Monthly Archives: January 2001

Things Past

Reviving Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King was the latest of XTET‘s many good deeds. Perhaps this hardy band of local freelance players, founded in 1986, should have been renamed “IXTET Plus Conductor and Stage DirectorDesigner” for its major work on last week’s Monday Evening Concert at the County Museum, but its […]

Galore If Not Gala

A week that offers both The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni is twice blessed; this happened last week not in Vienna or London, but right here. There were noticeable dissimilarities between the L.A. Opera’s Figaro at the Music Center and UCLA Opera‘s Big Game offering, but not so much as you might think, and […]

Lou, At Last

The Philharmonic’s final con-cert of the old year began with Lou Harrison‘s Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra, magic made audible. James DePreist conducted, replacing the indisposed Franz Welser-Most; Robert McDuffie and Christopher Taylor were the soloists. The 10-member performing ensemble looked lost on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — before, that […]

Picking Up the Pieces

The year ended with fitting resonance. At Westwood’s St. Paul the Apostle Church, Dana Marsh was back for a last time to lead his boys, men, soloists and Michael Eagan‘s Musica Angelica in one more superb Messiah before embarking for broader horizons; he will be missed. One soloist needs special, ecstatic mention: soprano Alice Gribbin, […]