June 28, 1998
Thank you for Josef Woodard's interview with Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Laurence Rosenthal and Leonard Rosenman ("Scoring Some More Respect," June 14). Respect begins at home, however. One shudders to think of the editorial hatchet-job that was performed to cram the ideas of these four illustrious composers into a two-page article. Each of them merits more than that space in his own right, and The Times is long overdue in this regard. JANE BROCKMAN Santa Monica
September 12, 1998
Josef Woodard's remark that the Budapest Festival Orchestra program of Aug. 27 was reserved for "strictly Slavic repertory" was incorrect ("Budapest Orchestra Explores Its Heritage," Aug. 29). Only Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dance was of Slavic origin. The Hungarian compositions by Liszt, Bartok and Kodaly have their roots in the Hungarian mode of expression. Hungarians are not of Slavic descent; their music and language has its own origin. FRANK J. PLASH San Bernardino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1994
Such a pretentious piece by Josef Woodard in Ventura County Life for Oct. 13, on the architecture of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Most American prisons have more outward appeal. But, of course, the Thousand Oaks City Council could have gotten a prefab design for $29.95. You have to spend the real dough to create an abortion. GILBERT S. BAHN Moorpark
April 25, 1998
As an ardent supporter of both the Monday Evening Concerts and the Green Umbrella performances, I would like to add a contrary voice to the generous review of "Cezanne's Doubt" given in your pages April 15 by Josef Woodard. What he calls "hypnotic" I call "tedious." What he refers to as "mesmerizing" I call "boring." Indeed, the work seemed to me to epitomize empty pretension at its worst, musically speaking. And the video projection accompanying the music matched it in vacuity and lack of interest.
August 9, 1998
Bravo to Laura and Eduard Schmieder and their distinguished advisory board for launching such energetic and much-needed projects as the International Laureates Chamber Music Festival and Young Artists International ("Taking Young Musicians to the Next Stage," by Josef Woodard, July 26). Helping "novice artists with management, competitions, financial assistance and other administrative functions" is something commendable for talented young musicians entering the very difficult world of classical music.
January 6, 2005 |
Virginia native Jason Mraz's hard-to-describe stew of pop, folk, and hip-hop impulses caught many ears with the release of his 2002 debut album, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come." He's an odd mixture of indie-poppish singer-songwriter sincerity and jam-happy rocking, all spiced by the nerdiness of his musical theater background. With a live album released last year and follow-up studio album nearly in the can, Mraz continues to make the live rounds, stopping at the Ventura Theater on Saturday.