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.
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.
February 16, 1992 |
It was raining steadily when my train pulled into Montreal. Gray clouds pressed down on evergreen forests and flattened the hills, including the noble rise that gives the city its name: Mont Royal, the Royal Mountain. A porter carried my suitcase through the teeming station to an elevator marked "Hotel." In seconds I stepped out into the vast, elegant lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which towers above the tracks.
March 3, 1990
Lois Arthur's Feb. 3 letter regarding the "compromises" and lack of "coffee and cookies" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center made interesting reading. Mrs. Arthur stated she has "suffered midweek scheduling" at the Center. But in reviewing the 1989/1990 Orange County Philharmonic Society Great Orchestra Series schedule, 75% of the concerts are on weekends. Also, one third of the International Artists and Virtuoso series concerts are scheduled for weekends. At the Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has scheduled only 72% of its concerts for weekends.