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Hitting the Road with The Industry's Hopscotch

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 11/6/2015 9:46:00 AM

Hopscotch, from LA's experimental opera company The Industry, plays out with the audience traveling to unknown destinations throughout Los Angeles. The action unfolds both inside and outside the car, along three routes (Red, Green and Yellow) with eight "chapters" per route. Each chapter lasts ten minutes and the audience experiences them unsequentially.

Scenes from Hopscotch

Tickets are required to travel the routes (and the opera runs until November 22nd), but anyone can go to the Central Hub, open in Downtown Los Angeles Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30-4, to watch all the chapters play out via livestream (and for free). This weekend, visitors to the Central Hub have a chance to win discounted tickets to live performances the weekend of November 14th and 15th.

The Central Hub

To hear about the production from The Industry's founder Yuval Sharon, click here for his recent interview on KUSC's Arts Alive.

We also spoke with Industry Music Director Marc Lowenstein about ...

Bringing the Sea to the Stage for LA Opera's "Moby Dick"

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/26/2015 1:20:00 PM

Next up for LA Opera is a production of Jake Heggie's Moby Dick, and it's a technical challenge as much as an artistic one. We visited the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion while the crew was getting the stage ready. LA Opera's Technical Director Jeff Kleeman, and Senior Director of Production Rupert Hemmings gave us a taste of what goes into pulling off a show with sophisticated projections, special effects and stunts. Here's our conversation: 

Behind the scenes at LA Opera's Moby Dick

A crew member works on the set for LA Opera's Moby Dick


Photos and video by Susie Goodman

Jacaranda Starts Season with a Parade of Bagpipers

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/19/2015 8:11:00 AM

If you were anywhere near Ocean Blvd and Wilshire last Saturday evening, you may have noticed something unusual: nine bagpipers playing music by one of today's most impressive composers. The group of pipers was led by Matthew Welch, who has pioneered new techniques and premiered many compositions written for bagpipes by living composers. In the video below, you can see how he conducts while playing -- with his right foot and leg. Welch and his fellow musicians gave a free 15-minute concert of Julia Wolfe's LAD (2007) at Wilshire and Ocean, and then a second free, 15-minute concert in the lighted courtyard of First Presbyterian Church. Both concerts created the first half of the opening night of Jacaranda: Music at the Edge's new season. For the second half of the program, a chamber ensemble played David Lang's darker.

Jacaranda's INHALE

Before the pipers started piping, I spoke with Jacaranda's co-founder, Patrick Scott, ...

LA Opera's Going "Off Grand" With "Song from the Uproar" at REDCAT

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 10/7/2015 3:15:00 PM

Last season LA Opera Off Grand kicked off a partnership with Creative Producer Beth Morrison (of Beth Morrison Projects) with the production of David T. Little's chamber opera Dog Days. Now, Morrison is back with Song from the Uproar, composed by Missy Mazzoli about a most unusual Victorian. The multimedia opera opens October 8th at the REDCAT theater. We spoke with both women about what inspired the project, and how it evolved and came to LA Opera. 

Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (The New York Times), “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new wave of scarily smart young composers” ( Her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, New York City Opera, the ...

The Broad Opens this Weekend: Here's Our Photo Tour

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 9/18/2015 12:08:00 PM

When The Broad opens its doors on Sunday, Angelenos will finally get a chance to step inside a building we've seen go from empty, Grand Ave. lot to adventurous architectural feat designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (the New York architecture firm responsible for the popular re-invention of the High Line in Manhattan).

Inside the museum (which offers free admission), you can see some of the more than 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in the collection of Eli and Edythe Broad, but what you won't see are a typical welcome desk and security guards milling around. Instead, specially-trained Visitor Service Associates will not just keep an eye on the art, but also interact with the public and share information about the collection. The idea is to take a more interactive approach to the museum environment, and put fewer formal impediments between visitors and their experience of the art.

Garcetti at Broad

Mayor Eric ...

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