September 20, 2013 |
In its first 10 years Disney Hall became more than a home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it also became a destination for photographing advertisements and filming commercials, television shows and movies. Howard Sherman, vice president of operations at the Music Center, said the product of Frank Gehry's imagination works on film because the hall can be so many things to so many people. "If they want futuristic stainless steel curves, this is where they come. If they want a space to do a formal black tie gala in a traditional environment, this is where they can come," he said.
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February 22, 2011 |
Sofia Cosma, a concert pianist who defied long odds to rebuild her career after seven years in Soviet prison camps and later established herself as a performer and teacher in Southern California, died of natural causes Feb. 12 at a nursing home in Oxnard, said her daughter, Ilona Scott. Cosma was 96. Cosma's musical aspirations were dashed in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Cosma, who was Jewish, was attempting to rejoin her family in Latvia when she was arrested and incarcerated in a Siberian prison.
October 12, 2011 |
Fittingly, "The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring" is an epic undertaking. "It's such a huge score," said composer Howard Shore, who won an Oscar for his work on Peter Jackson's 2001 first installment in his ambitious "Lord of the Rings" trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien beloved fantasy novel. "It's nearly three hours. It is really difficult to do. It requires 225 people on stage to play the music, a symphony orchestra and chorus. " For the performance, which comes to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, Ludwig Wicki conducts the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, Phoenix Boys Choir and soloist soprano Kaitlyn Lusk.
October 4, 1999 |
You could call it a deeply conservative classic, although the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra's season opener, Saturday at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre, might better be described as an emphatic statement about core musical values. Music director Lucinda Carver's overture-concerto-symphony agenda, Beethoven framing Mozart, reminded us that there were good reasons why that pattern became a satisfying model for generations.
June 5, 1986
The Pasadena Symphony will open the 1986-87 season on Oct. 25 with music director Jorge Mester conducting works by Kodaly, Dohnanyi, Ravel and Stravinsky in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Pianist David Korevaar will be soloist in Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds. On Nov. 22, Mester will conduct music of Dvorak, Bartok and the Cello Concerto by Peter Mennin, with Gary Hoffman as soloist. An orchestral program on Jan. 17 lists works by Mozart and Shostakovich.
October 21, 2012 |
In March 2010, Robin Ticciati, a 26-year-old British wonder, made his debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A Simon Rattle protégé, Ticciati was at the time a newly appointed music director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was said, perhaps, to be the next Dudamel. Since then his career has continued to rocket, as every year he adds more prestigious orchestras and opera companies to his guest-conducting card. He is principal guest conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, one of the best in Germany.