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January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
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October 14, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, DANIEL CARIAGA,
Abrasive, dramatic and emotionally resonant, recent works by Henri Lazarof are chamber music for the 1990s: deeply connected to the traditions of Brahms and Ravel (and others), but articulate of contemporary musical sensibilities. Like other composers of importance, Lazarof resists easy descriptions. And his music speaks with an urgency that transcends labels.
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December 12, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
In a single stroke of philanthropy, two scrupulously private L.A. art collectors have transformed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's holdings of modern art. Janice and Henri Lazarof have given the museum 130 works by major artists, LACMA officials said this week. The gift includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi's signature bronze, "Bird in Space."
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December 12, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
In a single stroke of philanthropy, two scrupulously private L.A. art collectors have transformed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's holdings of modern art. Janice and Henri Lazarof have given the museum 130 works by major artists, LACMA officials said this week. The gift includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi's signature bronze, "Bird in Space."
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October 12, 1989 | GREGG WAGER
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.
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January 21, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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May 27, 1986 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
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.
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March 17, 1986 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
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.
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October 14, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, DANIEL CARIAGA,
Abrasive, dramatic and emotionally resonant, recent works by Henri Lazarof are chamber music for the 1990s: deeply connected to the traditions of Brahms and Ravel (and others), but articulate of contemporary musical sensibilities. Like other composers of importance, Lazarof resists easy descriptions. And his music speaks with an urgency that transcends labels.
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October 12, 1989 | GREGG WAGER
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.
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January 19, 1988 | JOHN HENKEN
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.
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January 14, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Staff Writer
Gerard Schwarz put together a wildly eclectic agenda for his first Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra program of the year: a revival of Henri Lazarof's arcane Chamber Symphony (which the orchestra, under the composer, had introduced in 1977); Saint-Saens' irresistible and circusy Fifth Piano Concerto, and Mozart's benign, untroubled "Posthorn" Serenade.
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