Highlights of the Long Weekend: In Los Angeles

By Don Heckman – April 16. (Thurs.) The Mutter Bronfman Harrell Trio. Three international virtuosi – violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell – apply their remarkable skills to a program of classic piano trios: Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op.… Read More Highlights of the Long Weekend: In Los Angeles

Live Music: “Stradivarius Fiddlefest” by members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the Broad Stage

by Don Heckman Santa Monica, CA. The opportunity to hear an actual Stradivarius violin in action is the sort of rare musical event that would be a delight to most classical music fans. But the opportunity to hear five of the legendary instruments, played by a group of superb violinists from the Los Angeles Chamber… Read More Live Music: “Stradivarius Fiddlefest” by members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the Broad Stage

Live Music: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra a la carte — in Westwood and Pacific Palisades

By Don Heckman The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has been making pioneering efforts to find new methods, new settings and new approaches to presenting classical music.  Among their many programs, one of the most engaging is their fund-raising, LACO a la carte series, which showcases individual members of LACO, performing for intimate gatherings in the… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra a la carte — in Westwood and Pacific Palisades

Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

By Don Heckman It wasn’t an especially high visibility event at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic was conducted in the first of two appearances this week by the amiable Nicholas McGegan.  The soloist of the night was English trumpeter Alison Balsom.  And the music was Haydn — not Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

Live Music: Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan at the Hollywood Bowl 2012 Opening NIght

By Don Heckman The Hollywood Bowl opened its 91st season Friday night with a familiar bang.  Once again, the summer’s first celebratory evening climaxed with a spectacular display of the Bowl’s justifiably famous fireworks. And there were musical pyrotechnics as well, in an evening announcing the induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame of… Read More Live Music: Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan at the Hollywood Bowl 2012 Opening NIght

Live Classical Music: Richard Stoltzman, Menahem Pressler and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Mozart and Brahms were on the bill at Royce Hall Saturday for a UCLA Live concert featuring pianist Menahem Pressler, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra.  For some listeners, this one included, Mozart and Brahms are not just nearly a century apart, they’re also at opposite ends of… Read More Live Classical Music: Richard Stoltzman, Menahem Pressler and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra at Royce Hall

Live Classical Music: The Camerata Pacifica at Zipper Concert Hall

By Don Heckman Camerata Pacifica, the Santa Barbara-based chamber ensemble that has been presenting high quality chamber music to Southland listeners for two decades, did it again Thursday night at Zipper Concert Hall in the Colburn School.  Evolving well beyond their original Baroque focus as the Bach Camerata, they devoted a complete performance to the… Read More Live Classical Music: The Camerata Pacifica at Zipper Concert Hall