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Mark Swed

Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996. Before that, he was a music critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Wall Street Journal and has written extensively for international publications. Swed is the author of the book-length text to the best-selling iPad app, “The Orchestra,” and is a former editor of the Musical Quarterly. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
Music goes multimedia, but why? Three concerts point the way

Laurie Anderson offers a meditation on her new book at the Wallis, composer David Rosenboom collaborates with avant garde filmmaker Lewis Klahr, and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton confronts the loss of her late partner, filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

Karina Canellakis, back in L.A. with a hire-wire act

The much-watched conductor returns to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a program that includes fresh Mozart, stirring Beethoven and the U.S. premiere of “Secret Forest” by one of Japan’s leading younger composers, Dai Fujikura.

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