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Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo plays The Broad Stage May 14th

Plácido Domingo

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of The Broad Stage

Beg Borrow Steal – do whatever you have to but don’t miss Plácido Domingo at The Broad on May 14tb. The legendary artist will be performing a personal selection of Italian, Spanish and Mexican songs, arias and duets as part of the Celebrity Opera Series at The Broad Stage.  Joining him will be star soprano Ailyn Perez, winner of the Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills Awards. This is simply a must-see concert experience and a rare opportunity to see an opera superstar in an intimate setting.

Trying to do a short recap of his career is nearly impossible of this world-renowned, multifaceted artist. His repertoire encompasses 150 roles with close to 4000 career performances.  His has made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and other discs earning him 12 Grammy Awards plus he has made more than 50 music videos and won two Emmy Awards.  He is also a sought after conductor with more than 500 operas and symphonic concerts at top international venues.  Most recently he has emerged as a major force as an opera administrator in his role as the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera.

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Lang Lang

Lang Lang with Gustavo Dudamel (and LA Phil) at WDCH on May 17th & 19th

Lang Lang

  • By J. Cook
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Philharmonic

The classical pianist pictured in the dictionary is always in black or white tie and tails with a reserved personality that fills out only when fingers are permitted to fly across a keyboard. Vladimir Horowitz or Claudio Arrau come to mind. Then there is Lang Lang. His fingers can move faster than most, but only after the Liszt or Beethoven, or whatever he happens to be interpreting at the time, has flowed through him, head to foot, resulting in a more dynamic tickling of the ivories than what we’ve come to know from generations past.

A boy prodigy from China’s countryside, Lang Lang took an uncommon path to the world stage, bringing with him a joy for classical composition to which any music fan can relate. On the 17th and 19th of May, he will team up with fellow classical genius Gustavo Dudamel, a force to reckon with in his own right, to interpret Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.

This piece is not the most well-known, but that is probably for the better. Go with your ears wide open and permit these two dynamos of music to show you what you’ve been missing. The Concerto will be preceded by Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and followed by Joseph Haydn’s London Symphony. Since Beethoven was Haydn’s protégé, the London Symphony is a great intro to the Second Concerto, allowing us to see where the virtual bridge was built from classical to romantic.

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HOMECOMING

Beyonce’s Homecoming is now streaming on Netflix

HOMECOMING

  • By ALEX BROWN

On April 6 citizens of the “Beyhive” woke up to a special treat—a teaser from Netflix announcing the imminent release of “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.” It didn’t take long for social media to lose its mind, leading to the first trailer for film on April that garnered over 16.6 million views in the first 24 hours. But is this any surprise?

On the heels of the film’s release on April 17, Beyoncé dropped a new live-action album of her now-legendary 2018 Coachella performance, capping off a less-than-two-week frenzy over what Queen Bey was bringing to her subject. And boy did she deliver!

One-part concert film, one-part documentary, and all Ms. Knowles-Carter, the piece is an intimate and closeup view of the creative process—and painstaking work—that goes into pulling off a performance like the one that delighted and thrilled fans at the ’18 music festival. The film also gained the status of “universal acclaim” when it scored a score of 92 from Metacritic, and a 98%-fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, which simply stated, “Beychella Forever.”

Always ahead of the trend, always surprising and ALWAYS pure superstar gold, Beyoncé once again delivered for her fans and critics alike. It seems that since “Lemonade” she has grown in ways as an artist that we could have only imagined, and she has yet to fall down—a position envied by many other would-be(y)s.

“Homecoming” is now streaming on Netflix

Maren Morris

Maren Morris

Maren Morris

  • By Michael Jacobo

It’s not until you start working in entertainment journalism do you realize how similar every artist and series/movie, etc. is. But then as you research and dive deeper, you realize the ones worthy of attention. And yeah, so-and-so may sound like so-and-so, but that’s talent and if anything, they’re the next great big thing.

Maren Morris is country’s next big pop crossover, a.k.a. the next Taylor Swift. But she’s already doing a different approach. It’s almost like A Star is Born come to life: Morris’s big hit right now is “The Middle,” a pop single she’ collaborated with Zedd and Grey on. Morris never forgets her roots or real influence as she’s belting out from her heart, inspiring a dance floor of wannabe lovers. Morris’s personality and story isn’t lost on the industry either; she was a special guest on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour in Texas, where the two sang the hit song.

Morris’s second album, Girl, is a great picture of what the singer could show. It’s not an ambitious project where she fails to grasp the thin line between pop and country: she’s found it, and she uses it to her advantage. Sadly, “The Middle” isn’t on the sophomore effort, but her single “Girl” is, and it’d surely hook you into the record with inspiration. After a listen, Maren Morris isn’t the next Taylor Swift, she’s the next big thing.

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