February 21, 1990 |
Unveiling its 1990-91 season Tuesday, the Orange County Philharmonic Society has become the first performing arts organization to announce specific dates at the new Irvine Theatre. The society's "Festival Series" includes performances at the new, $17.6-million theater at UC Irvine, scheduled to open in the fall, by the Empire Brass (Oct. 26), soprano Dawn Upshaw (Nov. 15), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Feb.
January 29, 2003 |
In 1987, Juilliard music school alum Judith Kogan wrote an unflattering book about her alma mater, describing it as a place of crazy-making pressures and intense rivalries not only among students, but also among teachers. "American Masters: Juilliard" (on PBS tonight) may not be the school's official response, but it might as well be. Producer and director Maro Chermayeff has created a two-hour profile that stops just short of being a glossy marketing tool, as if Juilliard needed it.
October 17, 1994 |
The Pasadena Symphony may not be the most progressive organization in the area, but it does seem to be keeping up with its orchestral neighbors. Admirably. Earlier this month, the mighty Los Angeles Philharmonic opened its doors with a telling survey of 20th-Century music under Esa-Pekka Salonen. This was followed a few nights later by a similarly adventurous repertory excursion by Valery Gergiev and his vaunted charges from the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg.
November 17, 1997 |
Damien Hirst, the young British art star and sensationalist who pots sharks and saws cows, has a new book out in England titled "I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now."
June 6, 2007 |
The return of German choreographer Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal after eight years; the U.S. premiere of a Scottish military drama about Iraq, "Black Watch"; and composer Stephen Sondheim interviewed by New York Times columnist Frank Rich will be among the notable offerings of the 2007-08 UCLA Live season.
September 24, 1992 |
As did most kids, violinist Robert McDuffie hated to practice. "But I enjoyed the applause I got at the (local Georgia) Rotary Club," he says. These days, McDuffie, 34, is getting a lot of applause, and not just at Rotary clubs. He has been soloist with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras. He has recorded with the St.
August 27, 1989 |
There's a mob scene outside Room 530 at the Juilliard School. A line of students clutching violins snakes down the hall for what looks like a four-hour wait. But at times the line has been longer. Sooner or later, serious student violinists will end up as a pupil of Dorothy DeLay, the instructor who has virtually cornered the violin-teaching market. Her students regularly win top prizes at competitions, get snatched up by major managements and are launched on the high-stakes concert circuit.
December 3, 1989 |
We are blessed with young violinists today; not just kids who play faster and more accurately than seems possible, but musicians who are personalities and risk-takers. Charismatic pianists (as differentiated from merely super-accomplished ones) being in short supply, the star fiddler is now the soloist of choice.