RECOMMENDED FOR NOV 2012

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

The following are our current recommendations for truly exceptional performances in November 2012. As always, we will be adding to this list as our contributors continue to examine the offerings at world-class venues and companies.

‘Krapp’s Last Tape,’ Kirk Douglas Theatre, Oct 9 thru Nov 4, 2012 NOT TO BE MISSED

As Krapp takes stock of his life unspooling on a battered old tape recorder, we become privy to a lifetime of wisdom.  The New York Times praised Hurt for “fully inhabiting the corroded soul of the unforgettable character. Read review…

‘Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández,’ Valley Performing Arts Center, Fri 8 PM, Nov 2, 2012 NOT TO BE MISSED

Traditional folk music and dance traditions from Mexico’s various regions are the focus of exploration for Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez. Many of the ensemble’s works reflect the traditions of indigenous Mesoamerican culture.  Performed in colorful costumes by dancers in bare feet who emote the sensuality, joy and exuberance of Mexican culture.

‘Brahms & Dvorak Piano Trios,’ Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Nov 2 2012 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Should be terrific. Cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer are acclaimed artists. Husband and wife, Finckel and Wu Han head the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, while Setzer and Finckel have enjoyed an artistic partnership for more than 30 years as part of the Emerson String Quartet. Read our preview…

Brahms: Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38
Dvorák: Trio in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
Dvorák: Trio in F Minor, Op. 65

Warsaw Philharmonic, Valley Performing Arts Center, Nov 8, 8 pm HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
One of the most-respected orchestras in Europe and all of the world, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra plays from the Eastern European repertoire. Read our preview…

‘Pride and Prejudice,’ with Jane Carr, L.A. Theatre Works, Nov 15-Nov 18, 2012 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Featuring Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann Jane Austen’s classic, fast-paced comedy fondly harkens back to days that may seem simpler, but love and romance were just as complicated then as they are today. See our Preview…

‘Impro Theatre: Chekhov Unscripted and Twilight Zone Unscpripted,’ Sep 15 – Nov 4 2012 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

A new show every night! Impro Theatre, Los Angeles’ highly-acclaimed improvisational theatre company returns to the Odyssey with Chekhov Unscripted, a spontaneously created play in the style of Anton Chekhov and for those who love Rod Serling get ready to enter an unexplored dimension, known only as … The Twilight Zone“One of the funniest evenings in town… a stunning feat of performance and literary wizardry.”–LA Times

‘November Program; Camerata Pacifica,’ November 9-15 2012,   HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Looks like a beautifully constructed evening of impressionists and post-impressionists.  Lots of opportunities for spectacular and haunting flute work by Spence. See our Preview….

Friday, Nov 9 1pm & 7:30pm Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara
Sunday, Nov 11 3pm Temple Beth Torah, Ventura
Tuesday, Nov 13 8pm Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Thursday, Nov 15 8pm Zipper Hall, Los Angeles

Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane*
Caplet: Conte fantastique after Edgar Allan Poeʼs “Masque of the Red Death”
Jolivet: Chant De Linos
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp*
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro*

Le Salon de Musiques, Sunday, November 11th 2012, 4.00 pm HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Always a charming afternoon of chamber music, including conversation and a light dinner overlooking the Music Center plaza. Read our preview…

This concert: STEVEN VANHAUWAERT Piano, PAMELA VLIEK Flute, VALENTIN MARTCHEV Bassoon, JOSHUA RANZ Clarinet, JOSEPH STONE Oboe
CHARLES- MARIE WIDOR: Suite for Flute and Piano op 34
ANDRE CAPLET : Quintet Piano and Winds ( flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano )

‘Wozzek’ Opera by Alban Berg, Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra,’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tuesday 8PM, Nov 13 2012 WORTH THE RISK

A harrowing 19th-century play became Alban Berg’s operatic masterpiece of musical Expressionism, endlessly inventive and heartrendingly tragic–if not for everyone. Esa-Pekka Salonen returns a special one-night-only concert performance. Read our preview…

‘Madame Butterfly,’ L.A. Opera, Nov 17-Dec 9, 2012, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. A traditional production to contrast with the stark modernist rendering which haunted L.A. Opera for a couple of seasons.

‘Seminar,’ with Jeff Goldblum, Oct 10-Nov 18, 2012, The Center Theatre Group NOT TO BE MISSED

Wickledly funny and very smart hit from new York with one of our best actors. Wordplay at its finest.

‘Monteverdi Vespers,’ Los Angeles Master Chorale, Nov. 18, 2012 NOT TO BE MISSED
Considered to be the most ambitious work of sacred music before J.S. Bach, the Vespers of 1610 will sparkle with forty pristine voices and the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. Should be breathtaking. Read our preview…

‘The Doctor’s Dilemma,‘ by George Bernard Shaw, A Noise Within, Oct 13 – Nov 25, 2012 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

We see way too little Shaw in this town. Ever smart and witty, and ever exploring the conundrums of modern existence. As relevant today as in 1906.

‘Salonen conducts Beethoven and Lutostawski,’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nov 30, 8PM, Dec 1, 8PM, Dec 2, 2PM 2012 WORTH THE RISK
L.A.’s beloved former resident maestro, Esa-Pekka Salonen, will join the LA Philharmonic to commemorate Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski with this performance featuring his Fourth Sympony. The program also includes Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 1 and 2.

See our Preview…

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