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  • 2024 Summer Sunset Music Series Continues Thursday, July 18th

    Jul 18, 2024

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for the kickoff of the Summer Sunset Music Series last week. We're ready for another evening of music this Thursday as we have multiple musicians bringing the funk, soul, and jazz to Town Plaza at the Culver Step. The free, family-friendly series runs every Thursday evening until August 29th from 7 PM to 9 PM each week. Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis for view of the stage. Small picnic blankets and low back chairs are...

  • Ukulele Concert & Strum-along with Cali Rose & the CC Strummers

    Jul 11, 2024

    Santa Monica Public Library invites you to experience the joy of making music with others at an uplifting ukulele concert, strum-along and sing-along on Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 2-3:15 p.m. The event is free and takes place in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Cali Rose and The CC Strummers will perform a set of popular songs, from Broadway to the Beatles to the 12-bar blues. The audience can then join in strumming and singing tunes that are...

  • Summer Music Series Returns for the Summer

    Jul 11, 2024

    The City of Culver City will host a free summer music series on Thursday evenings at Town Plaza at the Culver Steps. The family-friendly events will run every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until August 29. Seating for the series is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring small picnic blankets and low-back chairs to designated areas as space permits. The City invites visitors to explore the nearby restaurants in and around the Culver S...

  • Diva Soprano Sensation Renee Fleming At Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    International Diva soprano sensation Renee Fleming made a special appearance supported by acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion which closed out the LA Opera season. Because Fleming is passionate about saving our environment, the first half was titled Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene which included a beautiful and colorful film about nature by National Geographic which displayed on a screen behind Fleming. The film included forest scenes, mountains, wild animals, among...

  • Turandot Magical at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    It took 30 years, but Giacomo Puccini's Turandot finally made another successful and phantasmagorical splash-down at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Los Angeles Opera. The production was boosted by artist David Hockney's scenery brilliance and Ian Falconer's lush costume design. Hockney hit a home run with his color choices, paintings and shapes as it relates to Chinese-themed designs. And leading the way was conductor James Conlon who is a veteran of Puccini operas. Turandot is his 200th...

  • Culver City Symphony Orchestra and Marina del Rey Summer Symphony

    Jun 13, 2024

    In 2022-23, the Culver City Symphony Orchestra made musical news with its first full season since the pandemic and a major talent search for a new conductor. Each of the finalists for the position had an opportunity to conduct the Orchestra during the 2022-23 season, and each also conducted a Marina del Rey Summer Symphony concert in 2022 or 2023. The Board of Directors of the SoCal Symphony Society is pleased to announce two new Music Director-Conductors: Clyde Mitchell will be the Music...

  • SMC Wind Ensemble Presents Annual "Pops" Concert June 9

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will present the SMC Wind Ensemble in its lively annual "Pops" concert. The concert will be held on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Under the direction of Kevin McKeown, the SMC Wind Ensemble will present an exciting program that highlights popular music from the Broadway stage to Hollywood movie scores. Tickets are $10 general admission...

  • Camerata Pacifica's Second Baroque Series

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 2, 2024

    At Zipper Hall, Camerata Pacifica presented their second Baroque Series concert curated by 18th century master baroque and Avery Fisher Career Grant flautist Emi Ferguson titled "The French Dispatch." Joining her were some of the country's leading Baroque experts playing period instruments: Rachel Ellen Wong (violin), the first violinist to receive a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant; Doug Balliet (viola da gamba), a professor of Baroque bass at The Juilliard School; Michael Sponseller...

  • Santa Monica College Presents Free Annual Children's Concert – "Melody in Motion"

    May 2, 2024

    Santa Monica College (SMC) will hold its Annual Children's Concert - "Melody in Motion" - a popular event that welcomes families and music lovers of all ages. The performance is free and will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Free parking on premises. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. Under the direction of SMC music instructor Megumi Smith, the concert will present...

  • LA Opera Shines with La Traviata

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Apr 18, 2024

    By LA Opera was successful in its presentation and restaging of the 2022 San Francisco production of La Traviata, one of opera's most enduring tragedies, directed by Shawna Lucey with scenery and costumes by Robert Innes Hopkins. Verdi master James Conlon is always the perfect choice to conduct this composers body of work. Conlon is in such reverence of Verdi's greatness that this reporter once saw him stop and bow to Verdi's statue on the Founders Circle level at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion....

  • Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) Presented Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music last Sunday. The event included a Celebrated Flutist, Emmy-Winning Composer and Internationally Renowned Conductor . The distinguished artists who comprise the panel are: flutist Susan Greenberg, composer Miriam Cutler and Rachael Worby, Artistic Director of MUSE/IQUE, LA's musical adventure series. Live music and a dance performance by Lillian Rose Barbeito. Screenwriter Arlene Sarner moderate the panel. She...

  • Epic Music and Movement on the Culver City Steps

    Megan Hayes|Apr 11, 2024

    Emersion Music is presenting the third and final installment of its trilogy live concert performance series on April 24th and 25th at 7:00 pm at the Culver Steps in the downtown Culver City plaza. This concert installment, RENEWAL: Harmonizing Our Tomorrow, will explore what 'renewal' means for individuals in our diverse and growing city through live strings and movement. The concert will feature the work of six local award-winning film and media composers: Emer Kinsella (Saturn), Hannah...

  • Audience Moved by Spem In Alium

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Mar 14, 2024

    The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) presented a concert titled Spem In Alium at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was a program of much diversity as LAMC sang 12 extraordinary pieces led by the very capable and passionate associate music director/conductor Jenny Wong. All of the awe-inspiring works performed showcased music reflecting the spirit of hope, devotion, and deliverance. Out of all of the pieces, the three that were most remarkable were two monumental masterpieces - Thomas Tallis'...

