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Moments after Joe Biden is sworn in as vice president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol and just before Barack Obama takes his oath as president, four classical musicians will perform a work created by John Williams for the history-...
Recital scheduled for Wednesday Right in the middle of a speech in his freshman year at Wheaton College, Jacob Fuhrman decided he wanted to make organ-playing his career. It was in speech class on a Monday morning right after spring break. The...
There was an electric, distinctly urban feeling lurking up and down Hartford’s Broad Street on the drive south toward the Frog Hollow neighborhood. The Earth Trio, a group of players associated with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, was camped out at...
International fame just doesn't happen to many classical composers. But when it does, it can strike like a runaway train. Consider Thomas Adès. Hailed in his 20s as the heir to Benjamin Britten and more recently by the New York Times as maybe "the most...
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Culture MonsterThe pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet calls the week ahead âthe perfect week.â But for less technically assured musicians, having to perform two notoriously difficult, contrasting masterpieces by Olivier Messiaen within a few days of each other would be a...
Culture MonsterAn 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the âTurangalilaâ â- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldnât believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled......
Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the first Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Thomas Adès' "Polaris" and Olivier Messiaen’s “Éclairs sur l’Au-delà…”...
Culture MonsterBeyond obvious goodwill, âAscending Dragon,â the cultural exchange last spring between Southwest Chamber Music in Pasadena and the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, generated significant musical results. Works were commissioned from two...
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...
Music CriticBasking in the popularity of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic used an online press conference Tuesday morning to announce that that -- unlike most recession-weary arts organizations -- it will hold the course. The orchestra's 2010-11...
When Southwest Chamber Music became the first American ensemble since the Vietnam War to set up a musical residency in Vietnam in 2006, artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt had high hopes that the two countries -- forever tied through history and war --...
Culture MonsterPerhaps the most important new music event on the West Coast, if not the entire U.S., the Ojai Music Festival is a necessary pilgrimage for any fan of contemporary classical music -- and anyone with the slightest curiosity about the......
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