Monthly Archives: May 2005

A Deaf EAR

A HOLLOW RING The news had begun to circulate over the weekend, so that by Monday night the crowd at the County Museum for the EAR Unit season’s final concert was considerably larger than usual. The news involved decisions by LACMA’s directors to end, or at least curtail, its activities as a presenter of concerts […]

Conversation Pieces

All Fours Two nights of high musical adventure at the start of the month were reason enough for gratitude: to the dauntless, imaginative programming and performance skills of the Penderecki String Quartet, and to the leadership of the County Museum, which has brought the group here repeatedly for some of the best chamber-music events I […]

The Lemons of Orange

Photo by Betty FriedmanBY GEORGE The Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival is a class act if ever one was. The fifth running, which ended last weekend, may have been a lumpier mix than some, but it brought some interesting music to venues in Irvine and Costa Mesa, and some of its composers came along as […]

Six Feet Two, Eyes of Blue

BOY-OH-BOY We have yet to experience the pleasure of observing Susan Graham in action on the operatic stage, but her solo recital at the Chandler Pavilion, from first note to last, was an event of high and delightful theater. “First note” consisted of her acting out simply, with her fingers slinking insinuatingly around the edge […]