And here’s to you, Mr. Robertson:  SoCal native returns to conduct the LA Phil
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And here’s to you, Mr. Robertson: SoCal native returns to conduct the LA Phil

A little over a week ago, David Robertson returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s podium for the first time in over five years, and for the life of me, I have a hard time understanding why it’s taken so long. First and foremost, his broad repertoire featuring impeccable credentials in 20th and 21st Century music … 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

Catching up with the LA Phil:  one post, three concert reviews
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Catching up with the LA Phil: one post, three concert reviews

Continuing my efforts to clear my mental backlog of things I’ve wanted to write about during the past two weeks but couldn’t, below are my (slightly abridged) thoughts on three Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts from last week, specifically: Gustavo Dudamel’s multimedia concert featuring Ravel and Knussen The first Green Umbrella concert of the year, with … Continue reading

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LA Chamber Orchestra displays its range in outstanding season opening concert

Do you have one of those friends that are good at seemingly everything they do?  You might already know that they’re like that, but when you see them in action you always have to shake your head in surprise and admiration. Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are like that. They kicked off … Continue reading

Make mine a double:  season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice
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Make mine a double: season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic opened their 2012/2013 season with a contemplative work by Ravel, a world premiere by Steven Stucky, and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). In other words, it was Retro Week at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is exactly the kind of program which the orchestra … Continue reading

Four hands and a voice:  Southwest Chamber Music’s final 2012 summer concert
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Four hands and a voice: Southwest Chamber Music’s final 2012 summer concert

The final concert of Southwest Chamber Music’s 2012 summer season at The Huntington proved to be a popular ending to what has been a popular series.  Attendance on the Logia was overflowing to the point where an extra row of seating was hastily added right as the concert was about to begin. As with the … Continue reading

Le Hollywood Bowl avec un accent français:  Denève, Thibaudet, and the LA Phil revel in a Franco-American program
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Le Hollywood Bowl avec un accent français: Denève, Thibaudet, and the LA Phil revel in a Franco-American program

When it comes to standard musical fare at the Hollywood Bowl, it’s tough to come up with two composers more iconic than George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.  Besides having their music performed pretty much every summer in the Cahuenga Pass, the two Americans have other close ties to the Bowl: The 1937  memorial concert commemorating … Continue reading