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July 7, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
At intermission Wednesday night in the stately National Theater here, Unsuk Chin stood by herself next to a stairwell window pensively smoking a cigarette. Although the second performance of her brilliant new opera, "Alice in Wonderland," was going well in the theater where Wagner and Strauss had triumphs, the 45-year-old South Korean composer clearly looked worried.
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February 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall stage didn't look so hot for Tuesday night's Green Umbrella concert. Rather than the trademark umbrellas being gracefully suspended from the ceiling, they were placed in clumps, like lean-tos, on either side of a stage and so saturated with green light that they appeared covered with AstroTurf. Then again, the Los Angeles Philharmonic may simply be packing early for its upcoming tour and wanted to have those umbrellas handy. This was a showcase concert of the orchestra's New Music Group, and it will be repeated in London the week after next.
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November 14, 2003 | Chris Pasles
The world premiere of a work for soprano and orchestra by South Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin will highlight the 58th Ojai Festival, June 3-6, new festival director Thomas W. Morris announced Thursday. Chin has served as composer in residence for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, led by Kent Nagano, music director of the Ojai Festival. Nagano also has commissioned her to write an opera based on "Alice in Wonderland" for L.A. Opera's 2005-06 season.
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October 12, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
On the seventh day, Gustavo Dudamel did not rest. In case you're just tuning in (is that possible?), on Oct. 3, the 11th music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic began his tenure with a free community concert that included an exalted performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl. The world took notice. Thursday night he opened the orchestra's Walt Disney Concert Hall season with a star-studded gala, in which he premiered John Adams' gripping, large-scale "City Noir" and performed Mahler's First Symphony.
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December 4, 2003 | Chris Pasles
Composer Unsuk Chin, who is writing works for the 2004 Ojai Festival and for L.A. Opera's 2005-06 season, has won the prestigious 2004 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The South Korean-born composer won the $200,000 prize for her Violin Concerto, given its premiere in January 2002 by violinist Viviane Hagner and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester conducted by Kent Nagano. Chin has served as composer in residence for that orchestra.
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October 12, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
On the seventh day, Gustavo Dudamel did not rest. In case you're just tuning in (is that possible?), on Oct. 3, the 11th music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic began his tenure with a free community concert that included an exalted performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl. The world took notice. Thursday night he opened the orchestra's Walt Disney Concert Hall season with a star-studded gala, in which he premiered John Adams' gripping, large-scale "City Noir" and performed Mahler's First Symphony.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall stage didn't look so hot for Tuesday night's Green Umbrella concert. Rather than the trademark umbrellas being gracefully suspended from the ceiling, they were placed in clumps, like lean-tos, on either side of a stage and so saturated with green light that they appeared covered with AstroTurf. Then again, the Los Angeles Philharmonic may simply be packing early for its upcoming tour and wanted to have those umbrellas handy. This was a showcase concert of the orchestra's New Music Group, and it will be repeated in London the week after next.
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January 15, 2005 | Chris Pasles
Opera enthusiasts looking at Los Angeles Opera's announcement of its 2005-06 schedule wondered what had happened to Unsuk Chin's "Alice in Wonderland," starring Kristin Chenoweth, which the company had announced last April for the coming season. "The reasons are simply budgetary," artistic director Edgar Baitzel said Friday. "It was not possible to secure the additional funding that we needed to make this premiere work in the '05-'06 season.
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April 18, 2004 | Chris Pasles
Kristin Chenoweth, the diminutive star of the Broadway musical "Wicked," is moving ever closer to the high arts. The 5-foot Chenoweth -- who won a Tony for playing Sally in the 1999 revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and starred opposite Matthew Broderick last year in ABC-TV's "The Music Man" -- will next appear with the New York Philharmonic in a May 3-5 concert version of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide."
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September 10, 1998 | MARK SWED
Music Bang on a Can All Stars, new music ensemble Look for: The L.A. debut of the group, performing its version of Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" at the El Rey Theater on Oct. 19. Why it matters: Loosely created in 1989 to perform at the annual Bang on a Can festivals of new music in New York, the six-member All Stars has become not just one of the most celebrated but also one of the hippest new music groups.
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July 7, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
At intermission Wednesday night in the stately National Theater here, Unsuk Chin stood by herself next to a stairwell window pensively smoking a cigarette. Although the second performance of her brilliant new opera, "Alice in Wonderland," was going well in the theater where Wagner and Strauss had triumphs, the 45-year-old South Korean composer clearly looked worried.
NEWS
December 4, 2003 | Chris Pasles
Composer Unsuk Chin, who is writing works for the 2004 Ojai Festival and for L.A. Opera's 2005-06 season, has won the prestigious 2004 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The South Korean-born composer won the $200,000 prize for her Violin Concerto, given its premiere in January 2002 by violinist Viviane Hagner and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester conducted by Kent Nagano. Chin has served as composer in residence for that orchestra.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2003 | Chris Pasles
The world premiere of a work for soprano and orchestra by South Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin will highlight the 58th Ojai Festival, June 3-6, new festival director Thomas W. Morris announced Thursday. Chin has served as composer in residence for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, led by Kent Nagano, music director of the Ojai Festival. Nagano also has commissioned her to write an opera based on "Alice in Wonderland" for L.A. Opera's 2005-06 season.
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December 28, 2003 | Mark Swed
Isabel Bayrakdarian Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian might be said to be an emerging artist. After all, the Lebanese soprano, who won Placido Domingo's Operalia competition in 2000 at Royce Hall, is just becoming known. But "emerging" hardly seems apropos for a singer who has probably been heard by more people than all other present-day operatic sopranos put together.
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November 20, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD
One virtue of the Green Umbrella series is the expressive opportunity it offers musicians who often arrive as hyphenates. Tuesday at the Japan America Theatre, British composer-conductor-pianist George Benjamin made an impressive debut here, with a program that showed what he's made of, how he feels about music, and how he thinks it should go. Framing the concert were two of his own pieces, "Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra," from 1994-95, and "At First Light," circa 1982.
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