| Jan 6, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Mathieu Dufour, who has served as principal flutist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since the beginning of the current season, has abruptly left his post to return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The news, which was confirmed by both orchestras,......
| Mar 30, 2008
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine-star attraction on this balmy night in Santa Fe--is stranded.
She yearns to get up from the back-yard lawn chair where her husband has deposited her and stroll to a pool that's shimmering green-blue in the desert twilight....
| Jan 8, 2009
Moments after Joe Biden is sworn in as vice president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol and just before Barack Obama takes his oath as president, four classical musicians will perform a work created by John Williams for the history-...
| Oct 12, 2007
A medical emergency interrupted pianist Andras Schiff's recital Wednesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A woman sitting in the seventh row from the stage lost consciousness and, when she apparently could not be revived, was carried out on a stretcher....
| Dec 18, 2007
| 9:56 AM
The triumphant final chords of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto brought a storm of applause from the audience, assembled for the first public rehearsal and concert by Chicago's new orchestra. But the sense of triumph that pervaded the Chicago Auditorium...
| Jan 18, 2008
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney as a U.N. "messenger of peace" Friday to promote the world body's activities, especially in its far-flung peacekeeping missions.
The 46-year-old actor has been campaigning for an end to the 4 1/2-...
| Oct 2, 2009
| 10:22 AM
NEW YORK -- Every opera lover knows that Thomas Hampson, the American baritone, can sing his heart out. But it's also true that he can talk your ear off.
For as long as many music lovers remember, Hampson has been a prime attraction at the world's...
| May 16, 2010
Complete "Ring" cycles have been a feature of the recording industry for some 50 years, first as a platform for the star conductor and lately for the star director. There are fast "Rings," profound "Rings," Eurotrash "Rings," even your father's "Ring," in...
| Jul 4, 2010
Imagine a world-class soloist who, after performing Brahms' demanding Violin Concerto, joins the orchestra's string section to play Brahms' Symphony No. 1. That is exactly what Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider did two years ago with the Los Angeles...
| Jan 10, 2010
The dominant theme in the 2010 musical performance landscape is the Frederic Chopin bicentennial. More than 2,000 worldwide events will honor the beloved Polish composer and his elegiac piano scores. Chopin festivals abound seemingly everywhere: London,...
| Aug 28, 2011
| 7:00 AM
Ever since my mom gave me the complete works of Ludwig van Beethoven — the best birthday present I ever got — I'd wanted to make a pilgrimage to Bonn, the composer's birthplace, to soak up the atmosphere and look for clues to his genius....