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Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Jean Davidson will be its new President and CEO beginning August 31, 2015.  She takes over the position from Terry Knowles, who is retiring at the end of this season after having led the organization for the past 15 years. Ms. Davidson comes to the Master Chorale from New York … Continue reading

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble splendid in Long Beach appearance
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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble splendid in Long Beach appearance

The musicians of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the nomadic London-based chamber orchestra, are no strangers to Southern California.  They show up annually on the season schedules of Los Angeles and/or Orange County arts organizations.  Two of their most prominent figures — Neville Marriner, founder and Life President, and Iona Brown, former leader and … Continue reading

A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale

Delaram Kamareh is not a big believer in doing exactly what everyone thinks a soprano should do, and by extension, what they think SHE should do. As we chat over a bite to eat, she recalls a recent conversation with a would-be agent:  “It was pretty clear that we weren’t a good fit for each other. … Continue reading

NY Phil names new concertmaster
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

NY Phil names new concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic has named Frank Huang as its new Concertmaster.  Mr. Huang, 36 years-old, has been Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony since 2010.  He is also on the faculty of Rice University’s Sheppard School of Music.   He officially begins his tenure in September. The NY Phil’s concertmaster chair has been vacant since Glenn Dicterow retired last … Continue reading

Southwest Chamber Music abandons annual summer series at The Huntington to focus on New Music Festival
Music News & Info: Classical / Southwest Chamber Music

Southwest Chamber Music abandons annual summer series at The Huntington to focus on New Music Festival

Sad news for chamber music fans and for anyone who enjoyed a very casual alternative to their summer classical music consumption:  Southwest Chamber Music announced that they will end their twenty-year-old summer concert series at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. This is definitely a loss for the Southern California classical … Continue reading

BREAKING:  Shocking allegations at LA Opera; countertenor says “Don’t judge me!” as executive gives terse denial
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

BREAKING: Shocking allegations at LA Opera; countertenor says “Don’t judge me!” as executive gives terse denial

Shocking allegations have arisen at Los Angeles Opera overnight.  I first caught wind of this yesterday via Twitter, and then the video below popped up.  Are illegal and/or unauthorized substances rampant at the company?  If so, for how long?  Countertenor Darryl Taylor, one of the singers at the center of the controversy, admits to his involvement before angrily … Continue reading

MTT and Gareth Davies (LSO Princ. Flute) discuss previous night’s ménage a trois in LA hotel elevator (true story)
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

MTT and Gareth Davies (LSO Princ. Flute) discuss previous night’s ménage a trois in LA hotel elevator (true story)

As with many musicians, Gareth Davies (Principal Flute of the London Symphony) publishes a blog.  Over the past few weeks, he’s focused his writing on the sights & scenes, trials & tribulations, and fun & foibles of being an Englishman on tour through the Western USA, primarily California. Earlier today, I was perusing his posts when the following … Continue reading