Listening to “Sirens” without being tied to a mast:  Salonen and the LA Phil with Ax, Hillborg, and Beethoven
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Listening to “Sirens” without being tied to a mast: Salonen and the LA Phil with Ax, Hillborg, and Beethoven

Esa-Pekka Salonen is back, and there is much rejoicing. All the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Conductor Laureate had to do was merely walk on stage Sunday afternoon, and the applause was enthusiastic and loud cheers were already audible. He didn’t disappoint. The first series of his two week stint was vintage Salonen. Continue reading

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The LA Phil makes some more offers

Just a few months ago, the Los Angeles Philharmonic made a fairly big splash in the brass world by offering the soon-to-be-vacant (in 2012) Principal Trumpet chair to Thomas Hooten, currently principal of the Atlanta Symphony.  Now it seems they’re doing it again, this time to fill the position of Principal Trombone.  Multiple sources have … Continue reading

Two women and an orchestra:  Emmanuelle Haïm and Sonya Yoncheva debut with the LA Phil in an all-Händel program
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Two women and an orchestra: Emmanuelle Haïm and Sonya Yoncheva debut with the LA Phil in an all-Händel program

On paper, Sunday afternoon’s concerts belonged to conductor Emmanuelle Haïm.  The reality was that and much more.  Ms. Haïm dominated the concert.  Many musicians had solo turns of one sort or another, and two — oboist Ariana Ghez and recorder player (or is it recordist?) Rotem Gilbert — even played front and center.  Yet when it was … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

RIP Irving Geller

Irving Geller, former Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and first violin with the orchestra from 1951-1999, passed away on November 16, 2011. He was 85 years old. Mr. Geller joined the LA Phil as one of its youngest members after having served as Assistant Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for three years. … Continue reading