Like a boss:  David Robertson and SLSO at Segerstrom Concert Hall show how it’s supposed to be done
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Like a boss: David Robertson and SLSO at Segerstrom Concert Hall show how it’s supposed to be done

Good chemistry between a conductor and orchestra is a difficult thing to predict or explain, but as former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart might say, I know it when I see it.  And I know I saw — and heard — it this past Monday night when David Robertson brought the St. Louis Symphony into … 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

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April is full of cool — not cruel — stuff to do

Long before Madonna was the most famous American in self-imposed exile in the UK, another noteworthy American-turned-Brit wrote some unkind words about April (or at least that’s what the Thunder said). Whatever.   Don’t believe the hype — April is a kick-ass month, and this one in particular is full of all kinds of stuff … Continue reading

Chicago Symphony barrels its way through Orange County
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Chicago Symphony barrels its way through Orange County

Last Friday, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony made their long-awaited visit to the Southland with a one-night stop at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.  The whole affair had a “take it or leave it” feel,  beginning with the curiously obscure program of works by Honegger, Mason Bates, and Franck, and ending with Mr. … Continue reading

Timeless like a broken watch:  Marino Formenti in recital
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Timeless like a broken watch: Marino Formenti in recital

“I always hated the Diabelli Variations,” writes Marino Formenti.  Coming from any other pianist, this would sound like a confession. Marino Formenti is not “any other pianist.” The Italian-born musician only began studying Beethoven’s meandering piano work at the recent request of Dean Corey, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. … Continue reading