May 3, 1991 |
It has been 10 long years since Seiji Ozawa and the mighty Boston Symphony Orchestra last visited the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Then, armed with a bold and difficult program (Maxwell Davies' then-new Symphony No. 2 and Stravinsky's "Sacre"), the BSO played like a world-class virtuoso orchestra of our dreams. Wednesday night, a decade later--same hall, same conductor--the BSO sounded strangely mortal, distressingly so, in the second of its two programs here.
January 20, 1992 |
Frances Steiner seems to consistently put together intelligent, unhackneyed programs for her Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay. Saturday night was no exception: in pointed contrast to untroubled teen-age works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rossini stood the Study for Strings by Pavel Haas, written in the Terezin concentration camp shortly before the composer was sent to the gas chamber. Giving their first entirely classical concert in the new James R.
March 15, 1991 |
A program at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute at USC, Tuesday night, was first and foremost a tribute to the human spirit under the most difficult conditions imaginable. It was a survey of music by four composers who were trapped in the concentration camp in Theresienstadt (Terezin), Czechoslovakia, awaiting transit to the Nazi death camps.
November 15, 2000 |
There was a lot of history hovering over the Royce Hall stage Monday evening, and much hope as well. An international consortium of musical forces and the confluence of the 950th anniversary of the city of Nuremberg, the 62nd anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht terror and the 10th anniversary of the death of Leonard Bernstein have produced "Sounds of Healing," commemorative performances of Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony here and in Nuremberg later this month.
January 3, 1992 |
The first time composer Nick Strimple heard the music from the city called Paradise Ghetto by the Nazis, he couldn't shake the feeling it gave him. Although he is neither Czech or Jewish, the composer and conductor found the music from Terezin gripping and "emotionally very intense," he said. On Thursday, Strimple will direct members of the Choral Society of Southern California in a concert of choral and chamber music from the Czech city.
May 31, 2002 |
The Ojai Music Festival this year is concerned with "last and latest thoughts." For the main concerts tonight, Saturday night and early Sunday evening, the Emerson String Quartet will play late Beethoven and Shostakovich. A symposium, begun Thursday and continuing today, examines the nature of late work in general and that of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Strauss in particular.