Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2014 edition) (UPDATED: Oct 27)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2014 edition) (UPDATED: Oct 27)

Back by popular demand:  our annual look at the changes in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s roster of musicians at the start of this year.  As usual, we’ve had a mix of arrivals and departures, some expected and explained, some . . . well, not so much. Let’s start with the percussion section.  Principal Percussionist Raynor Carroll … Continue reading

News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more
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News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more

Over the past couple of years, my euphoria about the bad-assness of the three current brass principals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic — Andrew Bain (horn), Tom Hooten (trumpet), and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) — has been somewhat tempered by a fear that,  for one reason or another, the trio might not stick together very long. … Continue reading

My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series:  “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)
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My Top 10 favorite LA Phil hires of the past decade (2nd in the series: “Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday”)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic wrapped up its whirlwind twelve day, seven city tour last week.  Reviews from the trip were generally positive, many even glowing.  Critics seemed most impressed by the performances of 20th & 21st Century works by Bjarnason, Corigliano, and Rachmaninoff, with Yuja Wang’s pianistic contributions also earning requisite praise. The smattering of negative comments made were mostly … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Fall 2013 edition)

With the start of the new Los Angeles Philharmonic season, it’s time once again to examine the current personnel situation at the orchestra. The first thing worth mentioning is that there isn’t much to mention, especially compared to previous seasons.  Just eyeballing it, but it looks like the orchestra has the fewest empty chairs to … Continue reading

The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt
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The LA Phil’s new brass principals are definitely making their presence felt

Despite my tardiness, I’ve still been wanting to write about last month’s Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of the Mahler 5th Symphony.  Sure, at least three loyal readers have been prodding me in public and private to do so.  On top of that, the concert featured Daniel Harding, a conductor who hasn’t made a visit to … Continue reading

Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone:  “Casual Friday” with the LA Phil
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Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: “Casual Friday” with the LA Phil

On paper, Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert seemed straightforward enough:  a program filled with loads of well-known hum-along tunes, a beloved old-school conductor (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) on the podium, and a popular soloist (Lynn Harrell) joining in on the fun.  In the concert hall, everything was generally as one would expect:  the music … 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