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April 10, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" is the most popular guitar concerto in the world. Composed in 1939, it has received innumerable performances, plus at least 40 recordings to date. Its haunting slow movement even surfaced as the lead track on the remarkable Miles Davis-Gil Evans jazz album "Sketches of Spain" produced in 1959-60 for Columbia. Rodrigo was never able to duplicate the success of his early concerto. But he certainly tried.
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September 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Four guitars lined up across the stage might initially seem to be two or three too many for some listeners. But not if those musicians are the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In its nearly three decades together (with a single change in personnel), the group has set an enviable standard for the range of repertoire, the craftsmanship of the playing and the entertainment potential of a four-acoustic-guitar ensemble. Friday night's program at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre was no exception.
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March 21, 1991 | GREGG WAGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have maintained successful solo careers, they continue to dedicate much time to improving their now internationally acclaimed ensemble. Those who have experienced their virtuosity and polish may wonder why, after a decade, the group now is trying to change its audience and appeal.
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April 20, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
This year, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has attained two milestones: its 25th anniversary and its first Grammy Award. So how is it celebrating? By going on sabbatical. "It seems almost ludicrous," founding member William Kanengiser said last week. "OK, we win a Grammy and then we take a year off. But it's actually playing out very nicely. People who have called for bookings have said, 'Oh, OK, we'll wait until March next year.'
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Four guitars lined up across the stage might initially seem to be two or three too many for some listeners. But not if those musicians are the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In its nearly three decades together (with a single change in personnel), the group has set an enviable standard for the range of repertoire, the craftsmanship of the playing and the entertainment potential of a four-acoustic-guitar ensemble. Friday night's program at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre was no exception.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
This year, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has attained two milestones: its 25th anniversary and its first Grammy Award. So how is it celebrating? By going on sabbatical. "It seems almost ludicrous," founding member William Kanengiser said last week. "OK, we win a Grammy and then we take a year off. But it's actually playing out very nicely. People who have called for bookings have said, 'Oh, OK, we'll wait until March next year.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
Re "Strauss With Visual Aids," April 14: The review of the Pacific Symphony's performance with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was so poor and inaccurate that I would question whether Jack Robinson was, in fact, there. He spent most of his "review" obsessing over the supertitles and said nothing about the outstanding orchestral performance. His omission of the excellent soloists, Timothy Landauer and Robert Becker, is upsetting. His failure to mention an encore in the middle of the concert leads me to believe that he just wasn't there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1992
Guitarists Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, and Larry Koonse will join members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Greene String Quartet in a benefit concert April 27 at Ambassador Auditorium. Sponsored by the Southern California Head Injury Foundation, the program will raise money to pay medical expenses for Barbie York, wife of Andrew York, a member of the L.A. Guitar Quartet. She is in a coma as the result of injuries sustained in a Dec. 16 automobile accident.
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August 20, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Latin Festival" was the minimalist title accorded the performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. A more accurate and descriptive appellation for the program, which also embraced performances by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Cuban vocal diva Albita and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, might have been "Spanish Music and the World."
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December 13, 2002 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
Because USC's Thornton School of Music has long been fertile ground for both classical guitar and compositional interests, a concert in which "Thornton Guitarists Meet Thornton Composers" makes good sense, a natural blend of available resources. Tuesday's program was the first of a few collaborations between the Thornton School and the Skirball Cultural Center, and it proved rich in both concept and execution.
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August 20, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Latin Festival" was the minimalist title accorded the performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. A more accurate and descriptive appellation for the program, which also embraced performances by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Cuban vocal diva Albita and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, might have been "Spanish Music and the World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2001
Re "Strauss With Visual Aids," April 14: The review of the Pacific Symphony's performance with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was so poor and inaccurate that I would question whether Jack Robinson was, in fact, there. He spent most of his "review" obsessing over the supertitles and said nothing about the outstanding orchestral performance. His omission of the excellent soloists, Timothy Landauer and Robert Becker, is upsetting. His failure to mention an encore in the middle of the concert leads me to believe that he just wasn't there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" is the most popular guitar concerto in the world. Composed in 1939, it has received innumerable performances, plus at least 40 recordings to date. Its haunting slow movement even surfaced as the lead track on the remarkable Miles Davis-Gil Evans jazz album "Sketches of Spain" produced in 1959-60 for Columbia. Rodrigo was never able to duplicate the success of his early concerto. But he certainly tried.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2000
"Shockheaded Peter," making its West Coast premiere, is based on a children's book, but it's definitely not for wee ones. This macabre staging of the 19th century "Struwwelpeter," Heinrich Hoffman's cautionary tales about disobedient children, is a mix of Grand Guignol, puppetry and Victorian melodrama, with songs by London's underground cult trio the Tiger Lillies. * "Shockheaded Peter," UCLA, Freud Playhouse, Westwood. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 and 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 p.m.
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September 13, 1998 | John Henken, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
The guitar--the original multicultural, crossover instrument--does not have a family tree so much as a whole family forest, with repertory to match. Some of the most interesting and flat-out enjoyable music and playing in any style today can be heard on the instrument, as a significant crop of new releases demonstrates.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2000
"Shockheaded Peter," making its West Coast premiere, is based on a children's book, but it's definitely not for wee ones. This macabre staging of the 19th century "Struwwelpeter," Heinrich Hoffman's cautionary tales about disobedient children, is a mix of Grand Guignol, puppetry and Victorian melodrama, with songs by London's underground cult trio the Tiger Lillies. * "Shockheaded Peter," UCLA, Freud Playhouse, Westwood. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 and 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2002 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
Because USC's Thornton School of Music has long been fertile ground for both classical guitar and compositional interests, a concert in which "Thornton Guitarists Meet Thornton Composers" makes good sense, a natural blend of available resources. Tuesday's program was the first of a few collaborations between the Thornton School and the Skirball Cultural Center, and it proved rich in both concept and execution.
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July 21, 1996 | John Henken, John Henken is editor of the just-published "The Hollywood Bowl: Tales of Summer Nights" (Balcony Press)
Postmodern ahead of the curve, the guitar has been an uninhibited eclectic throughout its history. Its Baroque repertory, for example, includes native Afro-Mexican dances as well as European court dances, to say nothing of drinking songs and military band imitations. Recovering and extending that multifaceted heritage is what the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is all about.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1992
Guitarists Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, and Larry Koonse will join members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Greene String Quartet in a benefit concert April 27 at Ambassador Auditorium. Sponsored by the Southern California Head Injury Foundation, the program will raise money to pay medical expenses for Barbie York, wife of Andrew York, a member of the L.A. Guitar Quartet. She is in a coma as the result of injuries sustained in a Dec. 16 automobile accident.
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