| 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 10, 2013
| 5:30 AM
This review has been updated.
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...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 11:28 AM
Chopin is free.
His freedom -- technically his music's freedom -- comes courtesy of composer Aaron Dunn’s Kickstarter campaign: Raise $75,000 to record the complete works of the 19th century Polish romantic composer and offer them on Dunn’...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:16 PM
The guitar is the world's most popular instrument and that's not about to change. It's an instrument that does it all. So let Eric Clapton wail for as long as he's agile. Let Milos Karadaglic, the young Montenegrin classical guitar star, grow and thrive....
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:00 AM
When plans commenced in 1987 to build Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., architect Frank Gehry was a relatively youthful 58 years old. By the time the hall was completed, after a number of delays and setbacks — not to mention some...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
After a week of the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrating its 10th anniversary, Walt Disney Concert Hall is, at last, Walt Disney Concert Hall once again.
That is to say that the orchestra's season opening program Thursday night conducted by Gustavo...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 12:30 PM
BONN -- After a decade as general director of the Beethoven Festival, Ilona Schmiel answered her final curtain call Saturday night before moving on to a new job in Zurich.
During her 10 years at the helm, Schmiel steered German's classical music...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Wednesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the probing Hungarian pianist András Schiff begins the third round in his three-season survey of Bach's major keyboard works suitable for piano by playing the six "English" Suites.
Pianistic "purity" is...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 4:20 PM
This weekend both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony are reviving major scores that the orchestras commissioned and premiered for special occasions.
Amid the final concerts of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 17-year tenure as music director...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday celebration resumes in Southern California this weekend with the three-day Italian Opera Festival at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.
The composer's birthday was Oct. 10. On Saturday, the festival at...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Esa-Pekka Salonen's Violin Concerto was finished and given its first performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in spring 2009, during his feverish and emotional final days as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Salonen said it wasn't a...