January 21, 2013 |
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...
February 19, 2014 |
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.
February 14, 2014 |
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...
May 31, 2008 |
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.
January 28, 2009 |
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.
January 23, 2009 |
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.