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  • Israel confers Presidential Medal on Conductor Zubin Mehta

    October 17, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Israeli conductor Zubin Mehta was awarded a Presidential Medal of Distinction by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Mehta is the music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and a visiting conductor for orchestras around the world.

    The award, presented at a special...

  • Slatkin's last stand at the Bowl?

    By Rick Schultz

    June 13, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Maybe it was his heart attack during a concert in Rotterdam in 2009, or perhaps it’s just a matter of aging, but conductor Leonard Slatkin, a venerable fixture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for many years, is now thinking about summer as vacation time.

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  • Tamara Brooks, noted choral conductor and wife of Theodore Bikel, dies

    May 22, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Tamara Brooks, a noted choral conductor, and the wife and musical partner of singer-actor Theodore Bikel, has died.

    Brooks, a Juilliard-trained pianist and conductor, suffered a heart attack on May 19. She was 70.

    She had a distinguished career as a conductor and educator who...

  • Conductor Barenboim awarded German peace prize

    November 1, 2010 | 12:48 pm

    Conductor Daniel Barenboim was awarded a German peace prize for his efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

    The Westphalia Peace Prize, worth about $70,000, was presented by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in ceremonies Saturday in Muenster City Hall.

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

    By David Mermelstein

    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...
  • Balancing music and yoga

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With his arms outstretched above his head, his left fist clenched and his right hand delicately pinching the baton, Brad Keimach conducts Brahms Symphony No. 1 with the fervent grandeur expected of a symphonic masterpiece.

    Watching Keimach, 53, one might wonder whether it is the...
  • L.A. Music Man Is Homeward Bound

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Zubin Mehta, one of Southern California's favorite musicmakers, will return to his old stomping grounds Dec. 10 to conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's (IPO) first Los Angeles concert in three years.

    The performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall will open an eight-date tour...

  • Leon Hirsh Guide

    By Shirl Lee Pitesky

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Hirsh Guide, conductor, music educator and musician, died in early October. He was 81.

    Guide was born Feb. 3, 1921, in Turkey to Clara and Joseph Guide, who had left Russia during the civil war. The family moved to Chicago when Guide was 2.

    He studied cello while attending...

  • Arnold, ‘Moses und Aron’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles largely ignored Arnold Schoenberg, arguably the most influential and controversial composer of the 20th century, when he labored at USC and UCLA during the last 17 years of his life.

    As if to make up for the slight, the city's musical and cultural institutions will...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Violinist Isaac Stern Dies at 81

    Isaac Stern, considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, died Saturday in New York at 81.

    He played with conductor Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic in Jerusalem soon after the 1967 Six-Day War, for Israeli soldiers...

  • Symphonic Globe Trotter

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It says something about Gisele Ben-Dor's dedication to her profession that when she made her conducting debut with the Israel Philharmonic in 1983, she was nine months pregnant.

    Her concluding piece was Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," which, in view of her particular condition,...

  • Conversations at the Keyboard

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not long before Leonard Bernstein died, in 1988, the ebullient conductor and composer approached pianist Jeffrey Siegel backstage at Lincoln Center. His business was urgent. He wanted to discuss Siegel's "keyboard conversations," concerts with commentary pioneered by Siegel and based...