Post image for Los Angeles Music Preview: ARTURO SANDOVAL JAZZ WEEKEND (The Wallis in Beverly Hills)

ARTURO SANDOVAL’S AMAZING JAZZ WEEKEND IS HERE! He moves easily across many varieties of jazz and instruments — using his trumpet to produce a fiery assortment of resonances, interchangeably stately, amusing and starry-eyed. The mighty, vibrant, effervescent Cuban trumpet player, big band leader, and composer Arturo Sandoval — a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie — is […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Review: DUDAMEL CONDUCTS BRAHMS (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS Gustavo Dudamel returns to the podium this weekend — Thursday through Sunday, January 25-28, 2018 — to lead the LA Phil in a concert easily predicted to be a stunner. Brahms First Symphony, on which he labored for so long (over 14 years), is an openly passionate work, the last great […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: THE CHOSEN (Fountain)

LOVE AND “COMPASSIONATE SILENCE” We are living through an era that seems to value greed, hypocrisy, narcissism and blatant dishonesty over truth and meaning. This makes the journey into the world of Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok’s The Chosen that much more satisfying. It feels as impactful as a dear friend’s determined embrace, the kind […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Review: A DELICATE SHIP (Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood)

THESE THINGS MUST BE DONE DELICATELY If you lose your way trying to navigate the enigmatic journey Anna Ziegler wants to take us in her well-written but thematically dense A Delicate Ship, keep your eye on Josh Zuckerman – it’ll be impossible not to – because he has found the human trajectory that Nate, one of […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Music Review: YARN/WIRE (Monday Evening Concerts at The Colburn School)

THEY’LL LEAVE YOU WIRED For those who don’t know, Monday Evening Concerts is L.A.’s longest running new music show, dating to back to 1939. To put its legacy in to perspective, the series hosted Pierre Boulez’s American debut and a few Stravinsky premieres. Now it exists much in the same way, premiering works by emerging or established […]

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Post image for Music Preview: WELL-STRUNG (National Tour)

LOOKING GOOD FROM FRONT AND BACH The Los Angeles LGBT Center has announced a special one-night-only return of the internationally acclaimed singing string quartet Well-Strung. The four performers specialize in pairing universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and others. As part of their […]

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Post image for Los Angeles Theater Preview: LOUISIANA PURCHASE (Musical Theatre West in Long Beach)

RARELY PRODUCED BERLIN SCORE COMES TO LIFE No doubt when folks hear “Louisiana Purchase,” they think of Thomas Jefferson’s gargantuan land acquisition from France in 1803, a purchase which resulted soon thereafter in Lewis and Clark’s expedition. So, is this the subject of the musical Louisiana Purchase? Nope. Wait… What..? You mean you’ve never even […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY (Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center)

A RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN STYLED MUSICAL THAT ASKS AND TELLS Call it the new nostalgia. In most ways, Yank! A WWII Love Story is an unashamedly conventional book musical, as predictable as pleasant. These fast-paced 140 minutes burst with peppy tap-dancing, torch songs, production numbers, solo turns, and feel-good storytelling. This is World War II set to […]

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Post image for Chicago Theater Review: BOY (TimeLine Theatre Co.)

THE LOST–AND FOUND–BOY What resonates in each of the 90 minutes of TimeLine Theatre Company’s Boy is the play’s total absence of rage or recrimination. As compassionately told by Anne Ziegler, this deeply moving one-act recounts a true-life/true-love tale of what was once called in Louisiana a “crime against nature.” Boy could have degenerated into a feeding frenzy of […]

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Post image for Theater and Music Preview: IL RITORNO (Circa Contemporary Circus)

AN OPERATIC CIRCUS ODYSSEY The uber-innovative Australian performance troupe, Circa, returns to the States with its newest production, Il Ritorno, a unique production that melds circus arts with Baroque opera to explore themes of loss and displacement. This special engagement takes place one night only, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the gorgeous Musco Center for the […]

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