FROM Victoria Newhouse
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
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."