The Hollywood Bowl is looking and sounding good. Last year it was spiffed up with smart new lawn furniture, compellingly (and controversially) incandescent new high-definition video screens and an exceptional sound system upgrade. This year there are new benches of unweathered, invitingly...
Opera in the U.S. has never had a wider reach, but the art form is facing threats from special interest groups (in San Diego and New York), fear of opera's power (the ADL's objections to the Met's 'Klinghoffer') and even the Met's size. What is to be done?
Michael Tilson Thomas leads San Francisco Symphony in nuanced renditions of 'Peter Grimes,' 'Prince of the Pagodas' and 'Four Sea Interludes.' At this centennial celebration, Britten is doing swell.
"Show Boat" is a great show. But does a classic 1927 Kern and Hammerstein musical belong ensconced alongside "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly"? San Francisco Opera thinks so.
Gertrude Stein & Co. carry on in the domesticated 'Twenty-Seven,' while Isaac Mizrahi sets his eye-popping 'Magic Flute' on a Hollywood back lot. Both are Opera Theatre of Saint Louis productions.
Ballet Preljocaj's meticulously seductive "Les Nuits," given its North American premiere by the Dance at Music Center program over the weekend, has a simple and obvious title. Not only is "The Nights" short for "One Thousand and One Nights," but the appellation handily suits French Albanian...
OJAI — Charles Rosen's "The Classical Style" is an illuminating, academic, occasionally combative, close study of the musical style of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven by a brilliant pianist and scholar who died in 2012. Though a technical tome, it takes on big, universal issues and proved a...
The town of Ojai, a place of wonder, is changing, as places of wonder do. It's become a little fancier, worldlier, but only a little. It's still unsullied Ojai, where the Pink Moment transforms dusk into a transient psychedelic experience.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale ended its 50th season Sunday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the premiere of three new works commissioned for the occasion and two other recent Chorale commissions. That's news. But so too is the way that this chorus operates.
NEW YORK — A biennial, as practiced by the art world, is a devotion, a talking stock every other year. It is also pure catnip for a culture maven hooked on being up-to-date.