May 14, 1989 |
Launching a musical career involves pitfalls and a mystique much like those surrounding the creation of a souffle. Should you fail to beat it into readiness or to present it at the perfect moment, it will sink, never to be resurrected in quite the same way. Last month, the budding career of 18-year-old Gil Shaham had an opportunity to rise to new heights. Opportunity presented itself as a severe ear infection that struck superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman two days before he was scheduled to play a six-concerto, three-night marathon with the London Symphony Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall.
October 30, 2008 |
Leon Botstein is a can-do conductor eager to get a bright sound out of almost any orchestra, even the moody Jerusalem Symphony. So Tuesday night, Botstein -- who juggles a music directorship in the Israeli capital with his other day jobs as president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra -- attempted to turn on the lights when he brought his intensely dark-hued Jerusalem band to Royce Hall for a UCLA Live concert. Considerable energy was required.
July 10, 2003
The 30th anniversary of the release of "Enter the Dragon" -- and the untimely death of the film's star, Bruce Lee -- will be commemorated Saturday and Sunday at the First Official Bruce Lee Convention at the Burbank Airport Hilton. Martial arts stars and members of Lee's family will appear. Leon Botstein, conductor of the New York-based American Symphony, will become music director of the Jerusalem Symphony this fall. Botstein, 56, will continue to lead the New York group.
August 16, 1990 |
Foster Heads to Aspen Hills: Announced Tuesday as the ninth music director in the 42-year history of the Aspen Music Festival and School, American conductor Lawrence Foster said Wednesday, "This job means more to me than any other in this country." Foster has visited the festival almost every year since 1955, when he first attended as a 14-year-old piano student. The Los Angeles-born Foster, now 48, just completed his last season as music director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.
November 5, 1995 |
BRIEFLY: Russian conductor and founder of the Russian National Orchestra Mikhail Pletnev, in town this week to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in four performances of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Sixth, will be honored at a private reception on Sunday afternoon by the California-based Russian Arts Foundation.
June 10, 1988 |
No one ever warned David Amos that the widely touted San Diego climate was not particularly favorable to orchestra conductors. Over the past two years, both the music director and the resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony decamped unceremoniously, and a pair of young, aspiring conductors watched their chamber orchestras drown in a sea of red ink.