FROM Thomas Aujero Small
Opera Reaches New Audiences This Friday night, the Walt Disney Concert Hall will unveil the first of four performances of Don Giovanni . It will have sets designed by architect Frank Gehry, costumes by conceptual clothiers Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Gustavo Dudamel at the podium. It’s the hottest high culture ticket in town—and it is a signature example of how opera and classical music are now repositioning themselves to attract new and younger audiences. The set and costumes are being kept under tight wraps, though Gehry has said he’ll create a “moving still-life on the stage” and he has hinted that there’ll be strong contrasts and abstraction. Thomas Aujero Small writes about the intersection of architecture and music and gives his thoughts on the production, and architectural historian Victoria Newhouse explains how this production demonstrates a new direction in opera and classical music. Small hosts intimate classical music performances in his Culver City home like the Nimbus Ensemble , an LA-based chamber orchestra. He also recommends Chamber Music in Historic Sites , which stages concerts in offbeat, interesting buildings. And through May 27, Crescent City , billed as a "hyperopera," runs at Atwater Crossing. See more new venues for classical music at the DnA blog . Guests gather at Small's home; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Young Riddle introduces Nimbus Ensemble at Small's home; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Garik Terzian performs with Nimbus Ensemble; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian Top image: Nimbus Ensemble perform at Thomas Small's house; photo by Jean-Claude Demirdjian
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."