| May 5, 2010
| 4:32 PM
The green umbrellas were lowered Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. No longer floating from the rafters as they usually do for the Los Angeles Philharmonicâs New Music Ensemble programs, they were this time planted on the stage and......
| Apr 11, 2010
Jeremy Denk is a relatively young, up-and-coming concert pianist acclaimed for his renditions of Bach, Beethoven and Ives. He's also something a bit more 21st century: "a wigged-out blogger," to steal a phrase he once applied to himself while posting in a...
| Jan 31, 2010
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty.
A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana....
| Jan 16, 2011
Jazz people like to brag that their idiom is "America's classical music." But if you catch some of them in a certain mood, you'll find that they long to merge their art with what much of the Western world calls "classical music" — the idiom that...
| Oct 2, 2009
| 4:32 PM
It???s nothing new for contemporary singers to dig into the depths of the American Songbook for material. But what Thomas Hampson is up to might be considered a full-blown archeological excavation by comparison. The seminal baritone, who is in recital.......
| Oct 9, 2008
JOHN ADAMS is the voice of America. His instrumental music, and particularly that for the orchestra, conveys the American experience broadly. He is generous in his interests, which include the maverick Yankee-isms of Charles Ives, the populist strains...
| Apr 23, 2008
In a warehouse space on a no-frills Westside industrial street, Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet, points to a rickety little table.
"Welcome to my office," he jokes. "We've been in here four months, so it's still a work...
| Apr 28, 2008
Adding a dose of fire and brimstone to its expanding repertory on Friday, Los Angeles Ballet mounted a scorching rendition of "The Evangelist" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse in the first of five Southland performances at four venues.
Choreographed in 1992...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 4:23 PM
Prometheus was a Titan of ancient Greek mythology who stole fire from the gods in order to enlighten mankind. By opening its Wednesday evening program at the Williams Center Wednesday night with Beethoven’s overture of that name, the Orpheus Chamber...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The last pope to take the name Benedict, before the one who made history this month announcing plans to retire, assumed his duties a few weeks after the outbreak of World War I.
As Christmas 1914 approached, Benedict XV, who described the war as “...