December 20, 2009 |
Ten years ago, cultural commentators found it fashionable to forecast the death of classical music. That bit of silliness ended on Sept. 5, 2000, with an unlikely work by an unlikely composer in an unlikely place. The Stuttgart Bach Academy in Germany commissioned four composers from different cultures to write new passions on each of the four Gospels. The third work, devoted to St. Mark, was by Osvaldo Golijov, an Argentine of Jewish Eastern European descent who had studied in Israel and Pennsylvania and settled in the Boston area.
November 15, 2009
Los Angeles Philharmonic Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Price: $42 to $160 Contact: (323) 850-2000 or www.laphil.com
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.
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
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.
March 6, 2010
Monday Evening Concerts Where: Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, downtown L.A. When: 8 p.m. Monday Price: $27 Also: "Meet the Composer: Frank Denyer," 11 a.m. Sun., Goethe-Institut; $5. Contact: (310) 836-6632, www.mondayeveningconcerts.org