My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for <i>LA Weekly</i>
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My interview with LA Phil’s Andrew Bain and Tom Hooten for LA Weekly

I’m pleased to announce that the good folks at LA Weekly have asked me to start writing for them on a freelance basis.  The first of what I hope will be many articles and reviews in that publication is “An Ex-Marine and a Former Basketball Referee Walk Into Disney Hall…,” an interview with Andrew Bain and … Continue reading

The LA Phil Principal Flute chair will soon be vacant again; Julien Beaudiment, its current occupant, explains why
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

The LA Phil Principal Flute chair will soon be vacant again; Julien Beaudiment, its current occupant, explains why

The Los Angeles Philharmonic recently announced that this coming May, they will once again be holding auditions for their Principal Flute chair. For fans of Julien Beaudiment, the current occupant of the position and budding star within the orchestra, this news is certainly a major disappointment. For almost everyone who follows such things, musicians and … 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

VIDEO (of sorts):  David Oistrakh playing Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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VIDEO (of sorts): David Oistrakh playing Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

I recently came across the YouTube file below of the legendary David Oistrakh in a 1965 performance of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D-Major, K.218, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Maurice Abravanel is the conductor.  Note: there is no actual video footage of the performance, but the audio is still worth your time.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Avoiding “conductor porn”:  Gaffigan shakes things up with the LA Phil
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

Avoiding “conductor porn”: Gaffigan shakes things up with the LA Phil

The ten-week parade of guest conductors at the Los Angeles Philharmonic has begun.  First in line:  James Gaffigan, the American-born Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony and previous right hand man to Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland. His program featured one favorite, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Simon … Continue reading

<i>Pictures</i> in high contrast:  Dudamel, LA Phil play Salonen, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky
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Pictures in high contrast: Dudamel, LA Phil play Salonen, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky

Gustavo Dudamel’s final Walt Disney Concert Hall appearance of 2014 was all about himself, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and what they could do together.  The program featured three orchestral showpieces laden with built-in imagery for him to exploit.   No daintiness was required. No soloists got in the way.   A good time was had by all. Continue reading

A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A familiar face takes over LA Phil 3rd horn chair

The Los Angeles Philharmonic held auditions for their vacant third horn chair during the week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving.  According to multiple sources, Amy Jo Rhine was appointed to the position. LA Phil concertgoers may recognize her face, and regular readers of All is Yar will certainly recognize her name:  as mentioned in a recent post, Ms. Rhine has … Continue reading