Arcade Fire, Bjork and others rock Coachella by whitecheese


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Arcade Fire, Bjork and                                                                                                                 Richard Parry
                                                                                                                                       performs with his
                                                                                                                                       band The Arcade Fire
                                                                                                                                       at the Coachella
                                                                                                                                                                  LPO ends season with                                                                                                                 The Laredo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        performs at
others rock Coachella                                                                                                                  Valley Music and
                                                                                                                                       Arts Festival in Indio,
                                                                                                                                       Calif., on Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                  ‘American Influences’                                                                                                                Texas A&M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       University in a
              BySOLVEJ SCHOU                     skirt that rivaled the attention-grab-                                                                                    SPECIAL TO THE TIMES           nor,” Townsend explained.                                                                    March concert.
          ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER                bing swan outfit she wore to the 2001                                                                                                                       The concerto will feature a solo                                                          LPO will end its
                                                 Academy Awards.                                                                                                     “Evolution,” the highly success-     performance by guest cellist Wesley                                                          27th season on
    INDIO, California — Tens of thou-                Swaying, barefoot and skipping                                                                              ful 27th season of the Laredo Phil-      Baldwin of Knoxville, Tenn.                                                                  Sunday.
sands of music fans descended on the             in the night breeze, facing a field of                                                                          harmonic Orchestra, finishes with a         Baldwin, who has performed
California desert last weekend for the           screaming fans, she launched into                                                                               concert focusing on “American In-        across the United States and Europe
Coachella Music Festival, which fea-             the bombastic “Earth Intruders,” the                                                                            fluences” on Sunday, May 6 at Lare-      as cello soloist and chamber musi-
tured performances by the Red Hot                first single from her upcoming al-                                                                              do Community College.                    cian, has recorded for the Naxos and
Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Bjork,               bum, “Volta.”                                                                                                       The season-closing concert starts    Zyode labels, as well as for Centaur
Peaches and others.                                  An energetic set of old and new                                                                             at 4 p.m. in the Guadalupe and Lilia     records.
    The bikini-clad women and bare-              songs followed, from operatic ‘90s hit                                                                          Martinez Fine Arts Center theater at        Additionally, Baldwin is an asso-
chested men who arrived early for the            “Army of Me” to the Timbaland-pro-                                                                              the LCC main campus.                     ciate professor of cello at the Uni-
festival’s second day Saturday battled           duced new tune “Innocence” and po-                                                                                  Under the direction of music di-     versity of Tennessee and is teaching
the intense heat by guzzling water               litically charged “Declare Indepen-                                                                             rector Brendan Townsend, the LPO         in 2007-08 in residencies at SUNY        Photo by Ulysses S. Romero | Laredo Morning Times
while they milled around the Empire              dence.”                                                                                                         will perform “A Festive Violet Pulse”    Oswego in upstate New York and at
Polo Fields in Indio, about 130 miles                “She’s amazing,” said singer-song-                                                                          by Nancy Galbraith, “Cello Concer-       Sweetbriar College in Virginia, as a
east of Los Angeles. Temperatures ex-            writer Rufus Wainwright, who played                                                                             to in B minor Op. 104” by Antonio        member of the James Piano Quartet.
ceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit.                   earlier that night. “As usual, I’m jealous                                                                      Dvorak and “Ellis Island: The Dream
    Hours before, during the festival’s          of Bjork. I have only one French horn                Photo by Branimir Kvartuc | AP                             of America” by Peter Boyer.                       Patriotic music
first day, they had swayed happily to            player, she has many more.”                                                                                         Underwritten by the Lamar
stellar performances by eclectic                     Peaches, known for her sexually                                                                             Bruni Vergara Trust, the concert is          The concert concludes with a pa-
chanteuse Bjork and raunchy per-                 charged lyrics, was appropriately in-                                                                           dedicated to the trust and the mem-      triotic flair as the LPO performs Boy-
former Peaches. On tap for Saturday              troduced by porn star Ron Jeremy. The                                                                           ory of Lamar Bruni Vergara for their     er’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of
were, among others, the Red Hot Chili            black leather catsuit-clad Canadian                                                                             generous contributions to the arts       America.”
Peppers and Arcade Fire.                         musician ran onstage wearing a gold                                                                             and the philharmonic.                        In an introduction to the com-
    “I went to Coachella three years             mask and carrying a light saber.                                                                                                                         poser’s preface to the score, Boyer
ago. It’s the pit of hell, but every year            “There’s still a war going on, no                                                                                    ‘Festive Violet’                noted how this composition pos-
there’s something stunning,” said 18-            matter that there’s a fest,” Peaches (real                                                                                                               sesses “a theme of great relevance to
year-old musician Jordan Deherrera.              name Merrill Nisker) told The Associ-                                                                              The concert will open with Gal-       all Americans.”
