May 1, 1989 |
Micah Levy, founding music director of the 6-year-old Orange County Chamber Orchestra, will go to the Soviet Union to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of the State Symphony of Riga, Latvia, on May 22. Levy will lead the 25-member ensemble in works by Samuel Barber, Ernst Bloch, Aaron Copland and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The concert will be seen on Soviet television. During his visit, which begins May 9, Levy also plans to meet with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and to bring back cassette tapes and scores of his music for performance by the Orange County Chamber Orchestra.
May 22, 1990 |
The finest music-making at the latest concert by the Orange County Chamber Orchestra came in the bleakest piece, the U.S. premiere of "Musica Dolorosa." Written in 1983 by the 44-year-old Latvian, Peteris Vasks, the composition made a palpably sobering impression when Micah Levy conducted it before a half-capacity audience Sunday at St. Joseph Center. A prayerful opening reminiscent of Barber led to march-like pizzicatos and bow-bouncing a la Bartok.
January 29, 2000 |
As he proved again this week, when Yakov Kreizberg is on the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the orchestra is in good hands. The 40-year-old Russian-born conductor led the Philharmonic through a program of works by Beethoven, Peteris Vasks and Shostakovich in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night and, with strong help from the orchestra, produced convincing and authoritative performances.
June 29, 1999 |
For its appearance in the Brunch Classics series at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Sunday morning, the Miami String Quartet spanned three centuries of music, without blinking. From the Haydn trove, the F-minor Quartet, Opus 20, No. 5; the hum-along chestnut of Borodin's Quartet No. 2 in D; and a 1990s-vintage work added up to a balanced musical affair, and, likewise, the playing. Cohesion is the byword with this group, with no unequal strengths in the collective fabric.
January 28, 2002 |
Brilliant solos and felicitous programming came together during the first Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performance of 2002, Friday night in UCLA's Royce Hall. Pianist Robert Levin was the guest, joined in the spotlight by music director Jeffrey Kahane for the most famous of Mozart's concertos for two pianos. There were other bonuses as well, including trumpeters David Washburn and Darren Mulder, featured in Vivaldi's Concerto in C for two trumpets.
August 24, 2009 |
The highly accomplished polyglot string ensemble iPalpiti wrapped its annual Festival of International Laureates at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night, about a month later than usual. Aside from the late date, all else was in place for those who miss hearing classical music in downtown L.A. during the long summer months when the Hollywood Bowl expropriates the field. The two big works on the program have become iPalpiti staples in past summers -- the Concerto for Piano and Violin by Mendelssohn, who wrote it when he was 14, and Mahler's tasteful, tasty inflation of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 11 for string ensemble.