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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
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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

Salonen:   “I’ve understood that Los Angeles is nearer to my idea of home than any other city in the world”
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Salonen: “I’ve understood that Los Angeles is nearer to my idea of home than any other city in the world”

With Esa-Pekka Salonen beginning the second week of a three-week residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I thought it was worth sharing this exchange between him and writer Vesa Sirén.  This interview was first published a few weeks ago, but it’s still relatively new to me, and unless you follow the Twitter feed of the Finnish-Angeleno … Continue reading

A quick update regarding LA Phil’s latest Principal Trombone search
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A quick update regarding LA Phil’s latest Principal Trombone search

I made the following update to my original post on the subject from this past Saturday, but in the spirit of providing some additional information . . . I’ve recently been told that at this point: John Sipher is the only remaining candidate for the open position of Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic His … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2014 edition) (UPDATED: Oct 27)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2014 edition) (UPDATED: Oct 27)

Back by popular demand:  our annual look at the changes in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s roster of musicians at the start of this year.  As usual, we’ve had a mix of arrivals and departures, some expected and explained, some . . . well, not so much. Let’s start with the percussion section.  Principal Percussionist Raynor Carroll … Continue reading

LA Phil season opening gala concert shows off John Williams’ musical breadth and depth
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LA Phil season opening gala concert shows off John Williams’ musical breadth and depth

The works of John Williams are as ubiquitous as orchestral music can be in our 21st Century pop-dominated, globally diffuse society.  It’d be an interesting experiment to see if a random sampling of people on the street would be as successful identifying such classical music standards as Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik or Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as they would the … Continue reading