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Dmitri Shostakovich

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  • 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...
  • Dissident or not, Ismail Kadare is one of the greats

    Ismail Kadare is, in many ways, among the most problematic of major writers in contemporary Western letters. But that shouldn't prevent readers from savoring "The Siege" for what it is, a significant work by an important, fascinating author. Though he...
  • This opera's drama isn't only onstage

    This opera's drama isn't only onstage
    Onstage in a UCLA auditorium, tenor Rickard Roudebush intones the solemn words of the Episcopal funeral rite: "I am the resurrection and the life. . . . He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Amen!" A chamber opera called "The...
  • Gustavo Dudamel, on TV and online

     
    Culture Monster will be diligently covering the arrival of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new music director, in the days and weeks leading up to his big concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Until then,......
  • Shostakovich Visits L.A.!

     
    Shostakovich meets the press at the Ambassador Hotel. Wouldn’t it be great to go see it? Oh, wait, we let L..A. Unified tear it down. Oct. 20, 1959: Dmitri Shostakovich leads a group of Soviet composers on a tour of the U.S. After Mayor Norris Poulsonâ€...
  • LoCigno Arraigned in Whalen Killing

     
    Darryl Kemp’s prints are found in Marjorie Hipperson’s apartment. “Yes, I’ll Leave Now!” Dmitri Shostakovich gives some lumps to Louis Armstrong and Leonard Bernstein. Now you know what a Shamash is. A robe is $55 at Oviatt’s – that’s...
  • Words by Nick Hornby, music by Ben Folds

     
    Writer Nick Hornby and musician Ben Folds have teamed up on a new album, scheduled to be released later this year. The division of labor between music and lyrics isn't uncommon in rock and pop -- the words to many......
  • George Benjamin--the composer as improviser

     
    Just like the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, George Benjamin – profiled in the Arts & Books section here – made his living as a young man playing piano accompaniments to silent movies. As the music director of this year’s Ojai Music......
  • Long Beach Opera ends 2010 in the black -- and unveils 2011 lineup that offers 'more of the unexpected'

     
    Long Beach Opera is ending its 2010 season with a double splash. The company, which is staging Ricky Ian Gordon's swimming pool-based "Orpheus and Euridice" this weekend, is also finishing in the black -- with a 35% increase in subscribers.......
  • Monster Mash: new MOCA trustees; Frick Collection expands; Indian painting sets record

     
    -- Money bags: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art gains three new trustees, including a billionaire diamond merchant. (Los Angeles Times) -- Expanding: The Frick Collection is adding a new gallery to its building. (New York Times) -- Big bucks: Christie's....
  • Red Hot With a Blue Note

    Nikita Khrushchev's eloquent 1950s critique of jazz pretty much summed up the status of that "bourgeois" music in the Soviet Union: He remarked that listening to it gave him gas. The early Russian jazz scene is most memorably explained by the night in...