Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Art And Music In Los Angeles

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.

31 comments:

drollgirl said...

we have lots of good in this city! some bad, for sure, but plenty of good stuff. :)

drollgirl said...

oh. and i have seen salonen many a time. he is a wonder and he'll be missed. but there is a lot of buzz on the new dude. we'll see about him!

Mary-Laure said...

DROLLGIRL - yes I heard that the new dude, (aka Gustavo Dudamel) is really great! I'm eager to hear him.

Nessa said...

I love live music.

Alya said...

The LA scene is always portrayed as plastic plastic plastic! But I'm sure there's more to it than that :)

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Spangler Cummings said...

Congratulations, you scooped me again! So looking forward to the colorful Gustavo.

apriliniowa said...

~Love the mobile. And it's shadow even more.~

Sara Christine said...

It's a bit of a secret right now, but I'll be moving to LA in a few months! So excited to learn about this amazing, vibrant city. It gets a bad rap, but I'm super excited to explore!

Rebecca said...

The shadow of that mobile is stunning!

Mary-Laure said...

NESSA - yes, it's wonderful to share music with the performers and the audience, such a unique experience every single time.

ALYA - I'm glad I'm changing your perception of LA.
I'll check out that give away today!

SPANGLER - we should go to a concert together some time.

APRILINIOWA - yes, it's such an original idea, beautifully executed.

SARA - thanks for sharing this secret on AUREA! I hope we can meet when you move here. Keep me posted!

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A World in a PAN said...

I truly enjoyed seeing and listening to Peter Sellars and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Fifi Flowers said...

I attended the departure of Zubin Mehta and the debut of Esa-Pekka Salonen... who is up next? I have yet to visit the new Disney hall... used to go to the Dorothy Chandler for years... hmmm... maybe I need a trip to the music hall.

Mary-Laure said...

TARA - thanks for the info! I am eager to read more about her.

FIFI - who is up next? Gustavo Dudamel.
I didn't know you were a music lover! There's plenty to do in LA for music lovers.

Debra said...

My son lived in LA for several years- wish I had taken the time to learn more about that city. It was beautiful an full of life! So many opportunities.

J Elaine said...

I am inspired to see that you are discovering so many things in your new city. Also, thankful that you can indulge us with your elegant writing.

Kira Fashion said...

ehheeh
I like what you said, youreally think about LA in what we see in Tv shows like Dr 91210...I am that we also can find great things there!

Great post!

Piper said...

Nunca estarás aburrida en L.A. eh!

Aqui en Ibiza tampoco...

Un saludo.

the asherette said...

gosh, i like the shadow better than the mobile. such a nice image..

Mary-Laure said...

KIRA - yes, I like changing people's perception of LA.

PIPER - si me imagino que en Ibiza tambien siempre deber haber cosas para hacer.

ASHERETTE - exactly, the shadow is the point of the mobile, isn't it wonderful!

Solange said...

ah, good to hear some other news on LA, indeed for me it seems all about plastic fantastic and looks, but I am happy that you give us a whole different view on things, how refreshing! :-)

Solange

Gabbi said...

This post is embarrassing for me... I actually work right across the street from the center you know but I've never gone inside for a concert. Just to explore and to eat and shop at the gift store. The old music centers and forums I know (though I haven't gone to an opera in almost 4 years). We should meet for lunch there one day maybe? Let me know... email me or call! :)

Hey Harriet said...

OMG! That mobile is cool, but THAT shadow is super!!!

I have to confess that I've always thought of LA as being very much like it is portrayed on TV. Glad to hear otherwise!

...silly television ;)

Adela said...

that picture is so surreal and inspiring!

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Anonymous said...

yes it is unfortunate that some images/view points etc get attached to places....and people cannot seem shake them...
but...marie-laure you are doing a fabulous job of showing us something new and different from the pre-conceived...merci

nancyxx

Eeli said...

WOW thats amazing and such aninovative way to display art no?

Rina said...

Mary Laure, creo que uno a veces comete el error de juzgar una ciudad por el imaginario colectivo, pero en realidad hay mucho por descubrir y me encanta que nos cuentes esto de LA porque yo no la conozco y me encanto saber que existen otras cosas mas alla de lo que nos muestra la television. Gracias por estos datos!

Mary-Laure said...

GABBI - sometimes we ignore what's close and handy...
It would be great to meet for lunch one day! I'll email you.

NANCY - yes stereotypes are always hard to get rid of.

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michiko said...

Thanks to you and Gabbi, LA has really become one of the places I'd most like to visit, it never was in the list of places to visit before I met you both lol

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