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November 6, 2007 | Rick Schultz, Special to The Times
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Sunday evening concert at Royce Hall, led by music director Jeffrey Kahane and a repeat of its program Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, began with Prokofiev's genial "Classical" Symphony and ended with Mendelssohn's solemn "Reformation" Symphony. In between came a West Coast premiere, Reza Vali's "Toward That Endless Plain" -- a concerto for Persian ney, a forerunner of the flute.
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November 6, 2007 | Rick Schultz, Special to The Times
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Sunday evening concert at Royce Hall, led by music director Jeffrey Kahane and a repeat of its program Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, began with Prokofiev's genial "Classical" Symphony and ended with Mendelssohn's solemn "Reformation" Symphony. In between came a West Coast premiere, Reza Vali's "Toward That Endless Plain" -- a concerto for Persian ney, a forerunner of the flute.
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October 15, 1997 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reza Vali was born in Iran, collects and transcribes Persian folk songs and is one of very few composers writing Persian-inspired Western classical music. So why is Vali's music opening tonight's program by Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, an event described in promotional materials as "a concert of works by composers whose works are Latin-influenced"?
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October 15, 1997 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reza Vali was born in Iran, collects and transcribes Persian folk songs and is one of very few composers writing Persian-inspired Western classical music. So why is Vali's music opening tonight's program by Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, an event described in promotional materials as "a concert of works by composers whose works are Latin-influenced"?
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February 20, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Connoisseurs, academics, trend-makers and young people aspiring to these roles again filled Schoenberg Auditorium at UCLA on Friday night, when the Kronos Quartet returned for another program of discovery. This time, the discoveries were genuine. Kronos has sometimes flirted with lightweight composers. Friday, on a program of five works, four of which were written recently on commissions for the San Francisco-based ensemble, real seriousness took the spotlight.
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October 17, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cuarteto Latinoamericano is getting reliable and predictable. Thank goodness. It keeps reminding us what a wealth of repertory there is in Latin American serious music. While it's a shame to pigeonhole these fine musicians from Mexico-- violinists Saul Bitran and Aron Bitran, violist Javier Montiel and cellist Alvaro Bitran (the Bitrans are brothers)--and demand they play only this repertory, inexplicably few others seem to be rallying behind their banner.
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May 2, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six groups will play here next season under the combined auspices of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Laguna Chamber Music Society. Four of them will be making their first appearances for the societies, and one--the Brentano String Quartet--will feature the winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition, which takes place in June. The Brentano quartet will play Feb. 24. The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (Nov. 24), the Paris Piano Trio (Jan.
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May 4, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD
Kicking off its fourth annual, bigger and better event this weekend, the Ventura Chamber Music Festival started out with a gala party at the Ojai Spa on Thursday, where music was marginal. Then the festival promptly went to church and dove into the musical imperative. On Friday night, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano settled, aptly enough, into the San Buenaventura Mission for the first performance of its residency at the festival.
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February 8, 1988 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
The iconoclastic virtuosos who comprise the Kronos Quartet strode onto the stage of Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, on Saturday, resplendent in semi-leathery Medieval-mod finery. As usual, David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Joan Jeanrenaud brought along a fascinating collection of contemporary challenges. As usual, they illuminated those challenges with insight and dedication, even with inspiration.
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May 14, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guitarist Christopher Parkening ended his Ventura Theatre recital last Sunday, a tribute to his mentor Andres Segovia, with an exotic second encore, "Koyunbaba." The piece, which is full of textural delight and mysterious cultural detours, is by Italian-Turkish composer Carlo Domeniconi, and was the very same piece that stole the show a year ago when Parkening played at the Ventura Mission.
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