Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' poses a superhuman challenge for most pianists. Murray Perahia rose to the occasion
Forth Worth Opera marks its 70th anniversary with its most elaborate production ever, enlisting the talents of the hot creative team of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek.
Beth Morrison's '21C Liederabend. Op. LA' at Disney Hall was a good idea (but next time, rethink the presentation, please)
Beth Morrison creates "21C Liederabend. Op. LA" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
"Alexander's Feast" is an ideal starting place for the Los Angeles Master Chorale's "Hidden Handel" series. Mark Swed review.
John Cage and Merce Cunningham made performance the heart of Black Mountain College, the subject of "Leap Before You Look" at the Hammer.
John Adams wrote 'Scheherazade.2' for Leila Josefowicz. The two of them rivetingly perform it with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Organ recitals in the Los Angeles area by Richard Valitutto in Pasadena and Thomas Trotter in Los Angeles Philharmonic organ series at Disney Hall show the instrument is still impressive and grand.
A snippet of John Cage music, newly discovered, is introduced by the Ensemble at CalArts in "Minimalism means."
The imaginative Kent Nagano leads Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal on a serious of outstanding classical music recordings.
Impressive sonics at opening gala make the Chapman University facility's use of Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Disney Hall fame seem wise.
Kent Nagano leads Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, with piano soloist Daniil Trifonov, in a blazing concert in Santa Barbara.
There's still nothing quite like Robert Ashley's avant-garde opera "The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer,' performed at 356 Mission.
With her ABT performance background and an MBA on the wall, Rachel Moore is perfectly suited to head the Music Center
West Coast premiere of 'Anthracite Fields' by L.A. Master Chorale mines the depths of American music
Julia Wolfe's 'Anthracite Fields' provides the L.A. Master Chorale a work of magnificence and gripping feeling
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic through the awe-inspiring Mahler's Third Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
As the Los Angeles Philharmonic prepares to tour, it previews a rousing concert of Ginastera, Williams and Norman.
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, pianist twins Christina and Michelle Naughton and women composers put the L.A. Phil through its paces
Angels, devils and sonic realms are all part of the world Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov created at Disney Hall.
Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov honors Maria Veniaminovna Yudina in a Monday Evening Concert performance at Colburn School.
Although it may appear a mismatch, L.A. Chamber Orchestra and conductor Matthias Pintscher sound like they're made for each other at Royce Hall
The ambitious, orchestra-centric, semi-staged performances come away with mixed results at Disney Hall and Segerstrom, respectively.
For 'The Reef' concert, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra performed mostly good musical pieces to accompany a cliched surfing film at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The stakes are high for L.A. Phil's Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the next music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The St. Louis Symphony and photographer Deborah O'Grady give Messiaen's 'Des Canyons aux Étoiles …' an elegant turn at Disney Hall.
Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A.'s planned Super Bowl halftime performance could be a game changer for classical music, the arts and culture.
As part of the 'City of Light' festival, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a magnificent program of Henri Dutilleux and Ravel. Unfortunately, digital projections by Ars Electronica Futurelab were less than illuminating.
Conductor and players merge into an individual musical organism as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the L.A. Phil in a singular performance of Mahler's First Symphony.
Leon Botstein conducts a crisp new recording of the Hindemith and Wilder opera "The Long Christmas Dinner." A review by Mark Swed.
The L.A. Times' Mark Swed visits Pacific, Pasadena and San Diego symphonies, L.A. Philharmonic, OC Youth Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.
Classical music 2015 highlights: Female conductors, 'Hopscotch,' Dudamel — but about those parking fees
Gustavo Dudamel shines in conducting Beethoven and Stravinksy. Karina Canellakis impresses with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings a little-known score by Mieczyslaw Weinberg to life with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A full triple-quartet love-in is just part of the evening in an L.A. Phil Green Umbrella program involving the Calder, Lyris and Formalist ensembles at Disney Hall.
Monday Evening Concerts returns with Steven Kazuo Takasugi's "Sideshow," an amazing display of weird sound and performance
Stravinsky's ballet 'Apollo' with American Ballet Theatre' is featured with Benjamin Britten's 'Young Apollo' and Shostakovich's apollonian Fifth Symphony.
At Zipper Hall, Mahan Esfahani may have been stellar on the harpsichord, but the acoustics made his playing virtually inaudible
Performances by the L.A Phil and Master Chorale at Disney Hall and a music-dance piece at UCLA paid tribute to victims in Paris
Sonically compressed music is standard today. But to hear it in high-res is a revelation. Could it become the new norm? Maybe, if U.S. technology, labels and websites catch up to rest of the world.
Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan make rare forays into Vivaldi and Handel at Disney Hall, and it's all in impeccable taste.
'Steel Hammer' uses the folk song 'John Henry' to examine the African American experience and more in a potent production featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and the SITI Company.
Jacaranda kicks off its new season with two expressive, in-the-moment pieces — David Lang's 'darker' and Julia Wolfe's 'LAD.' In the same vein is Sankai Juku's moving 'Umusuna — Memories Before History.'
Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer brightens Missy Mazzoli's "Song From the Uproar," part of Los Angeles Opera's Off Grand series.
Choreographer Bill T. Jones is center stage as members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company illustrate his tales in a response/homage to John Cage and Merce Cunningham.
The orchestral worlds of Los Angeles and Venezuela collide for Beethoven's Ninth at Disney Concert Hall
Review: The orchestral worlds of Los Angeles and Venezuela collide and coalesce for Beethoven's Ninth
L.A. Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony join forces to tackle Beethoven cycle under the liberating baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
Gloria Cheng and Thomas Adès find modernist composers' groundbreaking voices in a knock-your-socks-off duo piano recital at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall.
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla wowed a Hollywood Bowl audience with her conducting of Mahler last summer, and she repeated her sorcery with the baton Thursday.
Bad sound quality is just one of several knocks against streaming, but it's here to stay and musicians are finding ways to adjust.
The New York Philharmonic's all-American concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl offers little sense of the phil, but much good cheer.
The Lucerne Festival pays homage to French composer Pierre Boulez and his influence on 20th century music and the Swiss city, with a day of music that entrances everybody from the well-heeled to skateboarders.