from affz - 2009/11/04 by Hoodoo
National radio broadcast of NEA's opera awards will elude L.A.
November 4, 2009 5:30 am
There will be a recurring California motif at the National Endowment for the Arts' second annual NEA Opera Honors ceremony on Nov. 14 -- but there are no plans for the national radio broadcast of the musical proceedings and award presentations to grace Southern California's airwaves.
Composer John Adams, who is based in the Bay Area and has close ties to the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Among Adams' selections for the festival dedicated to California's classical music scene are a Dudamel-conducted program of "City Noir" and Esa-Pekka Salonen's "L.A. Variations," a new-music program featuring the Kronos Quartet, in which Adams will conduct excerpts from Frank Zappa's "Yellow Shark," and a "Songs of the Sun" concert by L.A. pop music eminences Brian Wilson and Dave Alvin.