November 13, 2011 |
When Emmanuelle Haïm conducts an ensemble, it looks like a sensual experience, as though the Baroque music she directs is passing through her. Like a modern dancer, Haïm's body wavers and swirls in lithe, graceful gesticulations as she drives the music. At moments, she might bore in on a singer's solo, using two precise fingers pinched together to draw out a singular note, as if drawing it out on a fragile string. "I try to feel the music, but it also consumes me, even when I don't try," Haïm said recently in her home in the northwestern Parisian suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine.
November 21, 2010 |
On a cool autumn afternoon, Bryn Terfel was sitting in the plaza outside the Metropolitan Opera House, talking golf. He was wearing black running pants and a jersey emblazoned with the logo of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. One of opera's marquee stars is a huge sports fan ? and bears a remarkable resemblance to the late Rams great Merlin Olsen. Terfel is 6-foot-4 and has the demeanor of a genial country pastor. With a slice of regret in his voice, Terfel was lamenting that he couldn't attend the Ryder Cup golf tournament, which had concluded two days before in his beloved homeland, Wales.
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.
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.
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