September 8, 2008 |
LA JOLLA -- The story of early rock 'n' roll is a truly American tale. The music probably wouldn't have been possible if not for the proximity of people from diverse backgrounds, overhearing each other and appropriating what they liked. Yet if America in the late 1940s and early '50s was beginning to come together in music, the country, in most other ways, remained deeply divided. "Memphis" -- a musical being given an exuberant, high-gloss staging at La Jolla Playhouse -- looks back on this time and finds a message at once chilling and full of hope.
September 17, 2006
I was listening to "West of the West" when I opened my Sunday Times to find the brief interview with Dave Alvin by Barbara Isenberg ("'West of the West,'" Aug. 27). On every record, Alvin brilliantly captures not only what's been lost in California, but also the great beauty that remains. He elicits thoughtful reflection and pure rock 'n' roll joy. I count him among my musical heroes. That he is a native Californian only reinforces the notion about how cool our state really is. Charlene Ahern Pacific Palisades
January 18, 2008 |
"Shrek, the Musical" will launch Aug. 14 to Sept. 21 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre before its Broadway debut in November -- date, venue and cast to be announced. Based on William Steig's book and DreamWorks' first "Shrek" film, the show features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and music by Jeanine Tesori. "I'm very pleased with how it's coming along," says "Avenue Q's" Jason Moore, who will direct. And although critics panned Disney's "The Little Mermaid" after its Broadway bow last week, Moore doesn't think animation-based fare is losing appeal.
March 18, 2004
In response to Steve Hochman's article about the Silverlake Music Conservatory ["The Real School of Rock," March 11], I would like to say that the two public schools that educated Dean Tambling, the student featured in the article, have been unjustly described by Tambling as "run-of-the-mill." During a recent off-track session at North Hollywood High School, where Tambling is a student, my son was enrolled in daily classes for jazz band, marching band, concert band and orchestra, and practiced for the spring musical's orchestra -- at no cost to his parent.
April 15, 1989 |
In the performed arts, substance and seriousness are not enough, as listeners at the Thursday night subscription concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center found out, again. With Debussy's languid but demanding "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune" as the curtain-raiser, two large-scale works--contrasting concertos, actually--dominated Andre Previn's latest Philharmonic program (repeated Friday night and Sunday afternoon). Before intermission, the subscribers heard the local premiere of Steven Stucky's recent Concerto for Orchestra; after, Brahms' Second Piano Concerto, with Horacio Gutierrez the soloist.