February 28, 2013 |
San Francisco's Kronos Quartet will play musical chairs this spring. A new cellist, USC graduate Sunny Jungin Yang will replace Jeffrey Zeigler, who is leaving Kronos to pursue solo projects and will join the faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music in New York. Yang, 28, was born in Incheon, South Korea and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum served as a mentor at Manchester, England's Royal Northern Conservatory of Music and USC, where Yang earned a master's degree in music.
February 26, 2013 |
Like the clang of the trolley car bell, the smell of baking fudge and the turn-of-the-century architecture, the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet is part of the fabric of Disneyland's Main Street USA. As part of a yearlong Limited Time Magic marketing campaign, the turn of the century inspired Dapper Dans will be performing songs this week by boy bands from the 1990s to today at Disneyland and Florida's Magic Kingdom. Billing themselves as the "original boy band," the Dapper Dans will sing a medley of "Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync , " What Makes You Beautiful " by One Direction and " Rock Your Body " from Justin Timberlake's post-boy-band solo debut.
February 22, 2013 |
The story of one of the greatest jam sessions in music history comes alive in “ Million Dollar Quartet ,” the latest Broadway show to arrive in Las Vegas . The musical opened this month in the Harrah's Showroom. The production tells the true story of the December 1956 gathering of four legendary musicians - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley - at Sun Records in Memphis . Sun founder Sam Phillips, often referred to as the father of rock 'n' roll, helped launch the careers of each of the recording artists.
February 2, 2013 |
Flight Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Feb. 5 "Flight" marks Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action filmmaking after a decade-plus of making motion-capture animated features, and it proves that Zemeckis still has the strongest visual storytelling chops of any blockbuster director not named Steven Spielberg and still knows how to elicit great performances from movie stars. Denzel Washington is stunningly heartbreaking as an alcoholic airline pilot who saves nearly 100 people when his jet malfunctions, then has to deal with the public scrutiny over whether he's a hero or a heel.
January 9, 2013 |
It's lunchtime at Punch Productions, Dustin Hoffman's company, and the Brentwood office is a hive of activity. As young female assistants scurry around offering up salads and beverages, Hoffman - in a blue button-down shirt, gray cords, running shoes and a pedometer - putters around, explaining his company's logo (it's based on the large-nosed Italian commedia dell'arte character Punchinello) and joking with a photographer ("You know why I look so good: extraordinary plastic surgery and a penile reduction.
December 5, 2012 |
[This story has been updated.] This year's Grammy Award nominees in the classical music categories feature a typically diverse mix of recordings, ranging from gargantuan undertakings such as the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle operas, to more intimate albums like the newest release from the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Among the more notable nominees are soprano Renee Fleming, the group eighth blackbird and composer Steven Stucky. The L.A. Percussion Quartet received two nods for its album "Rupa-Khandha," in the categories of chamber-music performance and surround-sound album.