Things are looking up:  LA Chamber Orchestra to re-open Walt Disney Concert Hall with free concert, extend Jaime Martin’s contract, and more
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

Things are looking up: LA Chamber Orchestra to re-open Walt Disney Concert Hall with free concert, extend Jaime Martin’s contract, and more

Big news from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: First, the orchestra, led by Music Director Jaime Martin, will begin playing again this summer The initial concert on Saturday, June 26, will be at Walt Disney Concert Hall   It will be the first performance for a live audience at WDCH since the venue closed for the … Continue reading

The lost (and found?) <i>All is Yar</i> interviews of 2020:  an open letter and prologue
FYI / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

The lost (and found?) All is Yar interviews of 2020: an open letter and prologue

Dear Reader (including those of you who’d normally only come here for orchestra audition repertoire lists, the rare operatic April Fools’ joke, or military music freebies, and especially anyone who recognizes that I’m apolitically stealing this “Dear Reader” gag from Jonah Goldberg): In the heady pre-pandemic days of February 2020, I was preparing to chat … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Fall 2019 edition):  new CEO, harp, and violins; a Principal Oboe update; plus much more
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Fall 2019 edition): new CEO, harp, and violins; a Principal Oboe update; plus much more

After many requests, I’m very happy to bring back my regular look at the personnel moves within the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plus a couple of noteworthy moves at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. There’s even a link to some fabulous music by the “Los Angeles Philharmonic Wind Quintet” (seriously). Let’s get to it . . … Continue reading

A chat with Jaime Martin:  LACO’s new chief discusses his approach to conducting new music, plus soloists and composers he’ll feature in his first season
Auditions & Appointments / Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Jaime Martin: LACO’s new chief discusses his approach to conducting new music, plus soloists and composers he’ll feature in his first season

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2019-2020 season this coming weekend with two concerts featuring a world premiere from Andrew Norman and works by Beethoven and Berlioz. The weekend also marks the official beginning of Jaime Martin’s tenure as LACO’s Music Director. The Spaniard takes over the orchestra in a time of transition, with … Continue reading

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announces 2019-20 season
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announces 2019-20 season

Let the parade begin of Southern California musical organization’s 2019-2020 season announcements.  First up:  the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. I’ll write up a detailed evaluation of Jaime Martín‘s first season as LACO’s Music Director in the near future.  For now, let’s just say I like it.  I like it a whole lot. The most tantalizing … Continue reading

How and why Jaime Martin became LA Chamber Orchestra’s next Music Director:  an in-depth look behind the scenes
Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

How and why Jaime Martin became LA Chamber Orchestra’s next Music Director: an in-depth look behind the scenes

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2018-19 season in earnest with performances this weekend (at the Alex Theatre on Saturday and UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sunday) featuring violinist Hillary Hahn.  While guest conductor Gemma New will be on the podium this weekend, these concerts represent the first full season of a new era. LACO … 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

My $0.02 on the LA Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 season
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My $0.02 on the LA Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 season

While everyone in the classical music space has been holding its collective breath waiting for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, that benevolent 800-lb. gorilla of the Southern California artistic landscape,  to release details of the rest of its 2018/19 season, we should pause and examine next year’s season recently announced by the smaller yet artistically worthy … Continue reading

Chamber orchestras in LA, Houston revel in World Series-inspired “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” rivalry
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Chamber orchestras in LA, Houston revel in World Series-inspired “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” rivalry

It started with Michael Thornton, Principal Horn of the LA Chamber Orchestra, doing his one-man, four-part rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  The social media folks at LACO tweeted it out with a cheeky  question directed at Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra:  “You got anything?” Um, Game On, ladies and gentlemen.  Game.  On. … Continue reading

LACO Principal Horn Michael Thornton plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
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LACO Principal Horn Michael Thornton plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

With the 2017 World Series starting tonight, please enjoy this video of Michael Thornton, new Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, supporting the local team’s appearance in the Fall Classic with his four-part arrangement of “Take Me out to the Ballgame.” (h/t to LACO’s Facebook page) Go Dodgers! Continue reading

A chat with Scott Harrison (part 2 of 2):  on his relationship with LACO musicians and the search for the next Music Director
Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Scott Harrison (part 2 of 2): on his relationship with LACO musicians and the search for the next Music Director

Yesterday, I shared part 1 of my conversation with Scott Harrison, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In part 2 below, we discuss how he built a relationship with the LACO musicians, what makes them unique in the orchestra world, and they are all looking for as the search for their next Music … Continue reading

A chat with Scott Harrison (part 1 of 2):  LACO’s top exec describes transition from Detroit to LA, challenges and opportunities once here
Interviews / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Scott Harrison (part 1 of 2): LACO’s top exec describes transition from Detroit to LA, challenges and opportunities once here

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, and normally, such occasions see Music Directors standing front and center to lead the festivities.  But not this year.  LACO has no Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane having stepped down last year after 20 years in the post. During LACO’s season-opening weekend, it was Scott … Continue reading

CK Dexter Haven to host pre-concert chat with Peter Oundjian for this Sunday’s LACO concert
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CK Dexter Haven to host pre-concert chat with Peter Oundjian for this Sunday’s LACO concert

I am very happy and honored to announce that the good folks at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have invited me to host the pre-game show, er, the pre-concert discussion with guest conductor Peter Oundjian this coming Sunday evening, October 15 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  We’ll be on stage 6:00 to 6:30pm chatting about the … 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