Ballet: American Ballet Theatre at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg In Balanchine’s ballet Apollo, Terpsichore reveals dancing to the world.  And in the process this ballet, choreographed in 1928, revealed Balanchine to be the twentieth century’s successor to Saint-Leon, Petipa, and Ivanov, infusing their classicism with a modernist simplicity, which allowed classical ballet space to breathe and grow.  In their opening performance at… Read More Ballet: American Ballet Theatre at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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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: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Tchaikovsky Spectacular night at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday.  “Tchaikovsky” because the program consisted, in its entirety, of selections from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and 1812 Overture  And “Spectacular” because of, first, the music, and second the fiery display of pyrotechnics during the 1812 Overture. All of this was performed… Read More Live Music: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl