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  • Peabody instructor part of Obama inauguration

    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-...
  • Thomas Adès in all his aspects

    Thomas Adès in all his aspects
    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...
  • A 'perfect week' of Messiaen for pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Disney Hall

     
    The pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet calls the week ahead “the perfect week.” 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...
  • Music review: Dudamel takes on the 'Turangalila' at Disney Concert Hall

     
    An 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the “Turangalila” –- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldn’t believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled......
  • 'Ascending Dragon' music from Hanoi to be broadcast on KUSC

     
    Beyond obvious goodwill, “Ascending Dragon,” 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...
  • Music review: Los Angeles Philharmonic festival ends with Adès and Messiaen

     
    Mark Swed reviews the first Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Thomas Adès' "Polaris" and Olivier Messiaen’s “Éclairs sur l’Au-delà…”...
  • August 10: Midday Fix - Fifth House Ensemble Performs Live

    August 10: Midday Fix - Fifth House Ensemble Performs Live
    Fifth House Fifth House now partners with the Adler Planetarium to present Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time (Quatour pour la Fin du Temps), one of the most highly-regarded works of chamber music literature, on Thursday, August 12th, 2010....
  • Erik DeLuca's Underwater Soundscapes at Wesleyan

    A year before the BP oil disaster, composer Erik DeLuca was out on the Gulf of Mexico recording groups of shrimp, which produce complex waves of sound, rising and falling like choruses of nighttime cicadas. (Caution: Human ears are pretty much useless...
  • Music Review: "On Connecticut Naturalism" at The Studio @ Billings Forge

    Music Review: "On Connecticut Naturalism" at The Studio @ Billings Forge
    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...
  • American musicians bond with Vietnamese counterparts

    American musicians bond with Vietnamese counterparts
    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 --...
  • Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot

    Ojai music director George Benjamin in a familiar spot
    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...
  • An engaging finale to another Jacaranda season

    An engaging finale to another Jacaranda season
    Jacaranda, the illuminating and increasingly important Southland music series, bills itself as "music at the edge of Santa Monica." True enough, its focus courts edginess, if cautiously, and with a mandate on mixing challenging and ear-pleasing fare. And...