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August 26, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Audiences at the Hollywood Bowl can expect a little more bang for their buck when the "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" lights up the Cahuenga Pass next weekend. Adding to the annual event's signature pyrotechnics, fiery, unconventional pianist Gabriela Montero will be making her Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This rising -- and eyebrow-raising -- classical music star, 37, is scheduled to play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 on the all-Tchaikovsky program.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wherever he goes, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel is hailed as a symbol of El Sistema, Venezuela's model music education program. But Tuesday Dudamel arrived in L.A. as the subject of criticism for not speaking out against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's policies. Just off the plane from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, and sitting in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an espresso and poring over a Wagner opera score, Dudamel gave his first interview about his situation at home.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wherever he goes, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel is hailed as a symbol of El Sistema, Venezuela's model music education program. But Tuesday Dudamel arrived in L.A. as the subject of criticism for not speaking out against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's policies. Just off the plane from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, and sitting in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an espresso and poring over a Wagner opera score, Dudamel gave his first interview about his situation at home.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. Please see the For the Record and note at bottom.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Facing criticism in social media for his appearance with President Nicolas Maduro on the day that violent clashes across Venezuela left three dead, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has defended his appearance, saying he and colleagues stand for “peace, love and unity.” Dudamel directed the Youth Orchestra of Lara on Wednesday with Maduro in attendance, the same day that violence between student demonstrators...
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October 9, 2005 | Richard S. Ginell
Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Falla, Ginastera, Chopin, Liszt, Improvisations Gabriela Montero, piano (EMI Classics) * * * A 35-year-old Venezuelan protegee of Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero is a classical pianist with a big difference, one who can improvise on the spot.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. Please see the For the Record and note at bottom.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Facing criticism in social media for his appearance with President Nicolas Maduro on the day that violent clashes across Venezuela left three dead, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has defended his appearance, saying he and colleagues stand for “peace, love and unity.” Dudamel directed the Youth Orchestra of Lara on Wednesday with Maduro in attendance, the same day that violence between student demonstrators...
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January 21, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
One mark of a competent chief executive - especially one responsible for leading a nation - is an ability to learn from past mistakes. On that count, President Obama's omission of classical music from his second inauguration ceremony on Monday (barring last-minute additions to the announced musical lineup of Beyoncé , Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor singing, respectively, “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country 'Tis of Thee” and “America...
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May 31, 2008 | Rick Schultz, Special to The Times
Conductor Carl St.Clair celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Stravinsky's once-scandalous "Rite of Spring" by having his Pacific Symphony play it well on Thursday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Music of other Russian masters -- Schnittke and Rachmaninoff -- made for a program of Slavic melancholy and cerebral playfulness, all part of the orchestra's Springfest 2008.
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January 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Only those within earshot heard the celebrated classical musicians playing at President Obama's inauguration. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill decided after a sound check Monday to use a recording. Carole Florman, a spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said it was too cold for their instruments to stay in tune. Washington's temperature hovered near 30 on Tuesday. "They were very insistent on playing live until it became clear that it would be too cold," Florman said.
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January 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Gabriela Montero says she and the other members of the Obama inauguration quartet were not trying to fool anybody by having recorded music played in the biting cold. Shaken by comparisons to lip-syncers Milli Vanilli, the pianist insists she and fellow musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Anthony McGill "did the right thing." "We decided that it would have been a disaster if we went out there with that cold, with the wind, and played our instruments out of tune," the Venezuelan American pianist said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Boston.
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January 21, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
One mark of a competent chief executive - especially one responsible for leading a nation - is an ability to learn from past mistakes. On that count, President Obama's omission of classical music from his second inauguration ceremony on Monday (barring last-minute additions to the announced musical lineup of Beyoncé , Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor singing, respectively, “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country 'Tis of Thee” and “America...
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May 31, 2008 | Rick Schultz, Special to The Times
Conductor Carl St.Clair celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Stravinsky's once-scandalous "Rite of Spring" by having his Pacific Symphony play it well on Thursday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Music of other Russian masters -- Schnittke and Rachmaninoff -- made for a program of Slavic melancholy and cerebral playfulness, all part of the orchestra's Springfest 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Audiences at the Hollywood Bowl can expect a little more bang for their buck when the "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" lights up the Cahuenga Pass next weekend. Adding to the annual event's signature pyrotechnics, fiery, unconventional pianist Gabriela Montero will be making her Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This rising -- and eyebrow-raising -- classical music star, 37, is scheduled to play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 on the all-Tchaikovsky program.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2005 | Richard S. Ginell
Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Falla, Ginastera, Chopin, Liszt, Improvisations Gabriela Montero, piano (EMI Classics) * * * A 35-year-old Venezuelan protegee of Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero is a classical pianist with a big difference, one who can improvise on the spot.
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September 3, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special To The Times
Gabriela Montero, the Venezuelan-born classical pianist, is enjoying a hearty last laugh over those who once scoffed at her unusual ability to improvise. She's been on "60 Minutes." Her concert schedule is full. Her second CD for EMI, "Bach and Beyond," which consists of nothing but freewheeling improvisations, is a classical bestseller. Starting in October, she will be improvising live on her website, with free downloads available for three days after each event.
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February 25, 2014 | By David Ng
The civil unrest that has gripped Venezuela this month has swept up one of the country's key cultural figures -- Gustavo Dudamel, the renowned conductor and music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There have been calls in recent days for Dudamel to speak out against Venezuela's hard-line President Nicolas Maduro for cracking down on political dissenters who have taken to the streets in protest of the country's worsening economic and social conditions.
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