L.A. Opera gets onboard with Pacific Standard Time
Los Angeles Opera is teaming up with the Getty this month for Pacific Standard Time, the region-wide festival focusing on the development of Southern California's art scene during the 20th century. L.A. Opera will co-host a two-part panel discussion called "Émigrés and Experimentalists: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s," on Jan. 21 and 29.
The Jan. 21 discussion will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. and will feature L.A. Opera Music Director James Conlon and musicologist Mitchell Morris. The talk will focus on Austrian and German composers who fled to Los Angeles to escape the Third Reich and will be followed by a recital of musical selections from the period. (Conlon has conducted music from the period in his Recovered Voices series for L.A. Opera.)
The second part of the series will take place Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Getty Center. L.A. Times music critic Mark Swed will participate in a roundtable addressing the influence of L.A.'s émigré culture on young American composers. The panel will also include film producer Katharina Schulenberg-Leduc and musicologist Bryan R. Simms.
Tickets for the entire series are $35 and can be purchased online or at (310) 440-7300.
-- David Ng
Photo: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Robert Millard / L.A. Opera