Tom Hooten will record John Williams Trumpet Concerto with composer conducting; idea to become reality thanks to successful Kickstarter
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Tom Hooten will record John Williams Trumpet Concerto with composer conducting; idea to become reality thanks to successful Kickstarter

Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had a great idea:  record the John Williams Concerto for Trumpet and Piano.  He mentioned it to the distinguished composer who thought it was a great idea too and agreed to conduct the new recording. Both of them decided to do it for free, but that … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (End of Summer 2018 edition)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Pacific Symphony

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (End of Summer 2018 edition)

Hello again, folks. Long time no chat.  Hope you’re well. It’s obviously been a while, and so let’s start getting caught up by talking about some key personnel moves across the Southern California orchestral landscape and beyond. New additions to the LA Phil (official and unofficial) Since the beginning of the calendar year, the Los … Continue reading

Memorial Day music & video:  Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Memorial Day music & video: Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”

For Memorial Day 2018, I offer this video of a 2016 performance by the US Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) featuring soloist Thomas Hooten, Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, playing an arrangement of “With Malice Toward None” from the John Williams soundtrack to the movie Lincoln. Mr. Hooten was a member of the US Marine … Continue reading

RIP Robert D. Thomas, Southern California music critic
Music News & Info: Classical

RIP Robert D. Thomas, Southern California music critic

The Southern California classical music community has lost one of its important voices.  Robert D. “Bob” Thomas died in the early morning of Thursday, May 3rd. He reached countless readers as the long-time music critic and writer for the Pasadena Star-News and its sister publications in the Southern California News Group, as well as for … Continue reading

REVIEW:  Camerata Pacifica impresses in new Lera Auerbach viola preludes and Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major
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REVIEW: Camerata Pacifica impresses in new Lera Auerbach viola preludes and Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major

Camerata Pacifica‘s April concert was a juxtaposition of two contrasting works: the world premiere of Lera Auerbach‘s 24 Preludes for Viola and Piano (“Wanderer”), a Camerata Pacifica commission; and the Piano Trio in B-flat Major by Schubert.  Both  were roughly 45-minutes in length, but similarities ended there.   Continue reading

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director

The Ojai Music Festival announced this morning that Chad Smith will be their new Artistic Director beginning in 2020.  Mr. Smith will take over for Thomas W. Morris, Ojai’s Artistic Director since 2004 and former top executive with the Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony, who had previously announced his decision to retire after the 2019 … Continue reading

A chat with Grant Gershon:  his thoughts as the LA Master Chorale tackles “Lagrime di San Pietro” again
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Grant Gershon: his thoughts as the LA Master Chorale tackles “Lagrime di San Pietro” again

The Los Angeles Master Chorale opened their 2016-17 season with staged performances of Orlando di Lassos’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter), a Renaissance-era work unknown to most singers and audience members alike, even the most ardent aficionados of choral music. I spoke to Artistic Director Grant Gershon at the time.  We discussed … Continue reading