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 been actually played (or “played” if you prefer). The three-movement work comes with this set of instructions by the … 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

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

Four hands and a voice:  Southwest Chamber Music’s final 2012 summer concert
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Four hands and a voice: Southwest Chamber Music’s final 2012 summer concert

The final concert of Southwest Chamber Music’s 2012 summer season at The Huntington proved to be a popular ending to what has been a popular series.  Attendance on the Logia was overflowing to the point where an extra row of seating was hastily added right as the concert was about to begin. As with the … Continue reading

A busy weekend of So Cal classical music
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A busy weekend of So Cal classical music

There’s lots going in this weekend.  Pick something you like and go check it out. World premiere production of The Face The world premiere staged performance of Donald Crockett’s new chamber orchestra, The Face, is tonight at 8pm at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.  Subsequent performances will be … Continue reading

An exotic addition to a French summer at the Huntington:  Southwest Chamber Music plays Debussy & Ravel, and invites back a Vietnamese virtuoso
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An exotic addition to a French summer at the Huntington: Southwest Chamber Music plays Debussy & Ravel, and invites back a Vietnamese virtuoso

Inspired by the centennial of Pasadena-native, Julia Child, Southwest Chamber Music has been focusing  on French music for their Summer Festival 2012 at The Huntington.  Healthy portions of Debussy and Ravel are offered up in each concert.  This past weekend’s programs, the third in the series, paired those two quintessential French composers with works from Vietnam. It … Continue reading

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Summer seasons, Week Two (times two)

I’m not able to make any concerts this week due to various conflicts, but that shouldn’t keep any of you from going, nor should it keep me from talking about them. . . . Hollywood Bowl, Week 2 The Los Angeles Philharmonic second week of summer classical concerts were programmed similarly to the way Week … Continue reading

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Free new music concert for veterans tonight

Tonight is the final concert of Southwest Chamber Music’s LA International New Music Festival.  In honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who have worn the uniform, Southwest is offering free admission to veterans. The concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School begins at 8pm, with a free 7pm pre-concert discussion with … Continue reading

Southwest Chamber Music’s promising new festival
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Southwest Chamber Music’s promising new festival

A four-concert event called “The Inaugural LA International New Music Festival” certainly sounds like a big deal.  You can forgive Southwest Chamber Music for giving their nascent new music series such an official, highfalutin’ sounding name. With the city’s long-standing reputation as an incubator of new music and home to many prominent composers, you’d think an event … Continue reading