April 19, 1990 |
Away from the fast-track glitz of Los Angeles and Hollywood, kids are still able to be kids in Ventura County. But they can also make it big in show biz. There are plenty of talented young people in the area. Four Conejo Valley youngsters who have hit the big time have managed to attain the best of both worlds by balancing family values and adolescent pursuits with careers.
April 18, 2014 |
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
November 5, 2012 |
Elliott Carter, one of the preeminent American composers of the past century, has died at 103. He died of natural causes at his home in New York, according to his close friend and assistant Virgil Blackwell. A prolific composer who won two Pulitzer Prizes, Carter was a titan of the contemporary music world. He penned works for orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and singers. His music evolved throughout his career, with his best-known works marked by atonal sounds and experimental rhythms. Active until the end, Carter did not allow old age to slow his productivity. One of his most recent works, "Dialogues II," a piece for piano and orchestra, had its world premiere last month at La Scala in Milan, Italy, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
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 28, 2013 |
The music world is in mourning over the death of Lou Reed, the indescribably influential singer, composer and bandleader. He was one of the first to marry rock insouciance with high-art ideas: reducing the form of a guitar band to its absolute minimum, while sounding unprecedented and scary and occasionally even lovely. He put raw drones and white noise into the rock-instrument canon, and wrote about smack addiction and transvestism 40 years before...
September 29, 1988 |
It's an image of pathos that fits into American movies very well: A reticent teen-ager in jeans, with unkempt hair, who is constantly dropping his glasses, turns out to have the right stuff to be a talented concert pianist. In Sidney Lumet's latest movie, "Running on Empty," River Phoenix portrays Danny Pope, a. k. a. "Mike Manfield" and several other fictitious names. He is 17, in a state of emotional hibernation, and a mystery to his teachers. Yet he performs Mozart's Fantasia, K.
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
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.
January 1, 2013 |
Who will make cultural headlines in Los Angeles in 2013? The coming year will no doubt bring its share of surprises. But there are already some names that are likely to garner attention in the fields of art, architecture, classical music, dance and theater. The arts staff has selected a total of 14 names ranging from up-and-coming artists to well-established masters. Some of our choices aren't people at all, but rather organizations, trends or objects of art. In all cases, they represent something exciting or potentially newsworthy for 2013.
October 28, 2013 |
There was no shortage of recording of rock, pop and R&B music going on in New York in the 1960s, but as a recognizable music scene, New York definitely held a lower profile than those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Detroit, Memphis and a few others we might mention. That's an aspect of Lou Reed's influence that came to mind for Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli on Sunday after news of the death of the influential songwriter, singer and bandleader who first came to fame with the Velvet Underground broke and quickly reverberated through the music community.