Up close and personal with the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, plus video of  Joanne Pearce Martin playing Bach
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Up close and personal with the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, plus video of Joanne Pearce Martin playing Bach

I touched my lips to the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.  Kinda.  OK, perhaps not quite, but I came close.  More on that in a minute . . . This weekend’s concerts at WDCH were the latest salvo in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the debut of the venue’s famed … Continue reading

A million miles away, everywhere at once:  <i>Invisible Cities</i> is an opera that embodies the LA experience
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A million miles away, everywhere at once: Invisible Cities is an opera that embodies the LA experience

Yuval Sharon and the intrepid team at “The Industry” have done it again.  Last year, they raised operatic hell with their innovative conceptualization of Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City.  This year, their take on Chris Cerrone’s Invisible Cities has an entirely different vibe, but is innovative in its own way. Invisible Cities is one of those artistic … Continue reading

A magnificent “Marriage of Figaro:”  LA Phil’s modern staging of Mozart classic is a huge success on all fronts
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A magnificent “Marriage of Figaro:” LA Phil’s modern staging of Mozart classic is a huge success on all fronts

This past Friday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled the latest foray into its three-year “Mozart/DaPonte Trilogy” project, the first ever performance (staged or otherwise) of The Marriage of Figaro in the orchestra’s history.  It was glorious in every respect:  visually striking, dramatically compelling, and musically excellent. Before a single note was played, one marveled at … Continue reading

Frank Gehry’s sketches for “Don Giovanni” at Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Frank Gehry’s sketches for “Don Giovanni” at Walt Disney Concert Hall

My guesses on what we’re looking at: The big sketch in the middle has got to be the stage with various characters (I count 5 on the stage).  Behind and above them are two more figures, whom I think are some combination of Giovanni, the Commendatore, and/or the conductor. On the bottom right is likely … Continue reading

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Dawn Upshaw leads Ojai Festival 2011

I remember June 1999, the first time I went to Ojai for its annual Music Festival: Esa-Pekka Salonen was festival Music Director that year and was being joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many of his famous friends, including fellow Finns Anssi Kartunnen, Magnus Lindberg, and Olli Mustonen.  While those folks represented many good … Continue reading