February 14, 2010
Ascending Dragon Music Festival What: 17 concerts performed by Southwest Chamber Music and musicians from the Vietnam National Academy of Music Where: Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City When: Feb. 27 through May 3 Information: www.swmusic.org
January 16, 2010
Lorin Maazel with the L.A. Philharmonic Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. When: 8 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 24 Tickets: $42 to $160; (323) 850-2000 and www.laphil.com
January 31, 2010
The Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival explores a different facet of music in America. This year's festival -- the 10th -- focuses on "The Greatest Generation," examining themes from the Depression of the 1930s through World War II. Programs at the Orange County Performing Arts Center will feature composers Aaron Copland and Kurt Weill as well as a world premiere of Michael Daugherty's "Mount Rushmore." In addition, the festival includes performances by two student arts groups to explore the festival's themes.
January 31, 2010 |
One of the strengths of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival has been its inclusion of a wide range of arts groups and voices. This year, in exploring the themes of "The Greatest Generation," the challenges and hardships faced during the turbulent 1930s and '40s will be seen through the eyes of the newest generation. The symphony has partnered with the Orange County High School of the Arts, tapping students from the film and TV conservatory to produce documentary shorts that bring the experiences of this older generation to a younger audience.
March 6, 2010 |
A snail shell . . . a smooth paving stone . . . a sardine can. These are among the unorthodox instruments English composer Frank Denyer uses in his music. On Monday night at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall, the new-music series Monday Evening Concerts presents the premiere of Denyer's "Out of the Shattered Shadows 2," along with the U.S. premieres of his "Hanged Fiddler" and "Woman, Viola and Crow." "I'm looking for a tone of voice with little rhetoric," Denyer, 67, said recently over breakfast in Little Tokyo, understating the deep intimacy of a sound world created by such things as mango seeds, bones and even moth cocoons.
March 7, 2010
'Nixon in China' What: Long Beach Opera Where: Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach When: 8 p.m. March 20 and 4 p.m. March 28 Price: $5 to $95 Contact: (562) 435-2994, www.longbeachopera.org Running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
April 4, 2010 |
Describing violinist Daniel Hope is no easy task. There is first the matter of his nationality. The musician was born in South Africa, raised in England and now travels with an Irish passport even though he makes his home in Hamburg, Germany. Hope is a much in-demand soloist these days, but the violin isn't his only vocation. He devotes significant time to climate-change causes and is a published author with two books under his belt -- one about concert-going etiquette and another about his family, which he wrote in German.
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?
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.
March 23, 2010 |
About two years ago, the pianist Emanuel Ax started thinking about how to celebrate the bicentennials of the two great Romantic Era composers, Chopin and Schumann (both born in 1810). Given that he both knew and performed with other world-class musicians and orchestras, Ax came up with the idea of a multi-part concert program involving a great many of those colleagues. His longtime collaborator, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, came onboard, and so did soprano Dawn Upshaw. Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Barbican, New York's Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic not only agreed to host the concerts but also to co-commission new music from a variety of composers.