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Adams’ Gospel at LA Philharmonic and on tour March 2013

By Richard P. Townsend John Adams’ most recent music continues to underscore his place as one of today’s most important composers, as work after new work demonstrates not only his musical significance and sophistication but his ability to capture and hold the attention of the listening public. He combines musical relevance and incisive narrative with […]

Don Giovanni at the LA Philharmonic thru the 26th May

My first performance of Mozart’s greatest opera—the story of Don Juan’s many conquests and moral descent, universally acknowledged as one of the most important works of Western civilization—was unforgettable. It was May 1981 and the Metropolitan Opera on tour in Dallas, a matinee revival of Don Giovanni in the legendary 1957 Herbert Graf/Eugene Berman production, […]

Simon Rattle at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 3-6 May 2012

By Richard P. Townsend Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, guest conducted Los Angele’s orchestra last weekend at Disney Hall in a memorable and brilliantly curated program of high Romantic Germanic music: Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler, spiked with a modern piece that demonstrated Ligeti’s connection to the earlier composers. […]