June 23, 2000 |
Hershey Felder is a man with a mission. A talented concert pianist, he has performed George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" about 400 times. That long indoctrination in Gershwin's masterwork inspired Felder to try to bring the life of Gershwin to the stage. For the last five years, Felder has immersed himself in the works of Gershwin, gaining unprecedented access to previously private Gershwin papers from Gershwin's heirs.
April 20, 1986
The UCLA Student Alumni Assn. will hold its Spring Sing '86 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Royce Hall, with 14 campus musical groups competing in five categories. Entitled "Rhapsody in Bruin," the contest will be judged by Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith, "Star Trek" movie producer Harve Bennett, actor Brian Patrick Clark of "General Hospital," actor Gordon Jump of "WKRP in Cincinnati" and Academy Award-winning composer Bill Conti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1995
Many of the familiar plants of Southern California such as German Ivy, ice plant, castor bean and Eucalyptus and pepper trees are, in fact, non-native interlopers. By accident and design they are obliterating native plants that often provide food sources for the region's animal life. So it's good to have a sense of humor to accompany a goal as ambitious as restoring the Southern California's natural environment in the next 25 years.
September 17, 2013 |
Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, one of the first digital music companies to offer access to songs through monthly subscriptions, has cut its staff by 15%. Also, its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down and will continue as a strategic advisor. Rhapsody International, the service's parent, said Monday that the layoffs were concurrent with New York investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners' taking a large share in the company....
October 29, 2001 |
Rhapsody in Taps, co-founded by Linda Sohl-Donnell and Toni Relin, celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday at the Japan America Theater in downtown L.A. Most of the faces have changed, but the artistic impulse to stretch and test tap's limits has remained constant. The important change now is the attention paid to construction.
December 23, 1991 |
As his 26th film in 48 years, Akira Kurosawa has created in "Rhapsody in August" (at the Royal) the most intimate drama of his career. A film of the utmost simplicity and serene beauty, it centers on three generations of one family. Yet its gentleness is deceptive, for it is through this family that Kurosawa, in adapting a novel by Kiyoko Murata, touches upon the eternal themes of war and reconciliation.
August 14, 1990 |
Pianist Robert Taub's sophisticated resume bristles with world premieres, compositions by contemporary composers such as Mel Powell and Milton Babbitt. The Mel Powell Concerto for Two Pianos, in which Taub performed last year with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in music, and Taub has just made the first recording of Vincent Persichetti's Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.
January 27, 1995 |
"Miami Rhapsody," a comedy about marital jitters starring Sarah Jessica Parker, is full of funny performers and beautiful Miami scenery and classic pop tunes but it still seems awfully familiar. It's not just that it keeps reminding you of Woody Allen--reportedly it's working title was "Miami." It also reminds you of Neil Simon and a barrage of sort-of-bright TV sitcoms.
January 21, 1996 |
Anastasia's Asylum is a Bohemian coffeehouse and performance space in Santa Monica where many up-and-coming artists get their feet wet. They display their paintings, read their new poetry and belt out original lyrics while patrons sipping latte read--and write--their own poetry. When owner Anastasia Israel set up this 98% vegetarian venue with the motto "We're open longer than you're awake," she wanted an art establishment to balance against her job as a medical administrator.
February 10, 1992 |
Now in its 11th year, Rhapsody in Taps, a five-woman troupe based in Los Angeles, has built up a loyal audience, as shown by the large and enthusiastic crowd Saturday at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College. It's not hard to see why. The company offers a variety of work, not just tap but modern dance as filtered through an ethnic viewpoint. The dancers are gracious in style, eschewing hard-sell salespersonship, and are willing to experiment with new forms.