March 31, 1992 |
John Corigliano's First Symphony is proof that an important, shattering work can be inspired by the AIDS crisis. Roger Bourland's AIDS cantata, "Hidden Legacies," which received its premiere Sunday at Royce Hall, UCLA, does not fall into this league. But it did have an impact, if largely for reasons independent of artistic values, when sung by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, which had commissioned the work, under the direction of Jon Bailey.
November 23, 2003 |
Raising the bar for donor perks, supporters of the Los Angeles Master Chorale not only got primo seats for the group's historic season opener at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, they got a pre-performance peek at music director Grant Gershon's dressing room and the private garden he shares with Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Not to mention a second backstage visit at the close of the concert, or the gala black-tie dinner that followed in British Petroleum Hall.
March 23, 2003 |
Attention, city dwellers: Lawmakers are trying to lure you to rural America with tax credits for home buyers and help paying student loans. Areas with significant population losses over the last 20 years stretch from the Canadian border to Texas and from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, said Jon Bailey, who heads research and analysis for the Walthill, Neb.-based Center for Rural Affairs.
July 15, 1993 |
When people think of the transforming power of AIDS, they think primarily of the transformation from life to death. But Jon Bailey, artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, says AIDS can transform in other ways as well. For starters, it can transform the meanings of songs. Take the Stephen Sondheim song "Being Alive." "That's a real plea," said Bailey, whose group brings a program titled "Sondheim!" to the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday.
March 28, 1992 |
A lot of music has come out of the AIDS crisis, says Jon Bailey, conductor and artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. The problem with much of that music, Bailey says, is that "it's in the nature of a Requiem--it's not hopeful, and it's very self-involved."
December 17, 1998
When Depeche Mode targets its Southland stronghold, it's feeding-frenzy time for one of the most tenaciously loyal audiences in rock. On its first tour in five years, the English band logs four area arena concerts--all sellouts. * Depeche Mode, with Stabbing Westward, Friday and Saturday at the Great Western Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 8 p.m. Sold out. (310) 419-3100. Also Sunday and Tuesday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 8 p.m. Sold out.
April 6, 1998 |
The various Gay Men's choruses around America offer a happy and necessary reminder of how disparate voices can become one. The singers are not typically professional, not likely to be individually distinguished. But the polished result they often produce make these musical societies one of the last important links to a once glorious amateur tradition in music, a tradition of music in service of community.
July 13, 1991 |
When the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles set out two weeks ago on a five-city tour of Europe, the 80-member ensemble didn't know how they would be received in cities where homosexuality is either suppressed or the gay movement is in its infancy. But the historic tour by a gay American musical organization--with Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague and Vienna concluded successfully--has exceeded expectations, said artistic director Jon Bailey on Thursday.
December 21, 1995 |
If you're looking for that last-minute gift for the weird one in the family--you know, the one who listens to music when he could be watching TV--here's an idea. Gregg Miner of Van Nuys has produced an album of Christmas music performed on his own private collection of rare and exotic musical instruments. Miner calls his collection the Miner Museum of Vintage, Exotic and Just Plain Unusual Musical Instruments.