May 29, 2008
Honors: Santa Monica-based architect Thom Mayne has been awarded the MacDowell Colony's Edward MacDowell Medal for his contribution to the arts. -- Ruling: A Malawian judge on Wednesday approved Madonna's adoption of a Malawian boy she met in an orphanage there in 2006. -- Departure: Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster and resident artistic director of Musica Angelica, has resigned from the Santa Monica-based period instrument ensemble.
October 3, 2004 |
In its determination to keep going after the death of founder Michael Eagan on Aug. 9, the local period-instrument group Musica Angelica has appointed Elizabeth Blumenstock as its new resident director. Blumenstock, the orchestra's longtime concertmaster, is one of the leading lights of the early music movement. She is also a soloist and concertmaster for the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and other period instrument ensembles. She teaches at USC.
April 24, 1992 |
The Arcadian Academy, members of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, presented a cherishable program of mostly 17th-Century music on period instruments in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel on Monday. It was a high point of this season of the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series sponsored by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College.
January 17, 2000 |
Given the ubiquity of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in music stores and on easy-listening classical radio, it's easy to forget just how unusual--even radical--these four concertos are. The concertos take unpredictable structural turns and can make strange, abrasive noises that will disturb the sleep of those who use Baroque music as a tranquil, orderly sedative. Luckily, Musica Angelica knows how to shake up this piece.
December 22, 1997 |
No familiar carols or hoary seasonal cliches arose during Musica Angelica's handsome but never spartan collection of holiday-related music titled "1,000 Years of Christmas," over the weekend. Grateful listeners heard a joyous anthology of Christmas music, yet one that avoided both the banal and the esoteric.