Drink / Spirits

I’ll take a green one, and a blue one, and a gold one . . . (Johnnie Walker tasting event)

“I love scotch.  Scotchy scotch scotch.  Here it goes down — down into my belly.  Mmmm mmm mmm.”  – Ron Burgundy “Champagne’s funny stuff. I’m used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and champagne’s heavy mist before my eyes.”  – Macaulay Connor Scotch tasting events have been popping up with increasing frequency.  One day it’s The Glenlivet, the next day Glenfiddich, then an … Continue reading

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

At the LA Phil, some faces in new places

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is getting ready to kick-off their 2011/2012 winter season with an all-Gershwin gala this evening. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting Cuban Overture, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue with the 71-year-young Herbie Hancock serving as the distinguished soloist.  (If you can’t make it to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, … Continue reading

Opening night for The Colburn Orchestra
All Reviews / Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond) / Reviews 2011/2012

Opening night for The Colburn Orchestra

School only started a few weeks ago, but the members of the Colburn School Conservatory’s flagship ensemble, The Colburn Orchestra, held their first concert of the year this past Saturday night.  Yehuda Gilad, music director and wold-renowned clarinet pedagogue, led the first in a five concert series at the famed Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.  Thanks … Continue reading

Beer / Drink

Eine, zwei, g’suffa! (Oktoberfest care of Costco)

The beginning of autumn is a bittersweet time of the year.  On one hand, days are getting shorter than nights, dropping air and water temperatures make for less-than-ideal beach conditions,  and the family’s free-time and flexibility gives way to more structure and routine.  On the other hand, the football season is in full swing, performing … Continue reading

But if you want me to go, you should just say so
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

But if you want me to go, you should just say so

Got a pleasant surprise in my inbox this morning: an email from the Los Angeles Philharmonic saying that Bob Mould and some special guests, including Dave Grohl and Ben Gibbard, would be appearing at Walt Disney Concert Hall in November. Wait. Bob Mould, Dave Grohl, Ben Gibbard, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

RIP Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling, prominent conductor in Eastern Europe before and after World War II, principal conductor of the Berlin Symphony from 1960-1977, and later a frequent guest with major European and American orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has died at the age of 98.  He was two days away from his 99th birthday. During the interregnum … Continue reading

Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical / Pacific Symphony

Finding flutists for orchestras in The OC, Oregon, and San Diego

In what has become a nearly annual event, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has named a new Principal Flute:  this time around, the winner is Benjamin Smolen, the current Principal Flute of the Battle Creek Symphony. Mr. Smolen has played as a guest with the Pacific Symphony before.  Now that he’s got the full-time gig, let’s hope … Continue reading

Beer / Drink / Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Symphony in Beer

You know, some things just don’t get old, especially when it involves the combination of two of my favorite things:  orchestras and beer. Here’s a real 2007 Australian commercial for Victoria Bitter beer starring the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria (playing as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra”) in a performance of “The VB Stubby Symphony.”  Also … Continue reading

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

Getting ramped up for the new seasons

Welcome to September (special thanks to Pomplamoose for helping to ring it in with style).  We officially still have a few weeks of summer left, but this month is when all sorts of seasons (musical and otherwise) start anew: My beloved USC Trojans kick-off their 2011 football season tomorrow at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum … Continue reading