LA Phil gives two offers for new clarinet and trumpet
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LA Phil gives two offers for new clarinet and trumpet

Gustavo Dudamel is in the midst of a two-week stint at the Hollywood Bowl, conducting an eclectic mix of music ranging from the usual summer classical offerings by Beethoven, to less common Bowl fare such as verismo opera and Pan-American music of various genres.  Tonight’s program even includes the premiere performances of Mr. Dudamel’s own score for … Continue reading

RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)
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RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)

American conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia.  He was 84. The former child prodigy was born in 1930, began playing violin in “the Karl Moldrem Baby Orchestra” by the age of five, and was conducting at seven years old.  In 1938, he made his first appearance on the … Continue reading

News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more
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News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more

Over the past couple of years, my euphoria about the bad-assness of the three current brass principals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic — Andrew Bain (horn), Tom Hooten (trumpet), and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) — has been somewhat tempered by a fear that,  for one reason or another, the trio might not stick together very long. … Continue reading

Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans
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Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans

Yesterday’s news that Jeffrey Kahane was stepping down in 2017 as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra not only began a long goodbye three years in the making, it caused a little bit of consternation among fans of the pianist/conductor regarding what he’d do after his tenure was done. According to the Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2014-15 season, more details about Kahane’s 2017 departure
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LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2014-15 season, more details about Kahane’s 2017 departure

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra officially announced that Jeffrey Kahane will step down as Music Director in 2017, at which time he will become Music Director Laureate.  In addition, LACO announced details of their 2014-15 season; the complete press release is below. I’m especially excited about the coming “Westside Connections” series, with the coming year’s … Continue reading

Jeffrey Kahane leaving LA Chamber Orchestra after 2016-17 season (UPDATED)
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Jeffrey Kahane leaving LA Chamber Orchestra after 2016-17 season (UPDATED)

(UPDATE:  The official LACO press release about this announcement and details about their 2014-15 season is HERE) (UPDATE #2, April 26:  Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans is HERE) Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane has announced that the 2016-2017 season will be his last as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. … Continue reading

My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series:  “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)
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My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series: “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic wrapped up its whirlwind twelve day, seven city tour last week.  Reviews from the trip were generally positive, many even glowing.  Critics seemed most impressed by the performances of 20th & 21st Century works by Bjarnason, Corigliano, and Rachmaninoff, with Yuja Wang’s pianistic contributions also earning requisite praise. The smattering of negative comments made were mostly … Continue reading

The new 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic will be an American: Noah Bendix-Balgley
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The new 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic will be an American: Noah Bendix-Balgley

The Berlin Philharmonic announced today that their new 1st Concertmaster will be Noah Bendix-Balgley, who is (gasp!) an American.  Yes, I know that Americans have held jobs — even principal positions — with the Philharmoniker before (Carrie Dennis, the current Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, held the same position with the Berlin Phil before … Continue reading

David Bilger on audition prep & what made the difference when he got Philly’s Principal Trumpet chair
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David Bilger on audition prep & what made the difference when he got Philly’s Principal Trumpet chair

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trumpet, David Bilger, has many outlets for sharing his experience and wisdom with other musicians:  he has his own blog, he has teaching positions at The Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and he just wrapped up a two-year stint as “William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)

With the start of the new Los Angeles Philharmonic season, it’s time once again to examine the current personnel situation at the orchestra. The first thing worth mentioning is that there isn’t much to mention, especially compared to previous seasons.  Just eyeballing it, but it looks like the orchestra has the fewest empty chairs to … Continue reading

Julien Beaudiment offered LA Phil’s Principal Flute chair
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Julien Beaudiment offered LA Phil’s Principal Flute chair

Late last week, multiple sources started buzzing with word that the Los Angeles Philharmonic had finally filled their vacant Principal Flute chair.  According to those sources, French flutist Julien Beaudiment was hired for the position.  The current Principal Flute of the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, he played a stint in Walt Disney Concert Hall this … Continue reading

Andris Nelsons new BSO Music Director; initial press release tantalizingly incomplete
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Andris Nelsons new BSO Music Director; initial press release tantalizingly incomplete

The big buzz this morning is the Boston Symphony’s long-awaited announcement as to who will fill their Music Director’s chair that has been vacant since James Levine officially stepped down in 2011 (though health problems kept Mr. Levine away from the podium long before that). The choice:  Andris Nelsons, the 34-year old Latvian maestro who has … Continue reading

Burt Hara wins LA Phil Associate Principal Clarinet chair
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Burt Hara wins LA Phil Associate Principal Clarinet chair

The first time the Los Angeles Philharmonic held auditions to fill its Associate Principal Clarinet chair, no one was hired.  During the past week, they tried again, and this time it looks like they  made an offer — and it’s a doozy.  No official word from the orchestra, but according to numerous sources, Burt Hara, … Continue reading

Dudamel, Shaham, and LA Phil make old standards sound fresh; Julien Beaudiment sits in as first-chair flute
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Dudamel, Shaham, and LA Phil make old standards sound fresh; Julien Beaudiment sits in as first-chair flute

Gustavo Dudamel returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic podium for the first time since October 14, 2012.  Most of the next few weeks will be devoted to preparing programs for the orchestra’s upcoming tour to Europe and New York, but this past weekend’s concerts were not going to be played out of town. On paper, … Continue reading

James Conlon extends contract to be Music Director of LA Opera until 2018
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James Conlon extends contract to be Music Director of LA Opera until 2018

At the end of my review of last year’s production of Albert Herring, I wrote this about James Conlon:  “Long may he reign at Los Angeles Opera.” It looks like I’ll get my wish — at least for another five years. The company just announced that Mr. Conlon has extended his contract as LA Opera’s … Continue reading