May 7, 1996 |
Ending its 41st season Sunday afternoon in Thorne Hall at Occidental College, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra bade farewell to its music director of the last three seasons. Showing the value of her YMF tenure, Lara Webber conducted an exposing program deftly.
August 1, 1998 |
Thursday evening the first International Laureates Chamber Music Festival, presented by the locally based Young Artists International, got underway with a motley but richly rewarding concert at the William Clark Memorial Library. A traveling event designed to showcase young musicians making the transition from the competition circuit to concert careers, the festival has at least succeeded in finding talent.
October 23, 2003 |
The people who will use the Walt Disney Concert Hall most are the Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians. In the 100-plus orchestra, players span several generations and nationalities, having come from such places as Russia, China, Japan, Canada, Latvia and the United States. Tamara Chernyak a first violinist Tamara Chernyak was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) where, at the age of 5, she picked up the fiddle.
May 15, 2008 |
A Bach cantata contemplating the joys of life beyond death seems an odd bedfellow for romantic music by Reinecke, Schumann and Schubert. And, in fact, it didn't quite fit stylistically or thematically in a chamber music program played by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and two guests Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But it provided an opportunity to appreciate at least one orchestra member who might otherwise not be showcased.
December 5, 2012 |
Every sound in Witold Lutoslawski's exquisitely made music seems there for a purpose, although what that purpose is can be hard to say. One thing in the Polish composer's scores generally leads to another, but why can be another conundrum. The music represents a world meant, for whatever reason, to be as it is. The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group's glorious Green Umbrella concert Tuesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall was Lutoslawski themed. The two Lutoslawski pieces played included the luminous late song cycle "Chantefleurs et Chantefables," which the L.A. Phil was first to record in 1994, the year the composer died and four years after it was written.
July 26, 1998 |
Starting a music festival can be arduous, intimidating business, but it can also be tinged with the excitement of a new beginning. Just ask Laura Schmieder, who, with her husband, Eduard, is launching the inaugural International Laureates Chamber Music Festival, with five concerts in different venues around Los Angeles starting this Thursday, and running through Aug. 6. As festival names go, this one may not be the most romantic, or the most informative.