September 4, 1994 |
Everything about the performance seemed natural, confident, vibrant, at the British premiere of John Adams' Violin Concerto recently given by the London Symphony Orchestra. Of course, there were backstage tensions. The composer, himself a conductor, later confessed that the desire to conduct his own music has become so strong that he had to hold his arm down like Dr. Strangelove.
May 29, 2005 |
It is not easy to find the UC Santa Cruz Music Center without help, and it is not easy to find help. And maybe that is as it should be. The performance at the University's Music Hall three weeks ago was billed as a "preview of the world premiere" of a symphonic work, "Manzanar: An American Story" -- a work that will be performed again Thursday night at UCLA. This is not an easy subject. This has not been an easy project.
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.
February 28, 2004 |
Will Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano add the Montreal Symphony to his list of duties? The Canadian press thinks so. But Nagano and orchestra officials are keeping mum. Citing a story that appeared earlier in Montreal's French daily Le Devoir, the Montreal Gazette said Friday that Nagano so wowed musicians and audiences when he led the orchestra in January 2003 that he's become the prime candidate to take over the post left empty when Charles Dutoit left almost two years ago.
February 4, 2003 |
Kent Nagano, the principal conductor of the German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and of Los Angeles Opera, will take over as musical director of Munich's Bavarian State Opera in 2006, officials said Monday. It wasn't immediately clear whether Nagano would continue in Berlin after his contract expires at the end of the 2005-06 season.
June 12, 2005 |
EXPLAINING his reason for including three composers in his project to create a narrative symphonic work about the experiences of Japanese Americans in the World War II internment camp Manzanar -- a work he conducted at UCLA this month -- Kent Nagano told The Times that he felt the context was broad. There were many stories to relate, he well knew, his parents and grandparents having been among those interned, and he liked the idea of more than one musical point of view.
July 17, 1986 |
Even with an orchestra clearly friendly to its guest conductor, an amplification system turned up to its loudest setting and a certain rapport between all participants, the debut appearances of conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Ursula Oppens in Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night still proved undistinguished.
March 3, 2004 |
Confirming speculation published last week, the Montreal Symphony on Tuesday named Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano its new music director starting in 2006. For the next two seasons, the 52-year-old conductor will serve as music advisor to the orchestra, developing its programming and leading at least four concerts each season. "It's very exciting news," Nagano said Tuesday by telephone from Montreal.
September 7, 2001 |
The Los Angeles Opera may be boasting about the dawn of a new era--the first season planned by Placido Domingo having just opened Wednesday night with a new production of the company's first Russian opera, Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades"--but that doesn't mean that its three most important artists for the opening weeks are actually going to stick around through them.