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The Fox News Web headline Wednesday morning captured something in the air despite its utter wrongness: "Beatles' sitar player Ravi Shankar dies at 92." Well, first, the Beatles' sitar player was George Harrison. Shankar, who died Tuesday in his...
No musical news story in 2012 drew greater media attention, inside and outside Chicago, than the strike that silenced the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 48 hours in late September. The cliffhanger was resolved just in time for the CSO to fulfill a...
FrameworkWednesday's Pictures in the News begins in France with an aerial photo of tracks left by skiers in the French alps. Recent snowfalls have encouraged skiers to hit the slopes and the Val d'Isere authorities have opened certain slopes early. In...
Culture MonsterMusic critic Mark Swed highlights the best of the year in classical music and opera....
Lehigh Valley MusicIn October of 2011, legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, 91, invited his long-time tabla accompanist, Tanmoy Bose, to his home in Encitas, Calif., for an informal recording project. The result was a high-energy jam session over a four-day period in...
Culture MonsterRavi Shankar, at 91, performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall Thursday night, gave a thrilling, flabbergasting demonstrated that the meaning of modern legend. Mark Swed reviews....
Show TrackerOn Wednesday, HBO will premiere Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," his big documentary on the "quiet Beatle." (My review is here.) Although the film, which concludes Thursday, is three and a half hours long, it necessarily....
Culture MonsterComposer Philip Glass talks about his major influences....
Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the premiere of Philip Glass' orchestration of his score to "Powaqqatsi." It was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night....
Pop & HissLinda Ronstadt spoke with me Thursday, generously sharing many memories of guitarist-singer-songwriter-producer Kenny Edwards, who died Wednesday at age 64. Edwards was a founder of the Stone Poneys, the band with whom Ronstadt first surfaced nationally...
Culture MonsterRavi Shankar, the venerated sitar musician, has pulled out of his scheduled Wednesday concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall due to illness, according to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra said that ticket holders will be contacted as soon as......
Culture MonsterRick Schultz reviews Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony performing Philip Glass at Segerstrom Concert Hall...
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