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-------------------- Where the Heart Beats John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists Kay Larson Penguin: 477 pp., $29.95 -------------------- In the late 1940s and early 1950s, composer John Cage underwent related crises in his...
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins...
Culture MonsterThe National Endowment for the Humanities has issued $21 million in grants, including $2.1 million to renew a traveling exhibition program geared toward small museums. California accounted for $1.4 million in grants....
The Daily MirrorDec. 7, 1940: Yes, the bell on traffic semaphores in the old Warner Bros. cartoons wasnât a joke. Today, we just honk since drivers are usually checking their BlackBerrys when the light turns green. The audience walks out on the......
Peter Lieberson, an American composer who wrote his most inspired songs for his great love, the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, died Saturday of complications from lymphoma at a hospital in Tel Aviv, where he had been receiving treatment. He...
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic...
Next spring, the Los Angeles Opera will stage its first complete production of Richard Wagner's monumental four-opera cycle, "Der Ring des Nibelungen." In conjunction with those performances, more than 70 arts, cultural and educational institutions will...
Times Staff And Wire ReportsPhilip Langridge, the British tenor who won praise for his vocal versatility and subtle characterization, has died. He was 70. Langridge died Friday after a short battle with cancer, the Royal Opera House announced. His death "leaves a large hole in the...
Culture MonsterPiano Spheres, one of the Los Angeles classical music landscape???s more surprising and also inspiring success stories, began humbly 16 years ago, and the seeds have fully flowered. Launched at Pasadena???s Neighborhood Church by the late, legendary...
Culture MonsterWant to see the Berlin Philharmonic this week at Disney Hall, but finding the tickets limited and pricey? Wish that Hulu could stream Rachmaninoff along with â30 Rockâ? In either case, the Berliners, who appear tonight and Tuesday at Walt......
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,...
Leon Kirchner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of expressive, rigorous, atonal yet romantic music, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in New York. He was 90. A pianist and conductor as well as a composer, Kirchner stood somewhat...
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