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A Night at the Opera presents opera-related items from the Library of Congress Music Division, including manuscript and printed scores, librettos, photographs, and set designs dating from the late-eighteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century. The exhibit also commemorates the bicentennials of opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, both born in 1813.
How do you value a life? An American classic, Arthur Miller’s The Price, with Kate Burton and Alan Mandell, explores this timeless question.
“It’s the end of an era,” cries the London Daily Telegraph, but Barry Humphries and his most famous creation Dame Edna Everage aren’t going out with a whimper. They’re going out with a rapid-fire explosion of convulsive laughter and cheers.
You dare not miss the spectacular side-splitting historic finale of Barry Humphries and global gigastar, Dame Edna Everage celebrating a 50-year career of sold-out venues, command performances for the Royal Family, television specials and around-the-world tours.
Schiff continues his traversal of the summits of the classical piano repertory. Few performers would dare a program consisting exclusively of formidable masterpiece after masterpiece from composers at their creative peaks.
Come for: The penultimate piano sonatas by four legends of the first Viennese school, the heart of the piano repertory, performed by one of the instrument’s reigning masters.
“Tragic” was the label Mahler once used for his Six Symphony, arguably his darkest. “Not one of his works came as directly from his inmost heart as this,” his wife, Alma, wrote. Powerful and monumental, this is orchestral music at its most gripping and dramatic.
Come for: Dudamel and the LA Phil journey through the unique musical universe of Mahler’s Sixth, a piece they will then take on tour.
Founded in 1959, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) has attained a reputation as one of the nation’s most prestigious artistic institutions for talented young musicians and one of Southern California's most honored cultural treasures.
Come for: AYS Music Director, Alexander Treger, one of the LA Phil's former concertmasters.
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 up wacky schemes and strategies to unite the young lovers.
A topnotch cast sails through the score’s bel canto glories, thrilling the audience as characters that are just as vivid today as when they first took the stage. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit glints through every scene of this delicious comedy, one of the most playful and popular in the entire operatic repertoire.
Shawn Kirchner | Songs of Ascent WORLD PREMIERE
Nack-Kum Paik | WORLD PREMIERE with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir
Two epic pilgrimages to opposite ends of the earth set the stage for brand new works, including LAMC’s next installment of LA is the World. Shawn Kirchner, LAMC’s Swan Family Composer in Residence, creates his grandest composition to date with Songs of Ascent, a lyrical seven-movement work for voices and strings set to psalms that were sung by pilgrims on their journey to Jerusalem. We then travel farther east for distinguished Korean composer Nack-Kum Paik, who will create a new work for double choir in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir.
Dudamel teams with a remarkable violinist for Anahit, Scelsi’s visionary 1965 “concerto,” replete with esoteric sonic explorations and harmonic richness, and shaded with microtones.
Dudamel and the Phil bring a program steeped in nostalgia even as it gazes into the future. City Noir and the "New World" Symphony – indelibly American in outlook and inspiration.
Come for: Two expressions of American experiences, including Dudamel’s fresh approach to the beloved “New World” Symphony.
And more: John Adams has a long and productive history with the orchestra, going back to 1981, and one of Gustavo Dudamel’s first acts was to name Adams to the new position of Creative Chair. City Noir is the final panel in a triptych of orchestral works that “have as their theme the California experience, its landscape, and its culture,” Adams says. Dudamel and the LA Phil gave City Noir its premiere on Opening Night in 2009.
Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, come together to honor 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the acclaimed all-male chorus, celebrates over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music combining intricate rhythms and harmonies of South Africa with the sounds and sentiments of gospel.
A true poet of the keyboard, America pianist Murray Perahia makes a welcome return for a recital of intense music making. Counting keyboard legends Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Vladimir Horowitz among his mentors, Perahia has won three Grammys and was voted into the inaugural Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012 after winning eight Gramophone Awards in previous years.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.
This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists!
Be transported back to your childhood, as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.
Change is in the air and Figaro’s world is turning upside down. On the eve of the wily barber’s marriage to Susanna, Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess herself must spring into battle when she learns of her husband’s plans. Or is she embroiled in a liaison of her own?
From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart’s comic masterpiece brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness.
An LA Opera original production.
In 1978, jazz titans Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea toured together, playing alone as an acoustic piano duo. (Which surprised the music world at the peak of the jazz-rock fusion era; both were alums of seminal Miles Davis bands.) Both of them released double albums drawn from those live tour performances: Hancock’s called An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert; Corea’s titled CoreaHancock. The two haven’t recorded together since, but they have reunited for acclaimed duo concert appearances.
Come for: The LA Phil’s Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock shares the stage with fellow legend Chick Corea for an unforgettable night of improvisation and artistry.
How do you measure classical music celebrity? No. 1 recordings and membership in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame? Check. Performances on soundtracks for popular films and video games? Sure. Crossover collaborations with musicians ranging from Andrea Bocelli and Mike Oldfield to Herbie Hancock and Metallica? Of course. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, and United Nations Messenger of Peace? Not so obvious, perhaps, for anyone but Lang Lang.
Come for: A once-in-a-lifetime experience. “You hear him play, and he never ceases to touch your heart.” (Herbie Hancock)
He was born in Los Angeles, and Michael Tilson Thomas’ artistry was forged at USC, Monday Evening Concerts, and the Ojai Festival. He shot to international fame in 1969 as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony, and his subsequent career included a period as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1995, when he became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. He stayed on with the LSO, however, as principal guest conductor, touring and recording extensively with it.
Come for: The combination of Michael Tilson Thomas and George Gershwin. The Gershwin Live! album he recorded with Sarah Vaughan and the LA Phil in 1990 is still in print.
And more: Powerhouse pianist Yuja Wang adds even more spark to this already electric concert.
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Bach’s towering masterpieces, touchstones for violinists across the ages, inspire a multi-media event to refresh the soul.
Come for: The legendary violin-playing of Gil Shaham set to a video production by David Michalek.
And more: The Sei solo – “six alone” – as Bach labeled his set of three sonatas and three partitas for solo violin, are iconic landmarks of European culture, not just the violin repertory. They opened new worlds of expressive and technical possibilities.
Three classic albums from trumpeter Miles Davis and arranger Gil Evans, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, and Miles Ahead, forever changed the sound of jazz. Some of today’s finest artists celebrate the magic of the unique and timeless partnership of Miles and Gil, with original Gil Evans arrangements.