The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays its first classical concert of this summer’s Hollywood Bowl season tonight, but it will do so without the services of Andrew Bain.
Fear not: he’ll be back soon.
The orchestra’s Principal Horn has been out and about, no doubt preparing to co-host the 47th International Horn Symposium which will be held in Los Angeles in early August. Part of the IHS will include an LA Phil concert at the Bowl featuring solo appearances by Mr. Bain and hornists from the Berlin Philharmonic (Stefan Dohr, principal; Sarah Willis, 4th horn) and London Symphony (Timothy Jones, principal) in Schumann’s Konzertstück, as well as the world premiere of Bruce Broughton’s Fanfare for Horns, plus the Rosenkavalier Suite and Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss
Speaking of Strauss, Mr. Bain managed to also squeeze in some time playing more of his music during a recent stint with the Chicago Symphony. Besides garnering a shout-out from Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein for his performance on the Tchaikovsky 5th with the CSO (“. . . kudos to Andrew Bain, the guest principal horn player of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for his fine solo in the slow movement”), he recorded a snippet of a non-traditional take on the Strauss Horn Concerto. That video is above.
Incidentally, his accompanist in the video — the so-called “unknown Russian pianist” — is actually Eugene Izotov, the CSO’s Principal Oboe who’ll soon be moving to the San Francisco Symphony.