Morten Lauridsen shares a truly amazing story about visiting Paul Salamunovich in the hospital
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Morten Lauridsen shares a truly amazing story about visiting Paul Salamunovich in the hospital

If there is any doubt about the power of music, this story from composer Morten Lauridsen about conductor Paul Salamunovich, his dear friend and collaborator who just passed away, should erase all of it: When I spoke to Dr. Lauridsen a few weeks ago, one of the things we discussed was that he had recently visited … Continue reading

Visiting Morten Lauridsen:  the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale
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Visiting Morten Lauridsen: the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale

As part of their 50th Anniversary festivities, The Los Angeles Master Chorale is celebrating their long-running relationship with composer Morten Lauridsen this weekend.  The partnership is, without a doubt, one of the most important  between a composer and a chorus in the entire world.  It began with a performance of Mid-Winter Songs during Roger Wagner’s last … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2):  how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro
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Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2): how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro

“Bach’s B-minor Mass? Wow. That is the mountaintop,” says Grant Gershon. He should know. When it comes to choral music in Southern California, likely even the entire country, there isn’t a more prominent musician than the man who is both Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Resident Conductor & Chorus Master of … Continue reading

Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays
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Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Festivus — all of their latest editions are now a distant memory.  Perhaps it passed by and you didn’t get the CD you had secretly hoped for.   Or maybe you’ve got an Amazon gift card and you’ve decided that you should really stop accumulating novels about forlorn vampires that … Continue reading

Wafna!  LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of <i>Carmina Burana</i>, Verdi’s <i>Te Deum</i>
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Wafna! LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Te Deum

After the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s rousing season opening gala, Music Director Grant Gershon decided to trot out a familiar crowd-pleaser for its second weekend of concerts:  Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  For some, the cantata has worn out its welcome long ago, but for others — myself included — it remains an entertainingly addictive thrill-ride … Continue reading

A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy
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A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy

Of all the resident companies at The Music Center, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is the one that truly sets LA apart from other big metros.  Orchestras, opera and theatre companies, even ballets, are a dime a dozen in other performing arts centers, but no one else can claim an independent choir of such high … Continue reading

MTT and LA Phil kick off Hollywood Bowl classical season with Mahler 2nd
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MTT and LA Phil kick off Hollywood Bowl classical season with Mahler 2nd

The setting for last week’s first classical music concert of the 2013 Hollywood Bowl season couldn’t have been more perfect:  the temperature was a picnic-perfect low 70′s, cooling down just a little as the sun set; the sky was clear and cloudless, and a very slight breeze blew through the amphitheater.  It was, as the great … Continue reading

The LA Master Chorale to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with impressive 2013/2014 season
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The LA Master Chorale to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with impressive 2013/2014 season

I was very happy to see this very promising information show up in my inbox this afternoon: The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced their 2013/2014 season, a year which celebrates a pair of anniversaries: 50 years since it’s founding by the legendary Roger Wagner as one of the Los Angeles Music Center’s resident companies. 10 … Continue reading

The inaugural edition of “All is Yar’s Most Favorite and Noteworthy Classical Music Stuff of the Year”
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The inaugural edition of “All is Yar’s Most Favorite and Noteworthy Classical Music Stuff of the Year”

As we reach the end of December, it’s traditionally time for a retrospective look at the year that is just completed.  Since 2012 was the first full calendar year of All is Yar‘s existence, it’s an especially important one for me.  I’ve been fortunate — dare I say “blessed” — to have been able to … Continue reading

LA Master Chorale below their own high standards in program of Bach and Vivaldi
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LA Master Chorale below their own high standards in program of Bach and Vivaldi

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s December dance card was a bit more full than usual:  two concerts of holiday carols, a straight-up performance of Handel’s Messiah, providing soloists for a Messiah sing-along, and an evening of Vivaldi and Bach that was titled, “Rejoice!”   I only had the opportunity to attend the Vivaldi/Bach concert, and judging from … Continue reading

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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

CD review:  LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning
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CD review: LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and their Music Director, Grant Gershon, get ready to officially kick-off their 2012/2013 this coming Sunday. Among the music to be featured that night are works by Nico Muhly that they have previously recorded: Bright Mass with Canons and the West Coast premiere of A Good Understanding. All that said, … Continue reading

Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl
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Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl

Classical music, like life in general, abounds in so-called guilty pleasures.  You know, the kind of stuff that you may not admit to friends that you like, but in the privacy of your own iPod earbuds, you relish with abandon.  Warsaw Concerto is one for me.  Carmina Burana is another one.  Not a whole lot … Continue reading

Forgive them for they know not what they do:  Adams & Sellars over-reach with “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”
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Forgive them for they know not what they do: Adams & Sellars over-reach with “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

For their season finale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic ordered up a world premiere of a major new work from John Adams, their Creative Chair and one of the most prominent American composers currently living.  Once again, the orchestra was thinking big and taking risks. You’ve gotta appreciate their moxy.  Audentes fortuna juvat – “Fortune favors the … Continue reading