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Mark Swed, Music Critic

  • Joy, daring in Cameron Carpenter's 'If You Could Read My Mind'
    Joy, daring in Cameron Carpenter's 'If You Could Read My Mind'

    Cameron Carpenter isn't the first organist to be marketed as a rock star. Virgil Fox, a church organist, became a quirky evangelist for Bach in the 1970s with his "Heavy Organ" performances that opened concerts for Cream and the like at places such as the Fillmore. Fox, of...

  • John Adams' 'Ceiling/Sky' remains earthbound
    John Adams' 'Ceiling/Sky' remains earthbound

    When urban angst and unrest erupts in violence, as it did in Ferguson, Mo., our initial focus is necessarily on finding solutions to such apparent causes as racial profiling, unemployment and militarized police. But the underlying spiritual crises, the lingering human needs, may require...

  • Yo-Yo Ma is marvelous during a strange night at Hollywood Bowl
    Yo-Yo Ma is marvelous during a strange night at Hollywood Bowl

    Yo-Yo Ma played Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night magnificently. A large audience, nearly 12,000 strong, was more than willing to fight terrible traffic jams caused by broken-down buses and whatnot to hear a superstar cellist.

  • Leonard Slatkin is traditional and bracing at Hollywood Bowl
    Leonard Slatkin is traditional and bracing at Hollywood Bowl

    Having served as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl a decade ago, Leonard Slatkin knows a little something about the difficulty of trying to move a 2,000-pound gorilla. He had hoped to enliven the L.A. Phil's summer programming with new and...

  • At Hollywood Bowl, Nicholas McGegan is the man for all seasons
    At Hollywood Bowl, Nicholas McGegan is the man for all seasons

    The Hollywood Bowl this summer seems to be taking few chances by playing favorites. Leaving adventure to the other Los Angeles Philharmonic seasons in Walt Disney Concert Hall, otherwise adventurous conductors and performers have leaned heavily on top of the classical pops (and sometimes...

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