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Upcoming concerts that will hopefully make it a musical December to remember

Here are the Southern California musical events happening in the coming month which are grabbing my attention, and that should be grabbing yours too: Jacaranda’s holiday-ish “Winter Dreams” Concert this Saturday Yes, ’tis the season for Messiah and The Nutcracker, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the intrepid folks at Jacaranda offer up this mix of … Continue reading

The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt
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The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt

Despite my tardiness, I’ve still been wanting to write about last month’s Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of the Mahler 5th Symphony.  Sure, at least three loyal readers have been prodding me in public and private to do so.  On top of that, the concert featured Daniel Harding, a conductor who hasn’t made a visit to … Continue reading

The latest from LA Opera:  an enjoyable “Madame Butterfly,” a spectacular Pinkerton
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The latest from LA Opera: an enjoyable “Madame Butterfly,” a spectacular Pinkerton

Full disclosure:  Madame Butterfly is not one of my favorite operas.  I understand its popularity and appreciate its usual appeal to most of its fans (sweeping melodies, exotic locales, an easy-to-feel-sorry-for heroine, etc.), but no matter how many chances I give it, I’m never drawn into the music or the drama. Count me in the … Continue reading

Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone:  “Casual Friday” with the LA Phil
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Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: “Casual Friday” with the LA Phil

On paper, Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert seemed straightforward enough:  a program filled with loads of well-known hum-along tunes, a beloved old-school conductor (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) on the podium, and a popular soloist (Lynn Harrell) joining in on the fun.  In the concert hall, everything was generally as one would expect:  the music … Continue reading

Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen is certainly among the most popular of classical musicians world-wide, but here in Southern California, it’s on a slightly different level.  You’d expect the current Conductor Laureate and former Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to have a strong following among the locals, and sure enough, he got a loud and prolonged … Continue reading

Delta Airlines disses Lynn Harrell and his cello
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Delta Airlines disses Lynn Harrell and his cello

Lynn Harrell, cellist extraordinaire, is going to be performing the Haydn C Major concerto this week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.  Since he makes his home in Santa Monica, he’ll probably be driving, not flying, to rehearsals and performances.  This makes for easy and non-controversial transportation for him and his cello … Continue reading