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Absent from the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since April 14, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen returned--this time to the Hollywood Bowl--Tuesday night and presided over bright, probing performances of a rich program. He had the considerable help of the orchestra's members and of superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a soloist who always seems to raise standards.
September 11, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
A 214-year-old work in premiere, a baton-wielding patron, a chorus of coyotes and Yo-Yo Ma were the highlights at Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night, although not in that order. In fact, in retrospect everything seemed like mere warm-up to Ma's entrance after intermission with Dvorak's Cello Concerto at the ready. Not surprisingly, he didn't disappoint. Before that, however, things were on a more mundane level.
One of the happy circumstances of this 1994-95 season is the opportunity for his fans to hear Yo-Yo Ma three times, and in different contexts. Last week, the celebrated cellist appeared at Ambassador Auditorium in a joint recital with violinist Pamela Frank. Sunday night, he was guest soloist in the annual gala fund-raiser for the American Youth Symphony, at the Pavilion of the Music Center.
July 10, 1985 | NANCY REED, Times Staff Writer
Muggy weather and record-breaking temperatures Tuesday recalled last year's relentless heat wave, but meteorologists say this week's sticky weather is not a harbinger of another summer siege. A freak weather front carrying moisture from central Mexico swept across the desert early Tuesday morning, generating hot air and high winds throughout the county. No damage was reported. On Tuesday morning just after midnight, winds were recorded at 12 m.p.h. at Lindbergh Field.
June 26, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Stocks took another roller-coaster ride Wednesday, flirting with new highs only to take another plunge, as did bonds. The Dow Jones industrial average, which lost nearly 200 points on Monday and then gained more than 150 on Tuesday, oscillated from a 54-point gain to a 129-point loss before closing at 7,689.98, down 68.08. Broader stock measures also gyrated through the heavily traded session, turning sharply lower in the afternoon as interest rates began to climb in the bond market.
May 15, 1989 | Scott Ostler
What a comeback! The Lakers? Yes, them too. But I'm referring to Chick Hearn, who was plunged into such a deep, smoldering funk by the Lakers' play Sunday against Seattle that it sounded like it might take the veteran play-by-play man a week to elevate his mood back up to merely despondent. When the SuperSonics take a 9-0 lead, Hearn thinks he spots a trend. "If you want to go out and water mother's new flowers, this is a good time," Chick counsels crisply. Sure enough, the Lakers keep fading and fading.
April 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was in Washington this week to press for an increase in arts funding from the federal government. The musician was joined by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, and they performed together briefly for an audience on Capitol Hill. Ma was in Washington for Arts Advocacy Day -- an annual event that took place Monday and Tuesday. The event is intended to boost awareness and government funding for the arts sector. The nonprofit advocacy group Americans for the Arts is the key organizer and hosted a Google Hangout discussion that featured Ma answering questions from the public.
December 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
SACRAMENTO -- What Steve Nash described as “an obviously pretty horrible 13 months for me” could be nearing an end for the veteran Lakers point guard. Or not. “I might not be able to play anymore, I might have to yo-yo it or I might be able to play the rest of the way,” Nash said Friday morning of his comeback from nerve irritation in his back that has sidelined him since Nov. 10 as well as an assortment of injuries that have bothered him since he broke his leg early last season.
May 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
"The View" 10 a.m. Thursday, ABC: performance from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Fine Cut Festival of Student Films: Hosted by mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzman, “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” 10 p.m. Friday, KOCE: The four string virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music at a concert at Boston's House of Blues. “Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KLCS: The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell: A museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments; Lorelei Rock; the city of Zell.
February 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Brahms and Tchaikovsky made an effort to be civil to each other when the German and Russian composers met, and that was impressive. In an infamous review, Edward Hanslick, the most powerful critic in 19th century Vienna and Brahms' mouthpiece, credited Tchaikovsky as the first composer to write music "that stinks in the ear. " Tchaikovsky called Brahms a "self-inflated mediocrity. " This week there is a Tchaikovsky lockdown in Walt Disney Concert Hall, thanks to daily programs in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's magnificent TchaikovskyFest.
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