Catherine Womack

L.A.-based pianist turned writer Catherine Womack covers classical music and the arts for the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Alta, and more. Dog lady. Will travel for opera. 

Rafael Payare, known for his energetic stage presence, conducts the San Diego Symphony.

Rafael Payare: The Mighty Maestro

The San Diego Symphony’s new music director, Rafael Payare, may not yet have the same name recognition as his fellow Venezuelan conductor, L.A.’s Gustavo Dudamel, but he’s got energy and talent to burn.

Los Angeles civil rights leader Floyd C. Covington, 1942.

L.A.’s Forgotten Civil Rights Champion

As executive director of the Los Angeles Urban League, Floyd C. Covington made a difference in the lives of the African American workers he fought for—not only in the workplace, but in housing, in education, and at the voting booth.

Trumpeter Rudy Vasquez learned of Mariachi Arcoiris from a Facebook ad.

L.A.’s LGBTQ Mariachi Band Performs with Pride

An L.A. band breaks with tradition to create a welcoming space for LGBTQ performers.

L.A.-based composers Carolyn Chen, left, and Julia Adolphe outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Both of their works were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration.

Sanctuary Symphony

Time's Up for exclusivity in classical music. At 100-years-old, the L.A. Philharmonic welcomes the next century's music makers with open arms.

Hot Spot

The fires that devastated Santa Rosa last fall followed an all-too-familiar pattern, raising questions about zoning and development policies.

Left to right: Robert O'Hara, Courtney Bryan, Michael Rakowitz, Lani Hall Alpert, Herb Alpert, Okwui Okpokwasili and Arthur Jafa

Advocating Art

Musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert is more inspired by new art than ever, which is why he's giving $75,000 each to five risk-taking artists in the middle of what he hopes will be long careers.

Los Angeles Dodgers' organ player, Dieter Ruehle, in the box above home plate at Dodger Stadium.

Playing The Game

Being a part of the Dodgers' was a boyhood dream for lifelong fan Dieter Ruehle. Now it's come true — as the seventh organist in the history of the franchise.

Allison Agsten, director of the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art, stands in front of one of the Beta Main’s underground vaults.Allison Agsten, director of the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art, stands in front of one of the Beta Main’s underground vaults.

Bomb Shelter Show

The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is under construction but in the meantime, an adaptive re-use space is already open for business.

Leonard Bernstein in Hollywood, 1944, with portable typewriter.

Bernstein’s Best

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, performing arts organizations around the world - and especially in California - will give thousands of performances of his music this season.

Community Chorus Director Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.

Making Themselves Heard

A group of Los Angeles women decided that the best way to raise their voices against the Trump administration was to literally raise their voices—in song.

A group of Cuban kids wait for $1 pizzas in Havana in a photograph from Michael Christopher Brown’s “Paradiso” series at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Turning History and Geography Upside Down

The Pacific Standard Time festival highlights the many contributions of Latinos to the state’s artistic and cultural heritage.


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