Live Music: Chris Botti and Chris Isaak at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman There were two guys named Chris on stage at the Hollywood Bowl Friday and Saturday nights. Despite their identical first names, their styles traced to very different genres. And despite those different sources, they both offered performances rich in musicality and compelling entertainment. Friday evening opened with the first Chris – jazz… Read More Live Music: Chris Botti and Chris Isaak at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was reasonable, I suppose, that the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s September 11 show at the Bowl Tuesday night would have some sort of patriotic aspect, acknowledging the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center. And a program of works by Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein would seem to have been… Read More Live Music: Sarah Chang, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Tchaikovsky Spectacular night at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday.  “Tchaikovsky” because the program consisted, in its entirety, of selections from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and 1812 Overture  And “Spectacular” because of, first, the music, and second the fiery display of pyrotechnics during the 1812 Overture. All of this was performed… Read More Live Music: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: Sept. 13 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 13. (Tues.)  Mozart’s Requiem.   The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, perform the masterpiece work, appropriately, two days after the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The Hollywood Bowl.  (323) 850-2000. – Sept. 14. (Wed.)  Carol Chaikin quartet.  Saxophonist/flutist… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 13 – 18

Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 7. (Tues.)  Chris Walden’s Big Band with Tierney Sutton.  The combination of Walden’s well-crafted arrangements, a band full of L.A.’s finest players, and the superb musicality of Sutton’s vocals should make for a memorable, entertaining  evening.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Sept. 9. (Thurs.) Music of the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Thursday was Leonard Bernstein night at the Hollywood Bowl – a concert performance of his too rarely heard operetta, Candide. With Bramwell Tovey conducting a musical congregation that included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and an impressive line up of singers, the potential for a memorable evening seemed… Read More Live Music: “Candide” at the Hollywood Bowl