Los Angeles is quite the city with a thriving community of art, culture and outstanding classical music. Over these next few months, there are an abundance of events to attend from esteemed such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, internationally profound conductors and musicians including Itzhak Perlman. With students and locally based artists, classical music performances are at your fingertips. Although it’s not a pre-requisite to know your composers, scores and musicians, you can expect to learn a lot and enjoy a night out in L.A.
Gibson Dunn Rush Hour Concert
Thayer Hall on the Colburn School Campus
200 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Founded in 1950 as a prep arts and music school to University of Southern California, The Colburn School’s free concert program features Rush Hour in Thayer Hall where beautiful classical music is performed by wind and brass rising star students of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Music Academy and Community School. This fall, musicians play Autumn Winds, a versatile conservatory of music to relax with. The Colburn Conservatory of Music, Music Academy and Community School serves L.A. with the highest quality performing arts education, more than 300 free concerts each year and reaches out to 15,000 underserved children. Make sure to make a reservation through the website.
Glendale Youth Orchestra Presents 26th Season Opener
216 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Date: Nov. 23, 2014
Young musicians (6th-12th graders) from around L.A. come together in The Glendale Youth Orchestra (GYO), one of the city’s lead youth orchestras. For 19 years and under the direction of Juilliard-trained conductor Brad Keimach, this spectacular youth group plays classical music as a resident company of the Alex Theatre. GYO’s 26th Season Opening will include musical pieces – Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (1st movement) with 17-year-old student from Alhambra High School Lavinia Chen on the violin, Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”) and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1. Since 1925, the Alex Theatre has served as a venue for the performing arts and an entertainment center.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”
The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Tchaikovsky’s iconic score of “The Nutcracker Suite” creates a magical place audiences go to every year during the holiday season. This year, Moscow’s Ballet company will perform the “Great Russian Nutcracker,” the story of a young girl who finds love and war in the enchanted world of toys and Christmas. “The Nutcracker Suite” is Tchaikovsky’s most popular composition and the namesake ballet is the most popular ballet attended by audiences. In the Moscow Ballet’s interpretation, audiences will be stunned by the Dove of Peace featuring a 20-foot wingspan, whimsical 10-foot-tall silk puppets, detailed costumes featuring shimmery Swarovski crystals and beautiful dancers and ballerinas bringing Tchaikovsky’s music to life. There are two performances on this day.
Itzhak Perlman in Recital
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Itzhak Perlman, one of the most beloved violinists, classical musicians and conductors of the times, will be performing with his recital partner pianist Rohan De Silva at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Known to audiences for sharing the works of Vivaldi, Schumann, Beethoven and Ravel, Perlman’s recital is a one-night engagement. Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and is a venue like no other. The acoustics connect the audience to the music. Center stage sits among the audience in a “vineyard style” setting and adds a unique musical experience.
New West Symphony Presents “Pines of Rome”
Fred Kavli Theatre at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Date: Jan. 24, 2015
Headlining the Fred Kavli Theatre in January is the New West Symphony. Boris Brott, leading Canadian conductor and founding Music Director and Laureate Conductor of California’s New West Symphony, will take his symphony and the audience through classical musical pieces including Rossini’s “Overture to William Tell,” Garson’s viola variations on a theme of “Paganini,” a New West Symphony commission world premiere featuring Lauren Chipman on the viola (principal violist for New West), Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio italien, Opus 45″ and conclude with Repighi’s “Pines of Rome.” Chipman is a grad of USC and performs on an Italian Della Corte viola from 1850. She will be available at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert lecture.
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