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July 8, 2009 | Geoff Boucher and Maria Elena Fernandez
In the end, they brought Michael Jackson to the one place where his life always made sense -- beneath a spotlight and in front of his adoring fans. The superstar, in a gleaming gold coffin, was celebrated in a Staples Center memorial service that was beamed around the world and, like the icon himself, strove mightily to be all things to all people.
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March 28, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Now that we've got 3-D printers, shall we make a singer? I want Al Jolson for the base material, useful for wholehearted expression derived from curious cultural transgression (but obviously without the blackface). Add a tad of Ethel Merman to enhance that in-your-face quality. For technique and theatricality, of course, Callas. This may be the ingredient hardest to obtain, but you can never have too much Maria Callas. Nor can you have too much Cathy Berberian, who not only blended opera and pop but took new music to new vocal heights developing extended vocal techniques and who understood that sex is part of song in all genres and cultures.
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August 10, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
Usually when you go to the Hollywood Bowl all you need to bring are comestibles (cheesy or otherwise), an assortment of beverages (white or red) and a blanket. When the Los Angeles Philharmonic plays Verdi's "Requiem" on Tuesday and Thursday, discerning concertgoers will also tuck a box of giant-sized tissue and some smelling salts into the picnic basket. Why the precautions? When the Mass premiered in Milan, Italy, in 1872, one choir member had a seizure and an apprentice priest on duty reportedly cried for more than an hour.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Following directly on the heels of the potent performance of Verdi's Requiem by San Diego Opera on Thursday, the New West Symphony tackled this great work for chorus, orchestra and four vocal soloists. A requiem mass that is an opera in all but setting, Verdi's late score can easily take on different meanings in different contexts. These were very different contexts. In San Diego, the requiem was given the day after the 49-year-old company callously and inexplicably announced, without advance warning, that it would cease operations in less than a month despite no debt on the books.
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August 14, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
As the ambience at the Hollywood Bowl becomes increasingly casual and the facilities snazzier (there is a trendy new wine bar along with this summer's smart new outdoor furniture and upgraded audio and video equipment), the Los Angeles Philharmonic has found it necessary to flash a warning on the high-definition monitors before concerts and at intermission: "Be Good, or Be Gone. " But does the orchestra really mean it? Tuesday night was not a casual concert. Gustavo Dudamel conducted the first of this week's two performances of Verdi's Requiem.
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March 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -   Any college basketball fan worth their bracket fee will recall the many glorious years of the Big East, from the colorful '80's teams of John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca to, in recent years, the highly competitive games between the likes of Louisville and UConn . They'll also remember the inglorious end to what was once the strongest conference in the nation: desertions by Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC and the splintering...
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March 29, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
"Number fourteen, home " is an elaborate video requiem for the dead -- specifically for the great Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin but, by implication, for the entire network of cultural relations that made his work possible. Dutch artist and composer Guido van der Werve enacts a metaphoric lament for an era that has passed into history. At Marc Foxx Gallery, the 54-minute video screens every hour on the hour. In three movements and 12 acts, the artist performs a trans-European triathlon of swimming, bicycling and running from Warsaw, where Chopin grew up, to Paris,  where he died of respiratory disease at 39. Chopin was buried at Père Lachaise cemetery, but legend has it that his heart was smuggled out of France and interred at Warsaw's Holy Cross Church.
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November 20, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
In Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues," there's an account of a Bosnian rape survivor's story, squirmingly graphic by design. In theatrical terms, it is the polar opposite of the cool, murmuring approach favored by the French playwright and director Olivier Py in the 90-minute elegy "Requiem for Srebrenica." Py's work--elegant, glacial, frustrating--made its West Coast premiere over the weekend at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Fine Arts Complex, following engagements in Boston and Northampton, Mass.
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March 10, 1990
Mike Downey's requiem for Hank Gathers was the most moving and eloquent piece of writing I have seen in years. Well done. ROBERT W. ULLMAN, Irvine
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April 4, 2013
Darren Aronofsky's movies like "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream" get much of their creepy edge from Clint Mansell's spine-tingling, dissonant yet ethereal scores. At this rare show, he'll perform from a big swath of his work with Aronofsky and his career as a pop musician and producer. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$48. laorpheum.com.
