Morten Lauridsen shares a truly amazing story about visiting Paul Salamunovich in the hospital
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Morten Lauridsen shares a truly amazing story about visiting Paul Salamunovich in the hospital

If there is any doubt about the power of music, this story from composer Morten Lauridsen about conductor Paul Salamunovich, his dear friend and collaborator who just passed away, should erase all of it: When I spoke to Dr. Lauridsen a few weeks ago, one of the things we discussed was that he had recently visited … Continue reading

Visiting Morten Lauridsen:  the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale
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Visiting Morten Lauridsen: the renowned composer talks about the importance of silence, and his relationships with USC, Los Angeles, and the LA Master Chorale

As part of their 50th Anniversary festivities, The Los Angeles Master Chorale is celebrating their long-running relationship with composer Morten Lauridsen this weekend.  The partnership is, without a doubt, one of the most important  between a composer and a chorus in the entire world.  It began with a performance of Mid-Winter Songs during Roger Wagner’s last … Continue reading

“The Space In-Between the Notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 2 of 4: The Morning with the Children)
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“The Space In-Between the Notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 2 of 4: The Morning with the Children)

[This is the second of my four-part story, “The Space In-Between the Notes,” of me and photographer Brandise Danesewich spending Benjamin Britten’s 100th Birthday – Nov 22, 2013 – with conductor James Conlon as he rehearsed and conducted two separate community concerts in different parts of Southern California.  “Part One:  A Prelude,” is HERE.] 9:55am … Continue reading

“The space in-between the notes” —  spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)
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“The space in-between the notes” — spending Britten’s 100th birthday with James Conlon (Part 1 of 4: A Prelude)

James Conlon is in the midst of an early afternoon rehearsal when he pauses to fix a line that doesn’t sound quite right to him. “Don’t rush the staccato,”  he tells the chorus.  “Staccato is about the space in-between the notes.” Later that same day, in front of a chamber orchestra this time, he’s rehearsing … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2):  how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro
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Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 1 of 2): how a pianist and conducting skeptic became a choral maestro

“Bach’s B-minor Mass? Wow. That is the mountaintop,” says Grant Gershon. He should know. When it comes to choral music in Southern California, likely even the entire country, there isn’t a more prominent musician than the man who is both Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Resident Conductor & Chorus Master of … Continue reading

Today’s schedule for my #DaywithConlon filled with FREE Britten 100th Birthday fun
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Today’s schedule for my #DaywithConlon filled with FREE Britten 100th Birthday fun

Happy 100th birthday, Benjamin Britten!! As I mentioned yesterday, photographer Brandise Danesewich and I will be spending the whole day with James Conlon, Los Angeles Opera’s Music Director, as he prepares to rehearse, then conduct, two different FREE concerts today. Follow along #DaywithConlon via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — or just check the new widget I … Continue reading

I’ll be celebrating Britten’s 100th b-day all day Friday with James Conlon — seriously #DaywithConlon
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I’ll be celebrating Britten’s 100th b-day all day Friday with James Conlon — seriously #DaywithConlon

This entire year, Los Angeles Opera has been spearheading a city-wide celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary:  “Britten 100/LA.”  Front and center at many concerts, presentations, and events has been their Music Director, James Conlon. Britten’s actual 100th birthday is tomorrow:  Friday, Nov 22, 2013.  Mr. Conlon will be spending the day scooting across the city:  running … Continue reading

An in-depth conversation with Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival
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An in-depth conversation with Thomas W. Morris, Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival

Good news, Ojai Music Festival fans:  your year-long wait for the next iteration of this wonderfully wacky artistic experience is finally over.  Today marks the beginning of the 67th edition of this venerable Southern California homage to adventurous music.  This year’s Music Director is Mark Morris (yes, the choreographer) — at first blush, a seemingly  unlikely choice, … Continue reading

Questions and Answers with Harry Christophers, Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society
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Questions and Answers with Harry Christophers, Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society

The New York Philharmonic is frequently called the country’s oldest orchestra . . . but it isn’t the country’s oldest continuously operating performing arts organization.  The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston’s period instrument orchestra and chorus, was founded in 1815 — beating out the NY Phil by almost 30 years.  Just to put that into … Continue reading

A leisurely chat with cellist Daniel Rothmuller (part 2 of 2): the LA Phil’s former Associate Principal shares his stories, opinions, and post-retirement plans
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A leisurely chat with cellist Daniel Rothmuller (part 2 of 2): the LA Phil’s former Associate Principal shares his stories, opinions, and post-retirement plans

Continuing the interview with Daniel Rothmuller, recently retired Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic: In the first part of the interview (HERE), Mr. Rothmuller and I chatted about his influences as a newcomer to the LA Phil, as well as stories and opinions about various conductors – especially Carlo Maria Giulini – and … Continue reading

A leisurely chat with cellist Daniel Rothmuller (part 1 of 2):  the LA Phil’s former Associate Principal shares his stories, opinions, and post-retirement plans
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A leisurely chat with cellist Daniel Rothmuller (part 1 of 2): the LA Phil’s former Associate Principal shares his stories, opinions, and post-retirement plans

If you’ve followed the Los Angeles Philharmonic at all during the past 40+ years, you’ve undoubtably seen Daniel Rothmuller.  He’s a tough guy to miss. In concerts, not only did his role of Associate Principal Cello put him at the front of the stage, he had the habit of being the only gentleman to liven-up … Continue reading

Classical music marketing done right:  behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign
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Classical music marketing done right: behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign

As I’ve mentioned in the past, classical music marketing and advertising can be a thankless job.  If you think it’s easy, you try finding something new to say about  music that’s been around for hundreds of years.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. . . . See?  Not exactly a piece of cake. No one likes doing … Continue reading