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May 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
December 7, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Sting will make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut Jan. 11 singing music from his recent release, "Songs From the Labyrinth," a collection of works by Elizabethan lutenist and songwriter John Dowland. Joining Sting in the Los Angeles Philharmonic presentation will be his album partner, lutenist Edin Karamazov, and the American male a cappella Concord Ensemble, a sextet that won the 1998 Early Music America/Dorian Records Competition two years after it was formed at Indiana University.
March 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Yuja Wang is a wonder. Having proved a sensation as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the 26-year-old Chinese pianist finally made her recital debut at Disney on Sunday night. Again a sensation, she displayed degrees of speed, agility and strength that may have been in violation of gravity's laws. Nor did Wang shy from her notable high style. She wore nearly identical tube-tight dresses - black for Scriabin, bright red for Rachmaninoff - as though a Bond girl who was also Houdini and Horowitz rolled into one, in her demonstration of startling dexterity despite physical restraints.
October 1, 2003 | Corie Brown
PATINA is packing up the china and silver and moving downtown. The restaurant, the elegant flagship of Joachim Splichal's empire and one of the most prominent restaurants in Los Angeles, will soon inhabit a corner spot in the new Disney Concert Hall. But the location is only the most obvious change: Patina's chef, sommelier and some of the cooks are being replaced. And the menu is being revamped too. The decision to move was announced last week, and came as a shock to the staff.
July 8, 1996 | ELENA VELARDE, Elena Velarde served as Music Center volunteer coordinator from 1994 to 1996. She teaches in the Programs for the Physically Disabled with the L.A. Unified School District
It's regrettable that architect Frank O. Gehry believes his reputation has suffered because of delays in constructing the imaginative Walt Disney Concert Hall ("Gehry Tries to Rebuild Image After Disney Hall," Part A, May 30).
September 11, 2013
Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th-anniversary season is fast approaching. The hall's resident orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, begins a season of celebrating with four free community concerts later this month and a red-carpet gala on Sept. 30. The commemorations continue all season, highlighted on Oct. 23 -- the actual anniversary of Disney's opening night -- with the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " For music lovers, Disney Hall is a place to hear the L.A. Phil, led by Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen or one of countless guest conductors.
June 14, 2004 | Geoff Boucher
It's safe to say that Jason Mraz's acoustic shows this week at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will offer more of a coffeehouse flavor than mosh-pit flailing. Still, the booking and what it represents remind its promoter, Bill Silva, of the time he booked Pearl Jam into a similarly refined hall, the San Diego Civic Theatre. "The band management thought I was insane.... But Eddie [Vedder, the band's singer] came out first thing and said, 'What a gorgeous place. Let's all respect it.'
January 24, 2004 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Berlioz is not a composer for whom love at first hearing is a common phenomenon. At first, he sounds aimless, maybe ignorant -- wrong notes, misleading harmonies, clumsy melodies and oafish orchestrations. Gradually, though, his music starts affecting you in funny ways. Melodies lodge in your head. A curious instrumental effect becomes something you seek out over and over because you can't believe your ears.
July 1, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The polished steel exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall is already familiar. Inside, the paint is dry, and few hard hats are in evidence. But one lingering question has been the most important: How will it sound? On Monday morning, that question was finally, if not conclusively, answered when the Los Angeles Philharmonic had its first rehearsal in what will become its home in October.
November 8, 2012 | By Rick Schultz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
One of the realities of a musician's life is that sometimes he or she must work on a birthday. After performing a demanding program of Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartók and then three encores, French pianist Hélène Grimaud was called back to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage on Wednesday to the strains of "Happy Birthday" sung by the audience. Grimaud, who turned 43, last appeared at Disney Hall in 2007, but an episode of heart arrhythmia forced her to end that recital at intermission.
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