Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015 (part 1):  previewing tonight’s Hollywood Bowl concert
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015 (part 1): previewing tonight’s Hollywood Bowl concert

It’s shaping up to be a very horn-y week in Los Angeles, and we have local musicians and Colburn School faculty members Andrew Bain and Annie Bosler to thank for it. “Three years ago or so, I was asked if Colburn would be interested in hosting the International Horn Symposium,” recalls Ms. Bosler.  “Around that time … Continue reading

LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello
Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new Associate Principal Cello, though to frequent concert-goers, things will seem rather status quo.  That’s because multiple sources report that at the end of this past week’s auditions, the position was awarded to Ben Hong, the orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cello since 1993 and acting Associate Principal for the past two seasons. When … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos
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VIDEO: “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos

Tonight, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale are performing Carmina Burana at the Hollywood Bowl.  While it isn’t done with the frequency of, say, Beethoven’s 9th, I can’t think of a full-blown choral work that sees the Hollywood Bowl stage more often.  So even though I couldn’t make it to the Bowl this evening, I’m … Continue reading

Yuja Wang dazzles in Hollywood Bowl classical season opener with Bringuier, LA Phil
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Yuja Wang dazzles in Hollywood Bowl classical season opener with Bringuier, LA Phil

Ah, the Hollywood Bowl season.  The music under the stars.  The celebrity soloists.  The reliable if relatively unheralded conductors.  The people watching.  The pre-concert drinking and picnicking.  The mid-concert helicopters.  The late-concert fireworks. The post-concert crush of many thousands all trying (and largely failing) to quickly amble downhill to their bus or car at the same time.  Good times, good times … Continue reading

Update re: Michele Zukovsky, her last LA Phil concert date, and her retirement
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Update re: Michele Zukovsky, her last LA Phil concert date, and her retirement

Some good news for all of you fans of Michele Zukovsky:  I received official confirmation on when the tenure of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet  will end, and it’s a little later than was originally thought.  Her official retirement date will be December 31, 2015, with her final concert less than two weeks before … Continue reading

Video:  Andrew Bain and Eugene Izotov jazz up Strauss
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Video: Andrew Bain and Eugene Izotov jazz up Strauss

The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays its first classical concert of this summer’s Hollywood Bowl season tonight, but it will do so without the services of Andrew Bain. Fear not:  he’ll be back soon. The orchestra’s Principal Horn has been out and about, no doubt preparing to co-host the 47th International Horn Symposium which will be held in Los … Continue reading

LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition):  big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)
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LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition): big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)

This year’s Hollywood Bowl season is upon us.  Things kicked-off a few weeks ago, care of Journey, Ed Sheeran, and a sing-along Sound of Music, among other concerts.   The Los Angeles Philharmonic made their summer debut on the Bowl stage playing the score to Back to the Future while the film was shown above their heads, though the … Continue reading