August 30, 2003
I recently became interested in classical music and started collecting CDs. I enjoy them very much, but I don't think I would go for advice to those two clerks featured in "Lend Them Your Ear" (by Scott Timberg, Aug. 25). One sounds like a pushy type who would cram his own taste down my throat, and the other just sounds bizarre. Thank you very much for letting me know who (and what stores) to avoid. Toni Roberts Los Angeles WHAT a delightful piece about a little known and rarely heralded group of dedicated aficionados of classical music.
November 1, 2009 |
A high-pitched voice, questionable sexuality and ear-grabbing melodies -- the new Decca album "Sacrificium" may sound like a posthumous Michael Jackson collection; instead, it's a collection of 17th century opera arias written for castrati -- the gelded singers who were the superstars of the European music world for almost two centuries. "Sacrificium" is hardly likely to reach "Thriller"-like global ubiquity, but Cecilia Bartoli, an Italian mezzo-soprano with a large following (not to mention obsessions and image control that recall the King of Pop)
June 20, 1993
So who goes to classical concerts? In response to Harvey Frey's Mad as Hell ("Psst! Wanna Buy a Ticket?" June 6), the audience attending Southwest Chamber Music Society concerts in Pasadena and Orange County grew by 26% last season. We attribute this to the personal attention that our audience members receive. The phone is answered directly (probably by myself), ticket prices are reasonable, venues are intimate and our range of repertory makes us attractive to discerning music lovers.
February 26, 2002 |
It was a typically frantic Saturday afternoon at the Costco in Culver City. The parking lot was at a standstill, and crowds of harried consumers pushed overloaded shopping carts. The only sign that something was afoot was a TV camera crew huddled near the entrance. Then, cellist Yo-Yo Ma stepped from a sleek black sedan with composer John Williams behind him. They studied their surroundings. The two musicians had taken a break from rehearsing for their Sunday night performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to promote "Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams," a Sony Classical release.
May 3, 2008
BEFORE the L.A. Philharmonic mothballs its tuxes and black dresses ["Bach? Kick Back," by Donna Perlmutter, May 1], someone should remind them that the whole point of concert formal wear is to present a uniform visual effect. The classical audience should be able to focus on the music, not what the bassoonist is wearing on his feet or why the cellist is wearing a pink polo shirt with orange pants. But that's an aesthetic detail. "Casual Fridays" is really based on one deeply objectionable premise -- that there's nothing particularly special about what we're doing here.
March 16, 2008 |
Classical music has never been Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto's thing. The ice dancers are, after all, hip and energetic 20-somethings, and they like music that reflects their personalities. Classical music . . . doesn't. "We always felt classical music didn't suit our style, didn't highlight our strengths," Belbin said. "If anything, it would highlight our weaknesses." But the Americans have come around this season. And it just might be the thing that wins them their first title at the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin Tuesday in Goteburg, Sweden.