Jul. 26 2017


11:00 PM CONDUCTOR: Zubin Mehta SOLOIST: Anoushka Shankar, sitar R. SHANKAR Sitar Concerto No. 2, “Raga mala” (West Coast premiere) STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

Jul. 25 2017

Tuesday 07/25/17 Chicago Symphony Orchestra

11:00 PM Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler’s Fifth Mendelssohn:                         Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (Robert Chen, violin) Mahler:                                   Symphony No. 5 Beethoven:                              Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Jul. 25 2017

À mon chevet: ‘1Q84’

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À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast. Janáček’s Sinfonietta — probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic. The middle-aged driver didn’t seem to be listening very closely, either. With his mouth clamped shut, he stared straight ahead at the endless

Jul. 24 2017

09/02/17 – The Ghosts of Versailles – 1PM

LA Opera on air The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano Libretto by William M. Hoffman Sung in English. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   Trapped in the spirit world, the ghost of Marie Antoinette bitterly reflects on her final suffering. Her favorite playwright tries to entertain the melancholy queen with the continuing adventures […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/26/17 – Marriage of Figaro – 1PM

LA Opera on air The Marriage of Figaro by by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte Sung in Italian. Three hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.   The wily barber and part-time matchmaker has finally fallen in love, but–like everything else in Figaro’s life–it’s complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/19/17 – Barber of Seville – 1PM

LA Opera on air The Barber of Seville by by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Cesare Sterbini Sung in Italian. Three hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission. Dashing Count Almaviva has lost his heart to the spunky Rosina, whose doddering guardian is determined to marry her himself. It’s Figaro to the rescue, as the resourceful barber conjures […]

Jul. 24 2017

08/12/17 – Tales of Hoffman – 1pm

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN By Jacques Offenbach IN FRENCH Approximate running time: three hours, 35 minutes, including two intermissions front page photo: So Young Park as Olympia, with Rodell Rosel (at right, behind her) as Spalanzani in Act One of LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Photo: Ken Howard / LA Opera OVERVIEW he sensational Diana […]

Jul. 24 2017

8/05/17 – Macbeth @1pm – LA Opera Returns!

MACBETH By Giuseppe Verdi IN ITALIAN Approximate running time: three hours, including one intermission. front page photo credit: Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth) and Placido Domingo (Macbeth) in LA Opera’s 2016 production of Verdi’s “Macbeth.” (Photo: Karen Almond / LA Opera) OVERVIEW Plácido Domingo and James Conlon unite again in a powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic thriller. […]

Jul. 24 2017

For Your Consideration: ‘Dunkirk’

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Mark Rylance in Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan
Director Christopher Nolan’s previous movies have ranged from the intriguing (Memento, The Prestige) to the over-budgeted and overblown (Inception, yet more installments of the Batman franchise). He has reportedly long wanted to make a film about the evacuation of British armed forces from the French beaches at Dunkirk in 1940, and his box

Jul. 24 2017

Monday 07/24/17 New York Philharmonic This Week

11:00 PM CONDUCTOR:             Bernard Haitink MAHLER:                    Symphony No. 9

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