June 10, 2006
Upon reading the latest round from Shaq apologists in the June 3 letters, I couldn't help but reflect that they both conveniently ignore something quite glaring: If Shaquille O'Neal had agreed to the same contract with the Lakers as he did with Miami -- five years, $100 million -- he'd still be in purple and gold. Instead, he tried to hold up Jerry Buss for much, much more, and the good doctor wisely chose not to overspend on a great player on the downside of his career. Plus, does anyone really think Shaq would have gotten into the shape he's in today if he'd stayed with the Lakers, or would he have again postponed off-season surgeries in order to enjoy his "vacation," at the expense of team cohesion at the start of the season?
October 7, 1996 |
With its season-opening concert Saturday night at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, under the direction of Lucinda Carver, reached a new level of excellence. Perhaps it is the added time these talented freelancers have spent together getting ready for their first tour (in Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light") and making two recordings.
April 27, 1998 |
Founded in 1956 by violist Rudolf Barshai, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra became one of the minor legends of the Soviet arts industry. Friday, the ensemble--led since 1991 by the American pianist Constantine Orbelian--touched on some of its history in a compact, virtually unheralded concert at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center.
July 3, 1998 |
Fledgling filmmaker Leslie Smith brings much care, commitment and considerable technical skill to his debut feature, "David Searching," but the result is a picture of parts rather than a cohesive whole. For every moment that rings true there are more that seem false.
April 8, 2002 |
Milton Babbitt is one of those perennially misunderstood artistic figures, often deemed synonymous with all that is cerebral and unforgiving in 20th century concert music. In fact, his music can be at once serious, colorful and engaging, like an intellectual argument that keeps weaving in and out of a casual conversation.
February 10, 2001 |
Although the universe probably began with a bang, a whimper is all that's managed by "The Universe: Creation, Constellations and the Cosmos," a show that would be pretentious if it weren't so silly. To its credit, the Norton Simon Museum's contribution to Pasadena's science-and-art celebration includes an impressive array of masterpieces: works of such beauty, meaning and achievement that any of them could anchor a deeply satisfying, sharply focused exhibition.