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  • Music review: Finally, a party for Betty Freeman

    The first major music news of 2009 was the death on Jan. 4 of the great patron Betty Freeman at 87 in Beverly Hills. Modern music would not be what it is today without her. She commissioned hundreds of new...
  • Music review: Jacaranda blooms in winter

    There was a slight nip in the air in Santa Monica, so Jacaranda, the new music series, took appropriate measures Saturday night to ensure the proper temperature level in the First Presbyterian Church for the first West Coast performance of...

    Coachella 2011: Brandt Brauer Frick and the sound of German minimalism [Video]

    German techo trio Brandt Brauer Frick performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California on Friday, April 15.

    Helmut Lachenmann at Monday Evening Concerts

    Helmut Lachenmann at Monday Evening Concerts
    In Germany, he is often referred to as “Professor Helmut Lachenmann.” He is 73, lanky, bearded. A student of Luigi Nono and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he is perhaps the foremost representative of the second-generation European avant-garde. His...

    All he asks is: 'Try to like it'

    All he asks is: 'Try to like it'
    HELMUT Lachenmann's work is very strange, even by contemporary standards. This preeminent German composer shapes what are essentially noises -- taps, scrapes and rustlings, though made largely by conventional instruments -- into beautiful, even spiritual,...