Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2020 edition): retirements in the time of Covid-19
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2020 edition): retirements in the time of Covid-19

Life can seem frozen during this strangest, most turbulent of years.  There’s a desire to rewind and redo the past, or to fast-forward to a post-pandemic future that hopefully looks and feels like the underappreciated 2019 (or 2015 or 2000 or . . .  ) of our memory.  Yet time — and life — trudges … Continue reading

Watch tonight — or stream online right now:  LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2019/2020

Watch tonight — or stream online right now: LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”

Hello everyone.  Long time no chat.  Hope you’re all safe, healthy, and in good spirits during these challenging times. I know I’ve been mostly incommunicado, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic went full-bore crazy; alas, my other non-CKDH personae have required my attention lately.  That said, I’ve been working on writing more (again). I’ve started multiple … Continue reading

My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season

It looks like “The Dude” is gonna be sticking around for a little while longer.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced earlier today that Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra’s Music & Artistic Director, will continue in that capacity through at least the 2025/26 season.  His current contract was to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season.  … Continue reading

REVIEW:  Dudamel, Bullock, Thibaudet, and LA Phil revel in unabashed Americana for season opener
All Reviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

REVIEW: Dudamel, Bullock, Thibaudet, and LA Phil revel in unabashed Americana for season opener

Gustavo Dudamel has been in charge of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a decade now, and so we should be able to easily answer the question: what can we — should we — expect from one of their concerts together? And there’s the rub. There is no easy answer that doesn’t sound like a generic … 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

Simon Woods resigns as LA Phil CEO
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Simon Woods resigns as LA Phil CEO

Got the whopper of a press release below  announcing that Simon Woods, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s CEO, has resigned. There certainly was no indication of anything wrong during my conversation with him a few months ago.  Did something change since then, or was something already brewing in the background as we chatted?  How much of … Continue reading

A chat with Simon Woods:  the LA Phil’s CEO talks about his first 18 months in the job and how he’s helping the orchestra succeed in the next 100 years
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Simon Woods: the LA Phil’s CEO talks about his first 18 months in the job and how he’s helping the orchestra succeed in the next 100 years

When Simon Woods arrived in Los Angeles, he had a very tough act to follow. Deborah Borda announced in March of 2017 that she would leave her position as CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to return to her previous post as head of the New York Philharmonic, and speculation began immediately about who would … Continue reading

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

ICYMI:  Video of Beck, Dudamel, and LA Phil on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” — for now
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

ICYMI: Video of Beck, Dudamel, and LA Phil on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” — for now

I know some of you didn’t get a chance to see Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic join Beck perform his song, “Tarantula,” on “The Late Late Show.”  Or even if you did, you might want to see it again but didn’t record it. Fear not, dear readers. James Corden and crew posted the … Continue reading

Dudamel, 20 LA Phil members, appear tonight w/ Beck on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Dudamel, 20 LA Phil members, appear tonight w/ Beck on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

Are you a fan of Beck?  Or the Los Angeles Philharmonic?  Or Gustavo Dudamel?  Maybe all of the above? If any of those apply to you, stay up and watch — or set your TiVo or other DVR of choice for — “The Late Late Show with James Corden” tonight (or rather early Tuesday morning, if … Continue reading

Zubin Mehta named LA Phil “Conductor Emeritus,” will return in 2019/20 season
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Zubin Mehta named LA Phil “Conductor Emeritus,” will return in 2019/20 season

Zubin Mehta has been named Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Simon Woods, CEO of the orchestra, announced the news from the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall before the second half of last night’s concert in which Mr. Mehta was beginning his second week of Brahms programs this season. Given that Mr. Mehta’s … Continue reading

Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Jeffrey Strong wins LA Phil 3rd/Utility Trumpet audition

Jeffrey Strong will be the new 3rd/Utility Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The Fresno native has been 2nd Trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Strong served as a trumpeter in the U.S. Marine Band from 2009 to 2015.  National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed him in 2011 regarding his … Continue reading

A chat with Ramón Ortega:  the new LA Phil Principal Oboe and Colburn Conservatory instructor talks about his roots, his move to LA, and varying styles of oboe playing
Auditions & Appointments / Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Ramón Ortega: the new LA Phil Principal Oboe and Colburn Conservatory instructor talks about his roots, his move to LA, and varying styles of oboe playing

This evening, Ramón Ortega headlines a chamber music concert at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall featuring oboe-centric works by Mozart, Koechlin, and Gounod.  It marks the first official public appearance by Mr. Ortega as Colburn Conservatory’s new oboe instructor.  Later this week, he officially begins performing at his other gig in town — Principal Oboe of … Continue reading

Tom Hooten will record John Williams Trumpet Concerto with composer conducting; idea to become reality thanks to successful Kickstarter
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

Tom Hooten will record John Williams Trumpet Concerto with composer conducting; idea to become reality thanks to successful Kickstarter

Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had a great idea:  record the John Williams Concerto for Trumpet and Piano.  He mentioned it to the distinguished composer who thought it was a great idea too and agreed to conduct the new recording. Both of them decided to do it for free, but that … Continue reading