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Notes on gay opera

Meyrianne Héglon as Omphale in Xavier Leroux's Astarté. For the New Yorker website I've written a Cultural Comment on the recent wave of gay-themed operas, with particular attention to recent productions of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar at the L.A. Philharmonic...

Brian Merrill - Fearless Few

Sounds like: Lou Reed, George Harrison, Jonathan Richman, Song: Brian Merrill - Fearless Few What's so good? With an assist from Joe Harrison (production) and the Berklee-trained Jamie Walters (mix), NYC-based newcomer Brian MerrillShow More Summary

Cahill / Harrison

Pianist Sarah Cahill is on a continuing her Lou Harrison Centennial tour. Here's concert info, and for Bay Area residents, note the wealth of local programs, starting tonight and continuing through January, 2018: Old First Concerts Friday, July 7, 2017 at 8pm Old First Church | 1751 Sacramento St. Show More Summary

The Decades-Long Journey To A Workable Version Of Lou Harrison's Opera 'Young Caesar'

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Harrison's score was always recognized for its good qualities, but the story of the youthful Julius Caesar's possibly-mythical affair with a foreign king was plagued by an overlong, repetitive libretto to which Harrison refused cuts. John Rockwell tells the story of the 46-year-long effort to create a Young Caesar that could captivate and hold an […]

'Young Caesar' finally conquers: Troubled 1971 opera is reborn at Disney Hall

6 months agoArts : Culture Monster

Now we know. It has been 45 years since Lou Harrison’s “Young Caesar,” an overtly gay opera for puppets with penises, had its hapless premiere in Pasadena, to the outrage of some of its sponsors. But after various unsuccessful attempts to turn it into a real opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic...

Gay Caesar reclaims the opera stage

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

In today’s LA Times, John Rockwell tells of his struggles to bring Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar to the stage and his excitement that the LA Phil are about to perform it, ahead of Harrison’s centenary. Heartfelt “Young Caesar” may have been, but a success it was not. It has suffered a long, tortured history. I […]

Essential Arts & Culture: Björk-apalooza, a master of theater, architecting L.A.'s newest museum

7 months agoArts : Culture Monster

We’ve got Björk. We’ve got the legendary theater director Peter Brook. We have a 24-hour party for Lou Harrison and the architect behind the Marciano Art Foundation. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and this week’s art and culture newsletter has more offerings than...

The 24-hour Joshua Tree party to celebrate Lou Harrison's 100th birthday

7 months agoArts : Culture Monster

A celebratory sun shone brightly. The sky revealed the carefree transparent blue of an unpolluted tropical ocean. The rock formations of Joshua Tree National Park glistened like crystals. The soundtrack for all this Sunday morning splendor was the jovial banging of percussion instruments and jingle-jangle...

New York Celebrates a Composer Who Left Town

“Cherish, conserve, consider, create”: you could do worse than to live your life according to the principles propounded by the composer Lou Harrison, who would have been a hundred in May. He died in 2003, his profile inextricably associated with the cultures of the West Coast, where he spent most of his life. Show More Summary

Lou Harrison at 100

To Lou, with Love. The New Yorker, April 24, 2017.

Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison in Los Angeles

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

On April 4, 2017 Tuesdays@Monk space presented Sarah Cahill in a MicroFest concert titled Happy Birthday Lou Harrison!, marking the centennial year of the influential composer. Aron Kallay, Yuri Inoo and Shalini Vijayan were also on hand as was Bill Alves, who introduced his new book “Harrison – American Musical Maverick.” A capacity crowd gathered […]

A centennial tribute to 'The Divine Mr. Harrison'

Among the large number of pieces by Lou Harrison that lift the spirit is a short movement titled “In Honor of the Divine Mr. Handel.” Now, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary in May of California’s irresistibly quintessential composer, the honoring of Mr. Harrison has begun in earnest. That...

Thursday: Sarah Cahill plays Harrison at LPR

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

Pianist Sarah Cahill appears at LPR on April 6th at 7 PM as part of her tour celebrating the music and birth centenary of composer Lou Harrison. She and I touched base earlier this week as she was preparing for her trip to the Northeast.   Hi Sarah. Thanks for taking time to talk with […]

Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington, Tony Harrison & Jarrett Hurd Media Conference Call Transcript & MP3

10 months agoSports / Boxing : BoxingNews24

Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington, Tony Harrison & Jarrett Hurd Media Conference Call Transcript & MP3 Click HERE for MP3 Lou DiBella Thank you everybody for joining us. This is a call for a really big fight card on Saturday, February 25 at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. Show More Summary

Bookshelf

New and recent publications of interest. Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana UP) [available March 2017] Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press) Pauline Fairclough, Classics for...

John Adams At 70

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The Pacific Coast, and California in particular, has worked its magic on a host of American composers over the years, from figures like Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison, who started out here, to such postwar emigres as Stravinsky and Schoenberg who arrived here with centuries of European musical history packed inside their valises. But no […]

Just Strings Concert in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 the innovative Soundwaves concert series continued at the Santa Monica Public Library featuring the music of Lou Harrison and John Luther Adams as performed by the group Just Strings. Alison Bjorkedal, John Schneider and T.J. Troy comprise Just Strings, who specialize in performing music in just intonation. Ms. Bjorkedal brought […]

Double Music (1941). John Cage & Lou Harrison #watermusic

last yearMusic / Classical : aworks

Nina Sun Eidsheim in the book Sensing Sound: The composers whose work I believe [Juliana] Snapper's most resembles are not those who foreground the sounds of water, but rather those who work with sound in water. Major composers who deal...

Tony Harrison and Paulie Malignaggi round out July 30 Showtime card

After Saturday’s Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welterweight title fight drew the largest television audience of the year on CBS, promoter Lou DiBella said he’s secured more action fights for the next card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. On Tuesday morning, Showtime announced the remainder of the undercard leading...

PostClassical Ensemble shows a new side of Lou Harrison

A major work by a major and neglected composer is showcased in a one-night tribute.

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