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

Youth is served:  Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts
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Youth is served: Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts

The Hollywood Bowl is often a place for conductors and soloists to make their Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts.  It’s a bit of trial by fire — if you can make a strong impression under the duress of limited rehearsal time and less-than-ideal performing conditions, then you might get invited for a gig downtown for the … Continue reading

Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl
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Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl

Classical music, like life in general, abounds in so-called guilty pleasures.  You know, the kind of stuff that you may not admit to friends that you like, but in the privacy of your own iPod earbuds, you relish with abandon.  Warsaw Concerto is one for me.  Carmina Burana is another one.  Not a whole lot … 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

Brava, Ms. Balsom!  Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl
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Brava, Ms. Balsom! Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl

You hear of a night of Haydn conducted by the ever-sunny Nicholas McGegan, and you probably think, “That’s nice.”  You notice that the Haydn Trumpet Concerto will be the centerpiece of the evening and you might say, “Hmmm, haven’t heard that performed in a while.”   You realize that Alison Balsom is the trumpet soloist, … 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

Style and substance in equal measure:  Wang joins Dudamel and the LA Phil for some Tchaikovsky
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Style and substance in equal measure: Wang joins Dudamel and the LA Phil for some Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky concerts at the Hollywood Bowl are common occurrences.  Thursday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert was pretty typical, with a program featuring a pair of frequently heard warhorses:  the Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Symphony No. 4. Then again, in some ways, this wasn’t all that typical.  There were no fireworks, no 1812 Overture, … Continue reading