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

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

Adams and Bronfman take on Beethoven very differently with the LA Phil
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Adams and Bronfman take on Beethoven very differently with the LA Phil

With the season-opening gala in the rear view mirror, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel decided to kick-off their regular subscription concerts with a tried-and-true formula: Beethoven, more Beethoven, and a newish work by a living composer inspired by Beethoven. Such concerts usually attract a full house, but they can also be … Continue reading

LA Phil offers jazzy start to 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season
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LA Phil offers jazzy start to 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season

[Publisher’s note:  Writer and violinist Fiona Bryan has been a regular contributor to All is Yar, and I’m very happy to welcome her back again for this concert review] The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel kicked off the 2016/17 season on Tuesday evening with an opening night concert and gala titled “Gershwin and The Jazz … Continue reading

LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor
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LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra kicked-off their 2016-17 season with the purest form of chamber music imaginable: three musicians in someone’s living room playing for a handful of engaged and enthralled guests. Yet as accurate as that description is, it merely begins to scratch the surface of what was a much richer experience that evening. … Continue reading

Tossed into the deep end:  Young Artists Symphony Orchestra impressive in inaugural concert featuring Mahler 2nd Symphony
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Tossed into the deep end: Young Artists Symphony Orchestra impressive in inaugural concert featuring Mahler 2nd Symphony

  There’s an old saying that “Fortune Favors the Bold.”  It certainly has proven to be true so far for Alexander Treger and his fledgling Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), especially given their impressive inaugural concert a few weeks ago. To understand the full story, we have to go back to this past May.  With Mr. Treger’s 17-year tenure … Continue reading