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  • San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions

    San Diego Opera closing: Vocal patrons share their reactions
    SAN DIEGO — Judging by the audience's reaction, the villain at the San Diego Opera's swan-song production of "Don Quixote" may have taken the stage before the curtain was even raised. As the house lights were about to go down Saturday night, Ian...
  • L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox has maximum exposure in the Southland

    L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox has maximum exposure in the Southland
    "This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C." "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life...
  • Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon

    Review: The L.A. Phil's Minimalism marathon
    Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers...
  • Frederic Rheinstein dies at 86; NBC producer captured shooting of Oswald

    Frederic Rheinstein dies at 86; NBC producer captured shooting of Oswald
    On Nov. 23, 1963, the day after President Kennedy was shot, NBC News producer and director Frederic Rheinstein was in a remote broadcast truck outside Dallas' city hall with his crew. Suddenly, a stranger poked his head through an open window. "He...
  • Music venues to attract travelers who march to their own beat

     Music venues to attract travelers who march to their own beat
    There's nothing like attending a concert while traveling. Not only do you experience great music, but you also catch a glimpse of local fashion, dances, drinks and customs. And isn't experiencing life like the locals what traveling is all about? Here's...
  • In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first

      In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first
    It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo...
  • Does L.A. Opera lack the guts to stage 'The Perfect American'?

    Does L.A. Opera lack the guts to stage 'The Perfect American'?
    Philip Glass' groundbreaking American opera "Einstein on the Beach" opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday for what promoters billed as one of the biggest cultural events of the season. And what about the composer's new opera, the one about...
  • Violinist Jennifer Koh turns physicist for 'Einstein on the Beach'

    Violinist Jennifer Koh turns physicist for 'Einstein on the Beach'
    Before each performance of the five-hour "Einstein on the Beach," violinist Jennifer Koh must endure at least one hour in the makeup chair to transform her from a thirtysomething woman to the gray, wizened Nobel Prize-winning physicist — a head-to-...
  • 'Two Boys' composer Nico Muhly digs online hoaxes, 'Law & Order: SVU'

    'Two Boys' composer Nico Muhly digs online hoaxes, 'Law & Order: SVU'
    NEW YORK — If classical music composer Nico Muhly had his way, his occupation would to the average person seem about as exotic as being a plumber. "I want it to feel the same relationship you'd have with your local butcher or neighborhood...
  • Review: Kronos Quartet makes history in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas is changing. Not the strip, a symphony of ersatz that only knows how to become more so. Along with a phony Paris or sham Sphinx, the city has a fairly recent faux Frank Gehry design that serves as a home to high-end shops,...
  • Review: Strong start to Melissa Barak's ballet troupe at Broad Stage

    Review: Strong start to Melissa Barak's ballet troupe at Broad Stage
    At “L.A. Moves,” Thursday’s inaugural concert of the eponymous Barak Ballet, the double lives of Melissa Barak were on display: both Barak the choreographer and Barak the dancer. During the nine years Barak was at New York City...