Los Angeles classical scene makes Brooklyn overtures

Posted on: March 30, 2012

Monday (3/26) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mark Swed writes about “a more bracing Brooklyn, and one to which L.A. feels both close to and competitive with. We on the West Coast jealously watch many of our promising composers flock there. We also do our best to be Brooklyn on the Pacific. We’ve got the Dodgers and good Brooklyn bagels. And we play Brooklyn music, as wild Up and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra proved over the weekend. … LACO featured new works by a confident 28-year-old composer and pianist from Brooklyn listed on the program as Timothy Andres. At UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sunday evening, he wore a handsomely tailored suit and tie that would have been out of place at Beyond Baroque but seemed about right for his appearance in his short new piano concerto, ‘Old Keys,’ a LACO commission, and as the impressive soloist in the West Coast premiere of his ‘re-composed’ version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 (‘Coronation’). … The Brooklyn/L.A. divide isn’t necessarily so radical. Andrew Norman, for instance, represented Brooklyn, but his ‘Gran Turismo,’ which eight wild Up strings played without a conductor and with jittery energy, was written when Norman was a student at USC and it has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at an L.A. Phil Green Umbrella concert.”

Posted March 30, 2012