Because that process takes a few minutes and access to our internal online system is tenuous on a wireless connection, I prepare the empty shell in advance. It saves time on a tight deadline at the end of the night. At the arena, I write the review as a Word document on a laptop during the show, then copy it into the prepared file to be posted on the Soundboard blog. I haven’t figured out a way to write about a show without being there, but I’m sure someone at our company is working on it. Hey, I appreciate the passion of concert fans, even when they don’t agree with me. I’ll be out again on Friday to review alternative R&B act The Weeknd at Hard Rock Live. Strange as it sounds, a positive concert review doesn’t absolve the critic from hearing it from disappointed fans. I offered praise of country legend Loretta Lynn for performing with three broken ribs recently at the Peabody in Daytona Beach. Yeah, she had a few shaky moments and I would have enjoyed watching her for more than 65 minutes, but I still enjoyed it. Not everyone. “Love your stuff most of the time, but I’m wondering if you were at the same show I saw,” emailed Elisa Meyer Steinhaus. “It was awful. I love Loretta, always have, but I felt cheated.
Phil Comments 0 Gustavo Dudamel rehearsing members of YOLA for their Hollywood Bowl debut in 2009. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) By Mark Swed Los Angeles Times Music Critic September 26, 2013, 5:16 p.m. Gustavo Dudamel will do it again. He will begin his fifth season as Los Angeles Philharmonic music director like he did his first — offeringa free concertwith the Youth Orchestra LA, which he founded with the L.A. Phil, before going on to lead a very tony gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The big occasion for this year will be a celebration of Disneys 10th anniversary. What will be different, though, is that the free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday will, this time, be at Disney Hall, not the Hollywood Bowl. Since the tickets have already been distributed, the program will also be shown on a free live simulcast in Grand Park. What will also be different — besides the fact the YOLA players are considerably more advanced and worldly than they were five years ago (some even accompanied the L.A. Phil to London earlier this year) — is that for the first time the young musicians will sit side by side with the L.A. Phil for a performance of the bounding, folk song-inspired fourth movement of Tchaikovskys Second Symphony, known as The Little Russian, as well as for Marquezs just as upbeat and even more danceable Conga del Fuego. What wont likely change, though, is the sheer inspirational fervor Dudamel inspires in student musicians and the likelihood of tears in the eyes of even the hardest-bitten unsentimental music professionals in the audience who think theyve seen it all. As an added bonus, Herbie Hancock will start the afternoon with a selection of solo works.
Argenta Concert Series rings in three years at the University; first concert Friday
“I have always been extremely passionate about chamber music because it’s a small amount of people, and it’s very intimate.” Also this season, the University’s Argenta Trio will return for two performances, each featuring works by composers from Nevada. The grand finale of the season will feature a visit by two titans of the classical music world, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Finckel is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, and jointly, they are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Associated with the concert series are workshops and master classes taught by the guest artists. Students had the unique opportunity to learn from Neubauer who provided instruction during a master’s class the day before the concert. “We are providing even more collaborations with distinguished world artists who interact with our students and community, increasing our presence in the world of classical music.” As world-renowned artists and exciting, new performances descend onto campus, the University also welcomes a new physical backdrop with renovations to the School of the Arts’ Church Fine Arts Building. ” Act One ” is the name given to the first phase of the University’s plans for renovation and expansion of School of the Arts performance and art spaces in the Church Fine Arts building. Specifically, Act One refers to the remodel of the Nell J. Redfield Proscenium Theatre, with upgrades to lighting, sound and electrical rigging systems, modernization of the stage and seating venue, introduction of raked seating and hydraulic stage lifts, creation of an interior control booth, and a 6,000 square-foot expansion of the scene shop. Act One also includes the remodeling of Church Fine Arts’ Front Door Gallery and the creation of an atrium entrance on Virginia Street. The $4 million modernization project at the building has received major support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and the Edna B. and Bruno Benna Foundation.