February 18, 2009 |
In the latest event in the 70th anniversary season of Monday Evening Concerts, a cultural rarity occurred: A challenging contemporary music program drew a sold-out house to Zipper Concert Hall, in contrast to the typically sparse audiences at the series' old haunt, the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Monday's head count said something about the growing interest in new music in L.A. as well as the growing reputation of the late...
February 28, 1996 |
Normally, the L.A. Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series operates with no stronger thematic imperative than its new music focus. Monday night at the Japan America Theatre, however, the CalArts New Century Players' boldly performed program revealed something of a connective thread for the series.
April 22, 1988 |
Wednesday night in Bing Theater at the County Museum of Art, the California E.A.R. unit presented a program of six works written in the 1980s, plus a last-minute addition of Stockhausen's "Klavierstuck" IX. With the exception of Gerard Grisey's "Talea" (1986), there were few surprises. In "Talea," Grisey uses elements of serialism paralleling techniques in the isorhythmic motets of Medieval master Guillaume Machaut.
January 17, 1996 |
It was heartening to see a nearly full house gathered under the Green Umbrella at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new music series opener Monday night in the Japan America Theatre. It was even more heartening to hear a program this balanced, neatly framed, well-played and even timely--two of the composers were African American, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the concert served as a reasonable role model for effective new music packaging.
November 25, 1998
Valentin M. Berezhkov, 82, Russian diplomat, translator and author who taught at Claremont and Occidental colleges. Born in St. Petersburg, he attended Kiev University then served in the Soviet Navy. As first secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Germany in 1940 and 1941, he translated for Soviet officials in their meetings with Nazis, including the one in which Germany declared war on the Soviet Union. Berezhkov was detained by the Nazis in Berlin until an exchange of diplomats could be arranged.
March 10, 1993 |
The adventure continues. Esa-Pekka Salonen's second season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the orchestra's 75th, and the anniversary has sparked a series of commissions and two international tours, the conductor announced Tuesday at the Music Center. "I'm greatly encouraged by what's going on between the orchestra and its audience now," said Salonen, who will conduct 12 weeks of subscription concerts.