Archive for June, 2009


Friday Night Jazz

Sweet Baby J’ai.  Fri. June 26th 6 pm

Free. No reservations.

BP Grand Entrance

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115




George Gershwin, George F. Handel

Cal Phil Festival on the Green

Sat. June 27. Arboretum, Arcadia 7:30 p.m

Sun. June 28.Walt Disney Concert Hall. 2:00 pm.




David Mamet’s Oleanna
Starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles
Fri. June 26 8:00 pm
Sat. June 27 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Sun, June 28 1:00 pm &6:30 pm
Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772

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LACMA nightFriday Night Jazz

Peter Sprague String “Consort” Friday June 19th 6 pm

BP Grand Entrance. 


No reservations

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036. (323) 857.6115



Photo by Leticia Marie Sanchez






Saturdays Off the 405.

Music by Chairlift, DJ Frosty, and DJ Ale

Sat. June 20 6 pm – 9 pm

Museum Courtyard, Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310) 440-7300




O wildeOscar Wilde’s

The Importance of Being Earnest

June 17-21

Wed., Thurs., & Fri. at 8PM,

Sat. at 2:30 PM,  Sun. at 4PM.

LA Theater Works.

Skirball Cultural Center.

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., LA, CA,90049.

(310) 827-0889


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QuintenUnveiling A Masterpiece

Fri. June 12. 7:00 p.m. 

California String Quartet performs in the Museum’s 18th-Century Gallery.

Ernst von Dohnanyi’s String Quartet No. 2, Op.15, Josef Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2, Quinten

Norton Simon. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.449.6840


Julius Caesar_1_smWilliam Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Directed by Ellen Geer

June 6 through September 26

Saturdays at 8 pm: June 6,13, 20

Saturdays at 4 pm: June 27; August 29*; September 12, 19,

Sundays at 7:30 pm: July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23; September 6

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290

(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

Audience members are advised to bring cushions for bench seating.  

PsalmsTemptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David

French, British, German, Flemish, Italian, and Armenian Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

June 9-August 16

The Getty Center.

200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049.

(310) 440-7300.


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Ludwig-van-Beethoven--C11747955Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Friday June 5th. 8:00 P.M

Sat Jun 6. 8:00P.M

Orange County Performing Arts Center

600 Town Center Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA.








June 7th- Music Under The Stars Free concert for the community

Featuring the Pasadena Pops

Pasadena City Hall

5:30 Pre-Concert: Theater 360 and performers from the Rose City Ballroom.

7:00 Concert: The program includes pieces from Louis Armstrong and John Williams as well as an 80-voice choir including members from the Hollywood Master Chorale, the Burbank Chorale, and the St. Francis De Sales Chorale. Pasadena City Hall.100 N. Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA  91109.

Bring chairs or blankets



Andrea Bocelli

Sunday, June 7, 7:30 PM.  Hollywood Bowl 2301 North Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 9006

(323) 850.2000


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Verdi: A bold request


Leticia Marie Sanchez

The following correspondence in the form of abridged letters between Giuseppe Verdi and one very unusual opera-goer, Prospero Bertani:


Much Honoured Signor Verdi,       Reggio, May 7, 1872

On the second of this month, attracted by the sensation which your opera Aida was making, I went to Parma. Half an hour before the performance began I was already in my seat, No.120. I admired the scenery, listened with great pleasure to the excellent singers, and took pains to let nothing escape me. After the performance was over, I asked myself whether I was satisfied.  The answer was “No.”

I returned to Reggio, and on the way back in the railroad carriage, I listened to the verdicts of my fellow travelers. Nearly all of them agreed that Aida was a work of the highest rank.

Thereupon I conceived a desire to hear it again, and on the fourth returned to Parma. I made the most desperate effort to obtain a reserved seat, and there was such a crowd that I was obliged to throw away five lire to see the performance in comfort.

I arrived at this decision: it is an opera in which there is absolutely nothing which causes any enthusiasm or excitement, and without the pomp of the spectacle, the public would not stand it to the end.  When it has filled the house two or three times, it will be banished to the dust of the archives.

Now, my dear Signor Verdi, you can imagine my regret at having spent on two occasions 32 lire for these two performances. Add to this the aggravating circumstance that I am dependent on my family, and you will understand that this money troubles my rest like a terrible spectre. Therefore I address myself frankly and openly to you, so that you may send me the amount.

Here is the account:

Railroad: One way 2.60 lire;  Railroad: Return trip 3.30 lire;  Theater 8.00 lire  Detestable dinner at the station 2.00 lire

=15.90 lire Multiplied by 2=  31.80 lire

In the hope that you will extricate me from this embarrassment, I salute you from the bottom of my heart


My address: Bertani, Prospero; Via San Domenico No. 5

Verdi’s reply, addressed to his publisher Ricordi                                     May, 1872

As you may readily imagine, in order to save this scion of his family from the spectres that pursue him, I shall gladly pay the little bill he sends me. Be so kind, therefore, as to have one of your agents send the sum of 27 lire, 80 centesimi to this Signor Prospero Bertani, Via San Domenico No. 5. True, that isn’t the whole sum he demands, but for me to pay his dinner too would be wearing the joke a bit thin. He could perfectly well have eaten at home. Naturally, he must send you a receipt, as well as a written declaration that he promises never to hear another one of my new operas, so that he won’t expose himself again to the danger of being pursued by spectres, and that he may spare me further travel expenses!


What Mr. Bertani did not realize was that Mr. Verdi encouraged his publisher to publish the correspondence in newspapers far and wide.

So, the tables soon turned. The one receiving hate mail was Mr. Bertani. He received vitriolic letters from all over the nation.  His prophecy about AIDA gathering “dust” also backfired. AIDA has become one of the most popular operas of all time.


Verdi’s letters were discussed in a vivid lecture by Professor Robert Greenberg, P.H.D. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition. Part 5 of 6. Lecture 38: 19th Century Italian Opera, Giuseppe Verdi.

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