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February 6, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Many an American composer has grappled with the challenge of weaving indigenous folk music into classical settings. Few have as natural a way with that procedure as Edgar Meyer, the double bassist who has no trouble maintaining dual cultural citizenship in Nashville and the classical sphere.
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November 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift will become only the second recipient ever of the Country Music Assn.'s Pinnacle Award, presented to an artist who dominates music worldwide. She'll receive the award during Wednesday's telecast of the 47th annual CMA Awards on ABC-TV. The CMA came up with the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and gave it that year to Garth Brooks, whose streak of hit albums in the 1990s and 2000s has placed him third, behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, on the Recording Industry Assn.'s list of top-selling album artist of all time.
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July 18, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The news from the Hollywood Bowl this week might have been that Ludovic Morlot is guest conductor. Last fall, the 38-year-old Frenchman blew into the Pacific Northwest like a blast of fresh symphonic air. As the new music director of the Seattle Symphony, he added a heady mix of work by young local composers and progressive pop to a traditional menu of classics. He also has just begun as music director of La Monnaie, Brussels' importantly venturesome opera company. He thus seems the perfect fusion chef to turn the amphitheater into a proper mixing Bowl, and there was some of that in the program Tuesday night (to be repeated on Thursday)
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July 18, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The news from the Hollywood Bowl this week might have been that Ludovic Morlot is guest conductor. Last fall, the 38-year-old Frenchman blew into the Pacific Northwest like a blast of fresh symphonic air. As the new music director of the Seattle Symphony, he added a heady mix of work by young local composers and progressive pop to a traditional menu of classics. He also has just begun as music director of La Monnaie, Brussels' importantly venturesome opera company. He thus seems the perfect fusion chef to turn the amphitheater into a proper mixing Bowl, and there was some of that in the program Tuesday night (to be repeated on Thursday)
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October 24, 2009 | Chris Barton
The jokes came quickly at Royce Hall on Thursday night as UCLA Live director David Sefton introduced the trio of virtuoso musicians about to take the stage. With Béla Fleck on banjo, Edgar Meyer on double-bass and tabla master Zakir Hussain, where exactly does one categorize such a seemingly bizarre mix of bluegrass, classical and Indian music? Despite each musician's diverse background, this wasn't an evening defined by jarring, chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter genre mash-ups. In fact, what left the biggest impression was how seamlessly the three principals' seemingly disparate sounds meshed.
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April 20, 2004 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
Crossover is still a dirty word in many corners of classical music, where it's viewed as a sign of dilution and possible marketing department cunning. But down-to-earth double bassist Edgar Meyer is one so-called crossover artist whose motives and results are above suspicion. Meyer habitually gives the act of crossing over a good name. He did again in recital Sunday afternoon at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium as part of the 100th anniversary Coleman Concerts season.
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November 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift will become only the second recipient ever of the Country Music Assn.'s Pinnacle Award, presented to an artist who dominates music worldwide. She'll receive the award during Wednesday's telecast of the 47th annual CMA Awards on ABC-TV. The CMA came up with the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and gave it that year to Garth Brooks, whose streak of hit albums in the 1990s and 2000s has placed him third, behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, on the Recording Industry Assn.'s list of top-selling album artist of all time.
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March 11, 1999
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform Saturday in Glendale. Led by Jeffrey Kahane, the ensemble will perform pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Edgar Meyer. Soloists will include violinist Margaret Batjer, violist Roland Kato, cellist Carter Brey and doublebassist Edgar Meyer, performing his own composition. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215. $13-$48. Choral Music British conductor Sir David Willcocks will direct the Los Robles Master Chorale in concert Sunday in Granada Hills.
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May 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
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May 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
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October 24, 2009 | Chris Barton
The jokes came quickly at Royce Hall on Thursday night as UCLA Live director David Sefton introduced the trio of virtuoso musicians about to take the stage. With Béla Fleck on banjo, Edgar Meyer on double-bass and tabla master Zakir Hussain, where exactly does one categorize such a seemingly bizarre mix of bluegrass, classical and Indian music? Despite each musician's diverse background, this wasn't an evening defined by jarring, chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter genre mash-ups. In fact, what left the biggest impression was how seamlessly the three principals' seemingly disparate sounds meshed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2004 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
Crossover is still a dirty word in many corners of classical music, where it's viewed as a sign of dilution and possible marketing department cunning. But down-to-earth double bassist Edgar Meyer is one so-called crossover artist whose motives and results are above suspicion. Meyer habitually gives the act of crossing over a good name. He did again in recital Sunday afternoon at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium as part of the 100th anniversary Coleman Concerts season.
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February 6, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Many an American composer has grappled with the challenge of weaving indigenous folk music into classical settings. Few have as natural a way with that procedure as Edgar Meyer, the double bassist who has no trouble maintaining dual cultural citizenship in Nashville and the classical sphere.
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March 19, 2000 | JEREMY EICHLER, Jeremy Eichler is a New York-based arts and culture writer
Just as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Mark O'Connor and bassist Edgar Meyer were finishing recording what would become their popular 1996 American folk-inspired album "Appalachia Waltz," the three players looked at one another and said, "Let's do this again." And why not?
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October 2, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Eclectic Orange Festival 1999's offering--"Short Trip Home"--will be performed Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. But what, exactly, is it? The phrase alone suggests an esoteric play by, say, Samuel Beckett or Edward Albee. But bassist-composer Edgar Meyer chuckled when asked about the title's meaning. "It's really not at all cosmic," said Meyer, who organized a four-piece ensemble that will perform the concert piece. "In all honesty, titles are an embarrassment to me.
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October 2, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Eclectic Orange Festival 1999's offering--"Short Trip Home"--will be performed Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. But what, exactly, is it? The phrase alone suggests an esoteric play by, say, Samuel Beckett or Edward Albee. But bassist-composer Edgar Meyer chuckled when asked about the title's meaning. "It's really not at all cosmic," said Meyer, who organized a four-piece ensemble that will perform the concert piece. "In all honesty, titles are an embarrassment to me.
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March 17, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Banjo, mandolin and double bass. It's an unusual instrumental combination, but it seems to be working for banjoist Bela Fleck, mandolinist Mike Marshall and bassist Edgar Meyer. The trio--whose backgrounds range from bluegrass to jazz to classical--opened the 1997-98 season for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
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March 17, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Banjo, mandolin and double bass. It's an unusual instrumental combination, but it seems to be working for banjoist Bela Fleck, mandolinist Mike Marshall and bassist Edgar Meyer. The trio--whose backgrounds range from bluegrass to jazz to classical--opened the 1997-98 season for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
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March 11, 1999
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform Saturday in Glendale. Led by Jeffrey Kahane, the ensemble will perform pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Edgar Meyer. Soloists will include violinist Margaret Batjer, violist Roland Kato, cellist Carter Brey and doublebassist Edgar Meyer, performing his own composition. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215. $13-$48. Choral Music British conductor Sir David Willcocks will direct the Los Robles Master Chorale in concert Sunday in Granada Hills.
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