May 20, 1996 |
Tightened concentration, not higher standards, becomes the main event when Pierre Boulez conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The players produce more compelling music because they are paying closer attention. Deep respect makes them come alive. The French composer's program as he opened the first of his two sets of weekend concerts on Friday--to be followed by side-events here and by a long weekend at the Ojai Festival--offered a standard-length agenda cram-full of ideas and cross-references.
January 27, 1988 |
You had to feel sorry for country singer Randy Travis. He won twice as many awards (four) as anyone else at Monday night's 15th annual American Music Awards ceremony at Shrine Auditorium, but he didn't seem to be having any fun. Though Travis dominates country music more than anyone since Willie Nelson in the '70s, he doesn't relish the spotlight--except when he's singing. The ex-dishwasher is the perfect stereotype of the shy country boy who suddenly made good.
September 25, 1995 |
It appears this presidential race has passed Pete Wilson by. California's governor drew attractive odds in the paddock but stumbled out of the starting gate and hasn't closed ground. That's not the fault of the handlers or jockey; blame the horse. The candidate can shake up his campaign staff. He can break up the infighting by letting a longtime, loyal political adviser walk off in a huff. He can cut expenses and stop piling up debt. But he apparently cannot change himself.
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June 10, 1995 |
The county's top prosecutor and other elected officials shared a podium with youthful offenders Friday to oppose state budget cuts that could cripple the state's youth camp system, particularly in Los Angeles County. The hearing, held at Camp Karl Holton, a juvenile probation camp in the Angeles National Forest north of San Fernando, was called by Assemblywoman Paula L. Boland (R-Granada Hills) in response to Gov.
October 23, 1992 |
An anti-nuclear activist who shattered a crystal eagle on a podium where former President Reagan was speaking pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with the Secret Service. Rick Springer told U.S. District Judge Philip Pro that he did not intend to hurt Reagan, who was hit by flying glass, when he rushed on stage during an April 13 speech by Reagan to the National Assn. of Broadcasters. Springer, 41, a carpenter and former child welfare worker, is to be sentenced Jan.
August 10, 1991 |
Prancing on a makeshift podium, an energetic woman in a black jumpsuit leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra through a rehearsal of Act IV of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." Conductor Susan Davenny Wyner encourages her young charges with a wink, a smile or by telling yet another tale of operatic lore. Hard to believe that a few years ago Wyner's life was in shards.
September 16, 2000 |
Hordes of music lovers--well, hordes, at least, in comparison to what we've been seeing mostly in this summer of 2000--attended Itzhak Perlman's second conducting appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night. The famous violinist's conducting turned out, again, to be pleasant but unexceptional, but the crowd loved it and cheered the performances.
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.