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

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

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

An old soldier:  the Mahler 9th as done by Dudamel & the LA Phil
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An old soldier: the Mahler 9th as done by Dudamel & the LA Phil

Clearly, Mahler was a guy who liked to think and compose about death.  Musical allusions to it show up in all of his works being performed as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Mahler Project” (some may quibble about Songs of the Wayfarer, but if you’re singing about putting a red-hot knife in your breast, … Continue reading

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Gershwin played on both coasts; recognizing a Strad blindfolded; some orchestral cabbage + mac & cheese

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s all-Gershwin season opening gala may have occured many months ago,  but PBS’s “Great Performances” is only now getting around to broadcasting the video from the concert — most of it, anyway.  Better late (and abridged) than never. The first broadcast is this evening at 6pm Pacific Time (on KPBS and PBS … Continue reading

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The LA Phil makes some more offers

Just a few months ago, the Los Angeles Philharmonic made a fairly big splash in the brass world by offering the soon-to-be-vacant (in 2012) Principal Trumpet chair to Thomas Hooten, currently principal of the Atlanta Symphony.  Now it seems they’re doing it again, this time to fill the position of Principal Trombone.  Multiple sources have … Continue reading

Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock:  Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil
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Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock: Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil

“Let’s rrrrock this place.” Gustavo Dudamel wasn’t talking about the Prokofiev 5th Symphony when he made that comment from the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but he could have been.  In fact,  he should have been.  On a Friday night when the performance of  a newly commisioned work for electric cello should have provided … Continue reading

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A video excerpt of Tom Hooten playing “An American in Paris” + LA Phil gala online audio stream almost gone

For those of us unable to make the LA Phil’s all Gershwin gala last Tuesday, I thought I’d share this video clip of that night’s guest Principal Trumpet, Thomas Hooten, playing one of the famous solos from An American in Paris. (LINK TO THE VIDEO) Oh, wait . . . you wanted something different, perhaps … Continue reading

A night of gods and witches:  Dudamel and the LA Phil open the 2011/2012 season with Adams, Benzecry, and Berlioz
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A night of gods and witches: Dudamel and the LA Phil open the 2011/2012 season with Adams, Benzecry, and Berlioz

There is a point in the last movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique when funeral bells loudly toll and announce the beginning of a dance of witches. The ominous three note sequence repeats — forte, then piano — and continues on as the tubas begin playing the Dies Irae from the old Roman Catholic mass for … Continue reading

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At the LA Phil, some faces in new places

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is getting ready to kick-off their 2011/2012 winter season with an all-Gershwin gala this evening. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting Cuban Overture, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue with the 71-year-young Herbie Hancock serving as the distinguished soloist.  (If you can’t make it to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, … Continue reading

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News of Mr. Hooten and Miss December: how the LA Phil may have found a new Principal Trumpet and CKDH a new favorite blackjack dealer

Long before the closure of Interstate 405 allegedly threatened to end the world as we know it, I had planned to spend this past weekend with family and friends in Las Vegas.  High temperatures were a surprisingly mellow 98-degrees in the shade,  so days were spent outside at the Mandalay Bay lazy river with cold … Continue reading