By Jane Rosenberg Love and greed are the passions at work in the LA Opera’s double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through October 3. In Puccini’s comedy Gianni Schicchi, we have the grasping relatives of Buoso Donati scheming to change his will, as his corpse lies prostrate… Read More Live Opera: LA Opera’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “Pagliacci”
LA Opera Opens the 2015/16 Season with Gianni Schicchi, Staged by Woody Allen LA Opera’s thirtieth anniversary season opens with the double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci (September 12 through October 3, 2015). Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s general director, will sing the title role in Woody Allen’s staging of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The opera… Read More LA Opera Announces its 2015/16 Season
By Don Heckman The full house crowd at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night may not have had a great deal of familiarity with Aaron Weinstein, the headline act. But it’s a fair bet that by the end of the gifted young violinist’s 90 minute set, a good portion of the audience felt they had just… Read More Live Jazz: Aaron Weinstein at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
Punch Brothers Who’s Feeling Young Now (Nonesuch) By Brian Arsenault Punch Brothers’ new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, starts so strong. Poetic intelligent lyrics, deeply felt but restrained feelings in the vocals, especially strong fiddle playing by Gabe Witcher. In a time of computer beeps and annoying bongs and chirps of everything from coffee makers… Read More CD Review: Punch Brothers
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 27 – Jan 1. (Tues. through Sunday) Jane Monheit. The beautiful Monheit gets an early start, ramping up all week to the big Saturday night New Year’s celebration. And what better way to bring in 2012 than by hearing her velvet voice and gentle swing delivering “Auld Lang… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1
. . “I can’t listen to Wagner that much. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.” Woody Allen . To view more Quotations of the Week click here.