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.
November 30, 1997 |
Yo-Yo Ma, the most visible cellist of his generation, sits cocooned inside the ostentatious privacy of a long, white limousine that glides away from the Watergate Hotel in Washington. There is a stack of newspapers on the leather seat next to him, but Ma ignores both the photo of himself in the Washington Post, taken at last night's White House dinner for Chinese President Jiang Zhemin, and the one on the front page of the Baltimore Sun. He is talking about the Kalahari Desert.