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Tossed into the deep end:  Young Artists Symphony Orchestra impressive in inaugural concert featuring Mahler 2nd Symphony
All Reviews / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2015/2016

Tossed into the deep end: Young Artists Symphony Orchestra impressive in inaugural concert featuring Mahler 2nd Symphony

  There’s an old saying that “Fortune Favors the Bold.”  It certainly has proven to be true so far for Alexander Treger and his fledgling Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), especially given their impressive inaugural concert a few weeks ago. To understand the full story, we have to go back to this past May.  With Mr. Treger’s 17-year tenure … Continue reading

Baseball walk-up music from classical composers, just in time for the MLB playoffs
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Baseball walk-up music from classical composers, just in time for the MLB playoffs

I watched the Dodgers win a playoff game two nights ago.  This is notable not so much for the Blue Crew’s victory but rather because of the fact that I actually watched it.  Due to a combination of obstinacy and greed from Time-Warner cable, roughly 75% of Dodger fans can’t watch the team’s games.  Normally such a … Continue reading

Where’d my 2015 summer go?!?! (“Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl” edition)
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2014/2015

Where’d my 2015 summer go?!?! (“Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl” edition)

I recently was told that it was now officially Autumn. Really??!!  Summer couldn’t have passed by that quickly, could it have?  The temperature yesterday was still the 90’s as it has been for much of the past few weeks, and the humidity is ridiculous by Southern California standards. But it’s true, Fall is here.  There were signs:  Football season … Continue reading

Classical music concert etiquette redux (updated)
FYI / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Classical music concert etiquette redux (updated)

Timothy Mangan, renowned classical music critic and friend of All is Yar, recently published a piece in the Orange County Register titled “Concert etiquette baffling?  Here’s a hand.”  It does a splendid job demystifying and explaining the classical music and opera attendance experience for newbies and veterans alike.  The two biggest topics he covers:  appropriate dress and … Continue reading

Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra offer solid start to 2015-16 season, highlighted by Spiva world premiere and Schubert 8th
All Reviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2015/2016

Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra offer solid start to 2015-16 season, highlighted by Spiva world premiere and Schubert 8th

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and their Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, recently launched their penultimate season together in familiar fashion:  offering works by living composers on the same program as old masters.  It’s a very welcome habit that once again proved to be quite fruitful. The first half of this inaugural program of their 2015-16 season especially … Continue reading

Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015

It’s shaping up to be a very horn-y week in Los Angeles, and we have local musicians and Colburn School faculty members Andrew Bain and Annie Bosler to thank for it. “Three years ago or so, I was asked if Colburn would be interested in hosting the International Horn Symposium,” recalls Ms. Bosler.  “Around that time … Continue reading

LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello
Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil’s Ben Hong promoted to Associate Principal Cello

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new Associate Principal Cello, though to frequent concert-goers, things will seem rather status quo.  That’s because multiple sources report that at the end of this past week’s auditions, the position was awarded to Ben Hong, the orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cello since 1993 and acting Associate Principal for the past two seasons. When … Continue reading