Monthly Archives: June 2000

Dieties of the Big Bang

”We were playing in Fargo,“ Amy Knoles remembers, ”and there was this old woman in the front row who wasn‘t very happy with what she was hearing — it was Art Jarvinen’s Sextet for Amplified Handcuffs. And so she yelled out, ‘Where’s the music?‘“ Well might she ask. The ”we“ of that dark and stormy […]


The Motherland reclaimed some of its territory these last few weeks: Benjamin Britten rampant at the L.A. Opera and some magnificent noises from two of his younger compatriots at the 54th running of the Ojai Festival. Britannia rules — or comes closer, at any rate. Britten‘s operas have been a triumphant thread through the local […]

Notes in the Key of H

A London coal dealer named Thomas Britton had a loft above his shop, reachable by ladder, where, for several decades starting around 1680, hired musicians gave weekly instrumental concerts for a paying audience. Britton’s concerts were a hot ticket; the illustrious George Frederick Handel was often in attendance. More important, they marked a turning point […]


With the announcement of Kent Nagano’s appointment as principal conductor, the Los Angeles Opera’s new leadership took a major step toward rounding out its team. The announcement was made Thursday (June 8) by incoming artistic director Plácido Domingo; Nagano joins incoming artistic administrator (=dramaturg) Edgar Baitzel and executive director Ian White-Thompson to command the direction […]

Not With a Bang but a Whisper

The quiet blessing that ends Mahler’s Fourth Symphony receded into silence, and the Philharmonic’s season was over. The last weeks were glorious. A few days earlier, in the final concert of the orchestra’s “Green Umbrella” series, splendidly dispatched by Markus Stenz (who had led the Kurtág Stele with the full Philharmonic the week before), there […]