| Dec 14, 2013
| 4:01 PM
Amid the carolers and choruses who will volunteer in local holiday performances this month, one longtime group offers what they hope will be something a little different.
The Van Bloem Singers plan to entertain with relatively modern Christmas music...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:43 PM
It's that time of year when, once again, local stages light up with holiday-themed treats for audiences of varying ages. The festive offerings range from the soulful (a symphonic concert) to the intentionally ridiculous (anarchic clowning, a British-style...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:33 PM
If at first you don't relate what 31-year-old Tom McNalley plays to what you know of the guitar, don't be put off. He's not approaching either the instrument or his music in a conventional way.
Distorted effects, clean picking, ferocious fusillades,...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:20 PM
The world of Baroque chamber music usually isn't the place to look for rebellious ways to present and interpret that style of musical expression. After all, it's a genre of the 17th and 18th centuries, and one might think that the last word has been heard...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:36 PM
It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:47 AM
Jeffrey Polk, director of the new Pasadena Playhouse production of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” knows why the show has been successful since it bowed in 1994. “The strength,” he declares, “is in the...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 9:21 PM
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When the stage lights come up on the Stepping Stone Players’ production of “Oliver!” Friday night, the show will have benefited from a $2,000 donation from the Walt Disney Co., after...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:16 PM
When Robert Wetzel met fellow classical guitarist Fred Benedetti in the master's degree program at San Diego State University, they found a musical kinship that would evolve into a long professional bond. Each had played in enough situations to know...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Renowned British actor Terence Stamp was initially hesitant to take on the role of a curmudgeonly pensioner in the touching new film, "Unfinished Song," opening this week at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
"I don't know if I play ordinary that well,"...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 12:19 PM
History can be seen everywhere in Glendale's venerable Alex Theatre. It's in the classic terrazzo walkway before the front doors. It's in the neon of the one-hundred-foot high art deco tower, added to the building in 1946. It's in the deep carpet of the...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 3:10 PM
These days Broadway, film and TV star Mandy Patinkin may be best known for his role as CIA Division chief Saul Berenson in the hit show "Homeland," but his first love is singing on stage. "There is nothing better or more fun. It's the love of my life,"...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 12:20 PM
Carmine Sardo leads a double life much akin to that of a comic book superhero. By day, he's a mild-mannered merchant, tending to his La Crescenta auto and boat upholstery business. After dark, Sardo is transmogrified into a musical crusader, a player of...