Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 13 & 15. (Tues. & Thurs. Dudamel conducts Verdi’s Requiem. The Los Angeles Philharmonic players, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, apply their superb versatility to Verdi’s magnificent work. Hollywood Bowl,. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 13. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar night. It’s been a virtual Southland jazz institution… Read More Picks of the Week: August 12 – 18

Live Music: Josh Groban and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the “July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular”

By Don Heckman Josh Groban was the headliner, but the fireworks stole the show Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Not surprising, since the L.A. Philharmonic’s annual celebration of the 4th of July is one of the Southland’s summer highlights.  And once again the evening reached its climactic ending with a blend of spectacular pyrotechnics… Read More Live Music: Josh Groban and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the “July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular”

Live Music Theatre: John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” at Disney Hall

A Musical Tidal Wave of Surprises!   By Norton Wright New Yorker Magazine’s jazz critic Whitney Balliett in 1959 shorthanded a definition of jazz as “the sound of surprise.”  So today, when so very little in the arts genuinely surprises, the shock and awe generated by contemporary composer John Adams and director/librettist Peter Sellars is… Read More Live Music Theatre: John Adams’ “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” at Disney Hall