RECOMMENDED FOR FEB 2013
‘Freud’s Last Session,’ Jan 11-Feb 10 2013 The Broad Stage WORTH THE RISK
Wonderful reviews and fairly serious ideas from playwright Mark St. Germain. Gently humorous argument between Freud and C.S. Lewis, mostly about religion vs. science: God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. It’s all up for discussion on the Santa Monica shore in the L.A. premiere of Freud’s Last Session. How can you not join 499 theatergoers for group therapy with Sigmund Freud? Really? And how does that make you feel?
Ghostly. Mysterious. Chilling. There is a time to confront our fears and nightmares; a time to explore the fine line between truth and imagination. Welcome to one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most unsettling stories. Enter the eerie realm of the House of Usher where the border separating the real and the supernatural is blurred. Glass’ haunting and suspenseful music provides the soundscape for this journey to the edge of madness.
An historic production of meticulous power. This is the Joffrey Ballet’s groundbreaking recreation of the original Ballets Russes production. Igor Stravinsky’s score and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography for the 1913 Paris premiere sparked a riot that is said to have given birth to modern music and dance. Read our preview…
‘Szymanowski Quartet,’ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Feb 6 2013 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Szymanowski Quartet, which made its Center debut to great acclaim in 2010, has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. The very interesting program includes:
Waclaw of Szamotuly: Three Polish Chorales (1520-1560)
Szymanowski: String Quartet, Op. 56 #2
Bacewicz: Piano Quintet #1
Brahms: Piano Quintet F Minor, Op. 34
Hamburg Ballet’s current retelling of The Little Mermaid, written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837, is a fantastical and dark tale that contrasts a fanciful underwater world with the complexities of life on terra firma. The story is revealed through the tribulations of a young woman who risks everything for love. The Hamburg Ballet has a stellar reputation.
‘February Program; Camerata Pacifica,’ February 7-12 2013, Various venues HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Nice combination of works and guaranteed drama. If you’re going to make just one Camerata Pacifica performance this year (and you should!), we recommend this one. Read our preview…
|Thursday, Feb 7||8pm||Zipper Hall, Los Angeles|
|Friday, Feb 8||1pm & 7:30pm||Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara|
|Sunday, Feb 10||3pm||Temple Beth Torah, Ventura|
|Tuesday, Feb 12||8pm||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
Wolfgang: Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges, for Violin and Piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75*
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49*
Salon des Musiques, Sunday, February 10th 2013, 4.00 pm HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Always a charming afternoon of chamber music, including conversation and a light dinner overlooking the Music Center plaza. This concert: TEREZA STANISLAV Violin, SARAH THORBLADE Violin, ROB BROPHY Viola, CECILIA TSAN Cello, STEVEN VANHAUWAERT Piano
FRANK BRIDGE: Fantasy Piano Quartet
ZAREBSKY: Piano Quintet in G minor op 34
Itzhak Perlman is undeniably the violinist of a generation, beloved for his charm and remarkable artistry. A master recitalist and raconteur, he won Grammys for his recordings of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas. The program: unannounced, and who cares?
Dutoit is a modern master. The program is nice, but not that interesting until we get to Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote. It operates as a theme and ten variations – “Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character,” in Strauss’ words – and a thrilling double concerto, with solo cello portraying Quixote and solo viola as Sancho Panza.
A fundamental American tragedy.
‘Dudamel and Shaham,’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Feb 21-Feb 24, 2013 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Gil Shaham is without a doubt one of the best violinists of our time–like Dudamel, he brings a special passion to his music. This evening offers unrepentant German Romanticism from the 19th Century. What could be better?