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

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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

Thoughts on Haitink, the New York Philharmonic, and Avery Fisher Hall
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Thoughts on Haitink, the New York Philharmonic, and Avery Fisher Hall

As previously mentioned, I made a “game day decision” last Saturday night to see Bernard Haitink conduct the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.  Note that I listed Mr. Haitink’s name first, then the orchestra, then the hall:  chalk up the opportunity to see the legendary Dutch conductor in person for the first time … Continue reading

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Free performance of Ives piano sonata by Susan Svrček this coming Sunday

Let’s face it:  you and I are always up for a bargain, especially when the product is quality live music and the price is “free-fifty-free.” On Sunday, November 20th, Pianist Susan Svrček will be performing the Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord Sonata” by Charles Ives at 4pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery in West Hollywood.  Admission is … Continue reading

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Game day decision: Haitink and the New York Philharmonic

It is my last full day in NY, and as luck would have it, I was able to wrap up my Day Job responsibilities a little earlier than originally anticipated.  After pondering some options,  I decided to dash over to Lincoln Center to see Bernard Haitink  conduct the “other” Philharmonic.  The program is decidedly middle-of-the-road … Continue reading

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Helicopters and the Hollywood Bowl: falling on deaf ears

If you think that the number of helicopters visiting the Hollywood Bowl mid-concert has been increasing, you’re not the only one.  In today’s Los Angeles Times,  Deborah Borda (Los Angeles Philharmonic President) says:   “It’s always been a problem, but now it’s every concert. Not almost every concert, but every concert, multiple times. And it … Continue reading

Yuja Wang and James Conlon triumph with the LA Phil
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Yuja Wang and James Conlon triumph with the LA Phil

Yuja Wang is the real deal. If there was any doubt that might have crept in as to whether or not she was a “serious” pianist and/or musician based on a spate of recent cancellations and a critic’s unfortunate comments about her attire at the Hollywood Bowl, let them be put to rest after this … Continue reading

The world we live in, and life in general:  LA Phil and Dudamel do Kurtág, Mozart (with Richard Goode), and Strauss
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The world we live in, and life in general: LA Phil and Dudamel do Kurtág, Mozart (with Richard Goode), and Strauss

I almost always go to classical music concerts because I feel I must see/hear something on the program:  a certain composer or his work, a soloist, maybe even a conductor.  Other times it’s because I’m curious about a world premiere of a new work or a performer I’ve never heard before.  This past Sunday at … Continue reading