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David Orlowsky and Italy’s famed Quartetto di Cremona at The Wallis

Classical Music

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

Renowned German clarinetist David Orlowsky and Italy’s famed Quartetto di Cremona will present a spellbinding Klezmer journey at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 12 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.

Klezmer music is a tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe which largely consisted of dance tunes for weddings and other celebrations. The music drew on both the lyrical, and haunting melodies of cantors and the dances of surrounding cultures creating a unique and evocative style.

The program at The Wallis features a compelling distillation of distinctive Jewish musical traditions filtered through the unique perspectives of three acclaimed contemporary composers, includes Hidden Place by israel ’s Aviya Kopelman, hailed for what the Financial Times as her “passionate string writing in which every modulation tugs at the heart.”

The program will also include Betty Olivero’s innovative Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz from “the Golem”, adapted from the Israeli’s celebrated 2007 score to accompany Paul Wegenet’s 1920 silent expressionist film Der Golem” Wie er in die Welt kam.  Also featured is Russian-born, Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s epic Dreamers and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,which the composer says, although wordless, “sounds as if it were written in three different Jewish languages.

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WE WILL ROCK YOU

We Will Rock You October 11 at Microsoft Theater

WE WILL ROCK YOU

  • By KEN WERTHER

The legendary Freddie Mercury once said, “A concert is not a live rendition of our recorded music. It’s a theatrical event.” Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers have been thrilled by We Will Rock You, an awe-inspiring production based on the music of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). Elton created a futuristic story around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, and of course, We Will Rock You. After the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, the music of Queen is more popular than ever.

We Will Rock You is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders. It is also a creative cautionary tale for the cyber age. It follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died. They join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, and fight for freedom, individuality, and the rebirth of rock n’ roll. We Will Rock You reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its position at the pinnacle of rock history. Queen’s legacy is unique and solid. Love of the music will never die.

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Pat Benatar at Saban

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo October 19 at Saban Theatre

Pat Benatar at Saban

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Saban Theatre

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are simply rock and roll royalty. To celebrate four decades of making incredible music together, the couple chose Los Angeles as the final stop on their 40th anniversary concert tour.  Mark your calendars for October 19 at the Saban in Beverly Hills to see history being made.

The legendary duo thrilled millions of fans throughout their career and have amassed a huge catalog of hits and awards having sold over thirty million records worldwide with numerous Top 10 hits including “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible” plus two multiplatinum, five platinum and three gold albums. In the 1980’s Pat was literally queen of the Grammys winning an unprecedented four consecutive awards for Best Female Rock Performance. For nostalgia and music history buffs, Benatar and Giraldo were the first female and first guitarist to ever appear on MTV with the video for “You Better Run.” Other early hits include “Heartbreaker,” “We Live for Love,” “All Fired Up” and “Let’s Stay Together.”

They have been rock and roll trailblazers since they met in 1979 (and married in 1982) with Pat’s powerful vocals and lyrics – always forging a path for other female rock stars and Neil’s artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter. Together they created some of the most unique sounds and memorable hits in music history.

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS

A Night with Janis Joplin October 18 at Saban Theatre

A NIGHT WITH JANIS

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo Courtesy of Saban

Summertime is not quite over.  For one night only Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre will be blessed with an incredible cast of actors and musicians paying homage to the Rock, Soul and Blues’ queen of rasp.  A Night With Janis Joplin will transport audiences back to Joplin’s heyday of the great late 60’s when she climbed the ranks with passionate performances of songs like “Piece of My Heart” and the classic “Mercedes Benz.”

Broadway director Randy Johnson is running this psychedelic musical journey that tantalizes our senses and teaches all about Janis’ tragically short yet inspirational life. Kelly McIntyre has the honors of playing Janis Joplin in this must-see performance and shows us how Janis’ was influenced by such amazing artists as Aretha Franklin and Etta James to name a few. Kelly has received rave reviews across the country for this role as has the backing “Full Tilt Boogie” band that nails all the tunes spot on. You will want to get up and dance, you should definitely sing along, you will laugh and… possibly cry.

If you aren’t already a Janis Joplin fan – you will be after this show.  And if you’re one of us born too late who always wished we could see her in concert – this is the opportunity not to be missed.

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