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The new 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic will be an American: Noah Bendix-Balgley
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments

The new 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic will be an American: Noah Bendix-Balgley

The Berlin Philharmonic announced today that their new 1st Concertmaster will be Noah Bendix-Balgley, who is (gasp!) an American.  Yes, I know that Americans have held jobs — even principal positions — with the Philharmoniker before (Carrie Dennis, the current Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, held the same position with the Berlin Phil before … Continue reading

“The space in-between the notes” —  spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)
Interviews / Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

“The space in-between the notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)

James Conlon is in the midst of an early afternoon rehearsal when he pauses to fix a line that doesn’t sound quite right to him. “Don’t rush the staccato,”  he tells the chorus.  “Staccato is about the space in-between the notes.” Later that same day, in front of a chamber orchestra this time, he’s rehearsing … Continue reading

My $0.02  on the LA Phil’s 2014-15 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2014 Hollywood Bowl season
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2014-15 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2014 Hollywood Bowl season

Yesterday, the good folks at the Los Angeles Philharmonic made public the plans for the upcoming 2014-15 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall (details available HERE).  This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the coming 2014 summer season at the Hollywood Bowl (HERE are details of that). Unlike last year, there was … Continue reading

Frank Almond, Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster, recovering after being assaulted and robbed of “Lipinski” Stradivarius
Music News & Info: Classical

Frank Almond, Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster, recovering after being assaulted and robbed of “Lipinski” Stradivarius

Violinist Frank Almond, Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was assaulted late Monday evening, Jan 27, following a performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College.  According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn stated at a news conference Tuesday that Mr. Almond was attacked with a stun gun and robbed of the instrument he … Continue reading

Ojai Music Festival announces Music Directors for next three seasons
Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

Ojai Music Festival announces Music Directors for next three seasons

Ojai Music Festival Artistic Director Tom Morris and the other good folks on his team are still ramping up for this summer’s fun, featuring pianist (and blogger) Jeremy Denk as Music Director.  But that didn’t stop them from giving us a little advanced notice about who’ll be taking the reigns in the future.  According to the … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2):  how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2): how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro

“Bach’s B-minor Mass? Wow. That is the mountaintop,” says Grant Gershon. He should know. When it comes to choral music in Southern California, likely even the entire country, there isn’t a more prominent musician than the man who is both Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Resident Conductor & Chorus Master of … Continue reading

Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name:  Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD
All Reviews / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc. / Reviews 2013/2014

Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name: Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD

George Gershwin is one of my favorite composers, easily in my top three if not my absolute favorite of all time.    His classical music compositions, harmonically and rhythmically complex yet thoroughly lyrical and organic-sounding, were so inimitable and uniquely formed that both Maurice Ravel and Arnold Schoenberg refused to give him composition lessons on … Continue reading