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April 11, 2010
Jeremy Denk What: With the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Where and when: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alex Theatre, Glendale; 7 p.m. April 18 at Royce Hall, UCLA Price: $18 to $100 Contact: (213) 622-7001,
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
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April 11, 2010 | By Scott Timberg
Jeremy Denk is a relatively young, up-and-coming concert pianist acclaimed for his renditions of Bach, Beethoven and Ives. He's also something a bit more 21st century: "a wigged-out blogger," to steal a phrase he once applied to himself while posting in a Starbucks. His blog, Think Denk: The Glamorous Life and Thoughts of a Concert Pianist, takes a playful, sometimes contrarian approach to music and culture. One post defends Chopin's piano music from those who consider it "pure boredom in a jar"; another looks at the use of Schubert in the "Twilight" movies.
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October 9, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wednesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the probing Hungarian pianist András Schiff begins the third round in his three-season survey of Bach's major keyboard works suitable for piano by playing the six "English" Suites. Pianistic "purity" is Schiff's style, entering into the essence of the notes and their vast implications for expression and meaning. But when it comes to Bach, anything goes. Do with the music what you will. It welcomes abuse, loving or otherwise. And everything goes with Bach.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright  Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
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November 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Renowned choreographer Mark Morris will bring his signature modern sensibility to the Ojai Music Festival in June with a program that will feature pieces by Lou Harrison, John Cage and Henry Cowell. Organizers said Wednesday the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform at the annual festival along with the jazz ensemble the Bad Plus, pianist Ethan Iverson, the American String Quartet and pianist-organist Colin Fowler. The 2013 Ojai Music Festival is scheduled to take place June 6-9. As previously announced, Morris will serve as the festival's music director, a guest position that has been held in recent years by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and singer Dawn Upshaw.
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December 4, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they've never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance. The three great composers are among the characters in a new comic opera, “The Classical Style,” that will have its premiere on June 13, the second night of the four-day annual festival. They won't be singing their own stuff, but music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The librettist putting words in their mouths is Jeremy Denk, the pianist and recent MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner who's curating the festival as its music director.
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October 9, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wednesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the probing Hungarian pianist András Schiff begins the third round in his three-season survey of Bach's major keyboard works suitable for piano by playing the six "English" Suites. Pianistic "purity" is Schiff's style, entering into the essence of the notes and their vast implications for expression and meaning. But when it comes to Bach, anything goes. Do with the music what you will. It welcomes abuse, loving or otherwise. And everything goes with Bach.
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September 25, 2013 | By David Ng
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
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April 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The new season at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County will feature appearances by the Warsaw Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Vancouver Symphony, as well as by pianists Jeremy Denk and Joyce Yang, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The venue, which is the newest classical hall in Southern California, opened last year at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. The 2012-13 season is set to begin in September. Soka's symphony series will include the Warsaw Philharmonic, with pianist Yulianna Avdeeva (Nov.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright  Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By David Ng
Renowned choreographer Mark Morris will bring his signature modern sensibility to the Ojai Music Festival in June with a program that will feature pieces by Lou Harrison, John Cage and Henry Cowell. Organizers said Wednesday the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform at the annual festival along with the jazz ensemble the Bad Plus, pianist Ethan Iverson, the American String Quartet and pianist-organist Colin Fowler. The 2013 Ojai Music Festival is scheduled to take place June 6-9. As previously announced, Morris will serve as the festival's music director, a guest position that has been held in recent years by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and singer Dawn Upshaw.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2010
Jeremy Denk What: With the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Where and when: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alex Theatre, Glendale; 7 p.m. April 18 at Royce Hall, UCLA Price: $18 to $100 Contact: (213) 622-7001,
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2010 | By Scott Timberg
Jeremy Denk is a relatively young, up-and-coming concert pianist acclaimed for his renditions of Bach, Beethoven and Ives. He's also something a bit more 21st century: "a wigged-out blogger," to steal a phrase he once applied to himself while posting in a Starbucks. His blog, Think Denk: The Glamorous Life and Thoughts of a Concert Pianist, takes a playful, sometimes contrarian approach to music and culture. One post defends Chopin's piano music from those who consider it "pure boredom in a jar"; another looks at the use of Schubert in the "Twilight" movies.
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June 7, 2009 | David Mermelstein
The Ojai Music Festival has a long tradition of picking some of the era's most important artists to serve as its music director, a position that rotates annually. But though the festival has sometimes chosen more than one person at a time for the job, only once before has an ensemble held the distinction -- in 2002, when the Emerson String Quartet was selected.
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February 8, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The Pacific Symphony will try to relight a torch for opera in Orange County starting next year ? not with full productions like those that vanished when Opera Pacific went under late in 2008, but with "semi-staged" concert versions of Puccini's "La Boheme" and Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel. " The two operas ? casts will be announced later ? will be part of a three-year sung-music initiative called "Symphonic Voices," described by Pacific Symphony as "an effort to restore [opera]
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