Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video):  virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video): virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments

The Melodica Men — those crazy and talented guys that previously brought you “The Rite of Spring” on toy instruments — are back, this time with an impressive rendition of the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony.  It truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.  (See the video below) Continue reading

The End of the Kahane Era:  Five LACO musicians look back on the Music Director’s 20-year tenure and ahead to what comes next
Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

The End of the Kahane Era: Five LACO musicians look back on the Music Director’s 20-year tenure and ahead to what comes next

Twenty years is a long time to hold any job, especially in the 21st Century, and particularly when that job is Music Director of a professional orchestra. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Jeffrey Kahane is only now stepping down as the artistic leader of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a full generation … Continue reading

Some implications of Deborah Borda leaving LA Phil to go back to NY Phil
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Some implications of Deborah Borda leaving LA Phil to go back to NY Phil

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced this morning that Deborah Borda, the orchestra’s President and CEO, will be stepping down from her post to take the same position with the New York Philharmonic.  The move becomes effective September 15, 2017.  The full press release is below. She is, of course, no stranger to the NY Phil.  She … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2017/18 Walt Disney Concert Hall season:  it’s another winner
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2017/18 Walt Disney Concert Hall season: it’s another winner

This past Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced details of their 2017/2018 Walt Disney Concert Hall season, the 99th Winter/Spring concert series in their history.  Once again, orchestral fans in Southern California have good reason to celebrate because, once again, it’s a really, REALLY freakin’ good season. Let’s take a quick look at the most compelling elements of the … Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3):  Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3): Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass

There’s been a fair amount of personnel movement at the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the past few months.  Let’s get everybody caught up: Filling empty seats in the Bass section The LA Phil basses have had two openings since the 2014 retirement of John Schiavo and the sad passing of Fred Tinsley late last year.   A … Continue reading

Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Music News & Info: Classical

Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent

There are some jobs that people expect you to keep for life.  Pope.  US Supreme Court Justice.  Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.  But I guess if a Pope can quit early, we shouldn’t be shocked that the CSO’s first chair trumpet can do it too. Chris Martin — the trumpeter, not the lead singer of Coldplay … Continue reading