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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterJOHN 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...
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 CriticSAN LUIS OBISPO -- On a balmy evening here Thursday, the dozen men of Chanticleer, dressed in identical stylish dark suits, began a slow procession down the aisle of the San Luis Obispo de Tolosa mission, founded in 1772. It was a solemn, beautiful,...
Times Art CriticRobert Rauschenberg, the protean artist from small-town Texas whose imaginative commitment to hybrid forms of painting and sculpture changed the course of American and European art between 1950 and the early 1970s, died Monday night, according to New...
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Music CriticThe young Calder Quartet has arrived. For its program Friday night in the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, the box office was mobbed. A throng in hanging-from-the-rafters numbers so crowded a hapless box office that many did not get in in time...
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Times Music CriticA Lou Harrison craze has appeared frustratingly just around the corner ever since this poster boy for gorgeous nonconformist California music died in 2003. Friday night Jacaranda, Santa Monica's new music series, opened its new season with a half-Harrison...
Music CriticSaturday morning, hyperbolic weather reporters here barked out warnings of heavy wind and drenching rain all day. A shower or two did dampen Manhattan streets, but the real New York weather over the weekend was elsewhere. Friday night at the Chelsea...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen John Adams, the celebrated composer who is to his adopted California as Sibelius is to Finland, decided to write a memoir of his life and music, he realized there was virtually no model for his project. "Most composers," he said over lunch at an...
The book “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” -- based on the work of the late Sister Corita, a legendary art instructor from L.A.'s Immaculate Heart College -- had little immediate effect when it came out in 1992. "It...
To call something "notes" means it isn't finished. A preparation for something else, or a work in progress. Or It means I know this is less than perfect. It means the piecemeal composition is acknowledged, should be applauded. "And to my horror (for I...
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Times Staff WriterLunch was long over, the conversation lingered, and Alice's patience was wearing skittishly thin. A girl couldn't wait all afternoon. At last the guest stood from the dining table to leave, but not just yet, please, journalist and photographer Jamie...
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The art world takes itself very seriously. Make that very, very seriously. What little laughter can be heard between the white walls of the museum typically comes at the expense of art by people who don't understand it. Far rarer are chuckles that erupt...
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