Ojai Music Festival announces Music Directors for next three seasons
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Ojai Music Festival announces Music Directors for next three seasons

Ojai Music Festival Artistic Director Tom Morris and the other good folks on his team are still ramping up for this summer’s fun, featuring pianist (and blogger) Jeremy Denk as Music Director.  But that didn’t stop them from giving us a little advanced notice about who’ll be taking the reigns in the future.  According to the … 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

More photos from <i>Invisible Cities</i> at Union Station
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More photos from Invisible Cities at Union Station

A  gallery of photos (all taken by yours truly) from the November 5th performance of Invisible Cities (composed by Chris Cerrone, directed by Yuval Sharon, and presented by The Industry.) My review of the performance is HERE. As always, click on any of the thumbnails below to open up a full screen version of the image. … Continue reading

A million miles away, everywhere at once:  <i>Invisible Cities</i> is an opera that embodies the LA experience
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A million miles away, everywhere at once: Invisible Cities is an opera that embodies the LA experience

Yuval Sharon and the intrepid team at “The Industry” have done it again.  Last year, they raised operatic hell with their innovative conceptualization of Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City.  This year, their take on Chris Cerrone’s Invisible Cities has an entirely different vibe, but is innovative in its own way. Invisible Cities is one of those artistic … Continue reading

Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday  (first of a series):  If concert halls were cars
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Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday (first of a series): If concert halls were cars

Walt Disney Concert Hall is now officially ten years old.  Within that decade, a lot has happened, and off and on during the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering the impact — both profound and innocuous — of the hall’s addition to the cultural landscape of the city and beyond.  I figure I’d share them … Continue reading

“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways:  shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)
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“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways: shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)

At the opening talk of this year’s Ojai Music Festival last Thursday, Ara Guzelimien (Provost & Dean of The Julliard School and former Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival) astutely observed that The Rite of Spring has become big business.  What used to scare audiences now regularly packs houses.  With all of the buzz surrounding … Continue reading

Photos from the 2013 Ojai Music Festival
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Photos from the 2013 Ojai Music Festival

My two-part review of this past weekend’s 67th Ojai Music Festival will be up very soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos from the weekend (see the gallery below). Except for a few shots taken by me (as noted in the descriptions), most of the photos — in fact, pretty much all the really … Continue reading

An in-depth conversation with Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival
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An in-depth conversation with Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival

Good news, Ojai Music Festival fans:  your year-long wait for the next iteration of this wonderfully wacky artistic experience is finally over.  Today marks the beginning of the 67th edition of this venerable Southern California homage to adventurous music.  This year’s Music Director is Mark Morris (yes, the choreographer) — at first blush, a seemingly  unlikely choice, … Continue reading

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity
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Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity

Quick, name a Handel oratorio besides Messiah. . . . Not that easy, is it? They aren’t exactly common fare, and I’m willing to bet that few of you would have come up with Jephtha, especially if Harry Christophers and the good folks at the Handel and Haydn Society  (aka “H&H”) hadn’t decided to resurrect … Continue reading

Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”
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Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”

The folks at “Jacaranda, Music on the Edge” are on a bit of a roll.  The seats at Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church (AKA “First Preb”) were almost all full and the crowd was enthusiastic.  The program, billed as “Thresholds:  The Scandals of 1912-13″ was chock-a-block with works from the Second Viennese School; however, in … Continue reading

Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti
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Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti

A few years ago, I was  at Walt Disney Concert Hall to see James Conlon conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert of works by Prokofiev.  Sitting right in front of me were two gentleman, one older and the other younger, speaking a European language I did not recognize.  Whatever they were saying, they … 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

Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen is certainly among the most popular of classical musicians world-wide, but here in Southern California, it’s on a slightly different level.  You’d expect the current Conductor Laureate and former Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to have a strong following among the locals, and sure enough, he got a loud and prolonged … Continue reading

They are the knights who say Niehaus:  Milwaukee Symphony names Principal Trumpet as new President & Executive Director
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They are the knights who say Niehaus: Milwaukee Symphony names Principal Trumpet as new President & Executive Director

Finally, some good news on the orchestral administrative front. The Milwaukee Symphony offered up a one-two punch with their press release today, announcing not only a balanced budget but also the appointment of Principal Trumpet Mark Niehaus as the MSO’s new President and Executive Director.  According to the MSO: Continue reading

Going out with style:  Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago
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Going out with style: Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago

This past Tuesday, the Tokyo String Quartet played what first violin Martin Beaver said would almost certainly be their last concert at the Ravinia Festival.  In all likelihood, it will also be their final appearance anywhere in the Chicago area.  With Kazuhide Isomura (founding viola)  and Kikuei Ikeda (longtime second violin) deciding to retire, the … Continue reading