| May 15, 2008
FLIP-FLOPS AND ARMANI COATTAILS -- they don't make the most natural fashion combination.
But on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dissonant attire somehow resolves itself into a harmonic whole. Deep down, the cerebral maestro is actually a devoted beach bum.
| Jan 8, 2009
Moments after Joe Biden is sworn in as vice president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol and just before Barack Obama takes his oath as president, four classical musicians will perform a work created by John Williams for the history-...
| Aug 28, 2008
When South Korean conductor and competition veteran Shi-Yeon Sung stepped in for an ailing Edo de Waart at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, she was amply prepared to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic on short notice in a demanding program of Wagner,...
| Oct 2, 2009
| 10:22 AM
NEW YORK -- Every opera lover knows that Thomas Hampson, the American baritone, can sing his heart out. But it's also true that he can talk your ear off.
For as long as many music lovers remember, Hampson has been a prime attraction at the world's...
| Aug 30, 2009
Life, even for rising orchestra conductors, can be unfair. Consider one response to Alan Gilbert, new music director of the New York Philharmonic, after he leads Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony in a packed college auditorium in Queens to loud applause. In the...
| Apr 12, 2009
Here are excerpts of Times reviews, culled from key performances during Esa-Pekka Salonen's years leading the Phil:
July 8, 1985
An oddball program performed with illuminating dash introduced the young Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, to...