Author: Jamie Chandler

Review: Nathan Oliveira at John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

Nathan Oliveira was a painter and artist of spirit and whimsy with breath-taking courage and skillful temporal presence. I call his presence temporal not because he is no longer with us among the living or because his work has been in or out of fashion. No, I utilize the term “temporal” to refer to Oliveira’s oeuvre because of how the artist is conscious of the multiplicity of lineages running through art’s history and how they are present in his paintings and sculptures. An excellent quote at the entrance of his current show at the John Berggruen Gallery in San...

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Review: L. A. Philharmonic Performs All-Russian Chamber Music

Los Angeles The Los Angeles Philharmonic (known affectionately as “LA Phil”) is now celebrating its 100th anniversary in grand style. With a series of special performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, this season is not to be missed. I witnessed their All-Russian Chamber Music Evening on October 2, 2018. It was a delightful look into an at-once intimate series of works in the grand setting that is the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall. Let me begin with the building. Arriving on a Wednesday night and seeing the Disney Concert Hall for the first time in...

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Review: San Francisco Symphony’s Stravinsky Celebration Featuring Leonidas Kavakos

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the San, Francisco Symphony,, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; Photo by Corey Weaver In a recent vigorous performance of Petrushka, the Violin Concerto from 1931, and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony ably demonstrated why they are among the most beloved of the nation’s orchestras. Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducted the evening’s compositions with grace and dedication amidst his customary formality and sly generosity. The highlight of the glamorous evening was Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto performed by Greek violinist, Leonidas Kavakos....

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Review: Constellations by New City Players at The Vanguard

Theater in the Round is a lost art indeed. Last Saturday night at The Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale I had the exquisite pleasure of seeing Constellations, produced by the New City Players. This play was performed on a minuscule round stage in the middle of the theater surrounded by a rapt and intimate audience that was devoted entirely to the evening’s 75 minutes-long performance. Directed with understated elegance by Mary Elizabeth Gundlach, Nick Payne’s play is but a simple dialogue of two young lovers, performed here by Jessica Schulte and Jordan Armstrong to exacting precision. Simplicity here is not...

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Not Your Average Secretary: 96 Years-Young Sylvia Bloom Donates $8.2 Million

The splendor of wealth does not always show itself. For Sylvia Bloom, a 96-years-young retired secretary who passed away earlier this year, her $8.2 million dollars in donations to various charities represent a story of humility, philanthropy and generosity rarely seen. Ms. Bloom donated $6.24 million of that amount to the Henry Street Settlement, a social service group in New York City.  Ms. Bloom was a frugal secretary for the same law firm for over 67 years. She accumulated her wealth by paying attention to the investments of the attorneys in her office, who were often asking her to...

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