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May 15, 2013 | By David Ng
James Conlon, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, will pay tribute to the late conductor Colin Davis in a pair of concerts this month at the Festival de Saint-Denis in Paris. Davis had been scheduled to conduct the concerts, but the renowned British maestro died in April at the age of 85. Conlon is to lead the Orchestre National de France and the Choeurs de Radio France in two performances of Berlioz's "L'Enfance du Christ" on May 29 and 31. Both performances will be streamed live on Arte Live Web , which can be viewed in the U.S. (Arte is a European television channel devoted to the arts.)
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February 26, 1986 | From United Press International
The London Symphony Orchestra has announced it will stage the largest festival ever held in Europe, featuring the music of conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The orchestra will perform 10 of the 67-year-old Bernstein's works, including the Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story," plus works by composers he has admired or by whom he has been influenced.
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April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Colin Davis, the renowned British conductor who worked with the London Symphony Orchestra for many years, has died at 85. A statement from the orchestra said he died on Sunday evening after a brief illness. Davis was the longest-serving principal conductor in the London Symphony's history, having first conducted the group in 1959. He became principal conductor in 1995 and served until 2006. He also served as president of the organization starting in 2007. In addition, Davis had longstanding conducting relationships with Britain's Royal Opera House, the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
OPINION
November 13, 2010
When Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an electric charge zips through Walt Disney Concert Hall. It flows between orchestra and conductor, conductor and audience, connecting historic composers and contemporary listeners and subtly shaping the music. In a live concert, the audience, no matter how reverently silent, is as much a participant as are thousands of screaming, hand-waving single ladies at a Beyonce show. FOR THE RECORD: Dudamel: A Nov. 13 editorial said that tickets to Gustavo Dudamel's first concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic "sold out in record time.
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March 21, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
On Wednesday and Thursday nights, Valery Gergiev led incomparably great performances of Prokofiev's two great symphonies -- the Fifth and the Sixth -- with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The celebrated Russian conductor stood erect and looked imperious. He wiggled his left hand, as he is known to do when he needs more expression from the strings or simply wants to drive his more ardent female admirers into a frenzy, but not nearly as much as he once did. The wild man of the Mariinsky Theatre was not wild.
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February 26, 2006 | Richard S. Ginell
It might seem sheer folly for young artists to make new recordings of well-known concertos. They are competing with the great soloists of the past 100 years in a marketplace glutted with standard repertory. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," to take but one example, has been recorded more than 200 times. Still, we count on each new crop of musicians to keep music alive. * Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, Cello Sonata Han-Na Chang, cello. London Symphony Orchestra. Antonio Pappano, conductor and piano.
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May 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
The London Symphony Orchestra on Monday named globetrotting Russian conductor Valery Gergiev its next principal conductor, succeeding Sir Colin Davis. It said Gergiev, who has numerous international commitments, would begin a three-year contract Jan. 1, 2007. Davis, 77, who has been principal conductor since 1995, will become the orchestra's president.
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June 24, 2001 | JON BURLINGAME, Jon Burlingame is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Young composers are always searching for ways to get their music heard. The occasional concert performance, "vanity" CDs and cassettes, brief sound bites on their Web sites--it's tough sledding for most. Upland composer Peter Boyer, on the other hand, has achieved what most composers his age--31--only dream about. On Tuesday, KOCH International Classics will release a compact disc consisting solely of his concert music.
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May 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
The London Symphony Orchestra on Monday named globetrotting Russian conductor Valery Gergiev its next principal conductor, succeeding Sir Colin Davis. It said Gergiev, who has numerous international commitments, would begin a three-year contract Jan. 1, 2007. Davis, 77, who has been principal conductor since 1995, will become the orchestra's president.
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December 19, 1999 | Richard S. Ginell
Repin the Siberian takes a decidedly French turn in his latest pair of releases--one composed of French music for violin and orchestra, the other recorded live in the Louvre Auditorium with a potpourri of friends.
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