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  • A double-dose of Gershwin from Pasadena Pops and L.A. Phil

    A double-dose of Gershwin from Pasadena Pops and L.A. Phil
    By George, half a century on it’s still a good thing when Gershwin music is front and center. During the next few days two Southern California orchestras are turning their focus to brothers George and Ira.
  • Connie Wald dies at 96; Hollywood wife known for low-key parties

    Connie Wald dies at 96; Hollywood wife known for low-key parties
    Connie Wald, an elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the low-key dinner parties she held for friends like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, died of natural causes Nov. 10 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 96. Her...

    Influences: Michael Feinstein, interpreter of the Great American Songbook

     
    One of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein will appear Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where he will perform a program of classic American songs and jazz numbers with a focus on film music by...

    Critic's Notebook: Who really owns Gershwin?

    Critic's Notebook: Who really owns Gershwin?
    "Who says that only Americans know how to play Gershwin?" asks Gramophone magazine this month as it hails a new Gershwin CD from the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the German orchestra that calls itself the world's oldest. "By this time possibly nobody," the British...

    Comden & Green (and now add Beane)

    Comden  &  Green (and now add Beane)
    WHEN I was a young writer and wore a pencil behind my ear without a hint of irony, I swore a great many things. One was that I would never adapt anything. My ideas would spring anew from my dramatic imagination and the world would rejoice -- though...