April 25, 1988 |
Though John Currie and the Los Angeles Master Chorale finished their season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Saturday evening with reduced forces in two Requiems, there was nothing funereal about the occasion. Rather, it was a case of something old, something new and both solidly done. The new--relatively, of course--was John Rutter's edition of Faure's Requiem. This reduces the orchestra largely to organ and low strings, with harp, solo violin, timpani and some winds.
April 2, 1990 |
Listening to the opening chorus of Bach's "Passion According to St. John" Saturday evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the listener foresaw a neat and tidy, but dynamically restrained and emotionally staid reading of the two-hour work. It seemed that conductor John Currie wanted to downplay the tension generated by those trenchant dissonances that open the work and that adumbrate the painful drama that is to follow.
October 30, 1989 |
What does Gordon Getty have in common with Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster and George Gershwin? Easy. He is an American who wrote some music that the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia performed Saturday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to open their 1989-90 season. And there the similarity ends.
January 26, 1988 |
While the chorus sang, the band had the night off. At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Saturday evening, the Los Angeles Master Chorale dispensed with its companion orchestra, Sinfonia, to present a largely a cappella program. Important shorter works, principally from the 19th and 20th centuries, comprised the agenda, representing, in conductor John Currie's words, the "red meat" of the literature. Certainly meaty are the three Bruckner motets that opened the program.
May 12, 1991 |
A surgeon who led a team that removed a 180-pound ovarian cyst from a West Virginia woman says his patient is a lucky woman, but still faces many obstacles to a full recovery. Dr. John L. Currie, director of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said the 40-year-old woman is progressing nicely in the hospital's intensive care unit, where she was listed in stable condition last week.
March 3, 1987 |
It seemed a bit pretentious to call the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Sunday program a "Beethoven Festival." But music director John Currie certainly took a big, bright, festive view of four middle-period works, to the obvious delight of the audience at the Music Center Pavilion. Currie's approach to the Mass in C was well within standard big-chorus parameters, with scant deference to period style.