By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
With all three major San Gabriel Valley groups on hiatus
this week and with the closure of the 405 Freeway (aka "Carmageddon") making
trips to the west side of L.A. seem like suicide, the spotlight focuses on
Hollywood Bowl this weekend, not least because you can get there relatively
easily via Metro's Red Line subway.
However -- especially if you're not used to using this option
-- allow extra time to make the shuttle transfer due to traffic around the Bowl.
Also, be advised that there's a new shuttle location at the Hollywood/Highland
stop. From the station, make a right into the Hollywood/Highland complex and
follow the signs -- the new stop is down a corridor from Lids on the second
floor. You can also get off at the Universal City station and walk south under
the 101 freeway bridge and west on Ventura Blvd. to reach the Park and Ride
Tonight at 8 p.m.,
Saturday at Hollywood Bowl
Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Lang Lang, pianist
This concert duplicates last Tuesday's program (Borodin: Polovtsian Dances, Prokofiev: Piano
Concerto No. 3, Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures
at an Exhibition); one hopes the sound system and video-camera work will be
better. (My review is HERE). Lang Lang's ability to fly through the Prokofiev's
pyrotechnical sections is, in a word, amazing, and -- as noted in the review --
Dudamel and the Phil are in top form. Info:
Friday and Saturday
at 8:30 p.m. at Hollywood Bowl
Thomas Wilkins, conductor, Sarah McLachian, vocalist
The Canadian Grammy Award-winning vocalist makes her Bowl
debut in this weekend's concerts, which will feature songs from her new album, Laws of Illusion. Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com
Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl (note earlier start time)
Puccini's Turandot; Los Angeles Philharmonic;
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Soprano Christine Brewer sings the title role in Puccini's
final opera. Dudamel's work with Bizet's Carmen
last summer was exciting, which gives hope for the opening event in the "Sunday
Sunset Concert" series. Note the 7:30 p.m. start time and be sure to allow
plenty of time to get to your seat. Info:
Tuesday at 8 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl
Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Gil Shaham, violinist
Dudamel's second week at the bowl is an all-Mozart program,
opening with the overture to The
Abduction from the Seraglio and concluding with the Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter). Shaham continues the
overture's Turkish theme as soloist in the Violin Concerto No. 5 (often called Turkish). Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com
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