    Celebrity fans in attendance at the          ated Press before her set, adding that                                                                          braith’s “A Festive Violet Pulse,”           “As an American composer fasci-
festival included Kelly Osbourne and             she didn’t think enough women played                                                                            which Townsend said is the final         nated by the relationship between
Cameron Diaz.                                    the event.                                                                                                      movement of “Mozaika,” an or-            historical events and music, I was
    More than 50,000 concertgoers                    Singing the opening track of her                                                                            chestral suite composed in 1998 by       drawn to the idea of creating a sym-
braved the heat, traffic jams and long           new newest album, “Impeach My                                                                                   five Pittsburgh-area composers to        phonic work which would be based
entrance lines to see a wide array of 37         Bush,” Peaches yelled out “impeach                                                                              welcome the new music director           on the American immigrant experi-
bands and DJs on Friday, the first day.          Bush, impeach Bush!” to roars from                                                                              of the Pittsburgh Symphony Or-           ence,” Boyer wrote. “This concert
Police arrested 25 people Friday, most-          the packed audience.                                                                                            chestra.                                 drew me naturally to Ellis Island,
ly for drug and alcohol related charges              Across the fairgrounds, at the small-                                                                          “Nancy Galbraith has been ac-         the now-legendary immigrant pro-
and unruly conduct, said Indio police            er Gobi tent, British singer Amy Wine-                                                                          tively composing since the early         cessing station which was the gate-
spokesman Ben Guitron.                           house brought on a more sedate dash                                                                             1970s and her works have been per-       way to America for literally millions
    Bjork kicked off her world tour Fri-         of steamy sassiness.                                                                                            formed by some of the world’s finest     of immigrants”
day night with a colorful, headlining                Backed by eight-piece funk band                                                                             conductors. Her music is infused             Boyer added that the final text
performance on the main stage.                   the Dap-Kings, the bouffant-haired                                                                              with rich harmonic texture, rhyth-       highlights Emma Lazarus’ poem,
    Joined by an all-female brass                Winehouse crooned and joked, show-                                                                              mic vitality, emotional depth and        The New Colossus , which is in-
band dressed in Day-Glo green, or-               ing off her new engagement ring and                                                                             wide range of expression,” Townsend      scribed at the base of the Statue of
ange and blue, the Icelandic singer              hoisting up her tank top in the heat.                                                                           said.                                    Liberty.
wore a multicolored headdress with                   “Between the shoes and the hair,                                                                               The philharmonic will continue            Another highlight of the concert
floor-length cape. She soon threw it             I’m not that big. I just met Danny De-                                                                          with a piece by Dvorak, which            will be the use of the popular Music
off, revealing a black and white bone            Vito. I’m his size,” she told the crowd,                                                                        Townsend regards as “undoubtedly         by Numbers system, which provides
bodice with green and orange hula                which spilled past the tent’s confines.                                                                         the greatest of all concertos” for the   the audience with “real-time” infor-
                                                                                                                                                                 cello.                                   mation about the music as it is being
                                                                                                                                                                    “The late romantic period saw a       performed by the philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                                 great rise in nationalism in music           Also, the St. Augustine High
                                                                                                                                                                 and one of the leading exponents of      School String Ensemble will provide
                                                                                                                                                                 this trend was the Czech composer        musical entertainment during inter-
                                                                                                                                                                 Antonin Dvorak, who infused all          mission in the lobby of the Martinez
                                                                                                                                                                 of his writings with the atmosphere      Fine Arts Center.
                                                                                                                                                                 of his native folksongs. Between             General admission is $25 for
                                                                                                                                                                 1892-1895, he came to the United         adults, $17 for senior adults and free
                                                                                                                                                                 States to be the director of the Na-     with a valid student ID.
                                                                                                                                                                 tional Conservatory of Music,                Tickets may be purchased at IBC
                                                                                                                                                                 where he picked up many of the           Bank (Plantation/Mall Del Norte),
                                                                                                                                                                 sounds of the ‘New World’ — espe-        Wells Fargo downtown and the
                                                                                                                                                                 cially those of Native American and      TAMIU and LCC Business Offices.
                                                                                                                                                                 African american folksongs. These        Tickets also will be sold at the door.
                                                                                                                                                                 new sounds were incorporated into            For more information, call
                                                                                                                                                                 his writings at the time, including      Townsend at 721-5330 or 326-3039,
                                                                     Photo by Branimir Kvartuc | AP                                                              the famous New World Symphony            or send an email to btownsend@lare-
Fans watch Julieta Venegas perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last Friday,                                                                    and this Cello Concerto in B mi-
in Indio, Calif.

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