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September 26, 2012
'Symphony' by Steven Stucky Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. When: 8 p.m, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $54.50 to $189 Information: (323) 850-2000 or http://www.laphil.com
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March 7, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
John Corigliano wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1988 on a grand scale for an extravagant-sized orchestra. It is a multi-colored score containing a patchwork quilt of immense emotions. The composer didn't call it a war symphony, but that is what it is, an epic orchestral score for an epic tragedy, the AIDS epidemic. Audiences and orchestras, devastated by what the disease had wrought, understood. The symphony was needed, appreciated and widely played. The urgency of those times is receding into memory, and Corigliano's score is not so much heard any longer.
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November 7, 2013 | By Martin Hsai
"Symphony of the Soil" is a documentary on the advantages and the necessity of farming organically: without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and genetically modified seeds. It's far from one of those propaganda films that hammer their messages home, though. It does have a point of view, but the intended conclusion ripens for the picking in a roundabout way. You certainly have no idea what it's getting at during its National Geographic-esque primer on the evolution of soil, the different types of soils, nutrients contained and organisms that thrive within.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Italian conductor Daniele Gatti, about whom there has been much interest of late, may have been forced to cancel his appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Monday night due to an inflamed tendon, but he was replaced by an even bigger name, Lorin Maazel. The program of Schubert and Mahler symphonies remained the same. But nothing remained remotely the same. Maazel is a uniquely idiosyncratic interpreter and a uniquely practiced veteran musical manipulator.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2008
Regarding your article about the toy piano ["Plaything for the Serious Player," by Rick Schultz, Nov. 9], I recall during a visit to the original Motown studio-museum in Detroit years ago that among the battered equipment was a toy piano. The lady who ran the place, Esther Gordy Edwards, proudly pointed out that in 1965, writer-producer Brian Holland had played it on a No. 1 record, the Supremes' "I Hear a Symphony." You can play your old single and hear for yourself. Jim Dawson Hollywood
NEWS
November 12, 1987
Iam frankly shocked reading your lengthy article under the heading of "Symphony's Local Talent Finds Itself Out of Tune." It is inevitable that in a time of attempted cultural development, the old adage holds true that the better is the enemy of the good. If one wants to improve an orchestra, no other way can be found than to replace good players with better players. Frank Salazar is a thorough musician whose aim it is to bring to the public good music and who has worked diligently in this endeavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1985 | KIRK ELLIS
It's only a matter of time before John O'Keefe finds the wide audience he deserves. Amid the general sitcomland of current local theater, the work of this Bay Area performance artist, marked by an uncommon regard for language and an unsparing yet ultimately compassionate view of the human condition, offers an adult alternative. If his followers can be said to constitute a cult, it is most certainly that of literacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1990 | Willima Ratliff
This digitally remastered Compact Disc brings back a fluent performance of a lyrical, symphonic serenade in full and balanced sound.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1989
In its 27-week, 1989-90 season in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be led by 14 conductors. Prominent among the podium leaders are former Philharmonic music director Andre Previn (seven weeks) and East German conductor Kurt Sanderling (five weeks). Otherwise, each of the guests--also including Philharmonic assistant conductors David Alan Miller and Heiichiro Ohyama--will lead the orchestra for one- or two-week periods. Dates and programs: Oct. 5, 6, 8: Andre Previn, conductor.
NEWS
May 28, 2009
L.A. Doctors Symphony Orchestra: A listing in Sunday's Arts & Books for a performance at Plummer Park Auditorium in West Hollywood by the L.A. Doctors Symphony Orchestra incorrectly gave the date for the show as this Sunday. The performance will be Saturday. The phone number was also incorrect. The number is (323) 848-6535.
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March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS --  For Junya Watanabe, a collection is never about a single reference point or theme. It's about the work--rigorous technique--which evolves before our very eyes on the runway. The designer's powers were on full display Saturday morning at Paris Fashion Week when he presented an incredible lineup of what were essentially fabric assemblages-- careful constructions, collages and patchworks of lace, tulle, tweed, ribbon and fur, painstakingly put together and wholly elegant.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multifaceted TchaikovskyFest has thus far weathered political incident. That is to say, nothing happened Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall to land performances of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Second Symphony on the front page or in the international spotlight. The concert, performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (sharing the festival with the L.A. Phil) and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, did draw an assembly of demonstrators in front of Disney.
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February 3, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
We have a vague notion of a Scandinavian sound as a kind of misty, mysterious Nordic noir. Strangeness is a giveaway. One musical thing might ultimately lead to another, but the landscape is alien. Trying to define an overall Baltic sound, on the other hand, is hopeless, given the variety of regions that border the Baltic Sea. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's program this past weekend touched on the four great northern Baltic coastal cities - Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
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January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
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December 26, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
It has been a number of years since the members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic pulled New Year's Eve duty, and none of them seem to be complaining about having the likes of Pink Martini, or this year, Sergio Mendes, take over at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the evening. Most orchestra musicians find a light-hearted holiday celebration a thankless chore when they'd rather be celebrating themselves. But the St. Louis Symphony does it differently, with music director David Robertson having turned New Year's Eve into a surprise party for the last seven years.
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December 18, 2013 | By Michael Miller
As records pressed in 1969 go, it's an obscure one - far from "Abbey Road" or "Let It Bleed. " But however many copies remain of it, two found their way recently into a quiet room in UC Irvine's music department. With one of the discs on the turntable, the needle touched down and crackled before a soaring baritone rang from the speakers. Seconds later, a full chorus joined, its harmonies vivid beneath the surface gravel. With the record sleeves spread out in front of them, James Dunning and Rita Major listened closely and sometimes smiled and nodded in recognition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1986
Re Cleveland Orchestra in Orange County: How embarrassing! Someone should announce to our country cousins in Orange County before every concert: "Please, we do not applaud between movements of the symphony!" HANNAH CRUMP Redlands
NEWS
November 17, 1985
The Oakland Symphony, silenced for the last five weeks by a musicians' strike, has canceled its 1985-86 season. The 86-member orchestra went on strike for more money and scheduling concessions Oct. 3, five days before the seven-month season was to begin. Symphony spokesman Herbert Scholder said the board of directors had previously voted to cancel the season if an agreement was not reached with the musicians by Nov. 15.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By David Ng
Though to her it's probably just pocket change, singer Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which in recent months has experienced a financial crisis that has threatened its existence. Swift, the 24-year-old country-music crossover star, is currently in Australia as part of a tour. The singer -- who hails from Pennsylvania but who moved to the Nashville area at an early age to pursue her music career -- made the $100,000 donation on her birthday on Friday.
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November 29, 2013 | By Cheryl Guerrero
It's the busy season for dance. Ballet schools, local companies and touring troupes present variations of "The Nutcracker" in late November and December. Some productions are fully staged, while others are excerpts. The classic ballet to Tchaikovsky's beloved music is more than a holiday mainstay. It's populated with an abundance of roles, giving stage time to young and eager dancers with visions of becoming the ultimate ballerina, the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Santa Monica, the Westside School of Ballet is celebrating the 40th-anniversary production of its "Nutcracker.
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