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  • Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences

    Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences
    Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details, he says, "I want you to understand the concept of swing."
  • Jazz-classical fusion a work in progress

    Jazz-classical fusion a work in progress
    Jazz people like to brag that their idiom is "America's classical music." But if you catch some of them in a certain mood, you'll find that they long to merge their art with what much of the Western world calls "classical music" — the idiom that...

    Music review: Leonard Slatkin and Sarah Chang return to the Hollywood Bowl for Shostakovich [updated]

    After having spent a weekend devoted to Tchaikovsky with its current principal guest conductor for the Hollywood Bowl, Bramwell Tovey, the Los Angeles Philharmonic went from an eagerly cheerless and iconic 19th century Russian composer to a 20th century...

    Monster Mash: New York approves new skyscraper to rival Empire State; Kevin Spacey to play 'Richard III'

    -- Changing skyline: New York's City Council has approved a new skyscraper by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects that will rival the Empire State Building. (New York Daily News) -- Prestige project: Sam Mendes will direct Kevin Spacey in a stage...

    Music review: James Galway, Leonard Slatkin and the L.A. Phil at Hollywood Bowl

    It’s probably safe to say that Thursday was the first day anyone heard a vuvuzela played with a symphony orchestra. At least locally. At least at the Hollywood Bowl.It was during the raucous crowd section of Piston’s “The Incredible Flutist”...