August 26, 2004 |
Harry Bicket, one of the rising stars of the early music movement, has conducted here in the past. He manned the pit for Los Angeles Opera's "Giulio Cesare" three years ago. His performance was exciting but rushed -- perhaps he was in a hurry to get through a long opera and muddled production.
May 27, 2001 |
If you're surprised to see the same soprano singing the disparate roles of Pamina and the Queen of the Night, that's the point. Dessay's album argues that Mozart didn't make the vocal classifications we do today. For him, a soprano was a soprano was a ... well, maybe. Dessay is excellent in the pyrotechnics of the Queen (and other virtuosic roles), but less persuasive in the fuller lyricism demanded of Pamina (and similar heroines).
March 24, 2007 |
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will make its first European tour in more than 30 years in 2008, the group has announced, with concerts led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane in seven cities in Italy, Germany, Austria and France. The Feb. 28-March 8 tour, in LACO's 39th subscription season, will feature mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova in five performances and composer in residence, pianist Uri Caine, in two.
March 13, 2006 |
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is moving into the 21st century. In celebration of the composer's 250th birthday, KMZT-FM (105.1) is featuring a free download beginning today of Mozart's Serenade No. 6 in D major K.239 (Serenata Notturna) on its website at www.kmzt.com. Conducted by Harry Bicket, the 14-minute piece is performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and was recorded live at Royce Hall last year.
May 20, 2002
In addition to its typical five-program concert season in churches and museums, and its collaborations with other institutions, the early music ensemble Musica Angelica will bring two internationally known conductors to the podium next season for five programs at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts and to UCLA's Royce Hall.
March 26, 2003 |
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra's bid to place itself prominently on the Los Angeles music map paid off handsomely Sunday afternoon at UCLA's Royce Hall with a warm and personal performance of Bach's B-minor mass that reached majestic heights. Music director Michael Eagan had turned over conducting duties to British guest Harry Bicket, who cannily gauged dynamics and expressivity, keeping the lines alive and full of conviction.