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April 7, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Keith Clark, soon-to-be ex-music director of the Pacific Symphony, gave a first-rate interpretation of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 Wednesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The music of Mahler has always been one of Clark's strong suits, and those who left at intermission--after hearing 11-year-old violinist Leila Josefowicz--missed an impassioned, informed and informing reading of the composer's work.
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October 24, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This weekend both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony are reviving major scores that the orchestras commissioned and premiered for special occasions. Amid the final concerts of Esa-Pekka Salonen's 17-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he premiered his Violin Concerto in the spring of 2009. Since then he and violinist Leila Josefowicz, for whom it was written, have played it dozens of times all around the world. They have recorded it, and it won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award from the University Louisville.
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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.
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May 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
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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
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March 25, 2008 | Chris Pasles
Anyone shut out of Gustavo Dudamel's upcoming concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall will be able to tune to KUSC-FM (91.5) for relief. The classical music radio station will broadcast the programs led by the Philharmonic's music director-designate Sunday and April 6, both beginning at 2 p.m. This Sunday's concert will include Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Insomnia," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Simon Trpceski and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."
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February 26, 2009 | Mark Swed
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.
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May 1, 2008 | Michael Rydzynski
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)
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October 15, 1994
I was delighted to read about Leila Josefowicz's splendid playing of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Cerritos with Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields ("A Crowded House . . . and Stage," Sept. 27). But I must say that Marriner was not introducing this exciting young musician to Southern California, as reviewer Daniel Cariaga wrote. Among her prior public performances in the area, I am proud to count her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl debuts, performing the Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in September, 1990.
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December 1, 1998 | JOHN HENKEN
The truly heartening thing about the young musicians who have been trooping through town lately is not their technical resources--a given--but their sense of adventure. Sunday afternoon, violinist Leila Josefowicz returned on the Colburn Gold Series at Zipper Hall with a bracing program full of sharp and illuminating contrasts. In the first half, Schubert's sprawling but featherweight B-minor Rondo, D. 985, was followed by Shostakovich's grim and obsessive Sonata, Opus 134.
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April 15, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
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.
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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
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April 11, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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February 26, 2009 | Mark Swed
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2008 | Michael Rydzynski
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This weekend both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony are reviving major scores that the orchestras commissioned and premiered for special occasions. Amid the final concerts of Esa-Pekka Salonen's 17-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he premiered his Violin Concerto in the spring of 2009. Since then he and violinist Leila Josefowicz, for whom it was written, have played it dozens of times all around the world. They have recorded it, and it won the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award from the University Louisville.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2008 | Chris Pasles
Anyone shut out of Gustavo Dudamel's upcoming concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall will be able to tune to KUSC-FM (91.5) for relief. The classical music radio station will broadcast the programs led by the Philharmonic's music director-designate Sunday and April 6, both beginning at 2 p.m. This Sunday's concert will include Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Insomnia," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Simon Trpceski and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1998 | JOHN HENKEN
The truly heartening thing about the young musicians who have been trooping through town lately is not their technical resources--a given--but their sense of adventure. Sunday afternoon, violinist Leila Josefowicz returned on the Colburn Gold Series at Zipper Hall with a bracing program full of sharp and illuminating contrasts. In the first half, Schubert's sprawling but featherweight B-minor Rondo, D. 985, was followed by Shostakovich's grim and obsessive Sonata, Opus 134.
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