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  • HSO, Violinist Leonid Sigal At Bushnell

    HSO, Violinist Leonid Sigal At Bushnell
    In the 19th and early 20th centuries, before movie and television screens dominated the cultural landscape, there was no escaping the overwhelming pull of the opera, so much so that newish instrumental genres — fantasies, rhapsodies, paraphrases, and so on — popped up in abundance, allowing virtuoso solo instrumentalists to harness opera's populism.
  • Tilda Swinton to play legendary gossip scribe Hedda Hopper

    "HEDDA, I think it's time you just shut the f--k up!" That was Elizabeth Taylor at the premiere of "The Sandpiper," back in 1965. Hedda was sitting a few seats behind Elizabeth and Richard Burton. Hopper, a rabid "red-baiter" and supporter of Sen. Joe...

    Lee Grant tells it like it was in new memoir

    "LITTLE Lyova Haskell Rosenthal is precocious," commented The New York Times after the young child actress had warned the tenor onstage that an actor was sneaking up on him with a big knife in a scene from "L'Oracolo." (Little actress Lyova was confined...

    Michael Feinstein meets the challenge

    Michael Feinstein meets the challenge
    Noted singer-pianist Michael Feinstein remembers what he was thinking just before he took the stage last year for his inaugural performance as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops. “It was a moment of truth,” said Feinstein, who had...

    The Valley Line: Concert series' closing show draws sold-out crowd

    The Valley Line: Concert series' closing show draws sold-out crowd
    I had a great, albeit too short getaway recently. My love for art took me to San Diego's Balboa Park and the San Diego Art Museum to see a fabulous exhibit of Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida called, "Sorolla and America." An extra dollop of...