January 8, 2010 |
In an age of shrinking and closing in the arts world, Glendale has news of a different sort: a new orchestra. The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra will make its debut Saturday -- a group of 20 under the baton of artistic director and principal conductor Mikael Avetisyan -- at First Baptist Church of Glendale. And it's all thanks to a few drinks. Cellist Ruslan Biryukov has performed across the globe alongside world-renowned artists. But it was while performing a chamber music recital at the First Baptist Church of Glendale that the seed was planted for starting the orchestra.
January 24, 2010 |
There's nothing new about classical musicians trying to expand their fan base. Even if deeds don't always match goals, plenty of performers make the effort. Still, one doesn't expect a largely unknown, foreign artist with little connection to this country to undertake such a project in America -- let alone mostly fund the enterprise himself. Yet here is Johannes Moser, a Berlin-based cellist of German and Canadian parentage, doing just that. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon at Pepperdine University's Raitt Recital Hall, presenting "Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music," the fourth of six concerts in a cross-country tour he conceived to reach audiences that might otherwise be unfamiliar with or even resistant to classical music.
January 10, 2010 |
The dominant theme in the 2010 musical performance landscape is the Frederic Chopin bicentennial. More than 2,000 worldwide events will honor the beloved Polish composer and his elegiac piano scores. Chopin festivals abound seemingly everywhere: London, Rome, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, New York, Miami, Tucson -- well, you get the landscape. Look further and there's a lot of supreme stuff to experience in the coming year. Locally, the main event is Los Angeles Opera's "Ring Cycle" in May and June.
January 3, 2010 |
As the crew checks the lighting and the lead singers relax in the wings, Los Angeles Opera director Eli Villanueva zeros in on a weak spot he noticed during the just-completed rehearsal. "You girls are looking good," he says as he joins a cluster of chorus members. They beam at him. "But in that last scene we need a little more attitude ." They stare blankly. Villanueva tries a different approach. "You know when you're in line for tetherball and someone cuts in front of you?
September 19, 2012 |
Trash juggernaut "Fifty Shades of Grey" continues to rake in the dough, and not just through book sales. The classical-music album that was spawned from the racy bestselling trilogy of novels has taken the No. 1 spot this week on the Nielsen Soundscan classical albums chart. "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album" features Baroque, choral and operatic pieces that are referenced in the novels. The album was released last week on Capitol Records and includes 15 tracks selected by author E.L. James. "Fifty" came in at No. 1 on the Nielsen classical-album chart for the week ending Sept.
November 28, 1992
KUSC's latest little scandal is yet another indication of the depths to which this once great radio station has sunk. The alleged injustice to Deacon pales in comparison to the damage the Smiths have inflicted on KUSC. In using the station to preach their heavy-handed, simple-minded crusade for feminism, cultural diversity and anti-elitism, they have shown a boundless contempt for the intelligence of their listeners. I wish Grice had carried out her reported threat to resign as a result of Deacon's criticism.