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Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ a Stunning Triumph

Innovative choreography delivers a powerful experience for hearing and non-hearing audiences alike

by Linda A. Rapka

Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 stage play, the rock musical “Spring Awakening” debuted over a century later in the 1990s. With music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, “Spring Awakening” went on to Broadway to win eight Tony awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Continue reading

‘Into the Woods’ Enjoys Smash Run at Annenberg

The entire cast and orchestra of “Into the Woods” on the stage of the Wallis Annenberg Center. The orchestra included AFM musicians from Oregon and Los Angeles, contracted by Dan Savant and led by Martin Majkut, who performed front and center on the stage during the entire three-hour performance. Photo: Kevin Parry

The entire cast and orchestra of “Into the Woods” on the stage of the Wallis Annenberg Center. The orchestra included AFM musicians from Oregon and Los Angeles, contracted by Dan Savant and led by Martin Majkut, who performed front and center on the stage during the entire three-hour performance. Photo: Kevin Parry

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of hit musical “Into the Woods” took Beverly Hills by storm during its run at the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Martin Majkut conducted a small, talented orchestra contracted by Dan Savant comprising AFM members from Los Angeles and Oregon. The musicians were featured front and center on the stage during the entire three-hour performance. Continue reading

Symphony in an Airport

Emmanuel Fratianni conducts the 70-piece Hollywood Scoring Orchestra at the preview opening gala of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on June 20, 2013. Photos courtesy of Laurie Robinson

Emmanuel Fratianni conducts the 70-piece Hollywood Scoring Orchestra at the preview opening gala of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on June 20, 2013. Photos courtesy of Laurie Robinson

(#TBT Throwback Thursday post: This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of the AFM Local 47 Overture.)

70-piece Hollywood Scoring Orchestra plays once-in-a-lifetime gig at new LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal

by Linda A. Rapka

In what marked possibly the first world premiere of a symphonic poem ever to take place at an airport, the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra provided a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience at Los Angeles International Airport June 20 with the debut of “Portale — A Symphonic Poem,” especially composed by Emmanuel Fratianni and Laurie Robinson. Continue reading