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Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent

There are some jobs that people expect you to keep for life.  Pope.  US Supreme Court Justice.  Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.  But I guess if a Pope can quit early, we shouldn’t be shocked that the CSO’s first chair trumpet can do it too. Chris Martin — the trumpeter, not the lead singer of Coldplay … Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3):  a quick look back at January’s concerts
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Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3): a quick look back at January’s concerts

The four weekends of concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic this past January were noteworthy for three reasons:  the diversity of programming, the quality of playing, and that the first three conductors — Bramwell Tovey, Zubin Mehta, and Lionel Bringuier — once held titled positions with the orchestra while the fourth, Gustavo Dudamel, is the LA Phil’s current … Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 1 of 3):  the 2017 Hollywood Bowl season announcement
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 1 of 3): the 2017 Hollywood Bowl season announcement

Lots of things to discuss regarding the Los Angeles Philharmonic — the new Hollywood Bowl season, a quick look back at January’s concerts, and some recent and impending personnel changes within the orchestra — so let me spread it over a few posts for easier consumption.  Latest news first . . . Earlier today, the LA … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon
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My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon

Folks, I’m generally an optimistic, positive-thinking kinda guy.  I try to find the bright side of things and give people the benefit of the doubt, even when most others wouldn’t dream of it. So leave it to our good friends at Los Angeles Opera to test my ability to maintain a stiff upper lip and keep … Continue reading

Beethoven speaks for himself:  LA Master Chorale performs “Missa Solemnis”
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Beethoven speaks for himself: LA Master Chorale performs “Missa Solemnis”

When the Los Angeles Master Chorale originally planned Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for January of its 2016/17 season, the two performances, let alone the inauguration of a new President of the United States, were still more than a year away.  There was no political statement, expressed or implied, in its scheduling, no inherent message of defiance or rebellion in its libretto. … Continue reading

LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season

The other shoe has dropped.  Having already mentioned that Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice will be on the 2017/18 season docket, Los Angeles Opera announced the rest of next season’s schedule earlier this evening. As with the LACO 207/18 season announcement, I’ll give my $0.02 later this week.  In the meantime, here are some noteworthy tidbits: Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season

It’s that special time of year for arts organizations:  new season announcement season (yes, I know, it sounds like it came from the department of redundancy department, but bear with me). First out of the gate for Southern California ensembles was the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announcement this past weekend.  Their 2017/18 season also happens … Continue reading