This Week @MusicCenterLA

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.

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While Mother’s Day may be the most lovely highlight of this week, there’s also plenty happening here at The Music Center… even a few fine options on mom’s very own day!

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World City closes it’s 14/15 season with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, featuring their Afro-Cuban repertoire with rhythms such as rumba and dances with roots in the Yoruba religion and another by way of the Congo. With elements of international Hip-Hop and audience participation, Kùlú Mèlé will bring the joyous celebration of Cuban Carnival to LA!

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of Immediate Family  at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. In case you missed it, here’s a wonderful editorial piece on Rashad’s role from the LA Times.

LA Phil presents the brilliant French vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants who have been at the forefront of Baroque performance practice since 1979. The week continues with several performances boasting the powerhouse trio of talents Dudamel, Bronfman & Brahms featuring pre-concert talks with Eric Bromberger.

REDCAT continues with it’s second weekend of the REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival. On Friday and Saturday night enjoy CalArts’ Next Dance Company compiling the school’s most accomplished performers and choreographers from the 2015 graduating class. On Tuesday catch Grammy-nominated and Alpert Award winning composer-pianist Vijay Iyer: Solo Piano.

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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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.