THE MUSIC CENTER’S 2015-16 SEASON OF DANCE IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles. This coming season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center includes Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra (October 8-11, 2015), the West Coast premiere of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Second City (November 6-8, 2015), The Music Center debut of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (January 29-31, 2016), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (April… Read More THE MUSIC CENTER’S 2015-16 SEASON OF DANCE IN LOS ANGELES

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

Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

By Don Heckman Pop and rock music ruled Saturday at the Opening Night of the Hollywood Bowl season with the introduction of the 2013 inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame – Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Nothing wrong with that line-up for music fans with a pop/rock orientation.  And… Read More Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Live Music: “The Philharmonic Dances” — The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Concert and Gala

By Don Heckman The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel opened the new season at Walt Disney Hall Thursday night with a smartly conceived and beautifully performed program titled The Philharmonic Dances.  Opening nights at Disney have become stellar events over the past few years – musically and socially.  And this one was… Read More Live Music: “The Philharmonic Dances” — The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Concert and Gala

Live Jazz: The Gerald Wilson Big Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Michael Katz Gerald Wilson took a near-capacity crowd at Catalina’s on a Tour De Jazz Thursday night. The 93 year old composer/arranger/leader,  possessed of undiminished enthusiasm, spun musical and verbal tales that began with his days in the Jimmie Lunceford Band and included Basie and Ellington, with deft nods to Stravinsky, Puccini and Miles… Read More Live Jazz: The Gerald Wilson Big Band at Catalina Bar & Grill

Here, There and Everywhere: A Few (More) Things I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman This was first published in its original form a year ago.  Everything in that post still holds true, and I thought I’d add a few more musical reasons to be thankful. – Every note Charlie Parker ever played. – Ditto for Louis Armstrong. – Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Ray… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: A Few (More) Things I’m Thankful For