Monthly Archives: March 2004

East Comes West

Photo by Heny Fair In its several years’ existence, the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival has staked out a broad and interesting territory, while expanding the very scope of its title: Aaron Copland at the movies, Antonin Dvor├ík in New York, Bill Bolcom’s entanglement with William Blake’s poetry, and – for two splendid weeks earlier […]

Wise Counselor

Photo by Dewey Neild With a name like Steven Stucky, he has to be good, and so he is. Since his arrival at the Philharmonic in 1988, his official titles have included composer in residence, new-music adviser and, at present, consulting composer for new music. He is actually a composer in nonresidence; his day job […]

Man of Many Worlds

(Photo by Betty Freeman) In the music of Osvaldo Golijov I hear a robust proclamation of joy in the creative act. It is a mere dozen years since he first flashed across the horizon with his Yiddishbuk – which, by the way, the St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform on March 25 at UCLA’s Schoenberg […]

A Couple of Strausses

Photo by Robert Millard Of the two composers named Strauss – unrelated, so far as anyone knows – who commanded the attention at downtown emporia in recent weeks, it was Richard who generated the louder noise and Johann Jr. who made the prettier music. Some of my colleagues seemed put out to discover something so […]