The Sounds of the Season

Autumn and early winter will be filled with wonderful music and dance, if the Music Center schedule is any measure. As you may know, I am a long-time member of the Music Center Blue Ribbon, which supports The Music Center’s resident companies and its arts education and community programs.

The biggest event on our calendar is the Winter Soiree, on Thursday, December 7, 2017. This will be a world premiere performance of the all-new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. The Music Center co-commissioned new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artistic fashion and design power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and is partnering with the Colburn School, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! program to include local children from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in the performance.

This fabulous event includes a reception, performance, and a sponsor dinner immediately following the performance, at which Walter F. Ulloa will be honored with The Music Center’s Leadership Award. Music Center Winter Soiree Premier Patrons and above also have the opportunity for Sweet Seats, a special backstage experience for the Saturday, December 9, matinee performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets or tables to The Music Center’s Winter Soirée, call (213) 972-4322 or email

I’m also very excited about the season’s L.A. Opera schedule. On October 7, The Pearl Fishers opens, starring soprano Nino Machaidze as a veiled priestess with a hidden past. Internationally acclaimed tenor Javier Camarena makes his company debut as Nadir, and Plácido Domingo and Grant Gershon conduct.

Next up is Nabucco, starring Plácido Domingo, which opens October 14, a co-production of Washington National Opera, The Minnesota Opera, and Opera Philadelphia.

On Friday, November 17, The Music Center will honor Plácido Domingo’s legacy of fifty years on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with a 50th Anniversary Concert.

I’m tremendously excited to hear the stunning Renée Fleming, who returns to LA Opera on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, for a one-night-only recital with her longtime collaborator, the distinguished German pianist Hartmut Höll, in a special program of beloved arias and songs.

Finally, as a side note, if you have not experienced the Messiah Sing-Along, this is definitely a bucket list event. With the orchestra on stage, Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct you and 2,199 other singers in this joyful performance. Bring your own score or buy one in the lobby and join the chorus. VIP onstage tickets will once again be available for singers who wish to get up-close-and-personal with Grant Gershon, singers, and the orchestra. Hallelujah!

See you at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!