| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:30 AM
It has been a number of years since the members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic pulled New Year’s Eve duty, and none of them seem to be complaining about having the likes of Pink Martini, or this year, Sergio Mendes, take over at Walt Disney Concert...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:27 AM
Yusef Lateef, a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who brought the sounds of world music to jazz and became one of the first jazz musicians to convert to the teachings of Islam, has died. He was 93.
Lateef died Monday at...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Gustavo Dudamel is ending the Los Angeles Philharmonic's year this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the world premiere of Daníel Bjarnason's "Blow bright." Which it did Thursday, if somewhat darkly bright, Bjarnason being, after all, an...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely admired for her astonishing technical skills at the keyboard and a charismatic stage presence. The 26-year-old also draws attention for her fashion statements and sometimes daring style choices on the concert stage. Her...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
BONN, Germany — The slightest hint that a lost manuscript, letter or personal artifact of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven might exist and be available for acquisition is enough to get Michael Ladenburger's adrenaline pumping.
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
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Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific — and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:00 PM
Los Angeles’ increasing reputation as a capital for new classical music got further confirmation from the Grammy Awards on Friday night. Five recordings that involve the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Santa Monica new music series Jacaranda, the...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:20 PM
"Papa" Haydn is often called, rightfully and wrongly, the father of the symphony. The Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrated the rightful part Thursday night with clear, crisp, clever and ever-delightful performances of Haydn's first and 100th efforts at...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:00 AM
From the start, I opposed digital downloads and everything about them.
The early MP3s a decade ago were so sonically constricted they seemed like the worst so-called advance in the history of recorded sound. The tyrannical iTunes infrastructure requires...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Classical music buffs certainly have heard Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but we suspect they’ve never heard them sing. Next June, the 2014 Ojai Music Festival will give them the chance.
The three great composers are among the characters in a new...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 5:00 AM
After Christian Zacharias had conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in plush, punchy, skillfully proportioned yet not always stirring performances of works by Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert and Schumann, I turned to the Marx Brothers. Groucho had answers for...