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For your Good Friday:  excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields
Music News & Info: Classical

For your Good Friday: excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields

Some Good Friday music for you (just not that “Good Friday Music“): Here is a brief excerpt from Part the Second of Handel’s Messiah (“Surely He hath borne our griefs,” “And with His stripes we are healed,” “All we like sheep,” and “All they that see Him / He trusted in God”).  Sir Neville Marriner conducts the … Continue reading

Music Video:  the only rock song I know that features a harpsichord is . . .
Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

Music Video: the only rock song I know that features a harpsichord is . . .

“Golden Brown” by the punk/new-wave/post-punk band, The Stranglers, from their 1981 album, La Folie. In addition to the liberal use of harpsichord, you’ve gotta love the time signature alternating between 6/8 and 7/8 in the main riff.  Given that the song’s title refers to obsession with heroin, a girl, or both, the occasionally disjointed rhythm is perfect. You have … Continue reading

Music Video:  post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2013/2014

Music Video: post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW

I hope you survived April Fool’s Day without a scratch to either your person or psyche.  I witnessed some good-natured April Fool’s Day pranks, and managed to fall victim to none of it. FWIW:  I’m a big fan of silly fun, and feel that there’s not enough of it during the other 364 days of the … Continue reading

Music Academy of the West inks 4-year partnership with NY Phil
Music News & Info: Classical

Music Academy of the West inks 4-year partnership with NY Phil

Two years ago, the New York Philharmonic made a tour stop in Santa Barbara.  That, and a whole lot of negotiations, eventually led to yesterday’s announcement that the orchestra and Montecito’s Music Academy of the West agreed to a four-year partnership, beginning this summer. Neither the orchestra’s nor the Academy’s website have posted a press release, but according to details … Continue reading

My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series:  “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series: “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic wrapped up its whirlwind twelve day, seven city tour last week.  Reviews from the trip were generally positive, many even glowing.  Critics seemed most impressed by the performances of 20th & 21st Century works by Bjarnason, Corigliano, and Rachmaninoff, with Yuja Wang’s pianistic contributions also earning requisite praise. The smattering of negative comments made were mostly … Continue reading

Visiting Morten Lauridsen:  the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Visiting Morten Lauridsen: the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale

As part of their 50th Anniversary festivities, The Los Angeles Master Chorale is celebrating their long-running relationship with composer Morten Lauridsen this weekend.  The partnership is, without a doubt, one of the most important  between a composer and a chorus in the entire world.  It began with a performance of Mid-Winter Songs during Roger Wagner’s last … Continue reading

Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)
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Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)

In honor of Fat Tuesday 2014, I offer you the magnificent Preservation Hall Jazz Band with one of the oldest Mardi Gras songs around: “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing.” In fact, since I’m feeling generous, here are two different versions of “Tootie Ma . . . “ The video above features a pared-down … Continue reading