| Jan 9, 2012
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins...
| Jul 22, 2012
Where the Heart Beats
John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Penguin: 477 pp., $29.95
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, composer John Cage underwent related crises in his...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 4:36 PM
My Sentinel colleague Jim Abbott writes about the group Brooklyn Rider, performing Saturday as part of a residency thanks to the Bach Festival Society. Here's his story: By Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel music writer Equally comfortable in nightclubs and...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Dec. 7, 1940: Yes, the bell on traffic semaphores in the old Warner Bros. cartoons wasnât a joke. Today, we just honk since drivers are usually checking their BlackBerrys when the light turns green. The audience walks out on the......
| Dec 2, 2011
| 4:32 PM
The National Endowment for the Humanities has issued $21 million in grants, including $2.1 million to renew a traveling exhibition program geared toward small museums. California accounted for $1.4 million in grants....
| Nov 17, 2011
| 11:44 AM
Sunwatcher, saxophonist Jeff Lederer’s first recording as a bandleader, feels like a career retrospective. The spirit of Lederer’s musical hero, the late avant-garde saxophonist and composer Albert Ayler, hangs over the recording, from the...
| May 23, 2011
| 1:51 PM
Son of Chamber Symphony/String Quartet
Listen to this release, then dig up a recording of Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E, Op. 9 (1906), a knotty, daring ride through outer space. Schoenberg figured out more than a...
| May 3, 2012
| 12:45 PM
When Chicago pianist Miguel de la Cerna was growing up on the South Side, the sound of jazzand blues, gospel and funk, R&B and soul was everywhere. It blasted out of clubs and apartments, car radios and storefronts, inspiring a kid growing up near 41st...
| May 17, 2009
Classical composer Eric Zeisl had a tough time living in mid-20th century Los Angeles.
The somber, heavy-browed Austrian, who left Nazi-dominated Europe in 1938, stated that the two things he hated most in this world were Hitler and the sun. He was...
| Sep 21, 2009
Leon Kirchner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of expressive, rigorous, atonal yet romantic music, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in New York. He was 90.
A pianist and conductor as well as a composer, Kirchner stood somewhat...
| Feb 3, 2009
Lukas Foss, the polyglot American composer, conductor and pianist who directed half a dozen Ojai Music Festivals, led marathon concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and succeeded Arnold Schoenberg as head of composition at UCLA, has died. He was 86.
| Dec 26, 2008
Joza Karas, a Czechoslovakian-born violin teacher who spent decades tracking down and reviving musical compositions written by Jews in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, died Nov. 28 at his home in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 82 and had congestive...