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Tonight, an audience will shove through a narrow, rickety walkway under ratty scaffolding to witness Lorin Maazel raise the roof at Avery Fisher Hall. For his last concert as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Maazel will conduct Mahler's massive Symphony No. 8, written to accommodate 1,000 performers and performed here with a still-impressive 351 musicians, choristers and vocal soloists. That Maazel will sonically raise the roof I have no doubt, because that is what he did Thursday night in the second of the run of four performances of Mahler's setting of the end of Goethe's "Faust," possibly music's most impressive representation of heavenly ascent.
March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
May 24, 2012 | David Ng
Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than 30 years, will be leaving the venerated orchestra and joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. Dicterow, 63, will begin his new job at USC in fall 2013, the school announced Thursday. The New York Philharmonic said he is planning to step down from his role as concertmaster at the end of the 2013-14 season. During the overlapping period, Dicterow is expected to lead some master classes at USC on a part-time basis.
December 30, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 29, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SPECIALS A Toast to 2013 Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are joined by celebrities as they look back at 2013 in this new special. 8 p.m. NBC New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music This new special serves up memorable performances by female artists from past “Rockin' Eve” shows and the archives of “American Bandstand.” Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host.
July 1, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
NEW YORK - Last month, Gustavo Dudamel ended his third season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a splash - a venturesome staged performance of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in a great space (Walt Disney Concert Hall) and the world premiere of John Adams' Passion opera, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary. " Friday night, it was the New York Philharmonic's turn. Alan Gilbert ended his third season as music director with a venturesome staged excerpt from "Don Giovanni" (the first-act party scene)
May 6, 2012 | By James C. Taylor, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Listening is very important to Alan Gilbert. It is not surprising for a gifted musician to have attentive ears, but to succeed as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, you have to hear much more than just the music. Before taking his first leadership post at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2000, Gilbert made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and since appearing on the podium of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1998, Gilbert has clearly been listening to what been going on in Southern California.
February 3, 1996
Saul Goodman, 89, timpanist with the New York Philharmonic for 47 years. Goodman joined the orchestra when he was 21 and played for a succession of internationally known conductors including his favorite, Arturo Toscanini. Goodman played the first performance of a timpano to be broadcast, and performed with studio orchestras for radio, television, motion pictures and recordings.
East German conductor Kurt Masur was named to a 5-year term as music director of the New York Philharmonic, effective with the 1992-93 music season. He takes over during the Philharmonic's 150th anniversary. During the 1990-91 season, Masur will conduct two subscription weeks and will provide an overview of artistic matters, including guiding the planning of the 1991-92 season and the audition of orchestra personnel.
June 3, 2003 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
After four decades at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic is returning to its acoustically blessed old home, Carnegie Hall, officials of both institutions announced Monday. Reached in less than a week of negotiations, an agreement between the 161-year-old orchestra and the 112-year-old concert hall calls for them to form "a single musical performing arts institution," they said, although completing the move will take the Philharmonic at least three years.
August 13, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Julius Baker, 87, one of the leading flutists of his generation and the first flutist of the New York Philharmonic for nearly two decades, died Aug. 6 in Danbury, Conn. The cause of death was not announced. Baker was born in Cleveland, studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and earned a diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After graduation in 1937, he went back to his hometown and joined the Cleveland Orchestra.
December 27, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 29, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY A salute to Peter O'Toole gets underway with the late actor's star-making turn in director David Lean's 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia. " 5 p.m. TCM "Scambushed" offers tips on avoiding pickpockets and others who prey on vacationers.
September 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The novelty at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday night was not the dance. Nor was it Diavolo. Curious as it may seem for so vast a venue, the Bowl once hosted ballet on a regular basis. And in recent years, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has revived the idea of choreography in the Cahuenga Pass, commissioning Diavolo, the acrobatic local dance company, to produce new dances to scores by Esa-Pekka Salonen and John Adams. On Thursday, Diavolo's artistic director Jacques Heim turned to Philip Glass for "Fluid Infinities.
August 15, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
You can't seemingly find a more insider composer than David Del Tredici, whose “Bullycide” was commissioned by La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest and will have its premiere Friday night in Sherwood Auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. He's won a Pulitzer Prize and been composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. He's on the faculty of City College of New York and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has been, in his music, obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Paul Revere” has been a subject of interest.
June 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Last summer the New York Philharmonic attempted Stockhausen's devilishly difficult “Gruppen” for three orchestras. Each orchestra has its own conductor. Music director Alan Gilbert sweated bullets conducting one. The composer Magnus Lindberg sweated bullets conducting a second one. Both demonstrated why the work is rarely performed. Only for the third orchestra did the conductor seem in his element and the music pop out with the arresting immediacy that demonstrated why "Gruppen" is a landmark of the 1950s avant garde.
May 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York has tapped a prominent producer from the world of commercial Broadway to serve as its next president. Jed Bernstein, whose credits include the successful revivals of "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Hair," is set to assume his new job in January, succeeding Reynold Levy, who will be  stepping down after 11 years. Choosing a commercial Broadway producer who has a background in marketing and advertising is a telling move for the nonprofit Lincoln Center.
March 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and later, ex-wife, of actor Richard Burton, Christopher would still have occupied an important seat in New York high society and culture. "She was very hands on -- as hands on a mother as she was a producer. " said Kate Burton, her eldest daughter.
January 3, 1999 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
When the New York Philharmonic arrives in Southern California this week for the first time in more than a decade, it will not bring with it any music by Mahler. But Mahler's ghost will hover, nonetheless. On Mar. 31, 1909, in a program at Carnegie Hall that included Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Mahler conducted the first concert of a newly reorganized Philharmonic. And he remained as the orchestra's music director for two busy years before a heart infection forced his sudden return to Vienna.
"It is very rewarding to be able to tour our own country," says a current New York Philharmonic press release, though since 1990 the orchestra has done no such thing, performing only in New York and abroad. This week, however, it repairs that omission, launching a short American tour that arrives at Costa Mesa tonight and at Royce Hall on Saturday. When Kurt Masur, the Philharmonic's embattled music director, talks about this West Coast visit, he sounds genuinely happy.
January 5, 2013 | By Rick Schultz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ever wonder what longhairs listen to when they let their hair down? Once upon a time, when conductors were regarded as remote intellectual titans, no one would have thought to ask. Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony, once described the archetypal image of a conductor as "this inaccessible person with an accent and an ascot. " All that has changed. At least since the 1960s, when Leonard Bernstein praised the Beatles and other pop groups, budding conductors have taken seriously the popular music of their day. And today's conductors don't care who knows it. One reason for the change in attitude is the Internet, which gives busy conductors easy access to different musical genres.
November 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Big changes appear to be in store for Avery Fisher Hall, one of the country's most prominent classical music venues. The New York Times has reported that the hall, at Lincoln Center, is scheduled to undergo major renovations and a redesign that would require the New York Philharmonic to relocate for two seasons. The planned renovations would not take place earlier than 2017, according to the report.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in photos by The Times Lincoln Center recently completed a major renovation with the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
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