October, 2008

Colburn Offers $5 Seats

The Colburn School has released the following:

The Colburn School announced today it is reducing the price of its November concerts to $5 or less for the general public.  In making admission to Colburn concerts less than the price of a movie ticket, The Colburn School hopes to provide Los Angeles music lovers with an affordable option to hear outstanding live music of the highest caliber, in this time of economic uncertainty.
Concerts for $5 include the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium on November 8th at 8:00 PM, conducted by Yehuda Gilad and composer Erica Muhl, and the Colburn Chamber Music Society at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles on November 16th at 3:00 PM with celebrated violist Paul Neubauer.  Tickets for Senior citizens and students cost $2.50.

Free concerts include the Colburn Chamber Orchestra on November 22nd at 7:30 PM and the Orchestra da Camera on November 23rd.  Both performances take place in Zipper Hall.  Tickets are required for these events.  For ticket information, please call the box office at (213) 621-1050.

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When Life Gives You Limóns

The José Limón Dance Company brings its acclaimed Centennial tour to The New LA Theater Center for 4 performances at 3 pm and 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26.

Limón was the first Mexican-American to successfully establish a modern dance company in the U.S. A seminal figure in American 20th century dance, he remains an artistic hero to the Mexican people.

This Dance Magazine Award-winning show presents two historic dances based on literary sources. “Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejia,” choreographed by the legendary Doris Humphrey for the debut concert of the Limón Dance Company, was inspired by the famous poem by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Humphrey was one of the first choreographers to weave spoken word into the fabric of her creations. This dance – a landmark masterwork combining theater, dance, and music – represents the fulfillment of her visionary life work. Creating the piece at the end of World War II, Humphrey “…intended to signify the struggle of all men of courage who contend in the ring of life, and who meet a tragic end.”

Also on the program is “The Moor’s Pavane,” based on Shakespeare’s tragic Othello. Premiering nearly 50 years ago, and utilizing the ‘pavane’ and other dance forms of the high Renaissance, the piece won the Dance Magazine Award for outstanding creation in the field of American modern dance. Since the 1960s, it has been featured in the repertory of such companies as the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.

On the same weekend, the Miami City Ballet performs the West Coast debut of Twyla Tharp and Elvis Costello’s “Nightspot” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Performances are Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26.

Known for her innovation and creativity, Twyla Tharp has created some of the most intriguing and memorable works in modern dance repertory. “Nightspot” is her collaboration with Elvis Costello. His score for this dance intertwines original music with various motifs and quotations from his existing catalogue of songs. “Nightspot” features costumes designed by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

Also on this program are Christopher Wheeldon’s “Liturgy,” and two George Balanchine works – “Tarantella,” and “Symphony in Three Movements,” all with live orchestra.

Miami City Ballet’s artistic director, former international star danseur Edward Villella, and dance historian and writer, Elizabeth Kaye, offer a pre-performance lecture one hour prior to curtain in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Grand Hall. — Penny Orloff

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