Monthly Archives: February 1991

DEGENERATES

Half a century ago, Los Angeles teemed with Germanic art, as refugees from Adolf Hitler’s persecution moved their creativity westward. Now, with the “Degenerate Art” show at the County Museum currently drawing crowds and a corollary “Degenerate Music” show about to open at the Music Center, that episode in Los Angeles’ cultural history takes on […]

UMBRELLA

If these Green Umbrella concerts keep getting better, they’re in danger, one of these Monday nights, of taking off into orbit. Once again, Monday night at the Japan-America Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new-music series struck gold: a triumph both of programming and performance. Oliver Knussen conducted with great skill and inmsight, his second appearance […]

ELEKTRA

Just when you thought it was unsafe to return to the Music Center Opera, along comes “Elektra,” and matters are again on the mend. The company’s new production of Richard Strauss’ one-act mix of shock and shlock, unveiled Saturday night for the first of four performance, might have its flaws, but they rank as virtues […]

LAPO

Enduring a performance of Edward Elgar’s Second Symphony should be no problem. Bring along a good book and a soft pillow, and you’ve got it made. Most of the audience at Thursday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Music Center, however, had overlooked these amenities. Getting through the Elgar Second under those deprived circumstances, […]

BALLO

Here we are, a growing community of operatic connoisseurs, but starved this season for a touch from the warming hand of Giuseppe Verdi. No wonder the prospect of Opera Pacific’s “Un ballo in maschera” {cq upper & lower case} looked so enticing. No such luck. “Ballo” can be reckoned Verdi’s perfect opera: beautifully proportioned, concise, […]

MEC XTET

The name of Bright Sheng has come into circulation lately. Born in Shanghai in 1955, he came to New York in 1982, has had performances and commissions by orchestras here and abroad, is currently composer-in-residence at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and assisted Leonard Bernstein on that composer’s “Arias and Barcarolles.” At 35, he has made […]

LAPO

Back in 1985, at the start of his leadership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Andre Previn guided the orchestra through several Haydn and Mozart performances that linger in the memory. Those fond recollections were rekindled on Friday night at the Music Center, as Previn and the orchestra devoted an entire program to a loving celebration […]

TAVERNER

At the risk of sounding obsessive, Tuesday night’s “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” concert was one in a long series for which “perfection” is the most accurate description. The venue was beautiful; so was the music; so was the way the two elements seemed made for one another. The matter at hand was a program […]