This Week @MusicCenterLA

Plenty of top choices for entertainment this week! What will we see you at?

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Center Theatre Group presents Immediate Family  at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad!

LA Phil presents Beethoven & Strauss with pianist Lise de la Salle signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil store pre-show. During the day on Saturday bring the little ones for Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Peter and the Wolf and enjoy pre-show interactive art workshops. On Sunday night don’t miss your opportunity to see five-time Grammy-winning singer/ songwriter Michael McDonald. On Tuesday catch Chamber Music Society: Brahms with Bronfman with a pre-show wine tasting!

REDCAT is in the throes of festivals this week with the CalArts Film/Video Showcases, the REDCAT International Children’s Film FestivalDance Camera West, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Flowers of Shanghai

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Another week of exciting openings this week at The Music Center!

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LA Opera opens and runs for this week only Hercules VS. Vampires. Check out this video teaser, and yes there will be popcorn and drinks in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!

Center Theatre Group opens Immediate Family tonight at the Mark Taper Forum, and continues its run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson with only this week left to catch it if you haven’t!

LA Phil presents the Colburn Orchestra with Salonen on Friday featuring the talented young players of The Colburn Orchestra playing Stravinsky. Come early on Saturday for interactive art projects prior to Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Peter and the Wolf. Then later on Saturday night experience Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra as generations of musicians pay homage to the most important singer-songwriter-storyteller in the history of Chile. On Sunday catch Grammy®-winner Esperanza Spalding, performing the music from her recent studio albums.

REDCAT presents the much awaited Poor Dog Group: The Murder Ballad (1938) with a Friday through Sunday run gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. On Monday see Spencer Williams and The Blood of Jesus, one of the very first African American independent filmmakers, and his great cultural morality tale. Then on Tuesday enjoy Los Angeles-based concerto soloist and chamber musician for Piano Spheres: Nic Gerpe | Ces Espaces Infinis.

Earth Day LA!

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Tomorrow, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm come to The Music Center, Grand Park and LADWP to discover ways you can live clean and go green in LA!

Embark on this eco-conscious day with tours, gardening demos, recycled art projects, e-waste drop-off, electric vehicle demos, energy efficiency & water conservation displays, as well as plant & tree* giveaways, and so much more!

That’s not all- BEN & JERRY’S will be offering free ice cream in Grand Park as part of their Climate Justice Tour!

What a way to celebrate our planet and commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day!

*Free trees will be available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles. Verification will be required (ID/Driver’s License or LADWP bill). First come, first served. Limit 1 tree per address.

A Few Favorite Moments…

We are still coming down from the amazing high that the brilliant performances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave us last week.  If you came to any of the shows, you know what we mean.  There is something about Ailey that feeds ones soul, and leaves you feeling inspired and rejuvenated… It’s no wonder, because the company members are warm and inspiring both on and off the stage!

Here’s a few of our favorite moments off stage….

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Master Class at Lula Washington Dance Theater

Vernard J. Gilmore teaching a master class at Edge PAC

Hope Boykin with Fans

Hope Boykin with Fans

Glenn Allen Sims with fans

Glenn Allen Sims with fans

Master Class at Lula Washington Dance Theater

Hope Boykin taking a selfie with the students of Lula Washington Dance Theater

Master Class at Lula Washington Dance Theater

Master Class at Lula Washington Dance Theater with Hope Boykin

We want to extend a huge thanks to the company for always being so wonderful to Los Angeles!  We cannot wait to have them back!  And thank you to all of you who supported our show and attended.  None of this would be possible without you!

 

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER!

We’re so excited for opening night tonight of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, we thought you might enjoy some of this (mostly) LA-centric trivia about the iconic company!

Did you know…?

Lester Horton Dance Theater members Joyce Trisler, Alvin Ailey, and Lelia Goldoni in Ailey’s first choreographic work, According to St. Francis, 1954. Photo by Jack Mitchell.

Lester Horton Dance Theater members Joyce Trisler, Alvin Ailey, and Lelia Goldoni in Ailey’s first choreographic work, According to St. Francis, 1954. Photo by Jack Mitchell.

