| Oct 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:30 AM
On one side of 1st Street in downtown L.A., Einstein looms large. On the other side, Socrates. Who can possibly walk among them? Why, Bach, of course.
Wednesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hungarian pianist András Schiff performed Bach's...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 7:05 PM
There is an anecdote about Einstein from when he taught at Caltech in the early 1930s. One day, pianist and Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel came to visit the famed physicist, who was an avid amateur violinist, and they read through a Beethoven...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:10 PM
"Lecture on Nothing," which is published in John Cage's "Silence," is a classic, studied and often recited. One of its much-quoted lines is "I have nothing to say and I am saying and that is poetry as I need it." The conductor Robert Spano read the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:00 PM
“Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side” has served as a pithy invitation to explore Manhattan’s avant-garde arts scene since 1972, when Lou Reed had a hit record intoning the refrain.
But "take a tram ride up a Los Angeles hillside"...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A wrathful, wondrous, clairvoyant, powerfully sexual and just as powerfully beyond-sex Maori women's dance ritual had its astonishing first public presentation Thursday night as part of Radar L.A.
Whimsical Japanese puppetry followed a half-hour later....
| Mar 24, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Five years ago in early spring, Esa-Pekka Salonen devoted his last Green Umbrella concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to new works from emerging composers. One was a 29-year-old British composer who had joined the blossoming Brooklyn...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:58 AM
NEW YORK — The reports of her death are only slightly exaggerated.
The U.S. premiere Friday night of the highly anticipated, all-star, high-culture event “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic” opened with three actors, wearing masks...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Oct 16, 2011
The extraordinary workmanship on display in "Il Teatro alla Moda — Theater in Fashion" in Beverly Hills makes it easy to understand why Italy's haute couture fashion scene was once as revered as that of France.
The exhibition, which runs through...