April 15, 2013 |
When Susanna Mälkki made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 2010 it was hoped - at least by me - that the Finnish conductor would be invited back to show what she could really do. She was. And Sunday afternoon in Walt Disney Concert Hall, she did. As music director of Ensemble Intercontemporain, the elite French new music group founded by Pierre Boulez, Mälkki has the inevitable reputation of being a new music specialist. Of the 10 CDs she's made, nine are of European or Scandinavian Modernist composers.
June 3, 2010
Carl St.Clair conducts Pacific Symphony Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (with guest violinist Leila Josefowicz) and 8 p.m. June 10-12 and 3 p.m. June 13 (with guest pianist André Watts) Tickets: $25 to $185 Information: http://www.pacificsymphony.org or (714) 755-5799
April 11, 2009 |
Esa-Pekka Salonen ended a Green Umbrella program Tuesday with a performance of "Floof," a small Modernist work he wrote 20 years ago for soprano and five instruments. It is a humorous score. The singer represents a sputtering computer trying to learn language and create poetry. But it is also music foretelling a compositional crisis. A young man is searching for his voice and doesn't entirely know where to go. Thursday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Salonen premiered his Violin Concerto, and it is pure, euphoric poetry with a singular sound and voice.
February 26, 2009 |
Four American composers have been commissioned to write new pieces for the next two seasons of the Pacific Symphony, the orchestra announced Wednesday. A choral composition by Michael Daugherty, to Carl Sandburg texts, will be a highlight of the orchestra's American Composers Festival, titled "The Greatest Generation," in early February 2010. Two weeks later, a piano concerto by Richard Danielpour will have its premiere with Jeffrey Biegel as soloist. Works by William Bolcom and Zhou Long, both highlighted in earlier American Composers Festival programs, will premiere in the 2010-11 season.
September 25, 2008
MacArthur Fellows: An article in Tuesday's California section about the 2008 MacArthur Fellows described violinist Leila Josefowicz as a native of Los Angeles. She moved here as a toddler but was born in Toronto.
May 1, 2008 |
CONTRAST. That's what makes classical music live and breathe. That also aptly describes Leila Josefowicz. The Canadian-born, Grammy-nominated violinist, a former child prodigy who spent the better part of her training at the Curtis Institute of Music while living in Philadelphia and who now resides in New York, grew up in Southern California. "California's a great place to grow up in, especially the suburbs [Westlake Village], which is a huge contrast to my now living in the heart of Manhattan," says Josefowicz (pronounced joe-SEH-foh-wits)