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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

How are things on the West Coast?  For MTT, the LSO, and Yuja Wang, things were good but could have been so much better
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond) / Reviews 2014/2015

How are things on the West Coast? For MTT, the LSO, and Yuja Wang, things were good but could have been so much better

The London Symphony, 111-year old bastion of UK musical institutions famed for its virtuosity and flexibility, is an orchestra in transition. The peripatetic Valery Gergiev remains its official Principal Conductor through the end of this year, but the LSO created a big splash earlier this month when it announced that Simon Rattle will become its Music … Continue reading

Down a different sort of rabbit hole:  the LA Phil finally brings Chin’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> to SoCal
All Reviews / Los Angeles Opera / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

Down a different sort of rabbit hole: the LA Phil finally brings Chin’s Alice in Wonderland to SoCal

(Publisher’s note:  I’m proud to welcome Lauri D. Goldenhersh to the pages of All is Yar.  By training and profession, she is a mezzo-soprano, active throughout Los Angeles and a veteran of many local ensembles, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale.  She is also the publisher of Lauri’s List (laurislist.net), a website devoted to helping … Continue reading

My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for <i>LA Weekly</i>
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for LA Weekly

I’m pleased to announce that the good folks at LA Weekly have asked me to start writing for them on a freelance basis.  The first of what I hope will be many articles and reviews in that publication is “An Ex-Marine and a Former Basketball Referee Walk Into Disney Hall…,” an interview with Andrew Bain and … Continue reading