Monthly Archives: August 1991

BOWL

Record collectors have known the name of Switzerland’s Peter Maag for several decades. In the early days of the long-playing record his Mozart performances, with various European orchestras, were regarded as beacons of clarity and strength. Something must have happened, however, because Maag’s belated debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the Hollywood Bowl on […]

NEWMEXICO CULTURE

John Crosby chose well. An opera coach and conductor, Yale-educated, making his way in New York circles in the early 1950s but suffering under the pace and the bad air of East Coast urban life, Crosby decided that sinuses and sanity demanded a change of venue. Santa Fe beckoned: still in 1956 the sleepy desert town […]

BOWL

There’s a lot to be said for symphony concerts controlled by a firm hand at the podium. Once in a while, there’s something to be said as well for concerts in which the audience takes command. Something like that happened at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, and no harm was done. The program was all-Mozart, […]

BOWL

At intermission at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night, the season’s final concert by the Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, Philharmonic managing director Ernest Fleischmann came on stage. He had never, he told 8,725 listeners, come before an audience to ask for help, but the Philharmonic Institute was now in trouble. Unless $250,000 can be raised before […]

BOWL

In a recent published statement a local air-traffic official claimed that the unusual amount of intrusion by planes and helicopters over the Hollywood Bowl was due to an exceptional amount of overcast this summer and the consequent rerouting of landing patterns. Well, the skies were crystal-clear on Thursday night — over the Bowl, and over […]

BOWL

Onstage and out front, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Simon Rattle filled the Hollywood Bowl quite handsomely on Tuesday night. If the Beethoven Ninth can draw one of the season’s largest crowds (17,073, just 900 short of capacity), there’s hope for civilization after all. The night began wondrously well. Rattle led his reduced orchestral forces (minus violins and […]