November 21, 2004 |
It was one of the biggest disasters in modern musical history: In 1966, when a Samuel Barber premiere, "Antony and Cleopatra," inaugurated the new home of the Metropolitan Opera at New York's Lincoln Center, the elaborate stage machinery, teeming livestock and scores of extras marshaled by designer-director Franco Zeffirelli prompted one critic to compare it to "a group of children around a big, new Erector set."
September 11, 1997
The U.S. Post Office's next honorees in the LEGENDS OF AMERICAN MUSIC commemoration series are conductors Arthur Fiedler, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski and George Szell and composers Samuel Barber, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Ferde Grofe and Charles Ives. The stamps debut Saturday.
September 13, 2003
MY mouth fell open when, in the article " 'New World' Order for Philharmonic" (Sept. 6), I read Chris Pasles make the astounding statement that Samuel Barber's "musical gifts may have been limited," but they included an uncanny ability to set the natural rhythms of English prose."
October 7, 1987 |
Music director John Currie and the Los Angeles Master Chorale will open a five-program series with Bach's Mass in B-minor at 8 p.m. on Friday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach. Soloists and a chamber choir of 30 will be drawn from the 140-member chorale. The size of the choir for the remaining concerts in the Friday series will vary from 16 to 24 members. The series will continue: --Jan.
May 16, 1993 |
Charles Ives (1874-1954) may be our quintessential native composer and the one true innovator in this mixed American bag. After all, he built his most characteristic music on his own, rather than European, models.