LA Phil's British Invasion, Long Beach Opera's Camelia La Tejana Asks "How True is True?"
On Arts Alive March 23rd:
Gail is traveling through France with a KUSC tour group. They made stops throughout Provence and are finishing their trip in Paris. Hear some highlights when Gail calls Arts Alive. For more about the trip, visit the KUSC blog.
A Final Postcard from London
Brian got back from London this week. He was reporting on the LA Phil's tour stop, which included cutting-edge concerts, appearances at a symposium on music education and bringing ten talented young musicians from Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) along for the ride. Brian's final tour report airs on Arts Alive. The video above captures the first rehearsal of the Discover Dudamel Orchestra (made up of YOLA members and UK student musicians).
Camelia Le Tejana: Mysterious Drug Dealer Makes for Good Opera
Camelia La Tejana was a female drug smuggler, a jilted woman and a murderer. She's either still hiding out in Mexico or a total fiction. Camelia's legend was born in a popular corrido (Mexican ballad) from the 1970s and grew over the years thanks to media coverage. It's the making of this legend that inspired Mexico City-based composer Gabriela Ortiz to compose Camelia La Tejana - Only the Truth. Long Beach Opera will give the multi-media opera its US premiere this weekend and next.
Film Review from Kenneth Turan
Turan pays homage to hand-drawn animation this week with a review of From Up On Poppy Hill.
Ask the Dean
Dean Rob Cutietta answers a question about how a composer turns a simple theme into an entire orchestral work on Ask the Dean.
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