This Week @MusicCenterLA

In addition to gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, we have quite a few things going on over here…

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LA Opera continues with performances of The Barber of Seville tonight and Saturday and has turned in some really favorable reviews including this one from Mark Swed at the L.A. Times.

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. Alternately, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour comes to a close this Sunday at the Ahmanson to make way for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella opening Tuesday night! Do you have a dress for the ball?

LA Phil presents two chances to catch Dudamel’s New World, and an evening of a wonderful array of master piano works as played by Grammy-winning American pianist Murray Perahia in Recital. On Saturday as part of their World Music Series, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is presenting 20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahasela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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With Mardis Gras just barely behind us, tomorrow rings in the Chinese New Year welcoming the year of the Wood Sheep (or Goat or Ram).  Depending on your own beliefs and superstitions, it could be a year of conflict, a year of success, maybe a little bit of both, but ultimately The Music Center will have you covered no matter what. Especially during this most eventful week!

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This Sunday World City at The Music Center is excited to have the traditional Balinese Music & Dance group Gamelan Sekar Jaya, also known as “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” (TempoMagazine). The two performances at 11:00am & 12:30pm at the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre are FREE! While online reservations are currently closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t walk up on the day of for some first come first served tickets!

LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the delightful and enchanting opera within an opera, with two shows this week and just another two before it closes! Looking for a tempting teaser to push you over the edge? Look no further than here.

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.

Tonight the LA Phil presents an evening of Late Masterworks with András Schiff, where you can hear the Hungarian virtuoso play the late keyboard sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Then, from Thursday through Saturday the LA Phil presents three opportunities to experience Chinese New Year: From Tchaikovsky to Tan Dun. Each evening not only boats an eclectic and carefully curated production of East blending with West, but also concludes with traditional Chinese New Year festivities ranging from dragon & lion dancing, to beer tasting and calligraphy in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Remember, we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Chinatown if you’re looking to keep the New Year festivities rolling!)

REDCAT continues their run of Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas. This not-to-be-missed split screen set of life and art has showtimes through Saturday. Catch this conceptually woven together “filmic drama” before it’s gone!

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One might find this to be a confusing weekend to make plans. It’s a three day weekend in celebration of our Presidents, we’ve got a Friday the 13th, and then a sentimental Valentine’s Day thrown in just to keep it all interesting. Let us help with some phenomenal programming that can accommodate all the above and more!

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LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the opera within an opera, with a Sunday matinee. Have you happened to check out Los Angeles magazine’s photo essay of the production’s stunning costumes?

Center Theatre Group opened the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which runs through March 22. Alternatively Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre continues with more and more raving reviews of hilarity!

LA Phil presents three opportunities to see Martha Argerich Plays Schumann, including pieces by Britten, Schumann, and Strauss. Tonight, enjoy the multi-faceted jazz evening Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, featuring $20 tickets. And in case you missed it last Saturday, find yourself and your little ones immersed in Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Bolero: Ravel’s Dance for Orchestra this Saturday. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents a not-to-be-missed split screen set for Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas, which conceptually weaves together life and art in this “filmic drama.” Opens tomorrow night and runs through next week, so you can still have another opportunity to catch it in case your three day weekend suddenly slips by!

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!

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This week has our standard wide range of shows, but fortunately multiple showtimes to choose from. So, you could find a way to see it all if you were so bold…

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Center Theatre Group opened Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre this past weekend, and there are performances running through March 15. Here, she gives some “Dame Approved L.A. Theatre Etiquette,” which we find perfectly coincides with our own most recent blog post: Top 10 Theater-Going Tips!

LA Phil presents three days straight of Late Masterworks of Mozart & Bruckner featuring the last pieces composed by the two masters, as well as a breathtaking evening on Tuesday of Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery all at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Bach: St. Matthew Passion with two performances over the weekend featuring an impressive array of soloists, baroque orchestra Musica Angelica, and the L.A. Children’s Chorus for this magnificent masterpiece. Come an hour early for a pre-show talk with Music Director Grant Gershon and KUSC Host Alan Chapman.

REDCAT opened The Wooster Group Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation last week and performances run until February 1. Catch this powerhouse ensemble and their elaborately constructed interpretation featuring (but not limited to) Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, and Suzzy Roche. Additionally, enjoy this glimpse into the production.

Ongoing daily throughout the week and all the way through to March is the ASCAP: One-Hundred Years and Beyond exhibit in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public!

See you at the Center!