| Apr 20, 2008
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...
| Jul 26, 2009
A remarkable run of major monuments in the classical-Romantic violin repertoire began in L.A. a few weeks ago when Joshua Bell played Bruch's First Concerto. It signaled the start of what amounts to a crash course in the history of the 19th century violin...
| Nov 15, 2009
Unless you happen to be David Letterman, little of value tends to come from making top 10 lists. But violinist Gil Shaham has lately turned this common time-waster into something of a consuming passion, and music lovers are the beneficiaries.
| Nov 6, 2009
| 4:32 PM
If judged only by the Dom Perignon flowing in the lobby and the American melodies flowing from the stage last night at the State Theatre -- which for the next 50 years, it was announced, will be named âThe David......
| Jun 2, 2010
| 9:32 PM
The economically troubled, controversy-racked Pasadena Symphony and Pops announced Wednesday that it has hired an artistic advisor â and, for two October concerts , a conductor -- in James DePreist, who led the Oregon Symphony for more than 20 years.......
| Mar 9, 2010
| 7:45 AM
March 21-- The Hinsdale-based West Suburban Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Peter Lipari, presents Songs and Dances, a concert of popular American music, at 4 p.m. at Union Church, 137 Garfield Avenue,...
| Sep 4, 2010
| 6:38 PM
The greatest melody in all of Western music starts quietly. From its subdued beginnings, tapestries of instrumental color are added in each melodic line. The musical layers glide along on top of one another, repeating the same tune in fascinating new...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 2:26 PM
Freebie of the Week: Need a little culture in your life, but don't have two nickels to rub together? Head over to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center before 8 p.m. Friday for a chance to sit in the...
| Sep 13, 2010
| 9:51 PM
IRVINE — A performance of the Ninth Symphony is always full of eagerness.
When is that massive choir in the back going to sing? When do the soloists come out? Is the third movement over?
Big questions, to be sure. But then, after some 45 minutes...
| Mar 30, 2003
Sometimes a person needs to hunker down in a place that dwarfs headlines and silences cell phones. You don't have to be a survivalist to understand that, though I did think about renting a Hummer to make me invincible on a trip earlier this month to Death...