This Week @MusicCenterLA

Fact: We’re rushing forward with this year! Evidence: Daylight’s Savings Time begins this Sunday! Solution: Before you lose that hour, come on down to the Music Center and partake in one or more of our various venues presenting an array of visual and aural treats. (We’ve really packed it in this week!)


LA Opera continues with a Sunday performance of The Barber of Seville. You know the music, but have you seen this much color on an opera stage? Check out this clip and then check your closet to see if you have anything half as colorful to wear to the Dorothy Chandler when you come see it!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which challenges the audience with the question: how do we measure the value of our lives? Beautiful trailer here from CTG. Quite contrarily, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour continues at the Ahmanson with the LA Times reviewing it as “…a mix of Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, the queen mother and a boxing kangaroo.”

LA Phil has a full plate of presentations this week:

  • Tonight catch Late Masterworks with András Schiff, in which the piano sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are performed by one of the instrument’s reigning masters.
  • Thursday through Sunday offers Dudamel & Mahler 6, the dramatic and dark symphony complete with a massive wood box with an equally massive sledgehammer to realize Mahler’s famous “hammer blows.”
  • Saturday afternoon presents American Youth Symphony and a bill complete with Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and the premiere of Mavericks, a piece inspired by the legendary Mavericks surf break off the shore of Half Moon Bay in Northern California.
  • On Tuesday Gustavo Dudamel leads a program of Modern music in Green Umbrella: Dudamel Conducts

On Sunday, LAMC presents a concert built around the theme of ascension featuring the Los Angeles Chamber Choir with the LA Master Chorale in Los Angeles Master Chorale: Songs of Ascent.

REDCAT is filling their week with three entirely different events:

  • In tonight’s Judith Butler: Vulnerability and Resistance, the eminent American philosopher offers an opportunity to dig deeper during her third of four lectures in connection with her residency at the CalArts School of Critical Studies’ Aesthetics and Politics Program.
  • Thursday finds 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz performed by The Brad Dutz 4tet, a group which first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago.
  • And Friday, if you enjoyed Los Angeles Plays Itself, then don’t miss the opportunity to see Thom Andersen: The Thoughts That Once We Had, the filmmakers most recent film essay covering cinematic history and effused with Anderson lifelong love of the movies.