October 12, 1989 |
Henri Lazarof, composer, teacher and longstanding music personality of the Los Angeles area, doesn't like to talk in too much detail about musical philosophies. Although a prolific composer of orchestral and chamber music, he prefers to make down-to-earth observations instead of change-the-earth ones. "Tours are an enormous headache," he acknowledged when asked about the program of his recent compositions currently on a U.S. tour performed by members of the Chamber Music/LA Festival Ensemble.
January 21, 2008 |
Art circles buzzed with last month's news that private art collectors Janice and Henri Lazarof had notably enriched the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Modern art holdings with their donation of 130 works by major artists. With last week's opening of LACMA's three-plaza-level Modern art galleries, much of the collection is now on display.
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June 30, 2001
Violist Milton Thomas, 81, who was active on the Southern California music scene for several decades, and taught at USC from 1968 to 1996, died June 16 in San Francisco. Thomas had been in declining health since brain surgery in May, according to his former wife, Yukiko Kamei, who is also a violinist. The son of immigrants from Lithuania and Russia, Thomas was born in Little Washington, Pa.
May 27, 1986 |
Not all hands were busy stretching across the land Sunday afternoon. Some--enough to pack a downtown hall--were madly clapping for the Sitka/LA Festival of Chamber Music, the last concert in this series taking place at the Japan America Theatre. As if anyone could blame the applauders. After all, the appreciation being heaped on these musicians was not exactly undeserved.
March 17, 1986 |
In a potpourri of new and older fare ranging from ultra-stageworthy to rather pre-professional, the UCLA Dance Company showed Friday at Royce Hall, UCLA, just how flexible its standards can be. Murray Louis' "Porcelain Dialogues" (1974), for instance, made an immediate impact by way of its inspired choreography and the deeply comprehensive performance it received, thanks to a stellar sextet of dancers and an equally remarkable ad hoc string quartet playing the Tchaikovsky score.
January 19, 1988 |
Chamber Music/LA, a recent, ad hoc offshoot of the Sitka Festival, made its first winter appearance on Sunday afternoon at the Japan America Theatre. The program was dedicated to the late cellist Gabor Rejto, and a more glorious memorial would be hard to imagine. The central item on the compact agenda was the world premiere of Henri Lazarof's Octet for Strings, "La Laurenziana." It is a major work in every respect, three dramatic, clearly shaped movements running almost 20 minutes.