Victoria Looseleaf

Victoria Looseleaf

Victoria Looseleaf is an award-winning international arts journalist, having contributed many hundreds of articles to the Los Angeles Times, KCET Artbound, Dance Magazine, Performances Magazine and the New York Times, among other outlets. In addition, she publishes a blog, The Looseleaf Report, adjudicates dances festivals, and frequently moderates pre-concert talks. Looseleaf has also filed datelines from around the world, including such cultural hotspots as Abu Dhabi, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Amsterdam. Her novella in verse, "Isn’t It Rich?" is currently being adapted for the stage.

Victoria Looseleaf
Lisa Bielawa conducts the Kronos Quartet on the set of Vireo
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Lisa Bielawa Furthers Philip Glass' Legacy

Award-winning composer Lisa Bielawa is tasked to help preserve Glass’s inimitable legacy in music, but also to create new courses and curricula that build on the principles and vision of Glass.
Jesus Christ the Mysticall or Gospell Sun, 1652 by Fulk Bellers | Rare Book Collection, Huntington Library
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Artbound

Eclipse Exhibition Grapples with Mankind’s Ongoing Fascination with the Celestial Event

A collaborative exhibition between artists and scientists showcases mankind's fascination with eclipses and evokes the strange feelings associated with the rare event. 
Aubrey Longley-Cook's "RuPaul Cross-Stitch Animation Frame 27" | Courtesy of the artist Queer Threads
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Artbound

This Isn't Your Grandma's Doiley: Queer Artists Work in Fiber

A new tome, “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,” co-edited by John Chaich and fashion mogul Todd Oldham features the works of 30 actively engaged LGBTQ artists using fiber to ask tough questions.
Jennifer Koh in "Shared Madness" | Chris Lee
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Artbound

A Violinist Evolving the Classical Mold

Jennifer Koh is not like every classical violinist, who plays only Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and the like. Over the years, she has become an advocate for contemporary compositions, premiering more than 50 works written especially for her. 
Gregory Purnhagen in "Vireo" while filming in Alcatraz | David Soderlund
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Artbound

The Baritone That Goes From Cuban Music to Tibetan Throat Singing

There aren’t too many lyric baritones who can not only sing in a number of Philip Glass operas and work with Björk, but also assume the guise of Desi Arnaz. It seems Gregory Purnhagen can do it all.
Lisa Bielawa conducts the Kronos Quartet on the set of Vireo
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Artbound

The Women Breaking Opera's Glass Ceiling

We may not have elected a woman president in 2016, but more and more women are gracing the podium and the stage in classical opera. Here are a few stellar examples and what obstacles they faced to get where they are.
"Vireo" Rowen Sabala | Bernie Wire
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Teen Opera Star Talks Witch Trials and Drug Trips

Soprano Rowen Sabala is in her first semester at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, but she’s already starred in a world premiere opera – at the ripe old age of 17.
Lita Albuquerque, 1983. (featured)
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Love and Collaboration: Mother-Daughter Art World Power Duo Lita and Jasmine Albuquerque

The bond — emotional, physical and artistic — between renowned artist Lita Albuquerque and her daughter Jasmine seems built, in addition to DNA, from steel, and continues to grow deeper with time.
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Artbound

Librettist Erik Ehn on Writing 'Vireo'

"Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" is based on research done by composer Lisa Bielawa did on the history of female hysteria for her college thesis.
Libbey Bowl in Ojai 2013 (cropped)
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Artbound

Peter Sellars Amplifies Female Voices at 70th Ojai Music Festival

Acclaimed theater and opera director, Peter Sellars has created a woman-centric slate of concerts at a festival that promises to stimulate, provoke and continue to be boundary-breaking.
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