August 8, 1987 |
Every so often, things go right at Hollywood Bowl--that is, as right as they can be under basically unfavorable conditions. Thursday night was one such occasion. The atmosphere was about as clear and dry as it ever is, the sound system was operating with a minimum of distortion and the performance of the Montreal Symphony conducted by Charles Dutoit could be appreciated at its full value.
March 3, 2004 |
Confirming speculation published last week, the Montreal Symphony on Tuesday named Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano its new music director starting in 2006. For the next two seasons, the 52-year-old conductor will serve as music advisor to the orchestra, developing its programming and leading at least four concerts each season. "It's very exciting news," Nagano said Tuesday by telephone from Montreal.
February 28, 2004 |
Will Los Angeles Opera music director Kent Nagano add the Montreal Symphony to his list of duties? The Canadian press thinks so. But Nagano and orchestra officials are keeping mum. Citing a story that appeared earlier in Montreal's French daily Le Devoir, the Montreal Gazette said Friday that Nagano so wowed musicians and audiences when he led the orchestra in January 2003 that he's become the prime candidate to take over the post left empty when Charles Dutoit left almost two years ago.
January 5, 1987 |
Outside the parish Church of St. Eustache, still pockmarked by cannon shot from a French-Canadian rebellion in 1837, police slow traffic to a crawl and point to signs reading, "Silence please. Recording in progress." The twin-steepled Catholic church, lying northwest of the city across the Milles Iles River, is the unorthodox but spectacularly successful recording studio of the Montreal Symphony. Nineteen recordings made in St.
May 18, 2009 |
Kent Nagano, who now commutes between the Montreal Symphony and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, has been a rare visitor to Southern California since ending his tenure as Los Angeles Opera music director three years ago. But Saturday night he appeared at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with a handful of Montreal Symphony players, two Inuit throat singers and a bassoon-playing bear. First the orchestra's second associate concertmaster, Marianne Dugal, gave a labored solo performance of the Chaconne from Bach's D-Minor Violin Partita.