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


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

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Trying to ignore The Ring (nah, nah, nah . . . I can’t hear you!!)

Many people enjoy Wagner’s Ring.  Some are even devoted to it enough trapse across the globe to see full productions of it. I am neither of those types of people. I’ve always respected it when critics were willing to acknowledge their inherent biases against a particular composer or performer.  The late great Alan Rich made … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil comings and goings (part 2 of 3): In search of a new Principal Trumpet

Peter Stumpf is not the only Los Angeles Philharmonic principal taking next year off:  Donald Green, the orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, will begin a sabbatical at the end of this summer’s Hollywood Bowl season before returning to the orchestra next summer, and then retiring.  In anticipation of Mr. Green’s retirement, the orchestra will be holding auditions … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil comings and goings (part 1 of 3): As the Principal Cello chair turns . . .

News came today of Peter Stumpf, currently Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a member of the Johannes String Quartet, accepting a full-time position at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music after having served as adjunct faculty for the past two years, flying back and forth between Los Angeles and Bloomington to … Continue reading

Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

Reviews from Ojai Festival 2011

The reviews are in from this year’s Ojai Music Festival, and most are quite positive overall.  Music director Dawn Upshaw not surprisingly got most of the praise, with the rest of this year’s guests — Richard Tongetti & the Australian Chamber Orchestra, red fish blue fish, Maria Schneider & her orchestra, among many others — … Continue reading

Architecture / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Dawn Upshaw leads Ojai Festival 2011

I remember June 1999, the first time I went to Ojai for its annual Music Festival: Esa-Pekka Salonen was festival Music Director that year and was being joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many of his famous friends, including fellow Finns Anssi Kartunnen, Magnus Lindberg, and Olli Mustonen.  While those folks represented many good … Continue reading


Why only now?!

Welcome to “All is Yar,” a blog devoted to enjoying life in all ways big and small, cheap or expensive, highbrow and low. I finally decided to start writing my own musings and rants after years of reading and commenting on what others — professionals and opinionated amateurs alike — have written about music, food, … Continue reading