Janai Brugger

By Jean Strauber Entertainment Editor

Congratulations to Janai Brugger (pictured right), a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, who was one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on March 18. Ms. Brugger will return to LA Opera in the leading role of Musetta in Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” on May 12, 20 and 23rd. Long ranked as the best, Puccini’s “La Bohème” stars Allyn Perez and Stephen Costello in the roles of Mimi and Rodolfo. For ticket information go to LAOpera/box office.

Janai Brugger
Janai Brugger

La Bohème will be performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, County of Los Angeles Music Center, 135 No. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. La Opera’s 2012-2013 season is scheduled as follows: — September 15 to October 9, 2012: “I due Foscari.” — September 22 to October 14, 2012: “Don Giovanni.” — November 17 to December 9, 2012: “Madama Butterfly.” — March 9 to 30 2013: “Der flegende Hollander.” — March 23 to April 13, 2013: “Cenerentola.” — May 18 to June 8, 2013: “Tosca.” Plácido Domingo stars in “I due Foscari.” Oksana Dyka sings Butterfly with Brandon Jovanovich as Pinkerton and Eric Owens as Sharpless. Jay Hunter Morris is Erik in “Der fliegende Holländer.” Kate Lindsey and Ketevan Kemoklidze share the title role of Cenerentola. Sondra Radvanovsky in “Tosca.” For box office information go to LAOpera.com.

26th Annual Charlie Awards

On Thursday, March 29, the Hollywood Arts Council’s 26th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon will take place in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at noon. Honorees are: — Inaugural Television Arts Award: James Burrows. — Entertainment Arts Award: Cirque du Soleil’s “Iris” — Cultural Arts Award: Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles — Theatre Arts Award: the Ricardo Montalban Theatre — Hollywood Arts Award: Hollywood Center Studios — Special Recognition: Los Angeles City Council District 13 Eric Garcetti. Celebrity presenters will include Ted Danson, Hector Elizando, Mariette Hartley and more to be announced. The luncheon even will be emceed by ABC Television’s George Pennacchio. Proceeds will benefit Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks), The Council’s Arts program for underserved and children in the community. Tickets are $100 each and the Awards Show Luncheon is open to the public. For reservations and further information call the Hollywood Arts Council at (323) 871- ARTS or visit www. hollywoodartscouncil. org. An Online Auction for one-of-a-kind items, shows, art, etc. will be held at www.biddingforgood. com/hollywoodartscouncil in advance of the Charlie Awards. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (at Orange Street), Hollywood CA, 90028.

A Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut

On Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and Sunday April 1 at 2 p.m., James Gaffigan will come to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the first time to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three performances of music by Ottorino Respighi, Béla Bartók and Edvard Grieg. Noted pianist André Watts will play Grig’s Piano concert. The concert opens with Respighi’s “Trittico Botticelliano,” inspired by three famous Botticelli paints: “Spring,” “Adoration of the Magi” and “The Miraculous Mandarin.” Conductor Gaffigan comes to the Walt Disney Hall with a reputation for the precision and natural ease of his conducting and the illuminating insight of his musicianship. His passionate and energetic performances and ability to connect deeply with audiences and musicians have attracted international attention, both for his work with orchestras on the concert stage, as well as in the pit at the most prestigious opera houses.

He was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an enthusiastic gourmand and his blogs, which can be found on www.jamesgaffigan.com, frequently contain restaurant and wine recommendations. The Upbeat Live preconcert event will take place in BP Hall one hour prior to the concerts and is free to all ticket holders. Veronika Krausas, composer and Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, will host. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012. To purchase tickets visit LA Phil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card please call the Concert Hall Box Office at (3230 850-2000 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-30

Laugh Pack Returns

It’s Vegas style entertainment when Comedian Bruce Fine ( www.brucefine.com) presents stand-ups Taylor Williamson (“Last Comic Standing”), YouTube sensation Eric “Smooth- E” Schwartz, sultry singer Vanessa Bryan plus surprise drop-in guests as part of the series of monthly shows beginning on Saturday, March 3. The low ticket price ($28 in advance, $32 at the door) includes the all-star comedy and music show plus a buffet of appetizers (this month sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen Studio City) plus two beverages (including adult beverages for those with I.D.) plus free parking. A March special offers a fourpack of tickets for only $99 (includes live show, food, beverages and parking). Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles CA 90068. Free parking is available in the lot across the street. The Laugh Pack was created by Bruce Fine and is presented by Theatre West whose executive director is John Gallogly.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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