Handel's Aria: "Temptation Island" and "Survivor" can't hand hold a candle to the intrigue and epic battles that ensue in Handel's "Giulio Cesare." The L.A. Opera presents the Baroque classic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Feb. 23 through March 10. Counter-tenor David Daniels hits the soaring high notes in the role of Cesare; soprano Elizabeth Futral portrays Cleopatra; and internationally known counter-tenor Bejun Mehta portrays the psychopathic Tolomeo. More information: (213) 972-7219 or HYPERLINK http://www.laopera.org www.laopera.org.
Ratser on Ravel: Russian-born pianist Dmitri Ratser makes his third appearance with the Pasadena Symphony on March 3 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Music director Jorge Mester will conduct Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, Ravel's nostalgic Le Trombeau de Couperin, the Adagio for Strings by Barber and Mozart's Symphony No. 36. More information: (626) 584-8833.
The Right Path: A new exhibition at the Pacific Asia Museum, "Constructing the Cosmos in the Religious Arts of Asia," explores human understanding of the universe. The exhibition features symbols and diagrams of the cosmos from the Big Four of Asian religions Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Jainism. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a large three-dimensional Buddhist mandala, considered by Buddhists to be enlightenment. It is the first mandala of its kind to be built by a Tibetan in the United States. The exhibition runs through May 6. More information: (626) 449-2742.
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