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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
The start of a new season is usually a celebratory time for an orchestra. But for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the past few days have been a major headache for management and ticket holders. Musicians with the orchestra have been on strike since Saturday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said the disagreement centers mostly around wages and employee contributions toward healthcare costs.  Chicago's orchestra joins a number of other classical groups experiencing labor problems.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
A classical music event in Israel is expected to break the country's taboo on performing the music of Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer and a well-known anti-Semite. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week that the event, scheduled for June 18, will feature orchestral musicians performing selections from Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" and other operas. The event will be an academic symposium at Tel Aviv University devoted to Wagner, conductor Arturo Toscanini and Theodor Herzl, the famed Zionist leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Southern California musicians will gain a new avenue for exposure with the arrival of “Studio A,” a weekly television series spotlighting bands and performers from the region that is set to premiere March 4 at 10 p.m. on independent public TV station KCET and simulcast on KCSN-FM (88.5). Chelsea Wolfe will be profiled in the premiere episode, and Best Coast, Chicano Batman, Aloe Blacc, Run River North, Noah and the Megafauna, the Internet and Deap Valley are due in coming weeks of the series, which aims to showcase the diversity of the Southern California music scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Most of David Letterman's jokes come and go in moments and feature set-ups, punchlines and guffaws. He's quick-witted and thrives on snappy comebacks. But the late night host understands the nuance that comes with longer-form jokes too, those that take months and years to become apparent, as evidenced by the funny new super-cut of Letterman making conversation with bands after their performances.  PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Specifically, Letterman's been asking one key question of drummers over the years: "Are those your drums?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
After an unexpected outcry from musicians, Amanda Palmer has backed off on her plan to get free musical help for her Kickstarter-sourced upcoming tour. Palmer, a Bay area-based singer and composer whose work has attracted a devoted following, seemed interested in doing something kind of cool for her musicianly fans a few weeks ago when she wrote a post looking to employ ramshackle orchestras in each city. Her pitch: "We're looking for professional-ish horns and strings for EVERY CITY to hop up on stage with us for a couple of tunes," she wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. More than 100 pop, rock, R&B, country and hip-hop musicians are protesting Pandora radio's efforts to persuade Congress to reduce the fees the Internet radio service pays for playing their music, arguing that the measure would “gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon.” Katy Perry , Britney Spears, the Dead Kennedys, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Cee Lo Green, the...
SCIENCE
August 19, 2013 | Eryn Brown, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.]
Over 20 years or so of competing in classical piano competitions, psychologist Chia-Jung Tsay often noticed that she was more likely to win when she was onstage and audiences could make a visual connection with her.  "I could go into a studio and produce a really clean recording, but it didn't seem to resonate as much," she said. "The type of process seemed to affect the outcome. " So when it came time to write her doctoral thesis at Harvard, the researcher (and Juilliard-trained pianist, and former Miss Long Island)
BUSINESS
July 19, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The light bulb moment for Chris Kantrowitz came in the form of a broken disc drive. Sitting on a bus as it was rolling across Turkey on a concert tour in summer 2009, the 37-year-old Los Angeles entrepreneur watched singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz fire up a disc drive where he had stored a song he had been recording. To their horror, the drive was dead. "I started asking other musicians how they kept copies of their work," Kantrowitz recalled. "They were all on these old tapes and disc drives.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
About four times a week, before heading to bed, George Gaffoglio retreats to the upstairs bedroom of his Irvine home, where he settles on his couch, picks up his guitar and fires up his laptop. For the next half-hour or so, the 54-year-old sets aside his daily worries and dives into a website called ArtistWorks, where he plays along with instructional videos by Martin Taylor, attempting to mimic a British jazz guitarist who has collaborated with George Harrison, Dionne Warwick and other musicians.
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