May 14, 1993 |
The evening certainly began with a bang. Carl St.Clair, the ever-enterprising music-director of the cautiously adventurous Pacific Symphony, introduced his program Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center with some clangorous riffs and roars. But this was no ordinary event. It could not open with an ordinary fanfare. This was a rare evening devoted exclusively to music of the 20th Century. Even more dangerous, perhaps, it was an evening devoted to American music of the 20th Century.
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.
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.
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."
April 8, 2013 |
For its 2013-14 season, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica will present appearances by actress Patti LuPone, opera singer Bryn Terfel, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Los Angeles dance group Bodytraffic. Members of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will also perform in a concert during the coming season, which the Broad announced Monday. Leaders at the Broad also announced a new initiative designed to bolster the company's jazz offerings. A new Jazz Council, which will curate performances and events, will consist of Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Ruth Price, Jeff Gauthier, Joon Lee, Daniel Seeff, Luciana Souza and Ben Wendel.
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.