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Culture MonsterAn 18-wheeler of a symphony on a joy ride, the âTurangalilaâ â- with French plates, Sanskrit graphics, the eerie whine of a UFO, horsepower and torque you wouldnât believe, a voluptuous sleeper in the cabin for euphoric sex -- barreled......
Culture MonsterTaking advantage of an overly long mid-âRingâ three-day break at Los Angeles Opera -- between âDie WalkÃ¼reâ on Sunday and âSiegfriedâ on Thursday -- the Los Angeles Philharmonic did the neighborly thing Tuesday night. For its contribution...
Betty Allen, one of the first African American singers to reach prominence on the international opera stage, died June 22 of complications from kidney disease at a hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. She was 82. If contralto Marian Anderson in the 1930s and 1940s...
Critics don't get much respect. (Pause here for raucous laughter.) If you doubt it, look up the word "critic" in any book of quotations and see what you find. H.L. Mencken's "New Dictionary of Quotations" is full of zinger after zinger, most of which...
Culture MonsterNEW YORK -- Henry Cowell, the all-American composer of the 20th century, did it all. âI want to live in the whole world of music,â he said. He was âthe open sesame of new music in America,â John Cage said.......
Just two months ago, I wrote about how my obsession with Elizabeth Taylor colored my choices and changed my life. While that is certainly true, it was an outside manifestation, lighthearted and fun. Inside, though, at a much more profound place, its my...
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Carl St.Clair can clearly recall being in the third grade in his hometown of Yoakum, Texas, and being "marched down to the Grand Theater where we all got to see 'Ben-Hur.' I was totally captivated," he says. "The score was overwhelming to me." Fifty...
Special to The Times[This Book Review originally ran in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 11, 2007] A unified, comprehensive history of 20th century music is the philosopher's stone of modern criticism: How to transmute such vast, maddening complexity into conceptual gold? It's...
Times Music CriticThe Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, newly added to Santa Monica College, had its semi-public tryouts over the summer and a gala last month with singer Barbara Cook, who was amplified. But the opening night concert Saturday, a recital by mezzo-soprano...
MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...
Staff reporterOn December 18, 2011 at 4: 00pm, join the Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad Director, for A Feast of Carols to welcome the holiday season. Virgil Thomson's Scenes from the Holy Infancy will be the centerpiece of this festive concert which will also...
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Staff reporterOn November 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm, join the Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC),Paul Lindblad director, for A Feast of Carols to welcome the holiday season. Virgil Thomson's Scenes from the Holy Infancy will be the centerpiece of this festive concert which will...
Tags: Entertainment, Music, Francis Poulenc, Forest Park
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