Monthly Archives: August 1998

The Bowl:

Against the taunts of the nonbelievers, I cling to the premise that a night at the Hollywood Bowl, even for the Tuesday/Thursday “serious” programs, can be a joyous, even uplifting, event. Some nights this summer, however, I’ve had to cling more tightly than usual, although the last two weeks’ concerts, with Esa-Pekka Salonen back on […]

Friends to Franz

Somebody had the good idea to initiate a series of Sunday-morning chamber concerts at the idyllic John Anson Ford Amphitheater. It’s the right time of the day, and of the week, to let our ears be wooed by the subtle and loving tones of this kind of music. Management provides an overhead canopy – two […]

It's All Greek

The ethics of full disclosure oblige me to reveal up front that I wrote the program notes for one of the concerts reviewed in this space. The fee I received, every penny, went for a root canal. If that doesn’t count as expiation, I’d like to know what does. At the J. Paul Getty Museum, […]

Strings Attached

In a world overpopulated by fiddling moppets – dimpled teen and subteen virtuosos who wow the crowds with Bruch and Wieniawski concertos for a couple of years and then disappear into the woodwork – 51-year-old Gidon Kremer stands as honored patriarch. More to the point, he stands as one of the supreme musicians of our […]