February 16, 2002 |
Ever awaiting their big opportunity, assistant conductors of major symphonic organizations must pray for debut chances. For 33-year-old Yasuo Shinozaki, that opportunity came Thursday night, when he deputized for the ill Hans Vonk and led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a Beethoven program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
May 16, 2004 |
Alexander Mickelthwate, assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, has been appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, succeeding Yasuo Shinozaki. Mickelthwate, 33, whose tenure begins in the fall, was selected from eight finalists, narrowed from more than 150 applicants from around the world. He will serve a two-year term. Miguel Harth-Bedoya remains associate conductor.
July 18, 2002 |
A fresh breeze blew across Cahuenga Pass Tuesday night. It signaled not only the balminess of the Southern California evening, but the exuberance coming off the podium at the Hollywood Bowl, where Yasuo Shinozaki conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a bracing and, until the finale, immaculate performance of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. The familiar piece, for decades one of this orchestra's specialties, sounded new under Shinozaki's earnest, serious and direct approach.
September 11, 2003 |
An autumnal and an early vernal masterpiece made surprisingly congenial musical partners Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl when Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor Yasuo Shinozaki led the orchestra in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Michele Zukovsky was the eloquent soloist in the Mozart. It helped that the orchestra sounded revitalized after some lackluster performances last week. The sound system was also back on track, delivering richness and detail.
November 9, 2003 |
If you feel shut out of the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, take heart. Everything from refrigerator magnets and souvenir programs to tickets to Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts has been put up for sale on EBay, the world's largest Web auctioneer. Prices are unpredictable, however. One Oct. 23 gala program booklet recently sold for $77.76, but it did include an authentic piece of confetti that "actually fell from the ceiling at the opening." Another sold for only $66.55.
May 30, 2004 |
Miguel Harth-BeDoya, for whom the position of associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was created in 1999, will leave that post next month, at the end of the season. He will continue to conduct the orchestra, however. No replacement has been named. "We knew about this two years ago," Harth-Bedoya said last week from Texas, where he serves as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony and lives with his wife, choral director Maritza Caceres, and their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Elena.