Concerts don’t often feel like a family gathering, but following the recent death of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violinist Katia Popov, LACO created that very setting for its 50th-anniversary season finale Sunday at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Popov, who joined the ensemble in 1990 and gave her final performance with LACO at its April gala, lost a lengthy battle with cancer on Friday.Read more
Donald Trump may go unmentioned in Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics,” but our divisive, norm-trampling president haunts nearly every page of this slim and stirring, if understandably hurried, book.Read more
Perfection is not attainable in this earthly realm, but Audra McDonald came as close as humanly possible in her Los Angeles Opera concert Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.Read more
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John Cage said it best. Of Virgil Thomson’s opera “The Mother of Us All,” Cage wrote, “everything Americans feel about life and death, male and female, poverty and riches, war and peace, blacks and whites, activity and loitering, is shown to be real and true.”
Those feelings remained real and true when Cage wrote them in 1959, a dozen years after the premiere of Thomson’s opera about Susan B.Read more