Archive for March, 2008

Twofer

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Last night, we got two world premieres, both commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Both were conducted by the young Joana Carneiro. Ursula Oppens both premiered Harold Meltzer’s new piano concerto called Privacy and stuck around for Dialogues by Elliott Carter. Both Carter and Messiaen turn 100 this year, which explains why the previous Green […]

Housekeeping: Through My Looking Glass

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

There are several debates which represent ongoing issues related to writing about and having opinions about culture. They derive largely from the tension that art produces within a society. They are probably never going to be definitively answered, but for the purposes of any critic, one must take a side and let the reader understand […]

The Musical Experiment

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Purpose: Have you ever thought about all those pieces of music people tell you you’re supposed to love yet never found them remotely interesting to you at the moment. I usually have some things on my mp3 player that I don’t really listen to but have in case I feel compelled to explore it. I […]

Remember the Alamo Race Track

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I missed South By Southwest, but I really wanted to go. There was a Minimalism event with Steve Reich, but oh well, always next year, right? Alamo Race Track played there. They’re a band from Amsterdam, and their music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy (but who’s hasn’t?). The song was on their last album, […]

Schick on the Sticks

Monday, March 17th, 2008

The Monday Evening Concerts can get pretty wild with amazing sounds and experimental structures. After attending the first one of the year last December, I hope to return again April 14. Above is a video from that December 3rd concert with music by Xenakis, Stravinsky, and Radulescu. I hope you’ll agree that this is not […]