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July 21, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
A concertgoer at the Hollywood Bowl can feel planted in a field of foodies, a setting for fine picnicking being one of the amphitheater's major attractions. But on stage, bread and butter, meat and potatoes (choose your plain, sustaining food metaphor) are still the favored fare. When the names Beethoven and Brahms are on the bill, attendance figures rise.
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May 18, 2009 | Rick Schultz
Fans of Robert Schumann were in the right place with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. But the right time was the pre-concert talk, when rising 28-year-old pianist Jonathan Biss, in his LACO debut, performed four delightful Schumann four-hand piano works with Kahane. The orchestra's season finale, which included Schumann's Piano Concerto and works by Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera, began with the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' "Radiant Mind."
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December 10, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
In contrast to Beethoven's other piano concertos, the Fourth begins with the unaccompanied soloist repeating quiet chords, creating a kind of portal that opens onto a magical world. Few soloists have found the key to the other side as immediately as American pianist Jonathan Biss when he played the work Friday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by French conductor Ludovic Morlot at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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December 10, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
In contrast to Beethoven's other piano concertos, the Fourth begins with the unaccompanied soloist repeating quiet chords, creating a kind of portal that opens onto a magical world. Few soloists have found the key to the other side as immediately as American pianist Jonathan Biss when he played the work Friday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by French conductor Ludovic Morlot at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2009 | Rick Schultz
Fans of Robert Schumann were in the right place with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. But the right time was the pre-concert talk, when rising 28-year-old pianist Jonathan Biss, in his LACO debut, performed four delightful Schumann four-hand piano works with Kahane. The orchestra's season finale, which included Schumann's Piano Concerto and works by Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera, began with the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' "Radiant Mind."
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October 28, 2004
A Czech child prodigy pianist who grew up to be a composer embracing modernist trends and communist politics, Erwin Schulhoff was arrested by the Nazis in 1941 and sent to a concentration camp in Wulzburg, Germany, where he died the next year. As part of the "Silenced Voices" series of music by composers whose works were banned by the Nazis, guest conductor James Conlon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform Schulhoff's "Jazz Suite for Orchestra."
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April 24, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the perennial delights of the traveling Musicians From Marlboro is that they usually bring repertory not championed by standing ensembles. That was the case Sunday, when the current touring group from the venerable Vermont festival arrived at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall with a satisfyingly fresh and solid trio of trios. Brahms' Horn Trio is a genuine masterpiece seldom heard solely because there are only a few other reasons--Ligeti, maybe Krenek--to get such an ensemble together.
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April 3, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pacific Symphony will focus on contemporary composers in the "Year of the American Composers Festival," in its 2002-03 classical music season. The festival--which will be highlighted by a competition for new American music--will showcase the music of Pulitzer winner William Bolcom. Carl St.Clair will conduct the first West Coast performances of Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience"--settings of poems by William Blake that require more than 250 performers--on Feb. 5-6.
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March 28, 2008 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Jeffrey Kahane has extended his contract as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra through the 2011-12 season and will appear as the soloist Sept. 27 in the 40th anniversary season opening gala with the orchestra's first music director, Neville Marriner, on the podium. That first 2008-09 concert, to be held at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, will feature Kahane in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
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April 2, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
This is an unsettling time for the fabled Pittsburgh Symphony to be making a West Coast tour. Molded by the notorious martinet Fritz Reiner, maintained and enhanced by William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel and, most recently, Mariss Jansons, the orchestra has been led since 2005 by a troika -- Andrew Davis (artistic advisor), Yan Pascal Tortelier (principal guest conductor) and Marek Janowski ("endowed" guest conductor) -- each with his own repertoire and responsibilities.
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July 21, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
A concertgoer at the Hollywood Bowl can feel planted in a field of foodies, a setting for fine picnicking being one of the amphitheater's major attractions. But on stage, bread and butter, meat and potatoes (choose your plain, sustaining food metaphor) are still the favored fare. When the names Beethoven and Brahms are on the bill, attendance figures rise.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2004 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
James Conlon led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a triumphant three-part program Friday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As part of the important "Silenced Voices" project -- music by composers who perished in the Holocaust -- Conlon opened with Erwin Schulhoff's Jazz Suite for Orchestra, went on to lead Mendelssohn's Second Piano Concerto and closed with Dvorak's brooding Seventh Symphony.
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March 8, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
AN appearance by author Gore Vidal, San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas' return for the first time since 1985 and concert performances of Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" will highlight the 2007 Hollywood Bowl season, announced Wednesday.
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