| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 11, 2009
Visitors have been known to get lost at USC, a 226-acre scholastic oasis in the middle of a sprawling city. This year the university has added some helpful signposts, like the huge banners trumpeting the 125th anniversary of the Thornton School of Music...
| May 30, 2010
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...
| 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,...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 14, 2009
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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
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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......
| Oct 19, 2008
When John Adams, the celebrated composer who is to his adopted California as Sibelius is to Finland, decided to write a memoir of his life and music, he realized there was virtually no model for his project.
"Most composers," he said over lunch at an...