February 11, 1995 |
All performing musicians aspire to the condition of James Galway: He has a technical mastery so complete that it makes everything look easy. That this facility didn't lead to emotional detachment or casualness in the Irish flutist's playing, as it can with some superstar soloists, was the joy of his Thursday night recital at Ambassador Auditorium, featuring sonatas by Bach and Handel.
March 4, 2000 | ,
Onstage Thursday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts: a huge array of percussion instruments, two fishbowls, 15 microphones and batteries of speakers at each side of the stage. But not to worry--veteran flutist James Galway, appearing with the young Danish percussionists Uffe Savery and Morten Friis, who perform under the name of the Safri Duo, would offer the most mild, middle-of-the-road program imaginable. Musical interest peaked in only two technologically low-keyed places.
December 4, 1986 |
Who can resist the twinkly-eyed charms of James Galway? Not many, judging from the reactions of a large crowd gathered to hear the Irish flutist in a Philharmonic-sponsored recital Tuesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From the moment he strode on stage, called out "Good evening" and cocked his head waiting for the audience's unison reply, Galway had the crowd in his hip pocket.
March 2, 1993
Covering 25 million acres, the California desert contains some of the most outstanding scenic, cultural, ecological, scientific and recreational resources in the nation. There are towering sand dunes, extinct volcanoes, 90 mountain ranges, the world's largest Joshua tree forest, and more than 100,000 archeological sites. The Mojave offers the best wildlife habitats in the entire California desert.
June 23, 2008 |
As the summer heat and a sense of nostalgia permeated the air, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its 87th season Friday night with a stirring, fireworks-enlivened tribute to three new inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. All -- flutist James Galway, singer-guitarist B.B. King and singer-dancer-actress Liza Minnelli -- were present and ready to perform.
August 15, 2010 |
"Any asino can conduct," the autocratic Italian maestro Arturo Toscanini once said, comparing routine conductors to dunces. "But to make music, eh? Is difficile !" Now, try conducting a major orchestra without a rehearsal, as 23-year-old Lionel Bringuier, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's associate conductor, did in May. Or consider Leonard Slatkin's predicament last season when a reputed lack of familiarity with Verdi's "La Traviata" resulted in an ill-fated performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
January 9, 2000
Several years ago, I turned my radio to KUSC during its "new sound of classical music" era and heard a hideous version of Bizet's "Carmen Suite" played by flutist James Galway. When it was over, a familiar voice came on and said: "And now for something different. Some real music." For moments like that, thank you, Jim Svejda. Thank you. Alan Coles Long Beach