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Classical music marketing — try it yourself, win LA Opera tickets

Just got back from a week’s vacation up in Northern California:  fun in Yosemite, Napa, and Sonoma.  I spent some quality time outdoors hiking and relaxing, not to mention tasting some very yummy wines (more on that in the near future).  Much of the week was spent unplugged and away from the internet (partially by … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comparing guest conductors’ rehearsal styles: how to endear yourself to an orchestra — or not

“The art of conducting lies, in my opinion, in the power of suggestion that a conductor exerts – on the audience as well as on the orchestra,” the conductor Otto Klemperer once observed. “A conductor must know how to hold attention. He must be able to lead the players with his eyes and the movements … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Quick hits on a Tuesday

First and foremost, many thanks to Timothy Mangan, esteemed music critic and muppet fan extraordinaire, for adding “All is Yar” to the blogroll of ClassicalLife.net.  As much as I appreciate his wry sense of humor when covering popular culture, I continue to hold out hope that the editors and publishers of the Orange County Register … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela (et al) at the Hollywood Bowl
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Rodrigo y Gabriela (et al) at the Hollywood Bowl

A near-capacity crowd filled the Hollywood Bowl to the brim this past Saturday night.  Gustavo Dudamel was in the house,  along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and some other folks.  But for once, the crowd was not really there to see The Dude.  Sure, there were a few screams of “We love you, Gustavo!” but … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

Philly Principal Trumpet gets teaching job in Georgia, but is staying with orchestra (for now)

David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, has accepted a teaching position in Athens, GA. In a letter sent to Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mr. Bilger confirms that:  He will immediately become the “Visiting Professor of Music and William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts at the … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

News about many conductors; a comment about a critic, a pianist, and a dress

I am still trying to piece together the data for the next installment of my analysis of Gustavo Dudamel’s penchant for new music (as promised in my previous post); however, these things take time and the day job keeps getting in the way.  In the meantime, it seems like every time you turned around recently, … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Gustavo Dudamel and new music (Part One of an ongoing series)

“Gustavo Dudamel — new music conductor.”  Or perhaps, “Gustavo Dudamel — new music proponent.” Really?? The young maestro is not necessarily known for conducting new music as much as others such as David Robertson or Kent Nagano, and he certainly does not have the reputation or gravitas that Esa-Pekka Salonen brings when conducting “new” or … Continue reading