| Sep 28, 2008
Immediately after conducting the last Los Angeles Philharmonic concert of the 2007-08 season in June, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen took off for Stockholm, where the Swedish Radio Orchestra celebrated his 50th birthday with an affectionately...
| May 10, 2009
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Michael Schmelling The author of "The Plan" will present and sign his new photography book documenting the homes of compulsive hoarders. Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 782-...
| Apr 22, 2007
ANYONE attending a symphony concert can spot the gorgeous, gleaming harp, even from the last row of the last balcony. Children and adults alike gasp at the size of it, at its sparkling gold crown towering above the musicians. Lou Anne Neill, principal...
| Jul 2, 2009
| 9:29 AM
PENNSYLVANIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
A notoriously difficult Shakespeare play being staged for the first time and an iconic American musical that has a surprising connection to Shakespeare make 18th season of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales...
| Jul 8, 2009
| 3:32 PM
Wednesday's topic: What's next for Sarah Palin? Does she have a political future? Have the media treated her fairly?
Palin can't stand the heat, takes refuge in kitchen Point: Katherine Mangu-Ward
Here's the thing about running for office: People are...
| Jul 19, 2009
By the 1980s, Philip Glass had earned a healthy reputation working in the concert hall, art films and the theater. That didn't mean he slid easily into Hollywood.
"When I first started doing Hollywood films," Glass, 72, said by phone from his home in New...
| Jul 26, 2009
A remarkable run of major monuments in the classical-Romantic violin repertoire began in L.A. a few weeks ago when Joshua Bell played Bruch's First Concerto. It signaled the start of what amounts to a crash course in the history of the 19th century violin...
| 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...
| Sep 26, 2009
At any given moment, Gustavo Dudamel might be catching a red-eye flight to Sweden, rehearsing young musicians in Venezuela, blazing a path through Mahler's First in Los Angeles or brainstorming with the head of his record label in Germany.
Then there are...
| Oct 4, 2009
Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...