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Renée Fleming June 15, 2024 presented by LA Opera (Photo LA Opera)

Renée Fleming

  • By J. Cook

There is only one singer in the world who has performed and recorded in Italian, German, French, Czech, Russian, English, and Sindarin (Elvish), and that singer is Soprano Renée Fleming. Her career has spanned four decades at the Metropolitan Opera—five if you count winning the Met Auditions in 1988. She has performed on pretty much every significant stage in the world, in most of the significant parts in many of the most significant operas. And now, she is returning to the LA opera for a recital in June.

She will be joined by pianist Inon Barnatan, and will showcase a program as diverse as her career. Alongside arias from Handel, Massenet, and Cilea, she will also be doing Björk, Nico Muhly, Hazel Dickens, Curtis Green, Kevin Puts, Maria Schneider, and her song from the Academy Award WInning Soundtrack LOTR Return of the King, sung in dead Elvish.

Ms. Fleming is also an advocate for the impact of music on heath and neuroscience. Just last year she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health by the World Health Organization. This is why she will introduce the daylong Arts and Health Summit being held at the Dorthy Chandler on Friday, June 14th. Her recital on Saturday, June 15th, will mark the conclusion of the summit.

The summit itself will be hosted alongside LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Healing Arts—an initiative of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, and the World Health Organiation—yes, that WHO—all gathering for discussions and presentations to explore the many ways art can support health and wellbeing. 

Click here to learn more. See you at the Opera!

Hollywood Bowl Annual Jazz Festival June 15-16, 2024

HOLLYWOOD BOWL JAZZ FESTIVAL

  • By J. COOK

The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival is coming up quick, and Arsenio Hall is back to host it. It kicks off on Saturday, June 15th, and gates open at 1:30. Now, because you are a reader of LA Arts, then you are already well aware of the benefits of arriving early and pre-partying at the Highland Camrose Park (sight of the Bowl picnic every year). However, that might just be the pre-pre party this time around being the Kagan Patio will be hosting “A Tribute to Jazz/Art Fusion” from until 3:30 when the music gets going. And the music will be aplenty:

Day one features Jodeci (yes, Forever My Lady), Andra Day (Grammy Award winner and awesome portrayal of Billie Holiday), Christian McBride (8 time Grammy award winning bassist), Cimafunk (straight outta Cuba), Charles Lloyd (recipient of the Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres), Mulatu Astatke (father of Ethio-jazz), and Alex Isley (daughter of). 

Day two features Kamasi Washington (just dropped The Epic), Robert Glasper (4 Grammy’s, 9 noms [in 8 categories]) with special guest Yebba, Cory Henry (3 Grammys with Snarky Puppy), The Soul Rebels (N’ola+hip hop), Baby Rose (latest album is Through and Through), Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band (together for over 26 years), and Anessa Strings (bassist & vocalist!).

Both days will also feature an octet from The Herbie Hancock Institute, as well as the LAUSD Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band. If this festival sounds familiar, that is because it essentially is the Playboy Jazz festival rebranded (since 2022).

For tickets and more details, click here.

Hollywood Bowl Summer Season kicks off (Opening Night) Sunday, June 23, 2024

Opening Night

  • By Ken Werther

Get ready for the 2024 Season opening night at the Hollywood Bowl! On Sunday, June 23, at 7:30pm, it’s a 100th Birthday Celebration for Henry Mancini. The 20-time Grammy Award-winning composer of favorite songs and scores ranging from Moon River to the score for The Pink Panther appeared regularly on the Bowl’s stage, conducting 29 times. The show will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins along with special guests Michael Bublé, Cynthia Erivo, Dave Koz, and (Henry’s daughter) Monica Mancini. Opening night always sells out, so make your plans now and don’t forget to reserve parking!

As usual, the 2024 season includes a wide variety of classical, pop, and rock music. Throughout the summer and fall, the LA Philharmonic will treat audiences to classical programs under the stars including Beethoven, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and many others. Special events will include the beloved July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular, this year starring Harry Connick, Jr. (July 2, 3, 4); Maestro of the Movies: John Williams with the LA Philharmonic (July 13 & 14); Disney 80s–90s Celebration in Concert (July 19 & 20); Barbie The Movie In Concert(July 27); the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks (August 2 & 3); Singin’ in the Rain in Concert (August 27); the annual Sound of Music Sing-A-Long (September 21), and more. The Bowl will also host evenings with Beck, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Sara Bareilles, Pink Martini, and others. Summer is here!

For tickets and show times, click here.

DANCE at The Music Center weekly this summer

Dance DTLA

  • By Caroline Lenher

The Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center downtown is the place to be this summer for music and dance. Over eight Friday nights, anyone and everyone can enjoy free, in-person beginner dance lessons before dancing the night away. There is no experience is necessary for this fun, instructor-led, entertaining evening under the stars.

Celebrating its 20th year, Dance DTLA has something for everyone. This summer, eight different dance styles will be featured, including reggaeton, line dancing, Columbian Cumba and Samba.

Here are a few highlights…

Prolific choreographer, performer and instructor Achinta S. McDaniel, opens the summer dance nights with Bollywood. McDaniel, the founding artistic director of Blue13 Dance Company, is a powerful voice and pioneer of American dance.

Long-time Dance at DTLA instructor, dancer, professor and choreographer Andrew Vaca has worked with thousands of NBA and NFL dancers and cheerleaders and created NFL halftime spectaculars. He has taught thousands of Angelenos during Disco Night, 60s, 80s, and 90s Nights. He leads Disco Night 2024.

Hip-hop night is heralded by Brandon “BeastBoi” Juezan, a professional hip-hop and street dance artist, educator, and event producer. He is also the touring manager for Versa-Style Dance Company.

Dance DTLA is a free event open to all ages. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

For the schedule, instructors and more information, visit musiccenter.org. See it, feel it, live it.