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Fall arts preview 2014: Classical music and opera listings

London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in its performances in Northridge and Costa Mesa.
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‘St. Matthew Passion’ and ‘The Gospel According to the Other Mary’

Oct. 7-8; Nov. 21-Dec. 14

Director Peter Sellars’ staging of conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker’s presentation of Bach’s sacred oratorio has its U.S. premiere as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. And across the Pond, the English National Opera presents the world premiere of Sellars and composer John Adams’ collaboration that puts a contemporary spin on the Passion story. “Passion,” Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., New York; $75-$350. (212) 721-6500,; “Gospel,” London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, London. 020-7845-9300.

‘The Magic Flute’


Oct. 8-12

South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble performs its Olivier Award-winning reimagining of Mozart’s operatic fantasia. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; $39-$98. (310) 434-3200,

Fall arts preview 2014: The season in music, theater and more

London Philharmonic


Oct. 10-11

The orchestra, under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski, is joined by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; $50 and $60. (818) 677-3000, Also, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; $35 and up. (714) 556-2787,

Rafal Blechacz

Oct. 14

San Francisco Performances presents the Polish piano virtuoso and recent Gilmore Award winner. SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco; $40-$68. (415) 392-2545,

‘Dido and Aeneas’ and ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

Oct. 25-Nov. 15

L.A. Opera pairs Purcell’s one-act drama about the tragic affair between the queen of Carthage and a Trojan prince with Bartok’s one-act terror tale about a new bride whose husband harbors dark secrets. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A.; $17 and up. (213) 972-8001,


Hagen Quartet

Oct. 28

The ensemble, which recently marked its 30th anniversary, makes its Segerstrom Center debut. Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; $29 and up. (714) 556-2787,

Gloria Coates Portrait Concert

Nov. 13

A celebration of the Munich-based composer’s works that includes Symphony No. 10 (“Drones of Druids on Celtic Ruins”) and the world premiere of the chamber opera “Stolen Identity.” REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A.; $12-$25. (213) 237-2800,

‘The Old Woman’

Nov. 14-15


In this CAP UCLA presentation, renowned theater artist Robert Wilson, composer Hal Willner and actors Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe joins forces for a darkly comic, vaudeville-style tale inspired by the writings of Daniil Kharms. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood; $59-$149. (310) 825-2101,

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