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March 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN DIEGO - On the first page of the program booklet for San Diego Opera's stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem Thursday night at Civic Theatre, the company's board president, Karen S. Cohn, ended her welcoming note with the line: "I can't wait to see you in 2015 for our 50th anniversary season!" She can wait. The day before, out of the blue, the San Diego Opera board voted 33 to 1 to cease operations of the city's third largest cultural institution after the final production of the season next month.
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March 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -   Any college basketball fan worth their bracket fee will recall the many glorious years of the Big East, from the colorful '80's teams of John Thompson and Lou Carnesecca to, in recent years, the highly competitive games between the likes of Louisville and UConn . They'll also remember the inglorious end to what was once the strongest conference in the nation: desertions by Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC and the splintering...
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November 24, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
As if to underscore the classic status of Britten's "War Requiem," a swarm of new and old recordings of the piece has been released this fall. Coming this week will be a new recording led by Antonio Pappano, with a glittering trio of soloists (Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge and Thomas Hampson) on Warner Classics. That's not close to all. - From the Czech Radio archives comes a live 1966 performance led by Karel Ancerl two years before the Soviets marched into Prague (Supraphon). Despite the mediocre sound and some flaws (the boys' chorus comes in four bars early in the Offertorium, nearly causing a train wreck)
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November 24, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
Can a serious, lengthy, topical piece of contemporary music make an impact beyond the classical music scene and possibly change the world a little bit in doing so? That's what happened with Benjamin Britten's unorthodox "War Requiem," which scored an unlikely immediate hit in 1962. For James Conlon, who will conduct the "War Requiem" just days after the composer's 100th birthday, the piece has been a touchstone in his career. He has conducted it on special occasions, such as the 50th anniversary of V-E Day in Paris, and one month after 9/11 in Carnegie Hall.
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August 14, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
As the ambience at the Hollywood Bowl becomes increasingly casual and the facilities snazzier (there is a trendy new wine bar along with this summer's smart new outdoor furniture and upgraded audio and video equipment), the Los Angeles Philharmonic has found it necessary to flash a warning on the high-definition monitors before concerts and at intermission: "Be Good, or Be Gone. " But does the orchestra really mean it? Tuesday night was not a casual concert. Gustavo Dudamel conducted the first of this week's two performances of Verdi's Requiem.
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August 12, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
Many think Verdi's "Requiem" is the best setting. It's the one that Gustavo Dudamel will conduct this week at the Hollywood Bowl. But with about 2,000 requiems in existence, it's a bit of a task to say definitively that Verdi's is tops. To get you started on the journey, here are five that run, at the very least, close behind. Mozart "Requiem in D minor," K. 626, 1793 Immortalized in the film "Amadeus," this piece wasn't finished before Mozart died, leaving musicologists over the years the delicious task of finishing it. Several versions exist.
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December 23, 1987 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Ralph Nelson, an unruly vagrant as a youth who became the innovative and widely celebrated director of such landmark film and television productions as "Requiem for a Heavyweight," has died, it was learned Tuesday. Rob Harris, a longtime friend, said the 71-year-old writer, producer and actor died of cancer Monday night at a Santa Monica hospital.
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November 18, 1987
Like Al Martinez, I have never seen the sculpture "Requiem" by Erwin Binder. Unlike Al Martinez, I would not presuppose it to be good, bad or indifferent art until I had seen the actual piece. Martinez, who apparently views art with a closed mind and an open mouth, reiterates (Oct. 26) the middle-brow bromide that art must somehow be representational of nature. Note for example that after seeing a photo of sculptor Binder's work, Martinez refers to it as "a strapless bra for someone with three breasts each a different size."
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August 10, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
Usually when you go to the Hollywood Bowl all you need to bring are comestibles (cheesy or otherwise), an assortment of beverages (white or red) and a blanket. When the Los Angeles Philharmonic plays Verdi's "Requiem" on Tuesday and Thursday, discerning concertgoers will also tuck a box of giant-sized tissue and some smelling salts into the picnic basket. Why the precautions? When the Mass premiered in Milan, Italy, in 1872, one choir member had a seizure and an apprentice priest on duty reportedly cried for more than an hour.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013
Darren Aronofsky's movies like "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream" get much of their creepy edge from Clint Mansell's spine-tingling, dissonant yet ethereal scores. At this rare show, he'll perform from a big swath of his work with Aronofsky and his career as a pop musician and producer. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$48. laorpheum.com.
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