Alisa Weilerstein, cello.

The following are our current recommendations for truly exceptional performances in March 2013. As always, we will be adding to this list as our contributors continue to examine the offerings at world-class venues and companies

‘Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,’ March 1, 2013, The Broad Stage HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

There’s something timeless and “just right” about this chamber orchestra which never fails to satisfy. The unannounced program will include Britten, Haydn, and Bach. The concert features virtuosic American cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan, who has gained international recognition for his exquisite technique.

‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ by John Steinbeck, A Noise Within, Directed by Michael Michetti, Feb 16 – May 11, 2013 WORTH THE RISK

A fundamental American tragedy.

‘The Flying Dutchman,’ L.A. Opera, Mar 8-Mar 30, 2013 The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion NOT TO BE MISSED

Why would anyone miss a performance of Flying Dutchman? Especially conducted by James Conlon? The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers – and more recently, movie lovers – for hundreds of years. An enthralling score, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.  Icelandic baritone Tómas Tómasson sings the Dutchman.

‘Eurydice,’based on the Greek Orpheus Myth, By Sarah Ruhl, A Noise Within, Directed by Geoff Elliott  & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, Mar 9 – May 19, 2013 WORTH THE  RISK

Pulitzer Prize Nominee Sarah Ruhl retells the classic Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his new wife, Eurydice. ANW has handled Greek themes beautifully in the past.

‘Leo,’ March 9-10, 2013 The Broad Stage NOT TO BE MISSED

Simply the cleverest stagecraft this side of the moon landing. Rave reviews worldwide. Mind-bending, whimsical, and entirely charming physical theatre.

Salon des Musiques, Sunday, March 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: PHILLIP LEVY Violin, ANDREW SHULMAN Cello, RINA DOKSHISTKY Piano RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor DEBUSSY Cello Sonata in D minor DEBUSSY Violin Sonata in G minor

‘Red,’ with Tony Nominee Alfred Molina, L.A. Theatre Works, Mar 14-Mar 17 2013 NOT TO BE MISSED

This explosive drama unleashes theatre much as Rothko’s painting freed art. The turbulent life of the artist is brought into focus in a drama that the Associated Press calls “an engrossing, enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation.” “A brilliant new play!” –Daily Mail (London)

‘Cinderella,’ L.A. Opera, March23-Apr 13, 2013, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

In her impoverished father’s castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny. Should be terrific.

‘UNICAMENTE LA VERDAD,’ By Gabriela Ortiz, Long Beach Opera, March 24, 30, 2013 WORTH THE RISK

Outlaws. Love. Deceit.  “¡Únicamente La Verdad!” (Only the Truth) is based on a popular Mexican ballad, “Contrabando y Traicion” (Smuggling and Betrayal). This docu-opera, lifted from the headlines, follows Camelia la Tejana and her lover As They smuggle drugs across the border to Los Angeles. The payoff becomes a deadly showdown! Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz creates a pulsing score that fuses classical and Mexican influences.

‘Elias String Quartet,’ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, March 27, 2013 NOT TO BE MISSED

With acclaimed performances in Europe’s leading music capitals, the Elias String Quartet is known as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of its generation.

Purcell: Fantasias
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41/1
Andres: New Work for Piano and String Quartet
Schumann: Piano Quartet Op. 47


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