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Review: L.A. Opera's colorful reprise of Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Lumbering and lurching across the Los Angeles Opera stage this fall, life-size and larger-than-life-size puppets are stealing the show.

In “Satyagraha,” Philip Glass’s music-as-mantra meditation on the life of Gandhi, directors Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch activated wicker baskets and papier-mâché to conjure epic battles and looming socio-political realities.

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Review: Corinne Shor explores identity with style in solo piece 'I am Sophie'

An ebullient woman bounds onstage, chattering in French so voluble it makes one want to go back in time to those high school foreign language lessons and pay more attention.

This is Sophie (Corinne Shor), who has a French accent so thick you could cut it with a baguette knife.

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What does 'crazed virtuosity' sound like? Jennifer Koh delivers her answer with L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Before she began Gyorgy Ligeti’s Violin Concerto at the Soraya in Northridge on Friday night, soloist Jennifer Koh pounded the music stand with her fist. The stand wasn’t positioned correctly, and Koh got physical.

But Koh got even more physical during her stunning rendition of Ligeti’s 1992 masterpiece with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by guest conductor David Danzmayr.

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Essential Arts & Culture: An orchestra’s political lesson, Hockney sets a record, Dickens refreshed

An orchestra that bridges a political divide and an exhibition that is all about the nude. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential arts news:

WEST-EASTERN COMES WEST

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is made up of Israeli and Palestinian musicians, made its L.A. debut at Disney Hall.

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The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Nov. 18-25: Sarah Chang, Cameron Carpenter and more

Caltech Symphony Orchestra Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra, and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto featuring cellist John Walz. Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Free. (626) 395-3295.

Cameron Carpenter Plays Saint-Saëns The organist joins guest conductor Roderick Cox and the LA Phil for Saint-Saëns's Symphony No.

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The week ahead at SoCal museums, Nov. 18-25: ‘Outliers and American Vanguard Art’ at LACMA and more

Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Matt Cooper.

Openings

One Day at a Time: Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper Companion exhibit to MOCA Grand Avenue’s “One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art” features Joseph’s 2017 film “Fly Paper.” MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Now open; ends Feb. 24. Closed Mon. Free. (310) 289-5223.

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