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

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. Times classical music critic Mark Swed describes an extraordinary event: “The state of the Middle East can be summed up as a region where no country that has supplied these incredible musicians will allow the Divan to play,...

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