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January 16, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
Harpsichord virtuoso Rinaldo Alessandrini, founder of the acclaimed Concerto Italiano and one of the world's foremost interpreters of Baroque music, will make his first Los Angeles appearance, conducting Musica Angelica at Zipper Concert Hall on Friday and at Westwood United Methodist Church on Sunday.
March 31, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Before there was Minimalism there was Post-Minimalism. That might seem hardly feasible if you put your trust in time being an irreversible process. Theoretical physics, however, allows for a more open future in which the concepts of past and present become malleable. With the advent of Minimalism in music 50 years ago, young composers cleaned the slate with basic chords, simple melodic formulas, a beat and, most of all, a salute to repetition. All that was off-limits in the Modernist musical revolution set off a half-century earlier.
September 7, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
DEC. 13-16 Los Angeles Philharmonic Fifty years after Zubin Mehta became the seventh music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he will repeat his opening program with his old orchestra. Mehta was 26 - two years younger than Gustavo Dudamel was when he took over the L.A. Phil in 2009. And Dudamel-like, Mehta conducted everything on the program from memory. What was different was that this was a fairly ordinary program for a first night - a Mozart overture, Hindemith's "Mathis der Mahler" Symphony (then more common than now)
March 22, 2014 | By James C. Taylor
NEW YORK - Pianist Evgeny Kissin speaks many languages, but to audiences around the world he is best known - and in some circles, revered - for his ability to articulate, with precision, the greatest scores of the classical piano repertoire. Talking with the Russian-born artist on New York's Upper West Side a few days before a sold-out solo recital at Carnegie Hall (the program of Scriabin and Schubert will repeat at Disney Hall on Monday), it becomes immediately clear that Kissin's mind is hard-wired for accuracy.
July 5, 2012 | by David Ng
In space, no one can hear you scream - but everyone can hear the classical music loud and clear. Science-fiction movies have had a long affinity for classical music, and the relationship is a fascinating and complex one. In "Prometheus," Ridley Scott's quasi-prequel to "Alien," the soundtrack choices are by no means random. Like many sci-fi films before it, "Prometheus" deploys classical music as a kind of cinematic shorthand to signify the...
January 8, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Gene Parrish, a longtime host of classical music programs on KUSC-FM (91.5) who also wrote and produced syndicated programs on worldwide jazz and American choral music, has died. He was 82. Parrish, of Hermosa Beach, died Friday of lung cancer at a Kaiser Permanente hospice-care facility in Harbor City, said his wife, Eleanor. Soon after joining KUSC in 1984, Parrish co-hosted a daily arts magazine with Gail Eichenthal on the Olympic Arts Festival.
March 2, 1988 | KENNETH HERMAN
One hundred children with leukemia will be the guests of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society at the March 7 Itzhak Perlman recital in Civic Theatre. The program's sponsoring organization, AntiCancer, identified the youngsters for the society. According to Geoff Brooks, the society's executive director, Perlman will meet the children backstage after his performance. Though the noted violinist had polio at age 4, he established an international performing career.
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
January 1, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
Channeling Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach and other musicians-cum-comics, conservatory-trained violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo like to say that they don't make fun of classical music but rather that they have fun with classical music. After entertaining packed houses around the world, the 40-year-old YouTube celebrities return to Long Beach's Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Jan. 5. But first comes a phone call from Joo at their home base of Vienna, with Igudesman reporting in from the Dominican Republic.
December 27, 2013 | By David Ng
Countertenors are a decidedly acquired taste - men who are trained to sing in the manner of women, or more accurately, in the style of the castrati, those singers hundreds of years ago who were castrated at a young age to preserve their boyish voices. In this rarefied (even for opera) domain, French singer Philippe Jaroussky stands as the hottest young thing. Charismatic, dashing and still youthful at 35, he has entranced European audiences with his otherworldly pitch and vocal dexterity, while also amassing a sizable online following.
December 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Khatia Buniatishvili | Pianist The sultry young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili sneaked into Los Angeles under the radar last February for an underpublicized recital debut at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre. But her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in January will not be so stealthy. Buniatishvili will be playing Chopin's Second Piano Concerto with another young Eastern European - Polish conductor and Indianapolis Symphony Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski, who made an impressive Hollywood Bowl debut last year.
December 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely admired for her astonishing technical skills at the keyboard and a charismatic stage presence. The 26-year-old also draws attention for her fashion statements and sometimes daring style choices on the concert stage. Her newest album, released in October, is a live concert recorded last spring of the challenging Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. Wang played them in Caracas with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
November 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
For most people, the image of John F. Kennedy's assassination is documentary. And we all know what that means. Where do you stand on the Zapruder film? Was this the act of a single gunman or a conspiracy? With the 50 th anniversary Friday of one of the saddest days in America, the documentary evidence can be endlessly debated, as can the Kennedy administration's successes and failures, the president's complicated personality and his legacy. In November 1963, classical music was called on to help the nation deal with the emotional fallout in a more elemental way. It often is when tragedy leaves us without the words we need.
October 27, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen months ago, on a calm, cool midnight in Santa Monica, Patrick Scott slipped out of the tiny Miles Memorial Playhouse and flopped on the stairs like a runner midway through a marathon. A few hours earlier, the first of 32 piano soloists had launched into a 24-hour, nonstop rendition of Erik Satie's "Vexations," which requires repeating one page of mystical, proto-Minimalist music 840 times. It was the kind of evening that Scott and his partner, Mark Alan Hilt, live for. As co-founders of Jacaranda, a decade-old classical music series based at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church, the men believe that when it comes to serving the interests of idiosyncratic, exceptionally demanding music, more is always more.
October 9, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä resigned in frustration over a contract dispute that forced management to cancel all of last season and, still unresolved, resulted in the cancellation of a high-profile tour to Carnegie Hall next month. Speaking of Carnegie, the country's most famous hall canceled its opening night gala last week because of a strike by the stagehands.
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