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Herbie Hancock ‘still learning,’ as eclectic music icon works on new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter and more

San Diego Union-Tribune George Varga March 4, 2018 Herbie Hancock ‘still learning,’ as eclectic music icon works on new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter and more If anyone is surprised that such hip-hop stars as Common, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg have been recording with Herbie Hancock for the 77-year-old jazz keyboard legend’s …

PREVIEW: Patti LuPone, Far and Away

Rage Magazine By Joel Martens January 2014 Building a solid career on the notoriously shifting sands of American theatre can be challenging, even for someone as gifted as Patti LuPone. It’s a place where at one moment you’re on top of the world and another at the bottom of the lofty dune, wondering how you landed there.     READ …

REVIEW: Pianist Haochen Zhang Dazzles La Jolla Audience

San Diego Story By Ken Herman December 8, 2013 What do we expect when a first-prize winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition plays a recital? Displays of virtuosity? A perceptive sense of musical style? Sophisticated programming with probing insights into familiar scores and rewarding discoveries of lesser-known works? In …

PREVIEW: Building a Career on YouTube

U-T San Diego By James Chute December 4, 2013 Like many members of his generation, pianist Haochen Zhang has no trouble finding shocking things on YouTube. But in Zhang’s case, it’s watching videos of young pianists and then watching videos of the same pianists shot years later. “I often come across across Asian kids, or American kids, …

PREVIEW: Boston Pops bringing ‘its very best’

U-T San Diego By James Chute November 13, 2013 It may be the best-known classical music brand in America: the Boston Pops. During the glory days of the Arthur Fielder era, the ensemble’s performances, recordings and TV appearances reached audiences in the millions and made the Pops a household word.   READ MORE

REVIEW: Audra McDonald Soars at the Balboa

San Diego Story By Ken Herman October 26, 2013 When the typical opera diva appropriates in concert songs from musical theater, it is hard to escape that tinge of condescension. But when Audra McDonald interprets this repertory, we know from her first phrase that she is on home turf and that she will inhabit every song she chooses like a second skin. …

Top 5 classical music events this fall

UT San Diego By James Chute September 29, 2013 The La Jolla Music Society presents The Silk Road Ensemble on October 20, 2013. James Chute of the UT San Diego calls it one of the “[t]op 5 classical music events this fall.” Don’t even think about calling it crossover, or world music, or classical. This distinguished, diverse, innovative, …