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Los Angeles Opera announces 2017-18 season

Los Angeles Opera announced its 2017-18 season on Monday,  including main stage productions of “Carmen,” Candide” and “Rigoletto” as well as Off Grand programs for venues such as REDCAT, the Broad Stage and the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

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With a nod to the L.A. protests, Master Chorale rips into Beethoven's search for peace amid chaos

Back in January 1973, when the U.S. was still entangled in Vietnam and President Richard Nixon was inaugurated, a protest came in the form of a “counter-inaugural” concert at the Washington National Cathedral. Leonard Bernstein led a choir and a pickup orchestra in Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War,” whose Agnus Dei section reverberated with the desperate plea, “Dona nobis pacem” — “Grant us peace!”

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Itzhak Perlman does his thing: easy delights for comfortable listening

During the grandest deluge that some Southern California cities have seen in years, Itzhak Perlman drew a capacity audience to Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on Sunday to listen to him do essentially the same thing he’s been doing for decades.

Nothing wrong with that.

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What do you see? The curious allure of Linda Stark's playful imagery
Harry Callahan, Robert Heinecken, and the ethereal world the photographers shared
Culture and Trump: A Beethoven mass for 'an extraordinary time'

Much of Southern California may have been waterlogged from the soaking rain by Sunday night, but that didn’t stop the Los Angeles Master Chorale from drawing a full house for a performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Completed in 1823, at the end of his life, this 80-minute mass is a work that the composer considered one of his greatest.

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