May 29, 1988 |
When opera composer Thomas Pasatieri moved to California in late 1983 to work in films and television, his New York friends warned him, he says, "that my creative juices would dry up--since there was no culture out here." Four and a half years later, Pasatieri--the writer of no fewer than 17 published operas, all of which have been produced, some many times over--laughs at his friends' naivete. "First of all, it's not true. There is plenty of music, as well as everything else, here.
April 11, 1995 |
Make no mistake: The urge to bask in the intimacy of chamber music will prevail, for musicians and listeners alike. Such a truism helps account for the ongoing success of the Bach Camerata, founded five years ago by the fine flutist, Adrian Spence. Though based in Santa Barbara, Spence enlists polished musicians from down south, and, this spring, presented concerts in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Thousand Oaks.
October 18, 1991 |
It could have been a major event, a perfect opportunity to delve deeply (finally) into Mexico's contemporary music repertory.
December 9, 1986 |
Maurice Allard and the Master Chorale of Orange County offered one of those something-for-everybody concerts that couldn't fully satisfy anybody Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Allard's "Glory of Christmas" program ran the gamut from straight classics and warmed-over Romanticism to a Perry Como variety show type of act, audience sing-alongs and a perfunctory "Hallelujah" Chorus.
November 21, 1989 |
Each year, as an embellishment to its regular opera season, San Diego Opera offers a handful of solo recitals. Unlike opera productions, these programs represent more of a gamble for the music patron because they rely on the talent of a single performer. On a lucky night in February, 1988, for example, local opera buffs were rewarded with the sophisticated, polished artistry of Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard.
November 24, 1986 |
There are times--thankfully few--when one wonders exactly where the boundaries between opera, operetta and musical comedy lie, and how one crosses them without getting mud on one's shoes. A brace of blithely inconsequential works--a pair of one-act "operas"--were put on by the UCLA Opera Workshop over the weekend, adding new impetus to the search for a reckonable boundary.