This Week @MusicCenterLA

It’s officially summer and the warm nights make it oh so much easier to opt for entertainment in buildings with AC, or alternately embrace the Friday nights on our Plazas!

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Center Theatre Group continues with their presentation of the award winning and internationally acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, it is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

With Summer @ The Music Center in full swing, we are very excited to have dance dominating our programming of 13 Fridays @ The Music Center. This Friday is Bring Your Own Dance Moves (BYODM) featuring Adrian Younge, Garth Trinidad, and DJ Expo. Enjoy non-stop music on the Plaza curated in collaboration with ArtDontSleep and Dublab. Late night bar menu and $5 parking starts at 8 PM. #BYODM

Meanwhile, The Walt Disney Concert Hall is serving as the home for some guest events this week including: Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy Philharmonic, KJAZZ 88.1 Summer Benefit Concert, and California Philharmonic: Beatles & Beethoven.

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As May comes to a close and summer officially begins with Memorial Day weekend, we have a smaller selection than usual, but still plenty to experience!

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Center Theatre Group continues its run of Immediate Family, a play about the Bryant family reunion which takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Enjoy this behind the scenes look at the cast as they explain a little more!

LA Phil has an exciting four day run of Falla & Flamenco with Dudamel in which Dudamel leads Falla’s flamenco-inspired masterpiece El amor brujo in a thrilling, choreographed production featuring the dancers of Siudy Garrido Ballet Flamenco. Enjoy pre-concert talks with Asadour Santourian. Then on Tuesday be sure to catch Next on Grand: Green Umbrella: John Adams Conducts. Come early for the pre-concert talk with Chad Smith.

On Friday and Saturday come to the REDCAT for CAP/Plaza de la Raza: UAC ETA TBD, a free performance created by the Youth Theater Program of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Plaza de la Raza. UAC ETA TBD, aka Undocumented Alien Children, Estimated Time of Arrival, To Be Determined, is the work of many hearts and minds including students, teachers, and those who shared their stories.

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Another full week with plenty of brilliant choices for entertainment over here!

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Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center brings Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza to the Ahmanson this weekend. Experience this internationally celebrated company from Mexico City and then stay for the post-show lounge featuring music selections provided by MOCHILLA DJ’s!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Immediate Family, a play about the Bryant family reunion which takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Enjoy this interview with Tony Award® winning director Phylicia Rashad.

LA Phil presents four opportunities to see Dudamel Conducts Ravel including pre-concert talks with KUSC Host Alan Chapman, three Ravel hits in one evening, and special guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet who will also be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store. Then on Tuesday catch NEXT ON GRAND: Chamber Music Society: All-American featuring a complimentary pre-concert wine reception!

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Music of Whitacre & Pärt on Saturday and Sunday including pre-show talks with Music Director Grant Gershon and KUSC Host Alan Chapman. As a teaser, enjoy this unique video project Whitacre created!

REDCAT presents CalArts Writers Showcase: Next Words in which the School of Critical Studies hosts its annual reading showcasing the graduating class of CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program. Then this weekend catch the conclusion of REDCAT’s International Children’s Film Festival.

Mother’s Day at The Music Center!

Make a day at The Music Center the perfect gift for mom! Depending on what she’s into- we’ve got her day covered!

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Is classical music her thing? If she can’t get enough of Gustavo Dudamel’s flailing curls as he conducts the LA Phil, then you’re in luck. With Dudamel, Bronfman & Brahms, let her swoon to the sweet tunes of Brahms with the enormous personality of Yefim Bronfman on the piano.

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The Colburn School is offering free tickets for mothers (with code “mom”) for their Colburn Dance Academy Year-end Performance at the Ramon C. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts Concert Hall on Grand Avenue. BONUS: Make it a gift that keeps on giving by getting her tickets to come back next week and see Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza at the Ahmanson.

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Got little ones? If nothing make mom happier than seeing her babes smile, REDCAT continues it’s International Children’s Film Festival which is jam packed with delightful visual treats for all ages on Sunday afternoon.

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Is mom more a theater person? If the kids are all grown and she can relate all to well to the TV show “Modern Family,” then maybe you should indulge her in Immediate Family playing at the Mark Taper Forum, and directed by Phylicia Rashad (AKA Claire Huxtable, arguably TV’s best mom!). Two showtimes on Sunday!

Foodie?

Does mom have a palate for the finer things? Consider making a brunch reservation with Patina where everyone can enjoy a special Mother’s Day Three-Course Prix-Fixe menu. There’s even a children’s price!MothersDay-Patina

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Close out the shortest month of the year with opportunities to fall down the rabbit hole, catch the opening night of a classic opera, and as always, so much more!

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LA Opera continues its Figaro trilogy on the tail end of The Ghosts of Versailles with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opening this Saturday! Presented in Italian with projected English translations, this opera is a classic and not to be missed. In fact, opening night seats are still available! Here’s a clip of the production to whet your appetite and help jog your familiarity with the music.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week. Additionally there is still time to catch Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.

On Friday and Saturday the LA Phil presents the sensory feast of Lewis Carroll’s classic remixed into an immersive Alice in Wonderland. This production is an in/SIGHT Concert in collaboration with the LA Opera, and featuring the imaginative illustrations from gonzo-artist Ralph Steadman. Then, on Sunday, experience the dance themed rhythms in Stravinsky & Beethoven, as conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents three performances only of Miwa Yanagi Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape. This visually stunning whodunit production is the true story of a Japanese-American woman stranded in Japan during WWII, forced to broadcast propaganda and then later tried for treason. Enjoy a more explanatory clip, including several striking images from the production here.

This Week(end) @ MusicCenterLA

It’s nearly the weekend and we’ve got three amazing shows in the lineup (including an opening night) that we’re pretty excited about…

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LA Phil presents three performances of Brilliant Brass: Hayden & Mozart in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, featuring two of the Philharmonic’s new stars: Principal Trumpet Thomas Hooten, and Principal Horn Andrew Bain.

LA Opera opens The Figaro Trilogy : The Ghosts of Versailles this Saturday – an extravagantly scaled, gloriously tuneful, supremely touching and yet uproariously entertaining opera starring Patti LuPone & Patricia Racette.

Center Theatre Group continues Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye : The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.  Grab some gladiolas and get ready to laugh!