Tag Archives: TCHAIKOVSKY

Happy 10th Anniversary, Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Victoria Looseleaf Talk about culture vultures! We have been on a roll for the last month or so, but did want to check in on our homegalz site. Where to begin. Well, the 10th Anniversary of the opening of … Continue reading

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A Bounty of Balanchine

By Victoria Looseleaf For balletomanes – indeed, dance lovers of all stripes – there can never be too much Balanchine. To prove that point, Los Angeles Ballet, in its seventh season and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of George Balanchine’s … Continue reading

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From Fowl Play to Fouettés: Swan Lake Lives

By Victoria Looseleaf “How many ‘Swan Lakes’ can you see? How many ‘Giselles’? That’s what a cranky German asked me one year in Havana where we were both attending that elegantly decaying city’s International Ballet Festival. “How many Beethoven 9ths … Continue reading

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Nutcrackered Out: On Ballet’s Most Popular Work

By Victoria Looseleaf Love it or loathe it, The Nutcracker, that E.T.A. Hoffmann story set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, is here to stay. We are, fortunately, in the former category, though our Nutcracker threshold seems to get lower with each … Continue reading

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Remembering Ken Russell, Neo-Renaissance Man

By Victoria Looseleaf He was an incurable rabble-rouser, er, Romantic. Why else would Ken Russell, who died this week at home in England, at 84, make so many movies about artists and the creative process? His ability to make high … Continue reading

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Eugene Onegin: Living Unhappily Ever After

By Victoria Looseleaf Audience fashion faux pas abounded, and the curtain came clunking down – not once, but twice – on opening night of Los Angeles Opera’s 26th season. Funny that, as the curtain also “lurched” when Plácido Domingo sang Otello … Continue reading

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On Literary Narcissism

By Victoria Looseleaf “Hail to the Keef!” declared Little, Brown and Co. publisher Michael Pietsch, on learning that Keith Richards’ autobiography is among the bestselling rock memoirs of all time. And a good thing, too, as Little B. shelled out … Continue reading

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