April 8, 2012 |
The score for Oscar Bettison's chamber concerto "Livre des Sauvages" ("The Book of Savages") should come with an IKEA-like warning: Some Assembly Required. The half-hour work, which will be given its premiere Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella new music series, employs a toy piano, hotel desk bells, melodicas (with foot pumps), tuned cowbells, tuning forks, conch shells and a "wrenchophone. " The concert, to be conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, also will feature works by Stockhausen and Cage.
August 14, 2011 |
Youth has its advantages, as Gustavo Dudamel proves every time he mounts a podium. But age offers compensations too. Just ask Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Spanish maestro who has become a beloved guest conductor throughout the world. Better yet, ask some of the musicians who labor under his benign yet authoritative hand, including those at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra will play two different programs under Frühbeck's baton at the Hollywood Bowl this week. "I think I represent the majority of the orchestra in saying that he's one of our favorites," said Barry Gold, a cellist in the Philharmonic.
March 25, 2012 |
Jennifer Higdon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2010, says her desire to write classical music as hospitable as a Southern dinner stems from a childhood trauma: seeing performance art in the 1960s. She blames her father, a "hippie before the hippie movement," who took her and her younger brother to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta when they were kids. One "art happening," Higdon says, featured an artist, dressed in black, covered with rubber cement, strapped to a black canvas.
November 18, 2011 |
Ringing arias? Definitely. Acting chops? Absolutely. Stage presence? Unquestionably. But where on a tenor checklist do you find the box to mark for "effortlessly scales 8-foot fences"? Currently generating critical raves and audible audience gasps at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Vittorio Grigolo, in his local debut starring in L.A. Opera's "Romeo and Juliet," is not your average earthbound Italian tenor. Excessive carb-loading is out, Cirque-like skills are in. The 34-year-old's physicality powers a vital Romeo rare in theater or ballet, much less in French Grand Opera's take on the tale.
November 14, 2010
'Lohengrin' Where: L.A. Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown L.A. When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 and 9; 2 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 Tickets: $20 to $270 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com Running time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
October 26, 2011
Pasadena Symphony Who: Mei-Ann Chen, conductor and James Ehnes, violin Where: Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena When: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Tickets: $35 to $100 Information: (626) 793-7172; PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org