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<i>Pictures</i> in high contrast:  Dudamel, LA Phil play Salonen, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

Pictures in high contrast: Dudamel, LA Phil play Salonen, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky

Gustavo Dudamel’s final Walt Disney Concert Hall appearance of 2014 was all about himself, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and what they could do together.  The program featured three orchestral showpieces laden with built-in imagery for him to exploit.   No daintiness was required. No soloists got in the way.   A good time was had by all. Continue reading

Chicago Symphony’s Principal Oboe to take same job with SF Symphony; move should raise questions at CSO
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

Chicago Symphony’s Principal Oboe to take same job with SF Symphony; move should raise questions at CSO

The San Francisco Symphony issued a press release today announcing that Eugene Izotov will be their new Principal Oboe beginning with the 2015/16 season.  Mr. Izotov is currently Principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony, and was the SFS Associate Principal Oboe from 1996-2003 (during which time he went by “Evgeny Izotov”).  He was also Principal Oboe … Continue reading

A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair

The Los Angeles Philharmonic held auditions for their vacant third horn chair during the week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving.  According to multiple sources, Amy Jo Rhine was appointed to the position. LA Phil concertgoers may recognize her face, and regular readers of All is Yar will certainly recognize her name:  as mentioned in a recent post, Ms. Rhine has … Continue reading

Expecting the extraordinary:  a look back at six weeks of Dudamel, Salonen, and the LA Phil
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

Expecting the extraordinary: a look back at six weeks of Dudamel, Salonen, and the LA Phil

We in Southern California are so spoiled.  We’ve got amazing weather and a diverse geography with which to enjoy it; where else can you spend a couple of hours surfing in the morning and be snow skiing by lunchtime?  We’ve got Vin Scully, two Stanley Cups in three years, and two solid college football teams 13 … Continue reading

Up close and personal with the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, plus video of  Joanne Pearce Martin playing Bach
Architecture / Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Up close and personal with the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, plus video of Joanne Pearce Martin playing Bach

I touched my lips to the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.  Kinda.  OK, perhaps not quite, but I came close.  More on that in a minute . . . This weekend’s concerts at WDCH were the latest salvo in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the debut of the venue’s famed … Continue reading

A very conscious coupling:  LA Opera’s unconventional yet compelling double-bill of <i>Dido</i> & <i>Bluebeard</i>
All Reviews / Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

A very conscious coupling: LA Opera’s unconventional yet compelling double-bill of Dido & Bluebeard

Admit it:  the first time you heard that Los Angeles Opera had decided to pair the Baroque charms of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the expressionistic horrors of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, you didn’t exactly say to yourself, “Oh yeah, that makes total sense.”  No, at best, you probably thought, “Hmmmm — that’d be interesting.”  If … Continue reading

The power and the passion:  LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener
All Reviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

The power and the passion: LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener

  Tant y a feme scet bon taire! Femme est dehors religiouse, Dedanz poignaunt e venimose . . .  (When it comes to women, men, hold your tongue! On the outside she’s religious, On the inside keen and venomous . . .) – excerpt from “The Vices of Women,” 13th Century poem, used in the … Continue reading