August 30, 2012 |
Conducting titles at the world's top orchestras are often convoluted and mystifying. In the case of Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a newly announced leadership change is baffling even by classical standards. For five years, Gustavo Dudamel has led the Gothenburg Symphony as its principal conductor. With his term set to expire this year, the orchestra said on Thursday that Dudamel is stepping down from that position and is assuming the role of "honorary conductor. " The orchestra said it has named Kent Nagano as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor. Nagano's role as artistic advisor begins immediately, said the orchestra.
July 7, 2010
James Patterson's publishing company says that he's the first author to exceed 1 million sales in electronic book delivery. The Hachette Book Group says Patterson has moved 1.14 million units of his books for devices like Kindle and the iPad. The big seller, by far, is the most recent: Patterson's novel "I, Alex Cross," which was published both electronically and in hardcover last fall. Since his first novel in 1976, Patterson's books have sold more than 205 million copies. There's no third-party monitor of e-book sales, so Hachette used its own figures and checked other prominent authors.
May 18, 2009 |
Kent Nagano, who now commutes between the Montreal Symphony and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, has been a rare visitor to Southern California since ending his tenure as Los Angeles Opera music director three years ago. But Saturday night he appeared at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with a handful of Montreal Symphony players, two Inuit throat singers and a bassoon-playing bear. First the orchestra's second associate concertmaster, Marianne Dugal, gave a labored solo performance of the Chaconne from Bach's D-Minor Violin Partita.
July 21, 2007 |
The posters of Kent Nagano on the side of the Bavarian State Opera are curious. One is a severe close-up of his face, pores and all, unsmiling, stern. Another is the same shot with "Hier bin ich gern" plastered over him in blocky red letters, like war paint. It translates: "I'm glad to be here." He may not look it, but in fact he is. The company is, at present, midway through its annual Opera Festival, which began at the end of June and runs through July.
April 8, 2006 |
Kent Nagano, who is leaving his post as music director of Los Angeles Opera to become music director of both the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Montreal Symphony, is not the only L.A. Opera veteran headed for Munich.
March 27, 2006 |
I doubt that many who attend "The Marriage of Figaro" know exactly what is going on at all points in its screwball plot. Yet Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, when Los Angeles Opera brought back its perfectly likable 2004 production of Mozart's opera, I noticed something unusual. As the situation on stage got more confusing, heads in the audience began bobbing less.