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Entertainment Tips of the Week 2-27-12

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Albert Herring Comes To La Opera

Opening Saturday, February 25 is the Benjamin Britten comic opera “Albert Herring.” Based on Guy de Mausassant’s short story “Le Rosier de Madame Husson” (Madame Husson’s Rose King), the action takes place in England, where Lady Billows is organizing the May Day festival. Usually the Queen of the May is a virginal young lady, but every girl nominated has been deemed unworthy of that title. However, there is a young man in town, Albert, who could easily qualify as King of the May. What happens to Albert and the festival is the smoke behind the satire of the comings and goings in a small town in England that will bring smiles and laughter from the audience.

Albert Herring LA Opera

Albert Herring LA Opera

The cast stars Alek Shrader in the title role. Sharing the role of Lady Billows are Janis Kelly (five performances: February 25 to March 11) and Christine Brewer (two performances: March 14 and 17), Richard Bernstein as Superintendent Budd, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack as Nancy, mezzosoprano Jane Bunnell as Mrs. Herring and mezzosoprano Ronnita Nicole Miller as Florence. Also in the cast are Stacey Tappan, Jonathan Michie, Robert McPherson, Jane Bunnell, Liam Bonner, Erin Sanzero, Jamie Rose Guarririe, and Caleb Glickman.

LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon conducts, Director Paul Curran, making his LA Opera debut, stage a production that he originally created in 2010 for the Santa Fe Opera. The scenery and costumes are designed by Kevin Knight and the lighting designer is Rick Fisher. Performance Dates and Time are: Opening Night Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm. Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm. Wednesday March 14 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, March 17 at 2 pm. Tickets range from $20- $270 can be purchased at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (2130 972-8001 or online at www. laopera.com.

Al Martinez At The Huntington

The career of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Al Martinez will be showcased in an exhibition that looks back at how Martinez chronicled the foibles, peccadilloes, accomplishments and sad plights of those people he encountered. About 75 items, which include his notes, corrected typescripts, and photographs from the Huntington’s collections make up the “Al Martinez: Bard of L.A.” exhibition that will run from March 17 to June 25, 2012. The items trace his work from his letters during the Korean War from his years with the Los Angeles Times and now for the Los Angeles Daily News and Topanga Messenger.

The exhibit will be located in the Huntington’s Library Building, West Hall. Huntington Hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 12:00- 4:30 pm, Tuesdays closed; Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am-4:30 pm; Monday holidays 10:30-4:30 pm. Tickets: Adults $15 (Weekdays), $20 (Weekends, Monday holidays); Seniors (65+) $12, $15; Students (12-18 with ID) $10, $10; Youth (5-11) $6, $6; Children under 5 Free, Free, Groups (15+)$11, $14; Members free. The first Thursday of the month is free to all visitors with advance tickets. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. Call (626) 405- 2100. Yaroslavsky Presents Lincoln Portrait Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be narrating Aaron Copland’s classic “Lincoln Portrait” on Friday, March 9 at California State University, Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center.

Yaroslavsky has stated about this Copland work, “Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait,’ with its quintessentially American themes, has always moved me deeply, and it’s a thrill and an honor for me to participate in its presentation at CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center.” This is not the first Yaroslavsky has taken part in a Cal State Northridge performance of ‘Lincoln Portrait.” The supervisor’s baritone accompanied the CSUN Wind Ensemble in fall of 2005 when it performed the piece as part of a program of music entitled “Everybody’s All- American.” Northridge music professor Lawrence Stoffel was the conductor then and he will be conducting the Wind Ensemble and Yaroslavsky on March 9. Tickets range from $5 to $10 per person. For more information about the performance or to purchase tickets visit the Valley Performing Arts Center at www.valley performingartscenter.org or call (818) 677-3000. California State University Northridge Performing Arts is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA, 91330.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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