The Argentinian dance ensemble applies the erotic dance movements of the tango to “The Song of Eva Peron,” a work inspired by one of Argentina’s most memorable historical figures. Valley Performing Arts Center. (818) 677-8800.
– Jan. 23 – 25 (Fri – Sun.) Emanuel Ax Plays Chopin. The revered veteran pianist Ax performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. And there’s more – the Phil, conducted by Harth-Bedoya, also offers a performance of Prokofiev’s rarely heard Suite from the ballet Cinderella. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Jan. 23 (Fri.) Tony Galla. His warm baritone voice sets the mood all over television in shows such as The L Word, The Wedding Planner and more. Here’s an opportunity to hear Galla’s eclectic balladry up close and personal. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– Jan. 23 & 25. (Fri. & Sun.) The Jazz Ministry. The father and son team of drummer Abraham Laboriel, Jr. and bassist Abraham Laboriel, Sr. join up with keyboardist Greg Mathieson and guitarist Michael Landau in an inspiring exploration of the soulful roots of jazz. The Baked Potato. (818) 980-1615.
– Jan. 24. (Sat.) The New West Symphony. Conducted by Boris Brott, one of the Southland’s most adventurous ensembles takes on a far reaching program that includes Respighi’s Pines of Room, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and Rossini’s Overture to William Tell. Also on the bill – Mike Garson‘s newly comissioned Viola Variations on a Theme of Paganini, featuring violist Lauren Chipman. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. . (805) 449-2100.
– Jan. 24. (Sat.) Tom Scott with the Ron Kobayshi Trio. Grammy Award winner Scott, always a compelling improviser, will be at his best in the sterling company of the Kobayshi players. Steamers. (714) 871-8800.
– Jan. 25. (Sun.) The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plays Vivaldi and Schubert. The ensemble’s deeply descriptive interpretive skills are at their most impressive in a program reaching across a century of classical genres. A CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall. (310) 825-2210.
– Jan. 25. (Sun.) Ron Jones Influence Jazz Orchestra and singer Seth MacFarlane. Catalina . (323) 466-2210. Animation producer, director and creator (of show such as Family Guy and American Guy) MacFarlane also has ambitions to display his creativity as a singer, as well. Click HERE.To read an iRoM review of a previous performance by MacFarlane and the Jones Orchestra. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.