05 February 2010

Los Angeles Activities

In April, the County of Los Angeles Public Library presents German Opera Tales in partnership with LA Opera. This fun, high energy show tours to various libraries for free family performances. The "opera pals," four professional opera singers, perform musical moments from such German opera stories as Wagner's Das Rheingold, Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, and Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio in celebration of LA Opera's Ring cycle and the Ring Festival LA.

On April 16, Los Angeles Educational Partnership' Humanitas program will come to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to present a multi-media student arts festival in partnership with LA Opera. Students and teachers from more than 30 LAUSD schools will collaborate with Los Angeles artists to explore Wagner's Ring cycle through visual art, fashion, spoken word, music, film and other art forms.

The Los Angeles Public Library presents the "We Tell Stories" play Rhine's Gold on April 24, at the Central Library. The award-winning children's storytelling troupe has produced this original children's play based on Richard Wagner's opera, Das Rheingold. After its debut, it will tour to various libraries in Los Angeles.

The Music Center of Los Angeles County's Pillow Theatre is a free performance series designed specifically for families with children ages 3 through 6, with interactive visual arts workshops following each performance. Pillow Theatre brings German Opera Tales to the Grand Hall of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 1, for two performances at 10 and 11:15 am. Little ones will be introduced to wonderful stories and melodies of some of the most beloved German operas, including Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Wagner's Das Rheingold, and Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio.

Symphony in the Glen will present a concert "Union in Partition: The Case of Wagner v. Mendelssohn," that will take puckish delight in presenting both Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin and Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein and the orchestra, joined by the Independent Shakespeare Company and a children's chorus, will transform Griffith Park into Shakespeare's Athenian forest.

The Young Musicians Foundation takes the stage at the Broad Theatre on January 31, at 4pm presenting Act II of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. They will also perform a concert at UCLA's Royce Hall on June 5.

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