<i>All is Yar</i> gets a little love from the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

All is Yar gets a little love from the Los Angeles Times

Back in May of this year, I had the good fortune to be able to attend the world premiere performance of John Adams’ new oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary.  In addition to posting a review of that concert, I posted some pre-concert musings on the new work’s title and the identity of the … Continue reading

A busy weekend of So Cal classical music
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Southwest Chamber Music

A busy weekend of So Cal classical music

There’s lots going in this weekend.  Pick something you like and go check it out. World premiere production of The Face The world premiere staged performance of Donald Crockett’s new chamber orchestra, The Face, is tonight at 8pm at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.  Subsequent performances will be … Continue reading

Brava, Ms. Balsom!  Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl
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Brava, Ms. Balsom! Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl

You hear of a night of Haydn conducted by the ever-sunny Nicholas McGegan, and you probably think, “That’s nice.”  You notice that the Haydn Trumpet Concerto will be the centerpiece of the evening and you might say, “Hmmm, haven’t heard that performed in a while.”   You realize that Alison Balsom is the trumpet soloist, … Continue reading

Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival
Music News & Info: Classical

Anna Prohaska sings “Exsultate, Jubilate” from this year’s Salzburg Festival

Anna Prohaska, recently appearing as Zerlina in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni, is seen here at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Salzburg Festival singing some different Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate (K. 165) What makes the performance more impressive is that she was only given a few hours notice that she’d be performing … Continue reading

Unofficial announcements:  Los Angeles gets a new 2nd Flute, and Orange County gets its music critic back
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Unofficial announcements: Los Angeles gets a new 2nd Flute, and Orange County gets its music critic back

Just to show that good things can actually happen to good people, music critic Timothy Mangan will once again be the classical music critic of The Orange County Register.   According to his blog, Classical Life,  Tim’s new/old job was definitely — if not yet publicly — confirmed by the newspaper’s new regime.  No word … Continue reading

An exotic addition to a French summer at the Huntington:  Southwest Chamber Music plays Debussy & Ravel, and invites back a Vietnamese virtuoso
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An exotic addition to a French summer at the Huntington: Southwest Chamber Music plays Debussy & Ravel, and invites back a Vietnamese virtuoso

Inspired by the centennial of Pasadena-native, Julia Child, Southwest Chamber Music has been focusing  on French music for their Summer Festival 2012 at The Huntington.  Healthy portions of Debussy and Ravel are offered up in each concert.  This past weekend’s programs, the third in the series, paired those two quintessential French composers with works from Vietnam. It … Continue reading

Style and substance in equal measure:  Wang joins Dudamel and the LA Phil for some Tchaikovsky
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Style and substance in equal measure: Wang joins Dudamel and the LA Phil for some Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky concerts at the Hollywood Bowl are common occurrences.  Thursday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert was pretty typical, with a program featuring a pair of frequently heard warhorses:  the Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Symphony No. 4. Then again, in some ways, this wasn’t all that typical.  There were no fireworks, no 1812 Overture, … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Yuja Wang is everyone’s social media darling + “All is Yar” has a Facebook page (finally)

Different people have different habits, especially when it comes to how you like to consume information.  Some of you like to watch Olympic coverage in real time online or read about the results on ESPN or Twitter immediately after gold medals are handed out, while others prefer to sit through NBC’s tape-delayed faux-suspense-laden Olympic coverage … Continue reading

NEWSFLASH:  CKDH actually manages to enjoy some Brahms, care of Fima Bronfman, Lionel Bringuier, and the LA Phil
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NEWSFLASH: CKDH actually manages to enjoy some Brahms, care of Fima Bronfman, Lionel Bringuier, and the LA Phil

I have more than a few things to say about last Tuesday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Hollywood Bowl, as usual.  But let’s get one thing out of the way, shall we? Yefim Bronfman is a bad-ass. Ok, perhaps this is old news, but even if that’s the case, it’s worth repeating. So many … Continue reading