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April 25, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Tigran Mansurian's time may not have quite arrived, but it's getting very close. The Colburn School's Zipper Hall was full Monday for the chamber music component of "A Mansurian Triptych," three concerts sponsored by the Lark Musical Society. Friday night had been devoted to choral works. Tonight at the Alex Theatre in Glendale two big concertos are scheduled, including one for violin that premiered in Sweden this year.
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April 25, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Tigran Mansurian's time may not have quite arrived, but it's getting very close. The Colburn School's Zipper Hall was full Monday for the chamber music component of "A Mansurian Triptych," three concerts sponsored by the Lark Musical Society. Friday night had been devoted to choral works. Tonight at the Alex Theatre in Glendale two big concertos are scheduled, including one for violin that premiered in Sweden this year.
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April 20, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian may not be a household name. But in his homeland, in Armenian diaspora communities and in Europe's new music circles, he is regarded as Armenia's greatest living composer. Recently, he's been getting even wider notice. The taste-making German label ECM has issued four CDs of his music ("Monodia" was nominated for a 2005 Grammy), and a fifth is planned. Within the last month, New York has heard two U.S.
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April 20, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian may not be a household name. But in his homeland, in Armenian diaspora communities and in Europe's new music circles, he is regarded as Armenia's greatest living composer. Recently, he's been getting even wider notice. The taste-making German label ECM has issued four CDs of his music ("Monodia" was nominated for a 2005 Grammy), and a fifth is planned. Within the last month, New York has heard two U.S.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Tigran Mansurian, Armenia's most celebrated composer, will turn 75 this month and the  Dilijan Chamber Music series will celebrate Sunday afternoon at the Zipper Concert Hall of the Colburn School with a survey of the Mansurian's chamber music over the past half century. It will be, no doubt, a joyous occasion, what with the composer present and Dilijan, which is devoted to Armenian music, being among Mansurian's  most important of champions in America.   That is joyous , not joyful, and of the deep-down variety.
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October 20, 1988 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
Yes, Virginia, the search for the next great Verdi soprano goes on. Arax Davtian fell short of that widely advertised jewel-beyond-price status Tuesday night at her Los Angeles debut recital in Ambassador Auditorium, but the Soviet singer nonetheless offered plenty of interest to voice enthusiasts.
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September 26, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Camera Obscura" is an L.A. neo-noir raised to an insufferable degree of artiness. Some provocative ideas about what can drive an artist are lost amid lots of violence and pretentiousness, as is some exceptionally rich camerawork -- fancy angles and tilts aside -- from cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos.
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May 25, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to the Times
A new piano trio has come onto the scene, one that definitely has an identity of its own. Named after the 10th century Armenian mystic poet St. Gregory of Nareg, Trio Nareg aims to mix Armenian repertoire with European classics, not unlike the Dilijan Chamber Music Concert Series downtown. Appropriately, the trio made its debut Wednesday night in Burbank's Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America -- another distinctly different locale for the Da Camera Society of Mount St.
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April 1, 2008 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
A stated goal of the impressive Dilijan Chamber Music Series, now in its third season, has been to celebrate the riches of Armenian music and give a forum to Armenian musicians based in Los Angeles and beyond. By blending Armenian music with that of other cultures, Dilijan (named after an Armenian resort city) weaves a tapestry of a larger culture. That mission reached a high point Sunday afternoon at Zipper Hall with the U.S.
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April 10, 2005 | Adam Baer, Special to The Times
IN an urban sprawl where the term "eclectic" brands the musical zeitgeist, from the studios of KCRW to the multi-genre live performances that pepper Southern California, a concert series centered on a progressive German record label would still have been a welcome addition.
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March 9, 2004 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
It's no hyperbole to report that this city's Other Minds Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend, is possibly the premier new music festival on the West Coast. Then again, the festival covers a sparsely populated and elusively defined field, helping to reinvent the very rules of the game.
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November 1, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
Google "viola joke" and you'll be rewarded with thousands, an afternoon's worth of hilarity at the expense of one of the most expressive sound producing machines ever conjured up. Here's a popular example: What's the difference between a viola and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline. I learned that one from a violist who, like many of his colleagues, collects the jokes and posts them online. Why shouldn't he? He lives a charmed life with a string instrument mellower than a violin and more agile than a cello, a mechanism of magic, under his chin every day. He has no need for insecurity.
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