A Wealth of Pianists at The Wallis

The pianist is the traveling nomad of the classical music world. Pianists can go on tour alone, unencumbered by accompanists or orchestras. However, recent concerts at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts have challenged that image, focusing on collaborations between artists. In an April 26 concert, Marc-André Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes presented…

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Exposing “The Hero Within”

Opening night for The Hero Within is twenty-six hours away, and the production is in trouble. The day before the play opens at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is supposed to be reserved for a final dress rehearsal, but there simply isn’t time. Too much has been spent on adjusting lighting cues…

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Edris, Cuban singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist

Top Bunks & Aisle Seats: EDRIS

Top Bunks and Aisle Seats goes international as Ampersand’s Music Editor, Ashley Eady, interviews Edris, a Cuban-born singer-songwriter and USC alumnus! Born and raised in Baracoa during one of Cuba’s worst economic depressions, Edris didn’t have video games, a computer, or even electricity growing up. For fun, he played baseball with logs and wads of socks. It was a…

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Colburn at The Wallis

On Wednesday night, French-German pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet was joined by students from the Colburn School in a lengthy program of chamber music favorites at The Wallis. Aside from one solo violin piece, all of the music featured Thibaudet either accompanying the instrumentalists or collaborating with young pianists in four-hand or two piano arrangements. Thibaudet, currently…

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Holbox: An Ode to Coastal Mexican Cuisine

There’s an island off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula located between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Separated from the mainland by a crystal clear and shallow lagoon frequented by flamingos, Holbox Island is an unpaved paradise. People flock there to lay in the white sands, swim with whale sharks, and fish…

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Life in the Blink of an Eye

What time is it on a plane flying across the Pacific? A flight from Seoul to Los Angeles takes 13 hours, and for those 13 hours, you exist in a sort of ephemeral limbo, neither here nor there. There’s this almost tangible connection to the world around you, so close you can swipe at it…

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