The daily training for Ailey dancers consists of Horton technique, named after Lester Horton whose Los Angeles based Horton Dance Company is where Alvin Ailey got his start. Bonus trivia: the original Horton Dance Theater was on Melrose Ave between Sierra Bonita and Curson Ave!

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AAADT in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by James R. Brantley

Since its premiere in 1960, Revelations has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern work! It has been enjoyed by over 23 million people in 71 countries across six continents.

Odetta seen here performing at the Hollywood Turnabout Puppet Theatre

Odetta seen here performing at the Hollywood Turnabout Puppet Theatre

Odetta was created by the company’s own Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing, who  hails from Los Angeles. Rushing graduated from LACHSA and won a Music Center Spotlight Award, before joining Ailey II! Bonus trivia: Odetta’s first professional experience was in musical theater as an ensemble member for four years with the Hollywood Turnabout Puppet Theatre! 

Artistic Director Robert Battle. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Artistic Director Robert Battle. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Current Artistic Director Robert Battle is only the third person to run the company, as personally picked by Alvin Ailey’s own successor Judith Jamison. Bonus trivia: Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993.

Choreographer Ulysses Dove has two pieces in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s complete program here at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: Episodes and its precursor Bad Blood. Dove’s inspired style is a merging influence of his choreographic mentors Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham.

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Such an exciting week at The Music Center!

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If you’re anything like us, you’re beside yourself that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is in town! There are six opportunities to see them this week, and three different programs to choose from!

In anticipation for National Picnic Day (April 23rd), we’re kicking off Picnic Season early with PicnicDTLA in Grand Park this Saturday from 12-4.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson. Did you know Fran Drescher is in it as the wicked stepmother?!

LA Phil presents the drama of Brahms’ Fourth this Friday – Sunday, and then on Sunday experience Organ Recital: Olivier Latry, one of the official organists at Notre Dame in Paris!

REDCAT presents three opportunities to see Hotel Modern: The Great War in which this Dutch theater ensemble re-create the WWI Western Front from dollhouse-scale props and ordinary household materials and then utilize video cameras to project the action onto an overhead screen, accompanied by live sound effects and spoken narration from actual soldiers’ letters! Then on Monday evening see the revival screening of Kidlat Tahimik: Perfumed Nightmare, what Werner Herzog attributed as “One of the most original and poetic works of cinema made anywhere in the seventies.”

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It’s decidedly Spring now! And oh what a wonderful string of events we have coming up this week!

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We’re very excited to present the Ukrainian Ethno-Punk group DakhaBrakha this Saturday at World City. As usual there are two FREE showtimes, and all you need to do is register here. And maybe catch a snippet here just to get excited!

LA Opera presents its final two opportunities to see The Marriage of Figaro this Thursday and Sunday. Mozart’s classic is the conclusion of the Figaro Trilogy. Need a refresher on which one this is? Stop us if you’ve heard this one

Center Theatre Group continues its delightful run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson. Enjoy this lovely trailer for the show. And as for dining options when you come, consider this very special children’s menu from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar!

LA Phil has a very full week of classical programming aptly and gently welcoming Spring:

  • Tomorrow night Concerto Köln presents a dynamic program featuring music by some of the Baroque period’s best composers as performed by this celebrated period-instrument ensemble based out of Cologne, Germany. 
  • Friday through Sunday presents Vivaldi & Handel featuring Spring and Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as well as excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Enjoy this clip!
  • Hélène Grimaud in Recital on Tuesday encompasses expressive possibilities of water music through a sampling of colorful, decorative, atmospheric, and poetic selections, mostly from the 20th century.

Speaking of water… This weekend LA Master Chorale presents The Water Passion by Tan Dun. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking the sounds of water might be an allusion as there’s indeed water incorporated into this presentation! Enjoy this rehearsal video via LAMC’s Facebook page here.

On Sunday the REDCAT presents a matinee and evening performance of L.A. Bassoons and then on Tuesday catch in limbo: Robert Henke, Ulrich Krieger and Amy Knoles presenting an evening of far-flung musical exploration.