Jewish Journal

David Mermelstein

  • The (almost) hardest-working man in classical music

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With such legendary workaholic conductors as James Levine and Valery Gergiev going strong, Jeffrey Kahane can't quite be termed the hardest-working man in classical music. But as he begins his 11th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and his third as...
  • Virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham brings passion and prowess to Hollywood Bowl

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Classical virtuosos, like golden-age movie stars, are often thought to lead charmed lives in which the sundry benefits of celebrity accrue without cost. Lives of endless glamour are a fantasy, of course, yet the suggestion persists, in part because of musicians like Gil Shaham, the...
  • Stark locations make perfect sets for ‘Anne Frank’ opera production

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Few subjects resonate like the story of Anne Frank and her diary. The tale is familiar to many, yet even those who know little about the young writer's life equate her name with courage in the face of grim reality. Beyond the much-translated diary, published in various incarnations...
  • Music: Echoes of ‘Voices’ yet to be

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When James Conlon conducts two concerts inaugurating the Los Angeles Opera's "Recovered Voices" series on March 7 and 10, he'll introduce local audiences to unfamiliar scores. The semi-staged program consists of music by Alexander Zemlinsky, Viktor Ullmann, Franz Schreker and others...
  • Slatkin Leads L.A. Phil on a Melodious Adventure

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Although most music lovers don't realize it, a number of prominent conductors were born in Los Angeles. Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic, is an L.A. native, and so is Michael Tilson Thomas, who leads the San Francisco Symphony. And if we're not too technical...

  • Rising Singing Star Pitches New Sound

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Many young girls dream of a life on the stage, but few could have envisioned the career now enjoyed by Hila Plitmann, a Jerusalem-born soprano who these days makes her home in Studio City. Plitmann, 32, is not famous in the way that, say, sopranos like Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt...