November 26, 1998
3 pm: Music Now a full-fledged, critically acclaimed adult virtuoso, violinist Leila Josefowicz returns to her alma mater, the Colburn School of Performing Arts, to appear on the Alumni Series this week. Assisted by her longtime partner, pianist John Novacek, Josefowicz will play music by Schubert, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and Vieuxtemps. * Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek play in the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., 3 p.m. $10-$20. (213) 621-2200.
May 5, 1997 |
Just seven weeks ago, a touring orchestra arrived at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with those familiar favorites, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, placed safely on the menu like a hamburger and fries. Friday night, at the same venue, there they were again, touring orchestra, hamburger and fries, the only difference being the orchestra. This time it was the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by its founder, Sir Neville Marriner.
September 7, 1996 |
An over-familiar symphonic masterwork and a practically forgotten violin concerto dominated the bill on the Thursday night program at the Hollywood Bowl. What they shared was brilliant playing by the resident Los Angeles Philharmonic, led for the second time this week by guest conductor Libor Pesek. Dvorak's ubiquitous "New World" Symphony closed the evening brightly, in as immaculate a reading as one could remember.
September 5, 1996 |
Strong playing and undistinguished conducting marked the first of two collaborations this week between the Los Angeles Philharmonic and podium guest Libor Pesek. Tuesday night, the most eventful happenings in the Hollywood Bowl seemed to take place above the amphitheater rather than on its famous stage: No fewer than four noisy aircraft intruded on the slow movement in Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto.
March 11, 2002 |
Even in a season when many programs have been altered due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the reshuffling of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's lineup at the Alex Theatre on Saturday night was unusually thorough. William Bolcom's "Commedia" for (almost)18th century orchestra (so the title says) was originally supposed to kick off the season-opener last Sept. 22. But after Sept. 11, the piece suddenly disappeared from the program, only to resurface Saturday.
May 23, 1998 |
At 20, Leila Josefowicz is a virtuoso violinist who almost has it all: an imperturbable and effortless technique that enables her to tackle any masterwork of the repertory with confidence; a native musicality sensitive to many styles; a command of the stage and of her resources that immediately puts an audience at its ease. What she does not possess, as shown in recital with pianist John Novacek in Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Thursday night, is strong individuality.
December 21, 1987 |
Christmas arrived with all its splendor at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Friday night in a festive program featuring singer-actress Shirley Jones with the Pacific Symphony and the Orange County Choral Conductors' Guild Massed Chorus. Maybe there was something strange about sitting in that vast monument to material achievement, listening to a richly dressed collection of singers and musicians perform songs celebrating the life of a penniless carpenter.
February 11, 1995 |
It seemed like a gathering of friends, at Jaime Laredo's second week visit to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which began Thursday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Laredo, a successful violinist-violist who over the decades has added to his musical expertise an admirable competency in conducting chamber orchestras, invited his student from the Curtis Institute, Californian Leila Josefowicz, to share soloist duties with her teacher.
December 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles' increasing reputation as a capital for new classical music got further confirmation from the Grammy Awards on Friday night. Five recordings that involve the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Santa Monica new music series Jacaranda, the Piano Spheres pianist Gloria Cheng and the Ojai Festival received a total of seven nominations in five categories. It is a particularly big year for the L.A. Phil's conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen. His recording of Witold Lutoslawski's First Symphony with his former orchestra, released in a Salonen/L.A.