Picks of the Week: March 5 – 9

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – March 6. (Thurs.) Betty Bryant. Singer/pianist Bryant’s engaging style recalls an era of briskly swinging, warmly interpretive jazz cabaret. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – March 7. (Fri.) Savion Glover’s StePz. Tap dancer Glover has brought more jazz qualities to contemporary tap dancing than anyone since Fred Astaire. Valley… Read More Picks of the Week: March 5 – 9

Dance: Lucy Guerin Inc. at Royce Hall

by Jane Rosenberg Elemental forces were at work on the stage of Royce Hall on Friday, October 4 when Lucy Guerin, the Australian choreographer, presented her North American premiere of “Weather” in a CAP UCLA concert. Nature’s seasons have long been a romantic lure for choreographers and composers – Petipa, Robbins, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi,… Read More Dance: Lucy Guerin Inc. at Royce Hall

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 Music: Yo Yo Ma, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Craftsmanship was the word that kept coming to mind while listening to Yo Yo Ma perform the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night. A well-crafted Concerto, performed in articulate fashion, with precise accompaniment.  Admirable for the proficiency with which it was done, by the… Read More Live Music: Yo Yo Ma, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

CD Review: “Come and See the Show: The Best of Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Emerson, Lake and Palmer Come and See the Show: The Best of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Razor & Tie) By Mike Finkelstein Emerson, Lake and Palmer didn’t begin as a super-group, but in retrospect the band’s pedigree indicated all along that they would sound special.   The band consisted of keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, fresh out of… Read More CD Review: “Come and See the Show: The Best of Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Ballet: The Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Whenever I approach a production of the “Nutcracker,” I bring along my seven-year-old self and wait expectantly for the holiday fantasy to begin.  Thursday night at the opening performance of the Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” was no exception.  I never tire of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale or of Tchaikovsky’s perfect ballet score, and… Read More Ballet: The Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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