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L.A. Chamber Orchestra musicians offer a fitting remembrance for one of their own

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.

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In 'Tyrant,' Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt turns to Shakespeare for answers to Trump

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.

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Damien Hirst's sharks: From the Met to a Vegas casino bar, artworks swim between the high and low
Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical

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.

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'Ripe Frenzy,' a play about a school shooting, provokes thought with lyricism and restraint

What inspires a play?

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Opera UCLA proves Susan B. Anthony, more than ever, remains 'The Mother of Us All'

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.

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