Ballet: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg Performs “Rodin” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Famous artists in torment are a subject of fascination in the popular imagination. Make it two tormented artists in a romantic relationship and the appeal doubles. Biographies, films, and even novelizations of the lives of, for example: Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, or Simone de Beauvoir and… Read More Ballet: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg Performs “Rodin” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Live Chamber Music: Christopheren Nomura at Southern Oregon University

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. Chamber Music Concerts topped off their 2014-2015 season Friday night with a rare and memorable treat. It wasn’t a climactic closing event filled with choral high notes and trumpet fanfares. In fact, there were only two performers on stage at SOU’s Music Recital Hall: baritone Christopheren Nomura and pianist Daniel… Read More Live Chamber Music: Christopheren Nomura at Southern Oregon University

Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at Disney Hall conducted by John Adams

By Jane Rosenberg   Los Angeles. Like a Prospero calling forth the winds, John Adams set the accomplished artists of the LA Phil New Music Group to blowing, gusting, darting, and flying Tuesday night at Disney Hall. Billed as a theatrical evening, two of the pieces, Frankenstein!! and the U.S. premiere of Hommage à Klaus… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at Disney Hall conducted by John Adams

LA Opera: “Florencia en el Amazonas” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Lush orchestration, fervent arias, soaring high notes: these are the hallmarks of Daniel Catán’s opera, Florencia en el Amazonas. Earnest in its desire to please and enlighten, what the score and libretto lack in conveying the wildness of the Amazon is compensated for by L A Opera‘s singers and musicians embracing the… Read More LA Opera: “Florencia en el Amazonas” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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 Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman French and American musics of the early 20th century were linked by many common interests, not the least of which was jazz.  On Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of Stéphane Denève, gave an illuminating performance of works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Maurice… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Classical Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Pietar Inkinen and pianist Leon Fleisher at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Young Finnish conductor Pietar Inkinen made his Hollywood Bowl debut Tuesday night with a program – reaching from Sibelius and Ravel to Tchaikovsky – virtually guaranteed to display his strikingly mature skills. Start with the Ravel, the most intriguing composition on the program.  There’s a tendency to view works such as his… Read More Live Classical Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Pietar Inkinen and pianist Leon Fleisher at the Hollywood Bowl