Archive for April, 2009

frame_350x300_pompeiiOpening this weekend

Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples

May 3–October 4, 2009.

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036

Pompeii and the Roman Villa is a specially ticketed exhibition. Purchase tickets online or by calling 877.522.6225.




is-he-dead_1_sm Is He Dead?  The West Coast unveiling of a newly discovered play by American humorist Mark Twain. A fledgling artist concocts a scheme to fake his own death in order to increase the value of his paintings.

Adapted by David Ives; Directed by Shashin Desai

May 1-  May 24      

Thurs. at 8 pm; Fri. at 8 pm; Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm:

International City Theatre. Long Beach Performing Arts Center. 300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach CA 90802

(562) 436-4610 or www.ictlongbeach.org




Ballet Preljocaj: LES 4 SAISONS

A Choreographic Version of Vivaldi’s Monumental Music

May 1-2, 8pm

 UCLA Live’s Royce Hall.340 Royce Drive LA, CA 90095

For tickets visit www.UCLALive.org, call 310-825-2101, or contact Ticketmaster. 

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Immortality through Art

 By Leticia Marie Sanchez



Live Forever

Mr. Electrico to Ray Bradbury


Let baser things devise 

To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:

My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,

And in the heavens write your glorious name

Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 75


Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

 William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18


Nestled in the hillside of Pasadena, among its beautiful views, which the Spanish dubbed Linda Vistas, exists a gem, American Legacy Fine Arts. Some of the artists represented at this gallery include Peter Adams, Béla Bácsi, Jeremy Lipking, Jove Wang, Aaron Westerberg, and Alexey Steele. American Legacy Fine Arts weds American contemporary art with classical standards.

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff, for instance, epitomizes the synthesis between classical technique and modern narrative. A piece that incarnates this fusion is Fr. Electrico, a complex and stirring sculpture that captures a life-changing moment in the young life of writer Ray Bradbury.


The sculpture’s form, a clear allusion to Michelangelo’s Pieta, firmly anchors it in history, while its innovative subject matter, an imagination set ablaze, give it wings to soar into the future. Just like the Virgin Mary clasps her son in a gentle embrace, Mr. Bradbury’s father tenderly cradles his twelve-year old son on the walk home from a long day at two different circuses. The father’s composition has a two-fold meaning: the front view represents Bradbury’s literal father, while the back view reveals a figurative father, Father Electrico. At the circus, the young Bradbury felt a shock in the form of a mildly charged metal wand that Mr. Electrico, a carnival magician, placed on his forehead, causing the boy’s hair to stand on end. During this life-changing moment, Mr. Electrico exclaimed, “Live forever.” The very next day Ray Bradbury began writing and has never stopped. The symbols on the back of Father Electrico: astronauts, firemen and lions, represent images from Ray Bradbury’s writing, images which have touched millions of readers around the world.

Art functions as a kaleidoscope, a constantly shifting lens through which we can alternatively glimpse the past and the future. Whether the life of Christ, the masterpieces of Michelangelo, or the futuristic dimension of Fahrenheit 451, art allows us to explore life’s mysteries. Art allows its creators to live in an eternal realm.  The connections between Fr. Electrico and Michelangelo’s Pieta go deeper than formal similarities. Like Christ, Ray Bradbury will achieve immortality. Like Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare, Mr. Bradbury, through the written word, will live forever. The work of writers, sculptors, painters, and composers live on through generations and, sometimes, civilizations.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives Art, which gives eternal life to the artists, and nourishment to all of us who have been touched by its grace.

Fr. Electrico, by Christopher Slatoff is currently on view at:

American Legacy Fine Arts, LLC. 949 Linda Vista Avenue. Pasadena, CA. 91103. (626) 577.7733

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday by Appointment; Saturday: 11 a.m- 5 p.m


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l_39821bcecc6a9ffe5b240b794d1999d5Slumgum:  April 24th: 8-10 p.m

Café Metropol. 923 E. 3rd. Street, Los Angeles

Slumgum weaves elements of jazz, free improvisation, world music, and contemporary classical music.




ensembleHarmonia Baroque Players

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 4:00 p.m. Oneonta Congregational Church. 1515 Garfield Avenue. South Pasadena, CA 91030

Sonata in B-flat Major, Johann Friedrich Fasch; Sheep May Safely Graze, J. S. Bach;Why Should Men Quarrel?Henry Purcell; Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, Marin Marais;  Nell Dolce Dell’Oblio,  George Frideric Handel;  Trio Sonata in D minor,  Jean Baptiste Loeillet; Jauchzet Dem Herrn; Christoph Bernhard

(714) 970-8545


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          A New World at the Pasadena Symphony 


Leticia Marie Sanchez

Peter Adams’ painting, The Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, graced the entrance of the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday, April 18.  Mr. Adams’ painting of the cataracts  in Santa Anita Canyon beckons the viewer to take a dip in translucent aquamarine waters. The tempting pool, with its sunlight swirl, retains an air of mystery. Is the sun rising or setting? An evanescent moment, as ephemeral as a musical note.

An invitation to enter into a New World.

Mr. Adams’ painting heralded the theme of Saturday Night’s concert: A New World.  The program represented a new world of styles, techniques, and cultures in the music of Darius Milhaud, Felix Mendelssohn, and Antonin Dvorák.

Darius Milhaud’s Le Creation Du Monde should be called A Frenchman in Brazil because many mistakenly believed that Milhaud’s piece copied Gershwin’s American in Paris. In fact, Le Creation Du Monde came first, in 1923, a year before Rhapsody in Blue and five years before an American in Paris. Milhaud, a French native, derived inspiration from his journeys to Brazil and Harlem. Not everyone reacted with acceptance towards Milhaud’s new musical world. Milhaud wryly observed the pundits’ reaction, declaring, “The critics decreed that my music was frivolous and more suitable for a restaurant or a dance hall than for the concert hall. Ten years later the selfsame critics were discussing the philosophy of jazz and learnedly demonstrating that La Création was the best of my works.” Those embarking on musical, nautical, artistic, and scientific New Worlds, from Columbus to Galileo to Picasso to Milhaud often find that being derided as a lunatic is simply the first step towards being hailed as a genius.

Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E. Minor, Op.64  also represents a foray into uncharted waters. While most orchestral works slowly develop the exposition of main themes, Mendelssohn’s unusual structure has the main theme burst through the piece at the beginning. Violinist Linda Wang, performing on an Old World violin, a 1767 Guadagnini, captured the energy of this dynamic movement. Unlike the mocked Milhaud, Mendelssohn fortunately found immediate acceptance of his unusual style.

Finally, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, op. 95 “From the New World” exhibits the composer’s passion for his new world, the United States. A native of what is now the Czech Republic, Dvorák wrote Symphony No.9 while living in New York. Dvorák’s homage to his new domicile incorporates the influences of African American spirituals as well as the Native American legend of Hiawatha. Longfellow’s poem Song of Hiawatha inspired Dvorák so much that he once attempted to compose an opera based on the work. Many motifs from Hiawatha, such as the wedding dance, blend seamlessly into Dvorák’s symphony. This piece celebrates the diversity and variety of our heritage and has become an immensely popular work. Ironically, it took a visiting composer from outside of the United States to weave a tapestry that so cohesively captured the American spirit.

Legend has it that Neil Armstrong took  “From the New World” Symphony with him on the Apollo 11 mission, the historic odyssey that marked man’s landing on the moon. The astronauts transported Dvorák’s piece to a whole new lunar world. Music emboldened the heroes as they made their giant leaps and bounds for mankind. We, too, can take music with us when we catapult into new worlds, whether it is a hike near Sturtevant Falls or a trip to distant lands.

The lightest of all belongings, music is that suitcase which we we carry in our hearts.  

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postcard-nw-auctionfor-wePasadena Symphony: A New World

Saturday April 18th, 7:30pm

Milhaud: The Creation of the World; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Linda Wang, Violin; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

Benefit Auction immediately to follow concert in the Gold Room on the Mezzanine Level. The Auction will include international villa vacations in New Zealand and Tuscany.

Local Artist Peter Adams has generously donated one of his paintings for the auction, the breathtaking Pools Above Sturtevant Falls, a cascade of inspiration in the San Gabriel Valley.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101

For images of items to be auctioned, please visit:


The Audition


Sunday April 19th 12 p.m Pacific Time

This behind-the-scenes documentary by Susan Froemke follows the finalists of the Met Opera National Council Auditions as they compete in a life-changing competition: the chance to sing on the Met stage.

Come see the drama behind the drama!

For more information, including participating movie theatres, please visit:




lrg-331-walk__re_stage_027HISPANICS FOR LA OPERA cordially invites you to A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Featuring:

Wagner’s Die Walküre

Sunday April 19. 1 p.m.

Directed by Achim Freyer. featuring Plácido Domingo, Anja Kampe, and Conducted by James Conlon.

To purchase performance tickets please call 213-972-8001

Those attending the April 19th are invited to a reception following the performance: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 5th Floor, Salon A. Enter through the Gold Elevators adjacent to Kendall’s Brassiere on Grand Ave.

Please make your reservation for the reception to (213) 972-3620 or specialevents@laopera.com



mc6Musical Circus: Featuring storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Saturday April 18, 8:30 a.m.

For children 10 and younger. 

This event will include a “Musical Petting Zoo” to allow children to explore various instruments. A family concert will follow. Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 E. Green Street. (626) 584-3333 Pasadena CA 91101.

More more information, visit:


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salonenSalonen Conducts Beethoven and Salonen

Fri. April 10th 11:00 AM. Sat. April 11, 8:00 PM

LA Philharmonic;  Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Women of the Los Angeles Master Choral;, Grant Gershon, music director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5; LIGETI Clocks and Clouds;SALONEN New Work (LAPA commission)

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 S. Grand Ave. LA, CA USA 90012

Phone: (323) 850-2000




qtq6j1wa3jpa-1“STICK FLY”

Fri April 10 8pm; (Sat April 11 is Sold Out;)Sun April 12 3 pm

(The play will continue to be performed through May)

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond opens a window in the life of African American upper middle class family whose lives begun to unravel while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Directed by Shirley Jo Finney; Starring Chris Butler, Avery Clyde, Tinashe Kajese, Terrell Tilford, John Wesley, Michole Briana White; Presented by The Matrix Theatre Company, producer Joseph Stern. The Matrix Theatre. 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046. Call 323-960-7740 or visit www.plays411.com/stickfly

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

charles-darwin-standingMind the Gap: Did Darwin avoid publishing his theory of evolution for 20 years?

April 10 (Friday) 7:30 p.m. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.1151 Oxford Road.San Marino, CA. 91108. 626.405.2100

From the Huntington website: “It is widely believed that Charles Darwin avoided publishing his theory of evolution for many years because he was afraid of the consequences. John van Whye, director of The Complete Works of Darwin Online at Cambridge University, will discuss how “Darwin’s delay” is a recent historiographical theme for which there is no clear evidence. Van Whye will show that Darwin did not keep his belief in evolution a secret and that a fundamental chapter in the story of Darwin’s life and work needs to be re-written. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall.”


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Haydn Celebration No. 4 April 5| 6 pm

Pianist Andrei Baumann performs Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867; Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob XVI: 40; Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1 “Sonata quasi una fantasia,” and Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Opus 87. Bing Theater | Free, no reservations Program generously supported by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000


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