May 30, 2010 |
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic Southern Californian landscape throughout the length of his stay made Benjamin, who was in town in his capacity as the music director of this year's Ojai Music Festival, feel as if he'd never left wet and windy England behind. More significantly, though, the journey to Ojai served as a spiritual homecoming for the 50-year-old composer, who has been closely associated with many key figures in the music festival's 63-year history.
May 3, 2004 |
The Metropolitan Opera says it has extended by five years the contract of music director James Levine. "Nothing could make me happier than to continue my long association with this great company and to build on all the artistic accomplishments we have made," Levine said. Joseph Volpe, the Met's general manager, said the contract had been extended from 2006-07 through the 2010-11 season.
April 9, 2003 |
The San Diego Symphony isn't commenting, but word is that the orchestra has named Jahja Ling, a 51-year-old Indonesian-born conductor, as its next music director. "We don't have anything to announce at this time," symphony spokesman Stephen Kougias said Tuesday, declining to speculate when an announcement might come. Would he deny the rumors? "No comment." Kougias was responding to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune that in careful terms reported Ling's imminent hire.
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October 1, 1999
Kenneth Wayne Robertson, music director, died Sunday at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. He was 53. He was born Jan. 14, 1946, in Greenwood, Miss., to Annette and Rev. O.B. Robertson. Robertson attended high school in Bakersfield and then went to Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., where he received a bachelor's degree in music. He went on to Cal Lutheran University and received a master's. Robertson was a soloist and choral music director for more than 35 years.
August 13, 1989 |
Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to succeed Andre Previn as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Times has learned. The appointment of Salonen, 31, is to be announced to members of the orchestra at a Hollywood Bowl rehearsal Monday morning, with a press conference to follow.
August 14, 1989 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic can breathe easy again. The audience can relax. We have a music director. The envelope, please. The winner is. . . (dramatic pause) . . . Esa-Pekka Salonen. If all goes as planned, the appointment will become official this morning. Surprise? Not really. He was a likely choice. Also a lucky choice, and a good choice. This man looks like the right man in the right place at the right time. Actually, he doesn't look like a man. He looks like a boy.