Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Orchestra programming: some are just better at it than others

After spending some time chatting on Tim Mangan’s blog about how the Pacific Symphony chose to put together its 2011-2012 season, I was reminded of a little contest that Sam Bergman and Sarah Hicks of the Minnesota Orchestra decided to hold a couple of years ago.  The concept, in short, was to “put yourself in … Continue reading

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Ford initial quality takes a dive; no one is surprised by this, right?

J. D. Power and Associates (JDPA) released the 2011 results of their much-watched Initial Quality Study (IQS).  The noteworthy findings are: Lexus has the fewest problems of any brand in the industry.  The leading seller of luxury vehicles in the US won highest-quality awards in every segment in which they were eligible, with ES, GS, GX, … Continue reading