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

LA Opera announces 2014/2015 season (UPDATED):  Conlon leads “Figaro” trilogy; Domingo to play “Germont” in <i>La Traviata</i>
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LA Opera announces 2014/2015 season (UPDATED): Conlon leads “Figaro” trilogy; Domingo to play “Germont” in La Traviata

Los Angeles Opera announced their 2014/2015 season today.  After browsing the press release (seen in its entirety below), here are my top of mind thoughts and observations: A little surprised that the number of main stage productions is still at six (well, seven productions if you count the double bill as two separate operas).  That … Continue reading

Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays
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Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Festivus — all of their latest editions are now a distant memory.  Perhaps it passed by and you didn’t get the CD you had secretly hoped for.   Or maybe you’ve got an Amazon gift card and you’ve decided that you should really stop accumulating novels about forlorn vampires that … Continue reading

Wafna!  LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of <i>Carmina Burana</i>, Verdi’s <i>Te Deum</i>
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Wafna! LA Master Chorale’s fortunes remain high with grand renditions of Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Te Deum

After the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s rousing season opening gala, Music Director Grant Gershon decided to trot out a familiar crowd-pleaser for its second weekend of concerts:  Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  For some, the cantata has worn out its welcome long ago, but for others — myself included — it remains an entertainingly addictive thrill-ride … Continue reading

A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy
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A golden celebration for golden voices: LA Master Chorale struts its considerable stuff in a living tour through its legacy

Of all the resident companies at The Music Center, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is the one that truly sets LA apart from other big metros.  Orchestras, opera and theatre companies, even ballets, are a dime a dozen in other performing arts centers, but no one else can claim an independent choir of such high … Continue reading

LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 3 of 3):  pondering how much better “The Other Mary” v2.0 actually is
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LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 3 of 3): pondering how much better “The Other Mary” v2.0 actually is

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is in the midst of the continental European leg of its tour to London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York.  Reviews of concerts in London have been consistent in their high praise of the orchestra’s performance and sound in the fairly adventurous repertoire they have taken on the road.  On balance, they … Continue reading

The LA Master Chorale to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with impressive 2013/2014 season
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The LA Master Chorale to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with impressive 2013/2014 season

I was very happy to see this very promising information show up in my inbox this afternoon: The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced their 2013/2014 season, a year which celebrates a pair of anniversaries: 50 years since it’s founding by the legendary Roger Wagner as one of the Los Angeles Music Center’s resident companies. 10 … Continue reading

LA Opera announces 2013/2014 season
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LA Opera announces 2013/2014 season

Los Angeles Opera announced their 2013/2014 season today.  As far as I’m concerned, the most noteworthy things: Not a big increase in number of productions and performances versus the 2012/2013 season, but the mix is a bit more diverse — including three performances of Glass’s Einstein on the Beach. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich returns to L.A. … Continue reading

The latest from LA Opera:  an enjoyable “Madame Butterfly,” a spectacular Pinkerton
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2012/2013

The latest from LA Opera: an enjoyable “Madame Butterfly,” a spectacular Pinkerton

Full disclosure:  Madame Butterfly is not one of my favorite operas.  I understand its popularity and appreciate its usual appeal to most of its fans (sweeping melodies, exotic locales, an easy-to-feel-sorry-for heroine, etc.), but no matter how many chances I give it, I’m never drawn into the music or the drama. Count me in the … Continue reading

CD review:  LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning
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CD review: LA Master Chorale’s new Górecki recording is stunning

The Los Angeles Master Chorale and their Music Director, Grant Gershon, get ready to officially kick-off their 2012/2013 this coming Sunday. Among the music to be featured that night are works by Nico Muhly that they have previously recorded: Bright Mass with Canons and the West Coast premiere of A Good Understanding. All that said, … Continue reading

Excellent again:  LA Master Chorale shines in Bach’s St. John Passion
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Excellent again: LA Master Chorale shines in Bach’s St. John Passion

I don’t remember the last time I heard the Los Angeles Master Chorale have a less-than-impressive performance, let alone a bad day.  It’s had to happen; the group is only human, after all. The Master Chorale  has a long and distinguished history, but ever since Grant Gershon took over as Music Director in 2001, its … Continue reading

Ad majorum Dei gloriam:  LA Master Chorale radiant in sacred music by Bruckner & Stravinsky
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Ad majorum Dei gloriam: LA Master Chorale radiant in sacred music by Bruckner & Stravinsky

Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale have spent the better part of a month helping the Los Angeles Philharmonic with their Mahler Project.  With their Disney Hall roommates moving on to Venezuela for the rest of the “Project,” conductor and chorus have collectively moved on in their own way without having to leave … Continue reading

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News about many conductors; a comment about a critic, a pianist, and a dress

I am still trying to piece together the data for the next installment of my analysis of Gustavo Dudamel’s penchant for new music (as promised in my previous post); however, these things take time and the day job keeps getting in the way.  In the meantime, it seems like every time you turned around recently, … Continue reading