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Culture MonsterThe houselights stayed dim at the start of Monday nightâs concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for longer than usual, as if to milk the moment for all it was worth. Only a few extra seconds elapsed before......
Culture MonsterIf you are a Mahler buff who always wanted to play the role of the Mad Programmer, Universal Music is giving you a shot at it as part of its massive outpouring of recordings commemorating the composerâs 150th birthday (which......
Marc Abrams, a physician whose epic (and shirtless) daily walks through Silver Lake inspired documentaries, murals and magazine profiles, died Wednesday. He was 58. His wife, Cindy, found him dead in their backyard hot tub. Police initially determined...
Special to The TimesNEW 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...
Tags: Music Theater, Opera (genre), Theater, Geography, Music Industry
Life, even for rising orchestra conductors, can be unfair. Consider one response to Alan Gilbert, new music director of the New York Philharmonic, after he leads Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony in a packed college auditorium in Queens to loud applause. In the...
Monster Mash: Domingo recovering after surgery; trans-Atlantic transfers; trouble for 'Miracle Worker'Culture Monster--On the mend: Los Angeles Opera general director PlÃ¡cido Domingo is expected to make a full recovery after a localized malignant polyp is removed from his colon. (Los Angeles Times) --Across the pond: Producers learn that bringing British hits (and........
Culture MonsterAfter decades of near-neglect and sometimes ridicule, the music of Gustav Mahler caught on in a big way in the 1960s -- and I thank goodness that I was aware enough then to experience it. Most Mahler nuts, weâre told,......
Times Staff WriterFLIP-FLOPS AND ARMANI COATTAILS -- they don't make the most natural fashion combination. But on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the dissonant attire somehow resolves itself into a harmonic whole. Deep down, the cerebral maestro is actually a devoted beach bum. "It's...
Tags: Walt Disney, Esa-Pekka Salonen
Special to The TimesWhen South Korean conductor and competition veteran Shi-Yeon Sung stepped in for an ailing Edo de Waart at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, she was amply prepared to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic on short notice in a demanding program of Wagner,...
Tags: Walt Disney, Death, Germany, Arts and Culture
Here are excerpts of Times reviews, culled from key performances during Esa-Pekka Salonen's years leading the Phil: July 8, 1985 An oddball program performed with illuminating dash introduced the young Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, to...
Annapolis became a major cultural metropolis this month, thanks to the presentation of two musical masterworks — one by a major 19th-century symphony composer, the other by a major 19th-century opera composer. Both works, which premiered within 20...
It was the cellphone heard 'round the world. A bouncy marimba ring tone on an iPhone erupted during the final soft, almost unbearably poignant minutes of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at a recent New York Philharmonic concert in Lincoln Center. Music...
Tags: Opera (genre), Judges, Laura Linney, Culture, David Mamet
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