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

Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg All true art refers to the art that preceded it, whether following as a logical outgrowth of earlier investigations or flipping those investigations upside down. Without Giotto, there would be no Titian, without Titian there would be no Delacroix, and so forth. As for dance, suffice it to say that without Petipa… Read More Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Verdi’s Macbeth, interpreted by a consummate conductor and orchestra with magnificent singing from the chorus and principals, made for a powerful night of opera and a brilliant opener to LA Opera’s 2016-17 season. With a narrative rife with the evil machinations of that tortured pair of king-slayers, Lord and Lady Macbeth, Verdi… Read More LA Opera Presents Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project presented another of its engaging events recently in the woodland setting of Ashland’s Old Siskiyou Barn. The stars of this colorful evening of vocal and piano jazz featured singer Nancy Harms and the  Jeremy Siskind Trio. In the world of music overflowing with songstresses, the unique talents of… Read More Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

By Don Heckman Talent, Oregon. Last Sunday night, New York’s great seven string guitarist Howard Alden gave a stunning display of the too rarely heard instrument’s expressive jazz potential in a performance at the Paschal Winery. The first half of the performance, produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, began with a far ranging program of… Read More Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg Hershey Felder, like Leonard Bernstein, the subject of his one-man musical play, is a passionate educator, offering general audiences musical insight into the creative process of composers from Irving Berlin to Beethoven. With skillful piano technique, nuanced vocals, and strong acting chops, Felder explores Bernstein’s life and times. What was most engaging,… Read More Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts