As TVs around the world feed us Beverly Hills 90210 and Baywatch, it's easy to imagine the Los Angeles area as nothing but a place obsessed with breast enhancements, and peopled with tanned airheads.
But really, the city is an art & music treasure trove, especially regarding vibrant contemporary creations. One of the reasons I wanted to experience LA was actually the presence of Esa-Pekka Salonen at the head of the LA Philharmonic - with bold energy, he has transformed "classical" music concerts. Sadly, Salonen will be leaving at the end of this season...(The LA Times pays tribute to him here)
A couple of days ago, I discovered Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Music; the building is filled with art, and I especially loved the mobile pictured here: a whimsical and colorful creation, it is set up and lit so as to project a graphic shadow against a white wall. Isn't it great?
Los Angeles is also the city of Peter Sellars, the great opera stage director and one of the living person I would most love to meet; you can watch this genius, with Salonen, discussing Stravinsky, here.