The most notorious 4 minutes & 33 seconds of — er, well, “music” — ever:  Cage stories from the pros
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The most notorious 4 minutes & 33 seconds of — er, well, “music” — ever: Cage stories from the pros

I am going to go out a relatively short limb and say that John Cage’s 4’33” is the most famous — even infamous — work in 20th-Century classical music despite the fact that only a few musicians have actually played — or “played” (said while making air quotes with fingers) — it. The three-movement work comes with … Continue reading

CKDH on KXLU:  I’ll be co-hosting this Monday’s opera show from 9-10pm, giving broadcast premiere of Anne LeBaron work
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CKDH on KXLU: I’ll be co-hosting this Monday’s opera show from 9-10pm, giving broadcast premiere of Anne LeBaron work

When I was in college, I helped to resurrect the school’s defunct radio station and eventually became the station’s Music Director.  It was the hardest I’d ever worked in my life — and the most fun I’d ever had too.  I spent countless hours at the station, on air and off:  studying, sleeping, listening to … Continue reading

More photos from opening night of Southwest Chamber Music’s 2013 Summer Festival at The Huntington
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More photos from opening night of Southwest Chamber Music’s 2013 Summer Festival at The Huntington

Here are more pictures from last Saturday’s first concert of Southwest Chamber Music’s 2013 Summer Festival, their 20th anniversary season. All images are care of my good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Tim Strempfer, exclusively for All is Yar. To read my review of the concert, click HERE. One reminder:  folks who use Google Chrome as … Continue reading

Soprano Delaram Kamareh, Knussen’s <i>Winnie the Pooh</i> steal the show at Southwest Chamber Music
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Soprano Delaram Kamareh, Knussen’s Winnie the Pooh steal the show at Southwest Chamber Music

Last Saturday night, Southwest Chamber Music opened the 20th anniversary season of their annual Summer Festival.  Stravinsky’s Octet  and Mozart’s Gran Partita provided the primary motivation for attending, especially if one happened to be a fan of wind instruments.  But deep in the hundred acre woods of The Huntington where Jeff von der Schmidt and … Continue reading

Beyond the Bowl:  a summer full of music across Southern California (including many FREE concerts)
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Beyond the Bowl: a summer full of music across Southern California (including many FREE concerts)

When thinking of summertime music in SoCal, one’s thoughts usually go first to the Hollywood Bowl.  There’s a good reason for that:  the iconic venue in Cahuenga Pass is not only the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it hosts a dizzying array of jazz, world music, alternative rock, musical theatre, and more.  Where … Continue reading

Southwest Chamber Music announces details of their 2013 Summer Season at The Huntington
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Southwest Chamber Music announces details of their 2013 Summer Season at The Huntington

Just got the announcement from our friends at Southwest Chamber Music detailing the four concert Summer Season they’ll be offering at The Huntington.  I like it.  A nice mix of old and new, rare and familiar. Stravinsky under the stars?  Check. Britten Anniversary?  Check. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik?  Check Works by living composers Oliver Knussen and … Continue reading

Anne LeBaron’s latest gem out-sparkles the rest at final LA International New Music Festival concert
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Anne LeBaron’s latest gem out-sparkles the rest at final LA International New Music Festival concert

In an ideal world, I would have been able to see all four concerts that formed the “LA International New Music Festival 2013″ presented by Southwest Chamber Music; alas, life often gets in the way.  Thankfully, after multiple thwarted attempts to make my way out to The Colburn School for the festival, I was able … Continue reading