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June 5, 2004
UC Santa Cruz says it has received $10,000 each from two foundations established by members of the rock group the Grateful Dead to help preserve the archive of the late composer Lou Harrison. The money will be used to pay remaining taxes and legal costs so that none of the archival materials stored at the university library will have to be sold, the school said. Harrison, best known for his pioneering fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, died in February 2003.
March 9, 1988 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Because the adventurous CalArts New Twentieth Century Players have joined the more conservative Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group under "The Green Umbrella," there's not much of a paradox in a program labeled "California Iconoclasts." But when the concert is dominated by elder masters--John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow and Lou Harrison--as it was Monday at the Japan America Theatre, one worries about the health of the apprentice iconoclasts. Can it be that the terrain already has been covered?
January 4, 1998 | Mark Swed
Lou Harrison, California's musical patriarch and one of the most infectious composers of the century, turned 80 last year and was honored near and far. Still, his music, so full of sunrises and rainbows, so jubilantly eclectic, so sweetly melodic, is still scantily represented on CD. Here, though, is a small treasure chest.
May 4, 1987 | JOHN HENKEN
Lou Harrison is one of those rare composers with a mind and ears open to all the music around him, in a truly global sense. At the same time, he is not just an eclectically inspired American exotic, but a creator of highly personal stamp as well. Harrison, who will be 70 on May 14, has been a longtime resident of California. Saturday evening, he attended a celebratory concert of his music at CalArts, which he introduced with brief, pertinent, good-humored remarks.
May 14, 2006 | Eva Soltes, Special to The Times
Beginning Friday, the Pacific Symphony will devote its sixth American Composers Festival to the beloved iconoclast Lou Harrison, who died at 85 in 2003. Filmmaker, arts presenter and dancer Eva Soltes, a longtime friend of Harrison, is now completing a documentary about him. Here she shares some of her memories. * LOU HARRISON wore cheap rubber shoes, spent a lot of money buying beautifully bound books and had a deep belly laugh like Santa's -- which I sorely miss.
June 1, 2013 | By Barbara Isenberg
NEW YORK - You hear choreographer Mark Morris before you see him. He's humming as he approaches his front door, maybe a Tchaikovsky fragment, maybe something else. He doesn't even know he's humming, much less what it is, he says later, "but people know I'm coming, like belling the cat. I'd make a bad spy. " But given his passion for music, all kinds of music, Morris should make a good music director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Music is as embedded in his spirit as dance, he says a million ways, and any doubters can only take a look at the eclectic and packed schedule he's put together.
October 20, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
A Lou Harrison craze has appeared frustratingly just around the corner ever since this poster boy for gorgeous nonconformist California music died in 2003. Friday night Jacaranda, Santa Monica's new music series, opened its new season with a half-Harrison program featuring his music for Western instruments and Javanese gamelan. In two weeks' time, the Los Angeles Master Chorale will present another half-Harrison program when it performs "La Koro Sutro" at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
February 11, 2007 | Chloe Veltman, Special to The Times
COMPOSERS quite often pull frayed scores out of their desk drawers, but for Lou Harrison, tinkering with his opera "Young Caesar" was a four-decade journey that continued even after he died.
June 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Lou Harrison, the quintessential California composer -- vastly eclectic, Pacific-Rim-prescient, prolific maverick, visionary, seeker or pleasure and profundity -- liked to describe his musical interests by saying he spread his toys over a wide acreage. The 67th annual Ojai Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, focuses on Harrison (who died in 2003) and his world thanks to the efforts of choreographer Mark Morris, long a Harrison champion and this year's unusual choice for music director.
Composer Lou Harrison returns to Ventura County this weekend as guest of honor in the "Indonesia Alive!" program. There's a difference, though. In May 1997, Harrison turned 80 and was the recipient of the attendant hoopla when a well-known living composer--that rare breed in our culture--chalks up another decade. Toasts and tribute concerts took place around the world. Since then, Harrison has moved up a few notches more in the ranks of acclaim and name recognition.
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