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

Q & A: Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

By Brian Arsenault The International Festival of Arts and Ideas has a clear and concise mission: “to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven [Connecticut] of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience celebrating and building community and advancing economic development.”  The Festival has… Read More Q & A: Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma and the L.A. Philharmonic. What a combination. Domingo conducts Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5 and Ma plays Dvorak’s controversial, but compelling, Cello Concerto. Hollywood Bowl (323) 850- 2000. – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Dana Bronson. Singer/pianst Bronson usually performs in cabaret and… Read More Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia

By Don Heckman Poetry has been an essential element in Persian/Iranian culture for eons, a refuge in times of stress, a joy in periods of plenty.  In turn, the music of that rich society has been almost inseparably linked to the poetry, producing stunning combinations of lyrical imagery and emotionally dense melody. Surveying the creative… Read More Live: A Celebration of Rumi — The Sights and Sounds of Mystic Persia