A chat with Joseph Young: the conductor discusses his LA Phil debut, his passion for music education, and a special moment at Peabody Conservatory at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
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A chat with Joseph Young: the conductor discusses his LA Phil debut, his passion for music education, and a special moment at Peabody Conservatory at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a reputation for giving their audiences exposure to young conductors, particularly at the Hollywood Bowl. Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra’s current Music and Artistic Director, famously made his debut there in his mid 20s. The latest person to make a debut on the LA Phil’s podium is Joseph Young, Music Director … Continue reading

French connection:  Paris Opera Ballet alights with grace upon the Hollywood Bowl stage
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French connection: Paris Opera Ballet alights with grace upon the Hollywood Bowl stage

World-class ballet is a transient in Los Angeles. All other genres of Western classical performing arts — orchestral, chamber music, operatic, even choral — have seen resident ensembles flourish since the founding of The Music Center in the 1960s. Yet with all due respect to folks like the Los Angeles Ballet led by Thordal Christensen … Continue reading

REVIEW:  Finale of New Hollywood String Quartet’s Beethoven festival a home run
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REVIEW: Finale of New Hollywood String Quartet’s Beethoven festival a home run

This past weekend was an eventful one around Southern California, particularly at two of its most iconic venues. Dodger Stadium was ramping up to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and all of its related pre-game festivities, including the celebrity softball game and the Home Run Derby. Over at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los … Continue reading

RIP Bramwell Tovey, former LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor at the Hollywood Bowl
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RIP Bramwell Tovey, former LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor at the Hollywood Bowl

Conductor Bramwell Tovey has passed away. He had been Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra since 2021, and that orchestra made the announcement a few hours ago, noting that he was “[d]iagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in May of 2019 . . . from which he was ultimately unable to recover.” He was … Continue reading

New Hollywood String Quartet, Anne Akiko Meyers, LA Phil principals, and others will be in new “Summer of Beethoven Chamber Music Festival”
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New Hollywood String Quartet, Anne Akiko Meyers, LA Phil principals, and others will be in new “Summer of Beethoven Chamber Music Festival”

The New Hollywood String Quartet and The Da Camera Society have announced the “Summer of Beethoven Chamber Music Festival.” Four concerts of 11 works will be performed in Los Angeles at the Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion from July 14 to July 17, 2022. The Quartet — violinists Tereza Stanislav and Rafael Rishik, violist … Continue reading

Inside info about LA Phil auditions from Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster
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Inside info about LA Phil auditions from Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster

On the heels of all the talk about various auditions in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Spring 2022 edition of “Comings and Goings at the LA Phil” published earlier this week, I thought All is Yar readers would find this interesting . . . Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Spring 2022 edition, part 2 of 2):  Principal Oboe candidates — and a bold prediction or two
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Spring 2022 edition, part 2 of 2): Principal Oboe candidates — and a bold prediction or two

The last time we talked in detail about the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s attempts to find a new Principal Oboe was three years ago. The previous person in the job, Ramon Ortega, managed to begin and end his tenure in the short span of six weeks [to understand why, go HERE]. The orchestra then held open … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Spring 2022 edition, part 1 of 2):  five empty chairs filled, including new Tuba and Associate Principal Bass
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Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Spring 2022 edition, part 1 of 2): five empty chairs filled, including new Tuba and Associate Principal Bass

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has been busy trying to plug multiple holes in its roster throughout this season. The COVID-19 pandemic had prevented it from trying to hire anyone for over a year. That changed beginning Fall of 2021 when they held auditions for Section 1st and 2nd Violin and Fourth Horn. The orchestra followed … Continue reading

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has a new Principal Viola
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has a new Principal Viola

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announced that Yura Lee will be its new Principal Viola effective at the start of the 2022/2023 season this October. The dual resident of Los Angeles and Portland is a lauded soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola. She is also on the faculty of the USC … Continue reading

A chat with Whitney Crockett:  the LA Phil’s Principal Bassoon talks about his approach to <i>The Rite of Spring</i> and why this week’s performances required extra practice
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A chat with Whitney Crockett: the LA Phil’s Principal Bassoon talks about his approach to The Rite of Spring and why this week’s performances required extra practice

The Rite of Spring can be frightening for some bassoonists, but Whitney Crockett doesn’t really get scared by it. At least not anymore.  The famously high opening solo of Stravinsky’s ballet is something he started preparing in high school, and he’s worked on it over 1,000 times since.  The first time he played it in … Continue reading

A chat with Arturo Sandoval about tonight’s holiday concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall
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A chat with Arturo Sandoval about tonight’s holiday concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Arturo Sandoval returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight to help everyone get into the holiday spirit in his own Latin-infused jazz style. Last week, funk/jazz musician Matt TC Lucas and I had the pleasure to chat with the legendary trumpeter about the concert and more. Here is much of that conversation: ————— CK Dexter … Continue reading

A chat with Tom Hooten:  LA Phil’s Principal Trumpet talks about the world premiere of “Shivaree: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra”
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A chat with Tom Hooten: LA Phil’s Principal Trumpet talks about the world premiere of “Shivaree: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra”

Tom Hooten, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s distinguished Principal Trumpet, was thrilled to learn that the orchestra had commissioned a new work featuring him as soloist.  His excitement grew when he found out that Steven Mackey would be the composer.  He was eager to jump in with both feet. Yet when he was told that Mr. … Continue reading