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Is “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” mis-named?

I’m killing time before this evening’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert by drinking an old fashioned — a really good one, BTW, care of the bartender at the Omni Hotel near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anyways, I started thinking about tonight’s world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a modern bit of social … Continue reading

Who’ll be the next LA Phil Principal Cello?  Two finalists emerge
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Who’ll be the next LA Phil Principal Cello? Two finalists emerge

The Los Angeles Philharmonic recently held auditions to find a new Principal Cello to replace Peter Stumpf, whose name still appears on their roster as being “On Leave” but who hasn’t been with the orchestra all season.  The required repertoire list for the audition included some excerpts that would be expected (Haydn Concerto, Don Quixote, La … Continue reading

On Memorial Day, a musical tribute to those who died wearing the uniform
Music News & Info: Classical

On Memorial Day, a musical tribute to those who died wearing the uniform

Twenty-four notes.  Among the most recognizable twenty-four notes in America, regardless of genre of music one usually listens to. The history for this bugle call goes back to the Civil War.  If one has spent time in any branch of the United States military, you’d most commonly hear Taps played to signal the end of … Continue reading

LA Phil’s history with Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade
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LA Phil’s history with Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade

Following up regarding my last post about Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert, here’s one extra little tidbit about Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade and the orchestra: As stated in both printed and online version of the program notes, the first performance was March 26, 1942, with George Szell conducting. Until this season, the most recent performance … Continue reading

Nothing casual about this Mozart:  Kiera Duffy joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
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Nothing casual about this Mozart: Kiera Duffy joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil

It wasn’t supposed to be an all-Mozart program.  What was originally announced as a Tchaikovsky/Sibelius program morphed a couple of times over the course of this season before landing on its final form.  One of the subscribers wasn’t happy about all the repeated changes and made her opinion known during the “Casual Friday” post-concert Q&A.  With … Continue reading

Music News & Info: Classical / Southwest Chamber Music

Free new music concert for veterans tonight

Tonight is the final concert of Southwest Chamber Music’s LA International New Music Festival.  In honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who have worn the uniform, Southwest is offering free admission to veterans. The concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School begins at 8pm, with a free 7pm pre-concert discussion with … Continue reading

Southwest Chamber Music’s promising new festival
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Southwest Chamber Music’s promising new festival

A four-concert event called “The Inaugural LA International New Music Festival” certainly sounds like a big deal.  You can forgive Southwest Chamber Music for giving their nascent new music series such an official, highfalutin’ sounding name. With the city’s long-standing reputation as an incubator of new music and home to many prominent composers, you’d think an event … Continue reading

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

Glenn Dicterow to leave NY Phil and join USC Thornton

As if there hasn’t been enough big, crazy musical news out of New York this week, the announcement came earlier today that Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic since 1980, will join the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in Fall of 2013 and then step down from his NY Phil … Continue reading

Go big or go home:  an ambitious Don Giovanni staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Go big or go home: an ambitious Don Giovanni staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

It was not your average Sunday afternoon at Walt Disney Disney Concert Hall.  Gustavo Dudamel was still on the podium for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s unofficial Mozart Month, but that was pretty much where “business as usual” ended.  The LA Phil had decided that their first-ever complete performances of Don Giovanni would be full-blown productions, … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Anticipating the Don

I’ve been looking forward to attending the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s fully-staged Don Giovanni for a number of reasons: First of all, well, because it’s Don Giovanni and who doesn’t want to see and hear that under pretty much any circumstance? The appearance of Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role.  It’s been a very good season for … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

Anniversary of Bernstein’s last day as NY Phil Music Director

Care of the folks at Composers Datebook at American Public Media: On today’s date in 1969, Leonard Bernstein conducted his last concert as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Bernstein had been named the orchestra’s Music Director in November of 1957, and was the first American-born and trained conductor to hold the position. … Continue reading

A familiar voice expands his reach
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Opera / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A familiar voice expands his reach

Brian Lauritzen — radio personality extraordinaire, under-appreciated cellist, and friend of All is Yar — is known primarily for his smooth, easy-going voice on Classical KUSC (that’d be 91.5FM for all of you who still listen to terrestrial radio in Southern California), as well as podcasts for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, … Continue reading

Justifiably popular:  the latest vibrant young cast inhabits Los Angeles Opera’s classic “La Bohème”
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Justifiably popular: the latest vibrant young cast inhabits Los Angeles Opera’s classic “La Bohème”

Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is as popular and reliable a seat-filler as you can get in opera.  In Southern California alone, it has been programmed by both the Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Opera within weeks of each other this spring.   It shows up so often that opera-going veterans see La Bohème on the calendar and grumble and moan … Continue reading