  • Culver City Chamber Orchestra Presents

    Feb 29, 2024

    Culver City Chamber Orchestra Presents a double Concerto Concert Sunday, March 17,at 4:00pm featuring concerto soloists, Sara Andon, Flute • Cristina Montes Mateo, Harp, Kevin Anderson, Harpsichord • Deborah H. How, Harpsichord at the Turning Point School Auditorium 8780 National Blvd in Culver City The musicians and concerto soloists will be performing: .S. Bach: Concerto in C Minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48, Mozart: Con...

  • Double Feature Of One-Act Gems

    Mona Day, Special to the Culver City Observer|Feb 29, 2024

    LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf conducted by Music Director maestro James Conlon. Unifying the operas is the theme of unrequited love told through powerful, emotional music. The story of Highway 1 USA follows a hardworking Black couple Bob and Mary, who have scrimped and saved to put Bob's younger brother through college. After the ne'er-do-well Nate attacks Mary for refusing his advances, the couple come...

  • Chris Jonas Brings "Music from the Deserts" to Santa Monica

    Feb 22, 2024

    Santa Monica Public Library's Soundwaves new music series welcomes saxophonist/composer/filmmaker Chris Jonas on March 2 at 3:30PM, for a special performance in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. During the 1990s Jonas lived in New York, performing with creative music legends including Anthony Braxton, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, William Parker, and Cecil Taylor, as well as leading his own groups. Now in New Mexico, his current project is a set of compositions for...

  • Director of Chamber Music, Margaret Batjer Leads

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Feb 22, 2024

    On Saturday, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presented a concert as part of their special Baroque series at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Veteran LACO violinist, concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music, Margaret Batjer, led the charge as they presented an all-Bach program. LACO's Baroque series features smaller groups of the Orchestra's musicians and guest artists on chamber masterworks from the Baroque Era (1600 to 1750). And Bach, the architect of the...

  • SMC Emeritus Concert Band to Hold Free Concert Feb. 24

    Feb 15, 2024

    Santa Monica College's Emeritus Concert Band, under the baton of Yosuke Miyoshi, will present a free concert - "Liquid Grooves" - on Sunday, Mar. 3, at 3 p.m. The performance will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. The almost-spring concert will feature a program based on the ocean and sea. The Emeritus Concert Band will be performing "Pacific Grooves" by Tyler S. Grant, "Water Reflections" by...

  • Culver City Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 2023-24 Season

    Jan 18, 2024

    The concert will be held on Sunday January 21, at 7:00pm in the Robert Frost Auditorium located at Culver City High School. In 2022-23 the Orchestra presented its first full season for several years, with four outstanding concerts led by four guest conductors. Our 2023-24 season opened in November, as we introduced our new Music Director-Conductor, Clyde Mitchell, with a program that included a world premiere of Circle Overture by Craig Safan, and ended with a performance of the Symphony No. 1...

  • SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble Performs Evening Concert

    Nov 30, 2023

    The Santa Monica College Music Department is pleased to present an evening concert featuring the SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble. "Jazz Crossover: Where Genres Converge" will be held Friday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Under the direction of SMC music instructor Megan Gillespie, the ensemble's 41 talented vocalists will explore jazz merging with various genres, including pop, musical theater,...

  • Santa Monica College Jazz Ensemble Presents Live Concert Dec. 4

    Nov 30, 2023

    Santa Monica College presents the SMC Jazz Ensemble in a concert with the theme "Fusion Energy." The performance will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Led by conductor Frederick Keith Fiddmont, the accomplished musical group will perform the music of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, and others who came into prominence during the jazz fusion era. Legendary...

  • From Bach to Bolivia

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Nov 23, 2023

    By Last night at Zipper Hall, Camerata Pacifica debuted their new Baroque Series curated by 18th century master baroque flautist Emi Ferguson titled "From Bach to Bolivia." Joining her were highly accomplished musicians: Katie Hyun (violin), Coleman Itzkoff (cello), and Mikael Darmanie (harpsichord). The repertoire for the inaugural concert included five major Bach chamber works: Prelude and Fugue; Trio Sonata No. 5; Prelude; Trio Sonata No. 2; and Toccata and Fugue. They were set against six...

  • The Culver City Symphony Orchestra Launches New Season

    Nov 16, 2023

    The Culver City Symphony Orchestra The Culver City Symphony Orchestra presents the opening concert of the 2023/24 season, with our new Music Director-Conductor, Maestro Clyde Mitchell, as we celebrate the final day of the California Festival, a 2-week statewide music initiative showcasing the most compelling and forward-looking composers of works written in the past five years. The concert is free and no tickets are required will be held on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30pm at the The Robert Frost...

  • Zombies Rock at Alex Theatre

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Oct 19, 2023

    The Zombies tour landed in Glendale at the vintage Alex Theatre on Friday, much to the delight of the 1,400 admiring fans in attendance. The British rockers and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers have been at it since being formed by founding members Colin Blunstone (lead vocals) and Rod Argent (keys and vocals) in 1961. They are both still the foundation of the band, now joined by Tom Toomey (guitar), Soren Koch (bass), and Steve Rodford (drums), all very accomplished musicians. The band exhibited gr...

  • Tis the Season SMC Emeritus Concert Band to Hold Free Concert Oct. 22

    Oct 12, 2023

    Santa Monica College's Emeritus Concert Band, under the baton of Yosuke Miyoshi, will present a free concert - "Fright Night" - on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. The spooky fall concert with a Halloween theme will feature a selection of spine-chilling music ranging from band classics to contemporary compositions. "This concert will be a thrilling e...

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