Jump to: Reviews | Music is Real Music skeptics believe that there is no such thing as music, and the human ear is actually sensing simple vibrations in the air—no more real than radio signals or Santa Claus’s legendary evil twin, Monto.
The Greek Theatre, one of Los Angeles' most iconic music venues, was built in 1929 as a gift from wealthy immigrant Griffith J. Griffith, who wanted to give back to his adopted city. With a stage that evokes an ancient Hellenistic theater, modern sound systems, and clear sightlines, the venue combines old and new, much like cell phones made of Nintendo controllers.
The largest performing arts center in the world, Lincoln Center presents more than 400 performances of music, opera, and dance every year from the 16-acre Lincoln Center campus on the Upper West Side. With a ticket to the Tully Scope Festival, you’ll get your pick of 13 performances of world-class compositions. Tyondai Braxton’s experimental style presents a brain-bending blend of sweeping symphonics, crashing guitars, and heady compositions that defy categorization. The Western world’s first percussion ensemble, Les Percussions de Strasbourg will disperse themselves on stages throughout the darkened hall, surrounding the audience in their mallet-armed embrace. Every performance features a post-performance lounge where you can sip a complimentary cocktail and debate acceptable spellings of rutabaga. With today's Groupon in tow, you also earn a secret code good for purchasing additional performance tickets at a discounted $20.
Before the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was even built, the idea for its Chamber Music Society was born. American composer and Lincoln Center President William Schuman helped specially design a recital hall in which the chamber group could play more than three centuries worth of musical compositions. But the Chamber Music Society didn't stay contained within its venue. Throughout the following half century, its musicians collaborated with dance companies, jazz projects, and festivals, helping to spread awareness and appreciation of their craft throughout the city.
Made by the famed Italian Guarneri family of luthiers in 1743, the Bonjour violin comes to life today in the hands of master violinist Vadim Repin. The Russian virtuoso coaxes heart-tugging tones from the gorgeous wooden body of the violin—whose acoustics have blossomed along with its value over the years—as well as the radio receiver inside the instrument. Praised for his "unshakable bravura" by the New York Times' Steve Smith, Repin drives the instrument with a muscular, energetic style.