April 20, 1997 |
It's an unusually fine spring morning, and Matthew Bourne is in what passes for supreme commander mode. Assembled in front of him, on the floor of a rehearsal studio at the London Theatre Centre, are his troops: the members of his own Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. Bourne and AMP have already established one beachhead--they've managed to turn their update of the 100-year-old "Swan Lake" into a six-month phenomenon in London's dog-eat-dog West End theater district.
June 1, 1997 |
There's no disputing the technical brilliance of Matthew Bourne's acclaimed production of "Swan Lake," which caused a sensation in London before beginning the rest of its world conquest at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. This satiric, contemporary riff on royal family dysfunction, complete with male swans and homoerotic pas de deux, is consistently energetic and witty, graced with imaginative choreography and scenic design.
September 20, 1999 |
The last gasp of the Pacific Symphony's 1999 summer season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was a cold one climatically, but musically warmhearted. Guest conductor Barry Jekowsky led a Tchaikovsky Spectacular--still a tradition in Orange County, though abandoned after three decades at Hollywood Bowl--with authority, solidity and a buoyant podium manner.
February 25, 2002 |
No longer gangly, but still boyish, Van Cliburn at 67 remains the charming pianistic icon from Texas, justifiably famous for his smile, his personal magnetism, his Romantic repertory, the major international piano competition he founded in 1962 and his unofficial ambassadorship of all things musically American.
August 18, 2002
Pop Music "The Rising" finally came out, entering the sales chart at No. 1. The scene-setting interviews and TV appearances are out of the way, and now Bruce Springsteen, right, is back in his element, on the road with the E Street Band. The new album's sober studies of post-9/11 emotions figure to find a counterbalance in Springsteen's customary roof-raising rock 'n' roll release when they play the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday.
July 21, 1997 |
"The Swan Princess," the German fairy tale that is the basis for the beloved "Swan Lake" ballet, emerged in 1994 as a pleasant animated musical fantasy aimed at children, especially little girls. Its sequel, "The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain," opened Friday without benefit of press preview.