| Nov 17, 2011
| 11:44 AM
Sunwatcher, saxophonist Jeff Lederer’s first recording as a bandleader, feels like a career retrospective. The spirit of Lederer’s musical hero, the late avant-garde saxophonist and composer Albert Ayler, hangs over the recording, from the...
| Oct 14, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Piano Spheres, one of the Los Angeles classical music landscape???s more surprising and also inspiring success stories, began humbly 16 years ago, and the seeds have fully flowered. Launched at Pasadena???s Neighborhood Church by the late, legendary...
| Nov 23, 2009
| 9:32 PM
Want to see the Berlin Philharmonic this week at Disney Hall, but finding the tickets limited and pricey? Wish that Hulu could stream Rachmaninoff along with â30 Rockâ? In either case, the Berliners, who appear tonight and Tuesday at Walt......
| May 17, 2009
Classical composer Eric Zeisl had a tough time living in mid-20th century Los Angeles.
The somber, heavy-browed Austrian, who left Nazi-dominated Europe in 1938, stated that the two things he hated most in this world were Hitler and the sun. He was...
| Dec 26, 2008
Joza Karas, a Czechoslovakian-born violin teacher who spent decades tracking down and reviving musical compositions written by Jews in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, died Nov. 28 at his home in Bloomfield, Conn. He was 82 and had congestive...
| Jan 10, 2009
When times are good, artists and writers get the support they need, enriching city life in unquantifiable ways. But when the economy heads south or the rich lose interest, artists are among the first to suffer. Today we're hearing predictions of fewer...
| Feb 3, 2009
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.
| Jul 27, 2008
The San Francisco
Tape Music Center
1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde
Edited by David W. Bernstein
University of California Press/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 336 pp., $65
THERE was a time when the zeitgeist used to get bashed about...
| Apr 12, 2009
Some glimpses of the conductor from his friends and colleagues who were asked to share a key memory. The reminiscences were mostly written, at the invitation of The Times. Several were shared in interviews with music critic Mark Swed and staff writer Mike...
| Jun 7, 2009
The Ojai Music Festival has a long tradition of picking some of the era's most important artists to serve as its music director, a position that rotates annually. But though the festival has sometimes chosen more than one person at a time for the job,...
| Sep 21, 2009
Leon Kirchner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of expressive, rigorous, atonal yet romantic music, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in New York. He was 90.
A pianist and conductor as well as a composer, Kirchner stood somewhat...