Scenes From My Radio Play

Laurie Anderson--composer, musician, multimedia artist, filmmaker, poster child for hipster Baby Boomers--just presented five one-of-a-kind performances, four at Miner Auditorium and one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Included in this series were “Listening Party,” “Songs for Women with Tammy  ...

The Routes of Slavery

Politics is everywhere these days. Make one "false" step and you're tarred and feathered without getting even a nanosecond to defend yourself. Jordi Savall and company stepped into this corrosive environment like a breath of fresh air with their  ...

Hansel and Gretel

No, Hansel and Gretel is not a children’s opera per se, but it is an opera, and a production, you can take children to. This hypothesis was well tested opening night when the audience was full of members of the  ...

Don Carlo

The LA Opera has kicked off its 2018-19 season with gusto. Verdi’s “Don Carlo” is grand opera with a capital ‘G.’ The music is lavish and all enveloping – orchestra and cast meet the challenge head on. The full LA  ...

New Century Chamber Orchestra

We love to put people in boxes. She's progressive, he's conservative. This music is twelve-tone, that music is minimalist. But the final concert of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra showed how artificial these divisions are. Music is supposed to  ...

Orpheus and Eurydice

How do they do it? The Joffrey Ballet has two simultaneous gigs in LA: the Gluck opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," and the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet." The consensus is that the troop is spectacular in "Orpheus," but their production of  ...

Music With Changing Parts

Philip Glass @ 80ish When “Music With Changing Parts” premiered in New York in1970 it was at once revolutionary, persistent, repetitive, annoying, hypnotic, challenging, and otherworldly. People walked out while others were completely mesmerized. The future had arrived and  ...

Candide

The Candide credits make it look like opera designed by a committee. But what a committee. It didn't start that way. Lillian Hellman, in high dudgeon over the early activities of the McCarthy Committee and its followers, approached Bernstein with  ...