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One of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance, BalletBoyz® is the brainchild of former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Formed in 2001, the all-male company from a variety of different dance backgrounds promises a “viscerally thrilling” (The Telegraph) “adrenaline rush” (The Times).
Joe Orton’s full-throttle farce “What the Butler Saw” featuring Paxton Whitehead will be the sixth production in the Taper’s new season, November 12 through December 21, 2014. The opening is scheduled for November 23.John Tillinger, a leading interpreter of Orton’s work, will direct this savagely funny piece, which became the last play written by England’s legendary playwright before his untimely death in 1967 at the age of 34.Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice is interrupted by his wife just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary. As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.
A superstar of his generation, the charismatic cellist Gautier Capuçon joins Gustavo Dudamel and the Phil for the endless charms of the Haydn C-major Cello Concerto and Schubert's lyrical symphony in the same key.
Come for: Gautier Capuçon performing one of Haydn's beloved cello concertos.
And more: Max Reger's stunning orchestral depiction of four paintings by the Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin.
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.
A steamboat passage through the fabled rainforest becomes a mystical voyage of discovery, each passenger harboring secret hopes of what the trip will bring. Among them, a famous prima donna hopes to recapture the great love of her life. Reality and fantasy intertwine as the dangerous splendors of the Amazon test the travelers’ preconceptions of their hopes and dreams.
The sensational Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel returns as Florencia, joined by a stellar cast that also includes fast-rising soprano Lisette Oropesa. A ravishingly beautiful score by Daniel Catán, the beloved composer of Il Postino, shimmers with passionate melodies and sumptuous orchestrations reminiscent of Puccini and Debussy. Inspired by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez,Florencia en el Amazonas paints an intoxicating portrait of the transformative nature of love.
Revival of a co-production of LA Opera with Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera de Colombia, and the Opera de Bellas Artes & Festival Internacional Cervantino.
Winner of six Tony® Awards and two Grammys®, the barrier-breaking Broadway legend and Live From Lincoln Center host Audra McDonald dazzles audiences with favorite show tunes and with songs from her latest album Go Back Home — her most personal recording to date.
Come for: What The New York Times calls "a defining voice of our time."
Come hear Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil in an evening of dazzling showpieces topped by that ultimate sonic blockbuster Pictures at an Exhibition. Musical depictions of visual art are the theme of this thrill ride.
Come for: Dudamel conducts Mussorgsky's much-loved symphonic pictures.
And more: The brilliant Helix by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen.
“Mr. Riener (in electrifying form) and Mr. Mitchell...are two of the greatest dancers before the public today, and you’re continually shown new facets of them.” – The New York Times
The intoxicating choreography of former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell meets the fanciful musical stylings of Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt in a space of liquid luminosity—a beguiling visual design created by installation artist Ali Naschke-Messing with lighting design by Davison Scandrett. A celebration of the mysteries in the art of performance, of on-the-spot wit and invention, and of the absurd, this one-of-a-kind collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.” Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener; Merritt performs solo, on and off the stage.
Presented as part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series.
10am arts workshop 11am performance
Explore the connections between orchestral music and America’s music: jazz. This concert will feature jazz masters playing alongside musicians from YOLA.
Come for: Each TSFY concert is a dramatic presentation, conducted by a Dudamel Conducting Fellow and staged by theater artists.
And more: Prior to the concert there are interactive art workshops related to the program's musical themes.