FIVE SPOT: May 26-28, 2017

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

Each week about this time I list five (more or less) classical-music programs in Southern California (more or less) during the next seven days (more or less) that might be worth attending.

I’m sure someone will remind me of something I have missed but on this Memorial Day weekend I have only one set of concerts to note.

MAY 26, 27 AND 28: DUDAMEL AND THE PHIL’S BARTOK CYCLE
8 p.m. Friday; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
at Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles
On the heels of its Schubert cycle, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic join with pianist Yuja Wang for all three Bartok piano concertos spread over two weekends. This weekend is the first concerto paired with Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles and Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass. The latter two pieces feature the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soloists and organist Ivet Apkalana.

BONUS: Disney Hall is easily reachable (at least if you’re not mobility challenged) via Metro’s Red and Purple Lines. Exit at the 1st and Hill St. side of the Civic Center/Grand Park station and walk up two steep blocks to reach the hall.

Added note: Deborah Vankin has a cute story on Yuja Wang in today’s Los
Angeles Times
HERE. However, I imagine that Universal Studios will be having a conversation with the guy playing Donkey (as in Shrek) about line management :).

Information: www.laphil.com

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(c) Copyright 2017, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved. Portions may be quoted with attribution.

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