January 16, 2011 |
When David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion" had its premiere a few years ago, there was every reason for the L.A.-born composer to celebrate. Equally inspired by Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" and Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Little Match Girl," Lang's piece is a rare bird in contemporary classical music: a broadly accessible work on which critics as well as the public bestow their blessings. Minimalist in form and quasi-medieval in its sublime austerity, "Little Match Girl Passion" was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music and is being performed this year from New York and London to Nashville and Chicago.
December 13, 2009 |
The Complete Fairy Tales Charles Perrault Translated from the French by Christopher Betts Oxford University Press: 256 pp., $29.95 There's no reliable way to score the game, but it's at least arguable that the European fairy tale has been the source for more popular entertainments than any other narrative tradition -- more than Greek tragedy, the Bible, the Arabian Nights, even the plays of Shakespeare. The enchanted world has inspired works as various as Rossini's Cinderella opera ("La Cenerentola")
October 29, 2008 |
"The Little Snow Girl" is being dressed by a queen. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II on Tuesday unveiled costumes she designed for a Christmas ballet based on the classic Russian folk tale. The outfits are dominated by baby-blue traditional Russian dresses, cream shirts with flower motifs, golden head scarves and black Russian hats. Margrethe, 68, a prolific graphic artist and scenographer, has previously designed costumes and sets for several plays, including adaptations of stories by fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
July 20, 2008 |
Dear Santa, I know it's been a while -- 45 years maybe -- since I've written. I also know it's your off-season. How are the Hamptons? Those New Yorkers driving you nuts yet? Listen, I have a serious reason for writing. I'm here in Alaska for a few days and discovered a disturbing trend. Dude, they're eating your herd. At breakfast, there's reindeer sausage. At lunch, reindeer hot dogs. Dinner is reindeer soup or stew. I never knew they even served that stuff, did you? Did Rudolph?
November 22, 2007 |
We're so accustomed to the experience of entering a dark room to watch the flicker of light on a wall, it's easy to forget how inherently surreal it is. And when the images themselves are surreal, the effect can be mind-blowing. (No, that's not an endorsement of controlled substances.) This weekend, LACMA wraps the cinema component of its Dali-inspired series with a trio of "Surrealist Favorites From Hollywood" that work some strangely inspired elements into classical mid-20th century style.
July 14, 2007
Concert update: The band Silverchair has postponed tonight's concert at the Wiltern in L.A. and Sunday's at the House of Blues in Anaheim, saying singer Daniel Johns has laryngitis. The House of Blues' show has been rescheduled for Nov. 14, and the Wiltern for Nov. 20. -- Royal touch: Denmark's Queen Margrethe has added a royal touch to "The Tinder Box," a ballet opening in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens today: She designed the costumes and sets.