October 30, 1992 |
In their third visit to Los Angeles within 16 months, duo-pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque, played their signature piece, Michel Camilo's "Caribe," a work written for them by the Dominican composer and jazz pianist, to close their latest appearance. But that was the only work being repeated from those earlier visits. At the outdoor Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, on a cool but not uncomfortable Wednesday evening, the French musicians gave a program half Mozart and half jazz.
May 10, 1986 |
Gerald Arpino's "Secret Places." Ah. It conjures up warm memories of idealism and innocence in the 1960s, of romantic encounters and quasi-kitschy sentiment, of gently erotic poetry and lyrical athleticism, of serene Mozartean Nachtmusik and "Elvira Madigan". . . . Los Angeles first saw and loved the duet at the Ahmanson 16 years ago. Inexplicably, "Secret Places" disappeared from sight--and from the repertory--a year or two later. Now it is back, in all its irresistibly drippy glory.
February 3, 2006 |
Andante.com -- a website devoted to classical music that combined a news service with a record label with streaming music from symphony orchestras -- shut down this week after its French owner decided it was unable to sustain the site's costs. The news is either another sign of the demise of classical music, an indicator that the Web and the symphony are an awkward fit, or neither of the above.
July 27, 1997 |
Music is one of those arenas in which the truth is often stranger than fiction. Take the case of conductor Felix Mottl, a notorious ladies' man who, in 1911, collapsed from a heart attack while he was conducting "Tristan und Isolde." On stage, singing the part of Isolde, was the soprano Zdenka Fassbender, with whom Mottl had been carrying on an illicit affair for some time. The fateful coronary came early in the first act, at precisely the moment when Isolde sings "Tod geweihtes Haupt!
November 8, 1998 |
Patrons once swooned as cellist Frances Rauscher gilded concert halls with the angelic melodies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Now an experimental psychologist, Rauscher still plays Mozart. But her stage is a fluorescent-filled university laboratory in Oshkosh, Wis. Her audience? Row upon row of laboratory rats in wire cages. Their beady eyes never blink, even when she programs a CD player with the composer's sublime "Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos."
September 1, 2005 |
A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina's arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in. By Wednesday, it had degenerated into horror.