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LA Phil gives two offers for new clarinet and trumpet
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil gives two offers for new clarinet and trumpet

Gustavo Dudamel is in the midst of a two-week stint at the Hollywood Bowl, conducting an eclectic mix of music ranging from the usual summer classical offerings by Beethoven to less common Bowl fare such as verismo opera and Pan-American music of various genres.  Tonight’s program even includes the premiere performances of Mr. Dudamel’s own score for … Continue reading

VIDEO:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

VIDEO: Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Kudos and endless gratitude to Tim Mangan for originally finding and sharing this blast from the past:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the opening of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. According to the voice over at the beginning of the video, this was filmed during one of ten(!) … Continue reading

Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
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Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl

A little bit of Esa-Pekka Salonen is better than none at all.  And so it turned out this past week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The original plan was that the orchestra’s beloved Conductor Laureate was supposed to be at the Hollywood Bowl for two concerts, beginning Tuesday night when he and pianist Yefim Bronfman (long-time … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “Word Crimes” is brilliant
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VIDEO: “Word Crimes” is brilliant

A tip of the hat to Shannita Williams (LA Opera’s Associate Director of Communications, Social Media) for pointing me towards “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest release, “Word Crimes,” an absolutely spot-on ode to proper grammar and word usage, set to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m a little sad he didn’t skewer “very unique” in his rant, and … Continue reading

RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)
Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)

American conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia.  He was 84. The former child prodigy was born in 1930, began playing violin in “the Karl Moldrem Baby Orchestra” by the age of five, and was conducting at seven years old.  In 1938, he made his first appearance on the … Continue reading

A chat with Ben Jaffe about Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s past, future, and interesting partnerships in their present
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A chat with Ben Jaffe about Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s past, future, and interesting partnerships in their present

Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns once again to Southern California tonight, this time for their inaugural visit to the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.  This makes about a half-dozen visits to the area since they released That’s It!, their first-ever album devoted exclusively to new compositions (notwithstanding the special editions that include some live versions of classics such as … Continue reading

VIDEO:  The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised
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VIDEO: The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised

Yesterday was Canada Day (aka “Canada’s Birthday”), and I trust my Canadian friends spent the day doing appropriately Canadian-ish things — you know, like singing “O Canada” and drinking an appropriately Canadian alcoholic beverage. With that in mind, the good folks at Molson Brewing honored Canada Day by sharing the most ingenious and wonderful kind … Continue reading