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April 28, 2011

read into music

read into music

On the inside cover of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony recently issued by Columbia there is a note on the meanings of that work. Bruno Walter, however, says that he never heard Mahler intimate that the symphony had any meanings except the meanings of the music. Does this impair the meanings of the commentators as meanings? Certainly this music had no single meaning which alone was the meaning intended and to which one is bound to penetrate. If it had, what justification could the composer have had for concealing it? The score with its markings contains any meaning that imaginative and sensitive listeners find in it. It takes very little to experience the variety in everything. – Wallace Stevens, “Opus Posthumous”

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the emperor's new groove
April 18, 2011

Last night, the crowd at Royce Hall erupted with an enthusiastic outpouring of applause unlike anything I’ve witnessed in a long time. As a part of that crowd, I too eagerly clapped, and rose to my feet, because what I had just seen and heard was absolutely phenomenal. It was Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, commonly known as the “Emperor” Concerto, with guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and I want everyone that wasn’t there to know that you really missed out. Seriously. Why aren’t you coming to LACO concerts?

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LACO and the tramp
April 15, 2011

Google launches an early celebration of Charlie Chaplin’s 122th birthday with a video doodle on their homepage. The short film pays homage to Chaplin’s classic slap-stick humor and vamps the style of the silent film era with classic Chaplinesque scenarios and the trademark mustache.

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a warm welcome
April 11, 2011

After an unexpected vacation back east last week to see my family, I arrived at LACO this morning with mounting excitement and a twinge of anxiety. There is so much to learn, and quickly, but my new co-workers relieved my nerves with their warm hospitality and willingness to share their experiences. I feel a part of the LACO family already and am eagerly anticipating this weekend’s concerts, particularly Harbison’s Gli accordi più usati, which I first heard in college during a music theory class.

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dedication to inspiration
April 11, 2011

Artists are often asked where their inspiration comes from. The answers are usually as varied as the artists themselves. Everything from deep spirituality to a chance incident can urge a painter to paint or a composer to compose. On LACO’s upcoming program, one of the pieces has an interesting origin story. John Harbison wrote Gli accordi più usati because he noticed a chart of commonly used chords in a music notebook he bought in Italy. When he played the chords together, he liked the way they sounded, and inspiration was born. Throughout his career, Harbison has proven himself open to different sources inspiration; one of Harbison’s more famous touchstones has been F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

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jon kimura parker on beethoven's emperor concerto
April 08, 2011

In this video, Jon Kimura Parker takes a closer look at Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, also known as the “Emperor” Concerto.

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