Your ‘must do’ 2018 fall arts season guide There’s a whole lot of LGBT in the mainstream By CHRISTOPHER CAPPIELLO
As fall approaches, the Southland’s cultural institutions gear up for the beginning of another arts season. You can’t DVR these oﬀerings, but if you’re willing to gather in the dark with a gang of strangers, LA’s dance, music, opera and theater companies have some exciting and ambitious oﬀerings this fall. Here are some highlights:
DANCE “Romeo and Juliet” The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the complete score to Sergei Prokoﬁev’s beloved ballet based on Shakespeare’s tragic love story, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In tandem, dancer/choreographer (and “Black Swan” star) Benjamin Millepied choreographs portions of the piece, danced by members of his LA Dance Project. Oct. 18-21, Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles). laphil.com. Jacob Jonas the Company Under the direction of its LA-born namesake, Jacob Jonas the Company takes its exciting, visceral, athletic work to the Wallis this season as company-in-residence. Combining balletic dance with acrobatics and some break-dance sensibility, the young company’s fall oﬀering is an intimate evening in the Lovelace Studio Theatre. Oct. 24-27, The Wallis, (9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills). thewallis.org. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company – “Analogy Trilogy” The restlessly inventive dance legend Bill T. Jones gives LA audiences the rare experience of seeing all three “Analogy” works in a single, seven-hour event (including one intermission and a 90-minute dinner break). “Analogy: Dora” is based on Jones’ 95-year-old motherin-law who deﬁed the Nazis as a nurse in France. “Analogy/Lance” follows the partying excesses of a 1980s New York club kid, and the latest piece, “Analogy/Ambros,” is based on the main character in W.G. Sebald’s novel “The Emigrants.” The event is capped with
a Q&A with the artists. Nov. 3-4, Royce Hall at UCLA Westwood (10745 Dickson Ct., Los Angeles). cap.ucla.edu.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Nov. 8-10, Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles). laphil.com.
The Music of Harold Arlen: The Wonderful Wizard of Song Harold Arlen is one of the giants of the Great American Songbook, having composed the music for so many beloved classics, including “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Stormy Weather,” “The Man Who Got Away,” and the songs for “The Wizard of Oz” (he snagged an Oscar for “Over the Rainbow”). CSUN’s The Soraya presents an evening celebrating his work, hosted by son Sam Arlen, and featuring Broadway stars Eden Espinosa and Joseph Leo Bwarie. Dec. 1, The Soraya CSUN (18111 Nordhoﬀ St., Northridge). thesoraya.org.
John Beasley’s MONK’estra Award-winning, versatile jazz pianist John Beasley brings his MONK’estra ensemble to the Broad this fall. A Grammy-nominated gang of virtuoso musicians, MONK’estra evokes the spirit of the masterful and mysterious Thelonious Monk as they play some of his iconic jazz music in fresh, innovative arrangements. Oct. 12, The Broad Stage (1310 11th St., Santa Monica). thebroadstage.org. The Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest and most revered in Russia. Renamed the Kirov Orchestra by Stalin, the ensemble reclaimed its original name after the fall of the Soviet Union. Under the tireless direction of the powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, the orchestra tours constantly. This fall they bring a program featuring great works by Igor Stravinsky, the Petersburg native who spent much of his later life in West Hollywood (with numerous appearances at the Hollywood Bowl). Some criticize Gergiev for snuggling up to Putin, but there’s nobody better to interpret Stravinsky. Oct. 25, The Soraya CSUN (18111 Nordhoﬀ St., Northridge). thesoraya.org. “The Tempest” The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a special evening featuring the incidental music for Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” written by famed Finnish composer Jean Sebelius. The program also includes scenes from the play performed by actors from San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and staged by artistic director Barry Edelstein. Sebelius is a major ﬁgure in Finland (his image was on the 100 Finnish mark note before the country adopted the euro), and the program is conducted by Susanna Mälkki, chief conductor of the
OPERA “Don Carlo” LA Opera kicks oﬀ its season with ambition, presenting Verdi’s sprawling epic “Don Carlo” with a smashing cast. Acclaimed Mexicanborn tenor Ramón Vargas sings the title role of the conﬂicted prince angry at his father for marrying his ﬁancée. LA Opera’s general director and resident legend Plácido Domingo -- famous for his Don Carlo as a young tenor – sings the baritone role of kind-hearted pal Rodrigo, while LA Opera favorite Ana María Martínez sings Elisabeth. As if that wasn’t enough, the great Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings King Phillip for the ﬁrst two performances, defying time along with Maestro Domingo. Sept. 22-Oct. 14, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles). laopera.org. “Satyagraha” LA Opera continues its bold commitment to the work of Philip Glass by presenting the minimalist American composer’s second opera, “Satyagraha,” examining Gandhi’s formative years facing oppression and injustice in South Africa. With a book comprised entirely of verses from the Bhagavad Gita
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Losangelesblade.com, Volume 2, Issue 29, September 21, 2018