Essential Art & Culture: The L.A. Phil at 100, Plácido's L.A. decades, getting funny with Shakespeare

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 09:41:10 PM. The week's essential arts and culture news, including: the L.A. Phil's lavish anniversary and Placido Domingo's 50 years in L.A.
L.A. is awash in art and music and opera this week — featuring Chinese dissidents, roving aliens and feral little girls. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential culture stories: THE L.A. PHIL AT 100 The Los Angeles Philharmonic held its first concert on Oct. 24, 1919. To mark its centennial, the 2018-19 season promises to be beyond lavish. This will include a new home for musical director Gustavo Dudamel’s YOLA youth education project designed by Frank Gehry, special programs led by former musical directors Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen, a tribute to African American composer William Grant Still, and an appearance by Dudamel in the 2019 Oscars ceremony. Like, whoa! Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times Gustavo Dudamel announces plans for the centennial season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel announces plans for the centennial season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) “The sheer ambition of L.A. Phil should further inspire cautious arts organizations to think big,” writes Times classical music critic Mark Swed. “But it may also bring up some fears of one organization dominating the landscape.” Los Angeles Times Plus, Richard S. Ginnell reviews the L.A. Phil’s performance of Ravel’s 50-minute opera “L’heure espagnole,” a work that the orchestra had never before performed — and which it will do so again on Saturday under the direction of Charles Dutoit. Los Angeles Times On a...Read more
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