Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery

By Allegra Heckman and Ityen Aznarez Talent, Oregon.  Last week, at the Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent, Oregon, the quintet Pearl Django played an intimate 2 sets to a full house of appreciative patrons. The show was part of the Fall concert series produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, an institute that provides opportunities… Read More Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery

Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet in a Triple Bill at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  If Fred Astaire embodied the essence of dance to George Balanchine, then surely to Jiři Kylián, as evidenced in his hilarious yet knowing ballet, Sechs Tänze, it’s Charlie Chaplin, and his comic physical grace that springs to mind. Los Angeles Ballet wisely chose Kylián’s creation to conclude its triple bill,… Read More Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet in a Triple Bill at Royce Hall

Ballet: Nederlands Dans Theater 1 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

By Jane Rosenberg Though “Shoot the Moon” is a small ensemble piece, it says volumes about the singular dancers and idiosyncratic vision of the Nederlands Dans Theater. The third in a trio of ballets performed opening night during the company’s run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Sunday, “Shoot the Moon” was a gripping convergence of… Read More Ballet: Nederlands Dans Theater 1 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles

CD Review: George Benson “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”

Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (Concord Records) By Brian Arsenault Two versions of “Mona Lisa,” perhaps Nat King Cole’s most famous song, frame Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The first, opening the album, was recorded by “Lil” George Benson in 1951 after he won a singing contest at the age of… Read More CD Review: George Benson “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”