| Nov 8, 2008
There were several threads tying together Miguel Harth-Bedoya's program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Thursday night.
All three works -- by an American, a Mexican and an Englishman -- were written in North America within a six-year span, 1939...
| Apr 18, 2010
A certain word tumbles frequently from Gustavo Dudamel's lips these days: marvelous, or maravilloso in his native Spanish.
Ask him about the weeks he spent in L.A. last fall, when he formally took up the reins as 11th music director of the Los Angeles...
| Jun 28, 2010
| 9:00 PM
Allyn Ferguson, a prolific, Emmy-winning composer who co-wrote the themes for the popular TV series "Charlie's Angels" and "Barney Miller," has died. He was 85.
Ferguson, who also was known as an arranger and conductor, died of natural causes June 23...
| Jun 7, 2009
The Ojai Music Festival has a long tradition of picking some of the era's most important artists to serve as its music director, a position that rotates annually. But though the festival has sometimes chosen more than one person at a time for the job,...
| Jul 26, 2009
In the early stages of writing my memoir "Slow Motion," I packed my bags and prepared to spend a month at Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. I had never been to Yaddo before and was feeling intimidated. James Baldwin, Truman Capote and...
| Mar 15, 2009
Mark O'Connor sat in the small theater at UCLA as three earnest young music students -- a violinist, a cellist and a pianist -- determinedly worked through one movement of his Piano Trio No. 1, a piece commissioned and recorded by the Eroica Trio, one...
| Jan 31, 2010
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty.
A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana....
| Mar 26, 2009
| 10:23 AM
Just two months ago, I wrote about how my obsession with Elizabeth Taylor colored my choices and changed my life. While that is certainly true, it was an outside manifestation, lighthearted and fun. Inside, though, at a much more profound place, its my...
| May 8, 2011
About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty.
At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth —...
| Nov 6, 2011
Forty-five years ago this week at United Western Recorders, near Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, along with a radio interviewer, were hanging out in a studio with a grand piano, a microphone and a work in progress called...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Lenox, Mass. — Travelers come to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts for the mountains and the museums, the camping and the theater, the just-off-the-boil summer days that fade into cool evenings and single-blanket nights. But most of all they...