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  • Critic's notebook: Revelatory Henry Cowell revival at Lincoln Center

     
    NEW YORK -- Henry Cowell, the all-American composer of the 20th century, did it all. “I want to live in the whole world of music,” he said. He was “the open sesame of new music in America,” John Cage said....
  • Music review: Christine Brewer brings Wagner and others to Disney Hall

     
    Taking advantage of an overly long mid-“Ring” three-day break at Los Angeles Opera -- between “Die Walküre” on Sunday and “Siegfried” on Thursday -- the Los Angeles Philharmonic did the neighborly thing Tuesday night. For its contribution...

    Music review: Dudamel takes on the 'Turangalila' at Disney Concert Hall

     
    An 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the “Turangalila” –- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldn’t believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled...

    The accordion holds a lofty place

    The accordion holds a lofty place
    MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...

    A drama critic's turn to face the music

    A drama critic's turn to face the music
    Critics don't get much respect. (Pause here for raucous laughter.) If you doubt it, look up the word "critic" in any book of quotations and see what you find. H.L. Mencken's "New Dictionary of Quotations" is full of zinger after zinger, most of which...