A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale
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A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale

Delaram Kamareh is not a big believer in doing exactly what everyone thinks a soprano should do, and by extension, what they think SHE should do. As we chat over a bite to eat, she recalls a recent conversation with a would-be agent:  “It was pretty clear that we weren’t a good fit for each other. … Continue reading

Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)
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Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)

It’s been a fun and interesting week.  I’ve been spending a few days in Las Vegas  for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show,  checking out the endless forest of 100″ 8k super-mega-ultra-uber-HD TVs, robots that sing and/or play beer pong, and acres of other mind-blowing/mind-numbing technology that will grace our homes, offices, and bodies (“wearable technology” … Continue reading

LA Master Chorale joyously celebrates another important anniversary
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LA Master Chorale joyously celebrates another important anniversary

If you’re trying to pack ’em into a concert hall for a choral concert, the usual course of action involves programming a warhorse, preferably one with a big orchestra.  Carmina Burana.  Beethoven’s 9th.  A requiem by Verdi or Mozart. The Los Angeles Master Chorale has an alternate formula that works just as well:  program something written … Continue reading

The power and the passion:  LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener
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The power and the passion: LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener

  Tant y a feme scet bon taire! Femme est dehors religiouse, Dedanz poignaunt e venimose . . .  (When it comes to women, men, hold your tongue! On the outside she’s religious, On the inside keen and venomous . . .) — excerpt from “The Vices of Women,” 13th Century poem, used in the … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2):  what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more
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Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2): what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more

  This coming Sunday marks the final concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s landmark 50th Anniversary Season. For the occasion, Music Director Grant Gershon has put together a typically forward-looking program of works by Shawn Kirchner, David Lang, Francisco Núñez, Gabriela Lena Frank, and – last but certainly not least – Esa-Pekka Salonen. All … Continue reading

Lesley Leighton and I celebrate Paul Salamunovich 6-8pm tonight on KXLU radio
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Lesley Leighton and I celebrate Paul Salamunovich 6-8pm tonight on KXLU radio

For the past couple of months, Mystic Pete — KXLU radio personality, friend of All is Yar, and all-around man about town — has been trying to get me to back on the air at KXLU.  For various reasons, I hadn’t been able to make it work on my end; however, when we all learned of the sad … Continue reading

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