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Mark Swed

Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996. Before that, he was a music critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Wall Street Journal and has written extensively for international publications. Swed is the author of the book-length text to the best-selling iPad app, “The Orchestra,” and is a former editor of the Musical Quarterly. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
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Searching for Russia's soul, then and now, in 'Boris Godunov'

Our critic checks out a noteworthy Bay Area production: Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a semi-staged opera, Mussorksky’s “Boris Godunov,” directed by James Darrah.

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A festival's final concert brings the microtonal outsiders in

MicroFest, the SoCal festival celebrating "the notes between the notes," ends with a concert devoted to Harry Partch, America’s original maverick composer.

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