The Stravinsky snippet quoted by Michael Jackson, New Order, U2, Prince, NWA, Bruno Mars, and countless others
Los Angeles Master Chorale / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

The Stravinsky snippet quoted by Michael Jackson, New Order, U2, Prince, NWA, Bruno Mars, and countless others

The music of Igor Stravinsky takes over Walt Disney Concert Hall for three different sets of programs over the next two weekends, led by one of its most ardent advocates, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and played by one of its best orchestral interpreters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic along with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and various other … Continue reading

A chat with Grant Gershon:  his thoughts as the LA Master Chorale tackles “Lagrime di San Pietro” again
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A chat with Grant Gershon: his thoughts as the LA Master Chorale tackles “Lagrime di San Pietro” again

The Los Angeles Master Chorale opened their 2016-17 season with staged performances of Orlando di Lassos’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter), a Renaissance-era work unknown to most singers and audience members alike, even the most ardent aficionados of choral music. I spoke to Artistic Director Grant Gershon at the time.  We discussed … 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

Top 7 things to know about “Lagrime di San Pietro” for the LA Master Chorale season opening concerts
Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Top 7 things to know about “Lagrime di San Pietro” for the LA Master Chorale season opening concerts

The term “unknown masterpiece” is one usually ascribed to works that haven’t seen the light of day for decades or centuries before somehow being unearthed: a Bach aria stashed amidst birthday cards in a Weimar library or a $5 thrift store painting that may end up being a long-lost Jackson Pollack. Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of … Continue reading

A chat with Jean Davidson, new President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
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A chat with Jean Davidson, new President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jean Davidson is six months into her job as President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and in some ways, she’s still settling in. She’s lived much of the past two decades in New York.  Her most recent ten years were spent as the administrative yin to the artistic yang of acclaimed choreographer … Continue reading

Classical music concert etiquette redux (updated)
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Classical music concert etiquette redux (updated)

Timothy Mangan, renowned classical music critic and friend of All is Yar, recently published a piece in the Orange County Register titled “Concert etiquette baffling?  Here’s a hand.”  It does a splendid job demystifying and explaining the classical music and opera attendance experience for newbies and veterans alike.  The two biggest topics he covers:  appropriate dress and … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos
Los Angeles Master Chorale / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

VIDEO: “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos

Tonight, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale are performing Carmina Burana at the Hollywood Bowl.  While it isn’t done with the frequency of, say, Beethoven’s 9th, I can’t think of a full-blown choral work that sees the Hollywood Bowl stage more often.  So even though I couldn’t make it to the Bowl this evening, I’m … Continue reading

Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO
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Los Angeles Master Chorale announces Jean Davidson as new President and CEO

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Jean Davidson will be its new President and CEO beginning August 31, 2015.  She takes over the position from Terry Knowles, who is retiring at the end of this season after having led the organization for the past 15 years. Ms. Davidson comes to the Master Chorale from New York … Continue reading

A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale
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A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale

Delaram Kamareh is not a big believer in doing exactly what everyone thinks a soprano should do, and by extension, what they think SHE should do. As we chat over a bite to eat, she recalls a recent conversation with a would-be agent:  “It was pretty clear that we weren’t a good fit for each other. … Continue reading

Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)
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Foo Fighters, MTT, and the LA Phil (AKA how I’m spending my weekend)

It’s been a fun and interesting week.  I’ve been spending a few days in Las Vegas  for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show,  checking out the endless forest of 100″ 8k super-mega-ultra-uber-HD TVs, robots that sing and/or play beer pong, and acres of other mind-blowing/mind-numbing technology that will grace our homes, offices, and bodies (“wearable technology” … Continue reading

LA Master Chorale joyously celebrates another important anniversary
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LA Master Chorale joyously celebrates another important anniversary

If you’re trying to pack ’em into a concert hall for a choral concert, the usual course of action involves programming a warhorse, preferably one with a big orchestra.  Carmina Burana.  Beethoven’s 9th.  A requiem by Verdi or Mozart. The Los Angeles Master Chorale has an alternate formula that works just as well:  program something written … Continue reading

The power and the passion:  LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener
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The power and the passion: LA Master Chorale’s moving season opener

  Tant y a feme scet bon taire! Femme est dehors religiouse, Dedanz poignaunt e venimose . . .  (When it comes to women, men, hold your tongue! On the outside she’s religious, On the inside keen and venomous . . .) — excerpt from “The Vices of Women,” 13th Century poem, used in the … Continue reading

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2):  what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

Spending time with Grant Gershon (Part 2 of 2): what he looks for in singers, meeting Nelson Mandela, and more

  This coming Sunday marks the final concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s landmark 50th Anniversary Season. For the occasion, Music Director Grant Gershon has put together a typically forward-looking program of works by Shawn Kirchner, David Lang, Francisco Núñez, Gabriela Lena Frank, and – last but certainly not least – Esa-Pekka Salonen. All … Continue reading

Lesley Leighton and I celebrate Paul Salamunovich 6-8pm tonight on KXLU radio
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Lesley Leighton and I celebrate Paul Salamunovich 6-8pm tonight on KXLU radio

For the past couple of months, Mystic Pete — KXLU radio personality, friend of All is Yar, and all-around man about town — has been trying to get me to back on the air at KXLU.  For various reasons, I hadn’t been able to make it work on my end; however, when we all learned of the sad … Continue reading

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