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Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the San Francisco Symphony's miraculous American Mavericks celebration, which included a sublime performance of John Cage's "Song Books" with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk and, believe it or not, Jessye Norman....
Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the San Francisco Symphony premiere of John Adams' Beethoven-obsessed "Absolute Jest."...
Culture MonsterIn "Music Makes a City," a feature-length documentary opening on Friday, co-directors Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler offer a stirring antidote to all the negative news about struggling American orchestras. The documentary tells the dramatic and...
Culture MonsterWhat piece of music changed conductor Bramwell Tovey's life? Of course the born storyteller, whom I profile on the occasion of his return to the Hollywood Bowl this month, couldn't answer with a simple list.Let me put it this way,......
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. Foss died...
Special to The TimesHELMUT 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,...
MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...
Tags: Music Theater, Mexico, David Diamond, Opera (genre), Kurt Weill
ASTON MAGNA FESTIVAL July 6 - Works of Mozart and Haydn. Nancy Armstrong, soprano; Peter Sykes, keyboard. July 13 - Works of J.S. Bach and Vivaldi. Sharon Baker, soprano, and Stephen Hammer, soloist, joined by instrumental ensemble led by violinist...
Tags: Family, Martin Katz, Yo-Yo Ma, Anglicanism, Wesleyan University
February 14: Dutoit Conducts Berlioz, 8:00 p.m. Charles Dutoit, conductor; Paul Groves (debut), tenor; Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt, director. Work by Berlioz. February 19: Riccardo Muti Conducts Tchaikovsky, 7:30 p.m. Riccardo Muti,...
Special to the TribuneAt first glance, Monday night's program for the Chicago Sinfonietta concert at Symphony Center looked as if conductor Paul Freeman's "something-for-everyone" policy had gone amok. How else to explain the inclusion of Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony...
Many of today's symphony orchestra instruments have been around for centuries. The violin, for instance, dates to the 1500s and as a result has an enormous repertoire spanning 450 years. The saxophone, by contrast, wasn't invented until the mid-19th...
Tags: Family, Yo-Yo Ma, Rosemary Clooney, Jacques Ibert, Jazz (genre)
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