January 13, 1996 |
More than a decade after his last appearance here, Christoph Eschenbach returned this week, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic through a standard orchestral program culminating in Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony. A hard-listening, only mildly cough-ridden audience greeted the German conductor and never even seemed to think about applauding between movements.
April 11, 1987 |
Sporting both that trademark red cummerbund and his penchant for delving deep into any musical score, Simon Rattle, principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, returned to the podium of that orchestra Thursday night. And did so with a splash. The vehicle of his return to the Pavilion of the Music Center this week is nothing less than Franz Joseph Haydn's masterpiece, "The Creation."
December 29, 2007 |
When Lorin Maazel conducts the opening of the revival of Wagner's "Die Walkuere" at New York's Metropolitan Opera on Jan. 7, it will be his first appearance at the Met since January 1963 -- when he was 32 years old. The company believes Maazel's absence is the longest gap between appearances for an individual in its history. "At that time I don't think there was anybody as young as I [was] in the orchestra.
March 18, 1988 |
Murry Sidlin, outgoing music director of the Long Beach Symphony, will assume the principal duties of San Diego Symphony resident conductor Fabio Mechetti, who is stepping down at the end of the current season, the symphony announced Wednesday. Mechetti, 30, said that greater opportunities on the East Coast offer more in terms of career challenges and musical fulfillment. In addition to his San Diego post, he is an assistant conductor at the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.
April 21, 2000 |
While a sixth-place finish in a CART race is generally cause for celebration inside the offices at PPI Motorsports in Rancho Santa Margarita, team owner Cal Wells III had to be a little disappointed this week. Though his driver, Oriol Servia, moved from 21st on the grid to a near-top five finish, it was another Toyota driver, Jimmy Vasser, who finished on the podium at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the FedEx Championship Series.
January 19, 1989 |
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shouted off the podium in Parliament on Wednesday as left-wing legislators called for him to resign when he tried to defend the government's tougher tactics for putting down the Palestinian uprising. "For our future, for our joint destiny with the Palestinians, for the soldier who got up yesterday and said, 'My education is being butchered here every day' . . . for all this, I say to you, Mr. Defense Minister, go!"
January 7, 1989 |
Los Angeles Philharmonic audiences have long admired the work of Heiichiro Ohyama at the stand of the principal violist. Thursday night, they finally got a hint of what he can do on the podium. Ohyama was appointed assistant conductor of the orchestra--a title he shares with the more visible David Alan Miller--in March, 1987. Since then he has been allowed to conduct a few minor events at Hollywood Bowl. He has played baton stooge for Victor Borge downtown and has led a student program at UCLA.
August 5, 1989 |
Antonia Brico, the formidable maestra who invaded the male-dominated world of symphonic conducting nearly 60 years ago but then was forced to leave it because of the rampant sexism of that day, has died in a Denver nursing home. The Associated Press reported Friday that the first woman to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Aug. 1, 1930) and several other major symphony orchestras died Thursday.
March 11, 1989 |
Mozart/Mahler pairings have become, however improbably, a cliche of symphonic programming. Kurt Sanderling's choices--as offered Thursday evening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic--showed greater imagination, but no more collective identity, than most. Mahler is almost always the chief beneficiary of these associations.
December 20, 1996 |
Don't call it downsizing when an orchestra divides itself in half and performs two different programs over the same few days--call it normal, at least for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has done this before, and is doing it again this week, taking advantage of two available conductors and giving the players a chance to perform small-orchestra repertory. Conducted by Joseph Swensen and Jeffrey Kahane, the Philharmonic plays seven times between Wednesday and Sunday in the split configuration.