An actual knight, joined by a king in name:  Pepe Romero, Christoph Konig, and the LA Phil
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An actual knight, joined by a king in name: Pepe Romero, Christoph Konig, and the LA Phil

I had been really looking forward to these concerts.  It was supposed to feature two masterful Spaniards in a night featuring a good chunk of Spanish music.  Unfortunately, that went by the wayside as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor and friend of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, cancelled for health reasons.  Pepe Romero, the distinguished guitarist (not … Continue reading

There goes my hero:  Kahane and Kahane with the LA Chamber Orchestra
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There goes my hero: Kahane and Kahane with the LA Chamber Orchestra

Saturday’s Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert in Glendale featured music about places (New England, Brooklyn, and London) as set in  two older pieces and one West Coast premiere.   The theme worked very well, each piece on the program setting up the next one nicely.  Jeffrey Kahane led everything joyously.  If you were paying attention, … Continue reading

Classical music marketing:  Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)
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Classical music marketing: Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)

Back in 2007, long before All is Yar was a mere Fig Newton of my imagination, Victoria Bitter (VB) beer company teamed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria — playing together as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra” — to create a unique commercial:  it featured the combined orchestras playing VB’s jingle using variations on a theme … Continue reading

Turning pages:  it can’t be that hard, can it?
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Turning pages: it can’t be that hard, can it?

Thoughts of this coming weekend’s concerts of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by their tech-loving Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, reminded me of how he has increasingly taken to using iPads instead of regular sheet music, especially when playing the piano.  Among other reasons, it helps him avoid page-turning snafus.  Timo Andres also used one … Continue reading

The final course:  LACO’s Westside Connections 3 with Susan Feniger
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The final course: LACO’s Westside Connections 3 with Susan Feniger

It was Holy Thursday and a few days before Passover,  and therefore rather appropriate that the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra would serve up the final version of this year year’s food-themed “Westside Connections” concerts as a kind of last supper. Margarat Batjer, LACO’s concertmaster and series curator, mentioned that the initial premise for the evening … Continue reading

Classical music marketing done right:  behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign
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Classical music marketing done right: behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign

As I’ve mentioned in the past, classical music marketing and advertising can be a thankless job.  If you think it’s easy, you try finding something new to say about  music that’s been around for hundreds of years.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. . . . See?  Not exactly a piece of cake. No one likes doing … Continue reading

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April is full of cool — not cruel — stuff to do

Long before Madonna was the most famous American in self-imposed exile in the UK, another noteworthy American-turned-Brit wrote some unkind words about April (or at least that’s what the Thunder said). Whatever.   Don’t believe the hype — April is a kick-ass month, and this one in particular is full of all kinds of stuff … Continue reading

Excellent again:  LA Master Chorale shines in Bach’s St. John Passion
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Excellent again: LA Master Chorale shines in Bach’s St. John Passion

I don’t remember the last time I heard the Los Angeles Master Chorale have a less-than-impressive performance, let alone a bad day.  It’s had to happen; the group is only human, after all. The Master Chorale  has a long and distinguished history, but ever since Grant Gershon took over as Music Director in 2001, its … Continue reading

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A worthwhile Wednesday: “Spring Recital 2012″ by Radu Pieptea and Bryan Pezzone

One of the benefits of living in a “big city”  is that arts and entertainment options are relatively frequent and easy to come by.  This provides both opportunities and challenges to both audiences and performers. For audiences:  how do you choose to spend your valuable time and money? For performers:  how do you break through … Continue reading