Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Almost like being there in person

There are a few concerts left in the Hollywood Bowl season, but the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s contributions in Cahuenga Pass are done for the year and they get a week off before the new 2011/2012 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall kicks off.  In case you are feeling nostalgic for a concert you caught earlier this summer, or perhaps if you missed something you had hoped to see, KUSC is still broadcasting concerts from earlier this year and they post those concerts online for a week.  You’ve got one more day to hear Joshua Bell and the orchestra perform The Four Seasons, then they start streaming the all Beethoven concert with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jeremy Denk, and others, and the remaining concerts follow every week thereafter.  Click HERE to hear those concerts.

No word yet on whether or not the LA Phil’s opening all-Gershwin gala concert with Herbie Hancock will be broadcast (and subsequently released on DVD) as the two previous gala concerts have been.

The St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson opened their own winter season last night with a very compelling all-Stravinsky concert including Petrushka, Les Noces (The Wedding), and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).  It is the first times Les Noces will be performed by the SLSO.  They repeat that concert tonight, and while most of us won’t be able to make our way to Powell Hall, we are fortunate enough to have the concert streamed live care of St. Louis Public Radio.  Go HERE at 8pm Central Time (6pm Pacific) and select KWMU-1.  You have multiple choices in streaming formats, including options for your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry mobile device, so even if you’re not near a computer, you don’t have to miss it.

If you need visual stimulus, the Pittsburgh Symphony uploaded their September 11th concert at the Berlin Philharmonie, featuring the Mahler 5th Symphony plus encores by Josef Strauss and Richard Strauss.  We are all the better for it.

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