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The Music Center has announced the formation of LA Dance Project, led by “Black Swan” choreographer and actor, Benjamin Millepied. Millepied, formerly a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will premiere the new troupe on Sept 22 and 23, 2012 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The ballet company’s vision veers away from traditional methods and will instead be an “art collective,” drawing on the vast resources of artists and institutions in Los Angeles. LA Dance Project hopes to perform at MOCA and other non-traditional spaces.

The juxtaposition of ballet and museums sounds like a cultural cocktail worth imbibing! 

For the full-story, please read:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/dance-benjamin-millepied-and-music-center-give-birth-to-la-dance-project.html

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Emanuel Ax will be performing three times this week in LA- so, don’t miss it! 

Walt Disney Concert HallNov 25th-Nov 27th

Salonen conducts Beethoven and Hillborg

Fri. Nov. 25th 8:00PM; Sat, Nov. 26th 8:00PM Sun. Nov. 27th 2:00PM  Emanuel Ax, piano. Hila Plitmann, soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano .Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Hillborg: Sirens (world premiere, LA Phil commission) Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave. LA, CA 90012. 323.850.2000

http://www.laphil.com/

Meet Glenda Bailey, Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief

as she signs copies of her new book, Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits

Sat. Nov. 26, 12pm – 2pm

COACH Boutique,

327 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits is a celebration of fashion, a romp through a riotous and eventful decade, and a banquet of contemporary imagery


Ars longa, vita brevis”

(Art is long, life is short)

or as Chaucer said it best,

“The lyf so short,

the crafte so long to lerne” (1370’s) 

Photo: Getty Villa Gardens 11-2011

© 2011 by Leticia M. Sanchez

 

Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia in the Presence of the Antique. through January 16, 2012

Getty Villa.  17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300.

http://www.getty.edu/

Capitol Ensemble– LACMA- free

Performing  works by Mendelssohn and Schubert.Bing Theater | No reservations  LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000

http://www.lacma.org

Charles Gounoud’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE

Sat. Nov. 12th 7:30 p.m.

LA OPERA

135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 972-8001

http://www.laopera.com/      

LA OPERA has created a fantastic behind-the-scenes video on their homepage. Be sure to watch.

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Lecture: A Meditation on the History of Los Angeles Art

Thinking Through Dennis Hopper’s “Double Standard”

Sat. Nov. 12. 4:00 p.m. Norton Simon.411 W. Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91105 626.449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/

FREE concert LACMA Nov 13th- 6pm

Movses Pogossian (violin), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet), Antoinette Perry (piano)Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, op. 30, No. 2 for violin and piano; Messiaen: “Première communion de la Vierge,” Bartok: Contrasts. Bing Theater . No reservations needed. LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 857-6000 http://www.lacma.org      

Salastina Music Society- Nov 13th- 3 p.m  

An afternoon of instrumental chamber music

Hannon Theater. Mount Saint Mary’s College. 12001 Chalon Road, Brentwood, CA 90049

Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, violinists & artistic directors; Meredith Crawford, viola; Xiaodan Zheng, cello; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero; Orlando Gibbons: Fantasies; Alexander Borodin: Trio in G minor; Matos Rodriguez: La Cumparsita (Tango) Benjamin Godard: Forsaken;
World Premiere of Jeremy Cavaterra’s Andante; Johaness Brahms: Scherzo from Piano Quintet in F minor

For more information on tickets, visit http://www.salastinasociety.org 

by Leticia Marie Sanchez

Salvador Dalí, surrealist extraordinaire, decided to lecture at the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition dressed to the nines in scuba gear.

He commenced giving his speech, Fantomes paranoiaques authentiques (authentic, paranoid, phantoms) when suddenly, he could not breathe.

As Dalí waved his hands for help, the audience laughed uproariously. The more he suffocated and gesticulated, the louder they laughed. The audience mistook what could have been a tragedy for slapstick comedy. Luckily, Dalí was able to unscrew his scuba helmet without losing consciousness.

As he gasped for air, Dalí exclaimed,” I just wanted to show that I was ‘plunging deeply’ into the human mind.”  

LA OPERA- Open house- Nov 5thFREE

9:30 A.M- 5:00 P.M

Highlights include: Question and Answer Sessions hosted by Placido Domingo and James Conlon, back stage tours, costume, prop, and wig presentations, performances for children, screenings of “LA Traviata” and more! Some advance reservations required. For more information, please visit: http://www.laopera.com/support/openhouse.aspx

Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraNov 5th and 6th

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Sat. Nov 5th- 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale;  Sun.Nov 6th- 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA

Margaret Batjer, leader & violin

Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard.Glendale, CA 91203. (818) 243 7700 Royce Hall. 340 Royce Dr. Westwood, CA 90095 For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.laco.org/            

Lang Lang in Recital

Sun. Nov 6th 7:30 p.m.

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat, BWV 825 Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D. 960 Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op. 25 Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.850.2000. For more information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/