October 30, 1985 |
WHEN ARTS COLLIDE--What happens when the Music World meets the Art World? For one thing, it gets very crowded. As it did Monday night, when, in a benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Joni Mitchell showed her paintings and several hundred music-industry types crushed into the James Corcoran Gallery. Backgrounded by Mitchell's new album, "Dog Eat Dog," Wendy Stark, who organized the event with Marcia Medavoy, chatted with Wallis Annenberg and Dr.
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March 30, 2001 |
The schedule for the ninth annual "Musics Alive!" series, taking place this weekend, might suggest deja vu all over again. The global points of focus, primarily on Balinese music, American composers with an Indonesian leaning and Polynesian music and dance, have been in past Musics Alive! programs. But who's complaining? It's also true that Lou Harrison, by now acknowledged as one of America's greatest living composers, is no stranger to Ventura County.
June 12, 1990 |
The music world hasn't exactly been going out of its way to celebrate the centenary of Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974). Too bad. Sunday afternoon at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the Cambridge Singers performed Martin's Mass for Double Chorus (1929) in a manner to remind every listener of the profound substance of the composer's output, and to do the group itself and its conductor, Alexander Ruggieri, proud.
August 9, 2012 |
A year ago Chinese pianist Yuja Wang was the talk of the classical music world after she wore a little orange dress for a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Some thought the mini-dress inappropriate for a symphonic concert, while others cheered the young musician for her personal style. Thursday night she returned to the Bowl for a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and delighted the audience with a smart purple gown and a memorable playing of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.
October 27, 1990
I felt compelled to give you some feedback to your article about the New Kids on the Block. I'm the parent of a teen-ager who dearly loves the New Kids. As a parent, I'm glad to have a group that sings, dances and entertains in a manner that I don't have to worry about the words of their songs. It is nice to have such a refreshing young group come to the forefront of the music world. LEONARD MOEDER Diamond Bar
January 24, 1988
I am appalled that someone who claims to be as informed about the music world as Robert Hilburn would neglect to mention at all a man who since the '70s and well into the '80s has been more influential than any other figure in music--Bryan Ferry. Whether the creative drive behind Roxy Music, or as a solo artist, he consistently turns out masterpieces during an age when most of the premier artists of the '70s wallow in their creative droughts. One only has to look at two of the greatest albums in rock history, "Avalon" (1982)
July 7, 1996 |
On a breezy Sunday afternoon, a young man steps from a limousine and heads for the building in Hollywood where he'll spread the word of the Lord to an eager gathering. But Kirk Franklin isn't going to church. The gospel music sensation is standing outside a Paramount Studios sound stage where he'll soon make his first appearance on "Soul Train." To church elders, it might look like enemy territory.
December 22, 1985
Robert Hilburn's fascinating record company exec survey ("The Big Deal," Dec. 15) immediately brought to mind the old saying "the music business is not the music world." Reading between the lines, one can discern an interesting undercurrent of confusion and panic among these alleged "executives." The truth is, they are utterly frozen with fear for losing their jobs over one false move. My message to those surveyed in Hilburn's piece: Give us some new sounds or dig your own grave.
April 27, 1996
I read with great interest Don Heckman's review of the Guitar Summit concert at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium ("Four Players, One Remarkable Instrument," March 9). He described Stanley Jordan's guitar-playing style as follows: ". . . he plays the guitar by tapping the strings in two-handed, piano keyboard style, [producing] sounds not quite like anything ever before heard from the instrument." Has Mr. Heckman been living in a soundproof cave for the past 20 years since Eddie Van Halen first introduced "tapping" and "hammering" to the music world?