January 9, 2008 |
Carrie Dennis, principal viola of the Berlin Philharmonic, has been named principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, beginning in September. A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Dennis, 30, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She served as assistant principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 2002 to 2006, when she joined the Berlin Philharmonic. -- -- Chris Pasles
May 10, 2008 |
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has canceled his appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic next Thursday through Sunday at Walt Disney Concert Hall on doctor's orders because of back strain. Peter Serkin will fill in with a slight change in program. Replacing Janacek's Capriccio for Piano Left Hand and Winds will be Messiaen's "Petites esquisses d'oiseaux" (Small Sketches of Birds) for piano solo. The remainder of the program, to be conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, will be the same: Messiaen's "Oiseaux exotiques" (Exotic Birds)
April 9, 1989
T here is some choice, but not much, in what violinists are asked to play on their audition tapes and at the ensuing live audition for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In both cases, applicants get to play a portion--either all or part of the first movement--from any of the following concerti: Mendelssohn Beethoven Brahms Prokofiev No. 2 Bartok No. 2 Sibelius Tchaikovsky The rest of the format is set in stone. Each violinist must play the following music : ON TAPE: Brahms' Symphony No. 4, second movement: Play from measure 88 to 102 Schumann's Symphony No. 2, Scherzo: Play from the beginning to measure 50 Strauss' "Don Juan," play from the beginning to the 14th measure after letter C LIVE: The first and second movements of Mozart's Concerto No. 3 in G major, No. 4 in D major, or No. 5 in A major.
December 6, 2008 |
A story John Cage liked to tell involved his teacher of Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki: "Before studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains. While studying Zen, things become confused. After studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains. "After telling this, Dr. Suzuki was asked, what is the difference between before and after. He said, 'No difference. Only the feet are a little bit off the ground.' " Thursday night Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Richard Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
March 14, 2009 |
There are wildly popular pianists (Lang Lang), beloved pianists (Emanuel Ax), deeply admired pianists (Pierre-Laurent Aimard) and charismatic wizards of the keyboard (Marino Formenti). And then there is Martha Argerich. She is our pianist of allure. She doesn't come our way often, but when she does, well, it's almost always all about Martha. Thursday night, she played Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and it was mostly about Martha.
July 13, 2009 |
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard usually doesn't go in much for guest appearances. "It's very rare that we've invited people into the inner circle," Gibbard said in a recent interview. "There's nothing wrong with doing that. Some people love to have 15 guests on their album and make the recording session a big party where everybody's singing backup or playing guitar. We've never been that band." The Bellingham, Wash., quartet, however, made a sizable exception July 5 during its sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl, bringing what Gibbard introduced to the crowd as "our 50 new best friends" onstage in the form of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.