Fall preview calendar: 2015


SUN | SEPT 20

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”

One of the world’s most beloved musicals launches its North American tour at the Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, this extravagant new production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic love story of the escape from the Nazis by an Austrian family of singers comes at the perfect time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film version (the most successful movie musical in history). With songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss” and “The Sound of Music,” the audience will once again get to rejoice in this classic. 1 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Through Oct. 31. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. SAT | OCT 3

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AN EVENING WITH RANDY NEWMAN

Winner of  six Grammys, three Emmys and two Academy Awards, singer-songwriter Randy Newman is an American treasure. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His distinctive voice and wide range of musical styles are loved by many generations of audiences. Since the 1980s, he has worked mostly as a film composer for such movies as “Ragtime,” “Awakenings,” “Meet the Parents” and several Disney-Pixar films. 8 p.m. $49-$119; UCLA faculty and staff $25. Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. THURS | OCT 8

“MANZANAR: THE WARTIME PHOTOGRPAHS OF ANSEL ADAMS”

This exhibition features 50 of Ansel Adams’ photographs of the Japanese-American relocation camp in Manzanar, Calif., during World War II. The works are from his book “Born Free and Equal,” published in 1944. The book protests what Adams calls “enforced exodus,” the inhumane treatment of American citizens. These photographs provide insight into a disheartening period in American history. The Skirball exhibition also will feature historical documents, publications and works from other artists to provide further insight into the life and conditions at Manzanar. Continuing through Feb. 21. Included with museum admission. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. WED | OCT 14

REMEMBERING FRIEDL DICKER-BRANDEIS

Linney Wix will present her research from interviews she conducted with 11 Holocaust survivors who studied art with Frederika “Friedl” Dicker-Brandeis at the Terezin concentration camp between 1942 and 1944. Dicker-Brandeis was a Bauhaus-educated artist and teacher who was murdered by the Nazis in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Wix will share excerpts from the interviews, highlighting the memories and life lessons the students learned from their teacher. Wix is a professor of art education at the University of New Mexico and has been investigating the art and pedagogy of Dicker-Brandeis since 2000. In 2011, she guest-curated the exhibition “Through a Narrow Window: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her Terezin Students” and wrote a book by the same title. The event is co-sponsored by the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel; UCLA Center for Jewish Studies; the Department of Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University; and the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments will be provided. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. SUN | OCT 18

ANDRAS SCHIFF

World-renowned and critically acclaimed pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer Andras Schiff performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Schiff has been playing piano since the age of 5, and after recently finishing “The Bach Project,” he is now preparing for “Final Sonatas,” a series of three recitals comprising the final three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, which will take place over the next two seasons, including a performance in Los Angeles. Schiff has also acted as a political activist, speaking out against racial injustice and persecution. He is an honorary member of the Beethoven House in Bonn, has received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at her 2014 Birthday Honours. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26.50. Also performing Oct. 22, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. FRI | OCT 23

“WIESENTHAL”

This off-Broadway production tells the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond.” Wiesenthal was an Austrian writer and Nazi hunter who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. This riveting play highlights Wiesenthal’s intelligence, humor, flaws and, ultimately, his heroism. In 1947, Wiesenthal co-founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Center in Linz, Austria, and in 1961, he opened the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna. The play is written by and stars Tom Dugan, an American theater, film and television actor who has appeared in nearly 50 films and television shows in the past two decades. 8 p.m. $40. Through Nov. 8. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800. SAT | NOV 7

COLBURN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY WITH GARY HOFFMAN

Gary Hoffman combines his incredible instrumental talent with the beauty of sound and poetic feeling to deliver a distinct and memorable performance. The Canadian-born, Paris-based cellist is considered one of the greatest cellists of our time and has performed with symphony and chamber orchestras around the world. He now devotes much of his time to teaching the next generation. 8 p.m. $25-$35. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800. TUES | NOV 10

“OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”

Pulitzer-, Tony- and Academy Award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley tells the story of Rosemary and Anthony, neighbors since childhood who eventually fall in love. A fence and family feuds keeps them apart as Rosemary admires Anthony from afar for many years, but in the end, love conquers all in this Irish countryside setting. On Broadway, the play was the recipient of the 2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Directed at the Geffen by Randall Arney. 8 p.m. $32-$60. Through Dec. 20. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. SAT | NOV 14

PETER NERO: GERSHWIN IN HOLLYWOOD

Two-time Grammy-winning pianist Peter Nero celebrates 50 years of recording by honoring the music of the late, great composer-pianist George Gershwin. Nero is among the best Gershwin interpreters, first discovered by his performance of Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue” on “Paul Whiteman’s TV Special.” After that, he appeared on many of the top variety and talk shows, including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and 11 guest appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Nero is also the founding music director of the world-renowned Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. The program for this event features two parts, “Broadway” and “Hollywood,” which cover all of Gershwin’s greatest hits. 8 p.m. $30-$75. Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000.

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