April 20, 2012 |
In November 2008, as the Great Recession pounded away, Opera Pacific closed its doors. Orange County was suddenly without a major resident opera company. But after nearly four years of drought, the Pacific Symphony is trying to step into the breach with concert opera over three years, one per season. It's a small step, but it's a step. They aren't taking any chances with repertoire, that's for sure. First out of the chute was that guaranteed crowd-pleaser, Puccini's "La Bohème" -- and yes, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall looked almost full on the ground floor Thursday night.
April 15, 2012
'La Bohème' Where: Pacific Symphony, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and April 24. Tickets: $30-$110 Information: (714) 755-5799 or http://www.pacificsymphony.org Where: Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown L.A. When: May 12-June 2 Tickets: $20-$230 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com
April 15, 2012 |
The perfect "first opera" for a newcomer to the art form? Puccini's "La Bohème," of course. It is funny, it is sad. It is directly emotive, it is highly sophisticated. It is full of good tunes and doesn't go on too long. "La Bohème" appeals to young people who see themselves in the characters and to older audiences for whom it calls back the shadows of soirees past. We recognize its heroes and heroines: Didn't we just see poet Rodolfo in a Silver Lake cafe? Or philosopher Colline, buried in the stacks of the library?
March 18, 2012
'Nowruz — Celebrating Spring' What: Pacific Symphony and Shams Ensemble Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Tickets: $25 to $185 Information: (714) 755-5799 or http://www.pacificsymphony.org
December 7, 2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Walt Disney Concert Hall; 2 p.m. Saturday; $19-$99 Holiday Sing-Along; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Walt Disney Concert Hall; 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17; $33.35-$83.25 Holiday Organ Spectacular; Pacific Symphony; Segerstrom Hall; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; $15-$75
September 17, 2011 |
There is something new under the South Orange County sun. The Soka Performing Arts Center, which opens Saturday night with a gala concert by the Pacific Symphony, may seem but a modestly budgeted $73-million facility at a small, little-known 10-year-old private liberal arts college The facility at Soka University of America, tucked away in the hills of Aliso Viejo, consists of a multipurpose hall of about 1,000 seats and a black box named Nelson...
August 7, 2011 |
The classical music industry loves Nikita Pacheco. They don't know the 29-year-old graphic artist personally. But she represents their future and they're striking every note in their new digital media handbooks to please her. To many, digital media is the sound of salvation for classical music. To others, it's another power chord crushing the soul of the art form itself. Take the "tweet-cert" held by the Pacific Symphony last month at its summer home, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
May 2, 2011 |
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $2 million in grants to Southern California arts and cultural institutions. Among other things, the money will enable USC librarians to bring 34,000 historic photos of 1920s and '30s Los Angeles into public view via the Internet and help the Pacific Symphony press forward with its "Music Unwound" series, a bid to enhance the concertgoing experience by adding visual projections and slices of...
March 9, 2011 |
Where does one begin with the most prolific of major modern composers? Philip Glass has written more than two dozen operas along with a considerable amount of incidental music for plays. By next season, his symphonies will number nine. There are concertos galore, film scores galore, solo pieces galore, and an impossible-to-categorize repertory for his Philip Glass Ensemble (now complemented by the Glass Chamber Players). Glass' list of collaborators is also profligate. Along with film and theater directors ?