Monday, October 23, 2017

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON'S "LITURGY" AT THE COLBURN


MARIA KOWROSKI AND JARED ANGLE,
PRINCIPAL DANCERS FOR THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET,
IN CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON'S "LITURGY" 


This week's arts and culture column is on a truly stellar pas de deux my friend Bill and I were lucky enough to take in last Sunday afternoon.

The piece begins like this:

The Colburn is one of L.A.’s greatest treasures. A performing arts school located kitty-corner to Disney Hall, the Colburn draws the crème de la crème of aspiring pianists, violinists, oboeists and all other manner of up-and-coming musicians and dancers.

Many of us can’t afford tickets to see the opera, ballet or Master Chorale. No matter your budget or work schedule, the Colburn offers a cornucopia of delights.

There’s the Colburn Orchestra Concert Series, small ensemble performances from the Colburn Chamber Music Society and the Gibson Dunn Rush Hour, where conservatory students perform favorite chamber works on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. Afterward, you can mingle with students and artists over complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. There are student and faculty recitals, also often free.

I’ve always believed in putting myself in close physical proximity to a place that emanates the spirit of civilization. When I worked as a lawyer in the early 1990s, I’d often sneak away after arguing a motion at the Superior Courthouse, grab a Starbucks and sit by the narrow reflecting pool behind the Museum of Contemporary Art trying to work up the courage to quit my job.


READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

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