VIDEO:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
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VIDEO: Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Kudos and endless gratitude to Tim Mangan for originally finding and sharing this blast from the past:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the opening of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. According to the voice over at the beginning of the video, this was filmed during one of ten(!) … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “Word Crimes” is brilliant
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VIDEO: “Word Crimes” is brilliant

A tip of the hat to Shannita Williams (LA Opera’s Associate Director of Communications, Social Media) for pointing me towards “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest release, “Word Crimes,” an absolutely spot-on ode to proper grammar and word usage, set to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m a little sad he didn’t skewer “very unique” in his rant, and … Continue reading

VIDEO:  The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised
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VIDEO: The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised

Yesterday was Canada Day (aka “Canada’s Birthday”), and I trust my Canadian friends spent the day doing appropriately Canadian-ish things — you know, like singing “O Canada” and drinking an appropriately Canadian alcoholic beverage. With that in mind, the good folks at Molson Brewing honored Canada Day by sharing the most ingenious and wonderful kind … Continue reading

VIDEO:  Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”
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VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”

Bruce Springsteen singing Lorde’s hip-hop-influenced pop tune “Royals?”  Believe it.  As a matter of fact, both song and singer hold up very nicely, thank you very much. Actually, it makes perfect sense that the quintessential blue-collar bard from New Jersey would cover the working-class 17-year old girl from New Zealand to offer this unlikely take on the anthem which thumbs its … Continue reading

My chat with Plácido Domingo about singing Schubert lieder, plus Renée Fleming ponders singing baritone too
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My chat with Plácido Domingo about singing Schubert lieder, plus Renée Fleming ponders singing baritone too

It’s quite been quite a week for Southern California opera fans: Los Angeles Opera just finished a three-show run of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring soprano Renée Fleming as Blanche DuBois, a role she created in the original 1998 production for San Francisco Opera.  Reviews have been mostly positive:  Timothy Mangan (Los Angeles Register) generally liked it despite some … Continue reading

For your Good Friday:  excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields
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For your Good Friday: excerpts from “Messiah” by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields

Some Good Friday music for you (just not that “Good Friday Music“): Here is a brief excerpt from Part the Second of Handel’s Messiah (“Surely He hath borne our griefs,” “And with His stripes we are healed,” “All we like sheep,” and “All they that see Him / He trusted in God”).  Sir Neville Marriner conducts the … Continue reading

Music Video:  post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW
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Music Video: post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW

I hope you survived April Fool’s Day without a scratch to either your person or psyche.  I witnessed some good-natured April Fool’s Day pranks, and managed to fall victim to none of it. FWIW:  I’m a big fan of silly fun, and feel that there’s not enough of it during the other 364 days of the … Continue reading

Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)
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Sway for me on a Mardi Gras day (because Preservation Hall Jazz Band says so)

In honor of Fat Tuesday 2014, I offer you the magnificent Preservation Hall Jazz Band with one of the oldest Mardi Gras songs around: “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing.” In fact, since I’m feeling generous, here are two different versions of “Tootie Ma . . . “ The video above features a pared-down … Continue reading

Video of Air Force Band’s holiday music flash mob at The Smithsonian
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Video of Air Force Band’s holiday music flash mob at The Smithsonian

Visitors to The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum last Tuesday, December 3rd, were given a surprise holiday musical treat, care of the excellent musicians of The Air Force Band.   Fortunately for us, it was captured on video so we can all enjoy it (watch it below). You’re welcome. http://mrc-tv.s3.amazonaws.com/sites/default/files/videos/converted/125668.mp4 Continue reading

Veteran’s Day music, care of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale
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Veteran’s Day music, care of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale

On this Veteran’s Day, I share with you music appropriate for Veteran’s Day by a group that is near and dear to my heart:  the Cadet Chorale of the United States Air Force Academy. This video is circa 1989/1990.  The whole thing is  relatively short and worth watching, but I’d recommend skipping to 6:27 (click … Continue reading

Great moments in film music:  <i>Being John Malkovich</i>
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Great moments in film music: Being John Malkovich

Inspired by Tim Mangan’s identically titled blog series, I offer up two brief scenes from Being John Malkovich which use the same excerpt from the second movement of Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók. The first is the opening scene of the movie featuring  some startlingly life-like puppetry (John Cusack plays the puppeteer). The second … Continue reading

And now for something completely different:  a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
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And now for something completely different: a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

Mad props to the esteemed Brian Lauritzen for unearthing this gem.  As he says, it’s better than the original.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with the audio — it’s supposed to be like that, you’ll see. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what the original is like, click HERE) Continue reading

An atypical pairing of good music
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An atypical pairing of good music

Saw links to the two videos below via Twitter earlier today, and I felt compelled to share both of them here.  If they seem like an unlikely match — well, what can I say, I have diverse tastes in music. The first is Ligeti’s “Hungarian Rock (Chaconne),” originally written for harpsichord but arranged here for … Continue reading