Classical Music News for January/February 2005:


LOS ANGELES -- The 1960s and 70s are remembered as the golden age of Afghan music. It was the heyday of Radio Afghanistan, Kabul was a cultural center, and powerhouse vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash was the voice of the times. SOUNDS OF LA 2005, the music series at the Getty Museum, opens on Jan. 15 with the legendary singer who has devoted her life to sharing traditional Afghan music and culture. With characteristic Indian influences, the music ranges from elegant classical melodies to ecstatic festival songs.

Sat. Jan. 15 at 7 pm & Sun. Jan. 16 at 3 pm. Free with reservations, limit four seats per reservation. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit


There are still three concerts left in the 41st season of this fine orchestra led by Maestro Frank Fetta. Established in March 1963 by George Berres as a 20-member string ensemble, the Symphony has evolved into the orchestra it is today, performing classic symphonic music, concert dramatizations of operas, and concerts devoted to ethnically diverse composers. Maestro Fetta's multi-faceted career has associated him with the Carmel Bach Festival, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Music Academy of the West, the Columbia Atists' Community Concerts, and many many other orchestras and institutions.

The concerts will be held on January 29 and April 2 at 8 pm and June 11 at 7.30 pm. The first two concerts are free and the June 11 concert which is a Gala Benefit will have a nominal admission charge and will include a post-concert reception. All three concerts will be at The Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, SW corner, Overland/Culver.

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