January 19, 1990 |
Past musical events by the versatile, eight-member California E.A.R. Unit have often included bits of absurdist theater--something for which they have a pronounced sweet tooth. Yet at their latest performance Wednesday at Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an entire evening was dedicated to their style of madcap dramatics in what proved to be a seemingly fattening indulgence.
April 19, 1986 |
Since the late 16th Century, it's been called opera. But these days, says Frederic Rzewski, the marriage of serious music and theater not only needs a new name, it needs a major overhaul. "Right now, we may be at a turning point in musical theater. We must invent a new form," he insists. "I'm getting away from using the term opera, " the Massachusetts-born composer says. "I just don't feel close to the operatic tradition."
May 31, 1990
Friday Evening Marathon/7 to 10 p.m. Performing at the Ojai Festivals Bowl: Rachel Rosenthal, performance artist; Joan La Barbara, soprano; Frederic Rzewski, piano; California E.A.R.
March 11, 1999 |
Hauled out periodically as a quaint artifact of musical times past, melodrama, a blending of poetic declamation accompanied by music, is an intriguing throwback to the eras before film and television. Pianist-composer Mark Robson brought his own work in the genre, "Initiation," to Piano Spheres at his seasonal appearance on the series, Tuesday at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.
November 23, 1995 |
The world of piano is a continuum: The ghosts of Liszt and Chopin, Czerny and Pischna, Rosina Lhevinne and Adele Marcus, among thousands of others, hover over any ambitious recital, anywhere. Those ghosts should have been pleased Tuesday night when Susan Svrcek continued the repertory-expanding Piano Spheres series at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena with two large-scale works written in the past quarter-century.