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.
Review: L.A. Phil revives the neglected 'dean of African American composers'

The L.A. Phil celebrates the Harlem Renaissance with two programs centered on the exceptional and neglected L.A. African American symphonist William Grant Still and Duke Ellington.

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Salad chopped on the Disney Hall stage closes out 24 hours of Fluxus-ing

Fluxus artist Alison Knowles turns salad making into a percussion event, LACMA premieres dance from Jennie MaryTai Liu, and music has its moment at Frieze Los Angeles. For 24 hours, music and art converge big time.