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”
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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

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

Memorial Day music & video:  Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Memorial Day music & video: Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”

For Memorial Day 2018, I offer this video of a 2016 performance by the US Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) featuring soloist Thomas Hooten, Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, playing an arrangement of “With Malice Toward None” from the John Williams soundtrack to the movie Lincoln. Mr. Hooten was a member of the US Marine … Continue reading

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Ojai Music Festival names LA Phil’s Chad Smith to be their new Artistic Director

The Ojai Music Festival announced this morning that Chad Smith will be their new Artistic Director beginning in 2020.  Mr. Smith will take over for Thomas W. Morris, Ojai’s Artistic Director since 2004 and former top executive with the Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony, who had previously announced his decision to retire after the 2019 … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Phil season:  beyond the obvious awesomeness, my 3 big takeaways and other noteworthy tidbits
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Phil season: beyond the obvious awesomeness, my 3 big takeaways and other noteworthy tidbits

After teasing its 2018/19 season in November and postponing its originally planned announcement by an extra couple of days, the Los Angeles Philharmonic finally dropped the other shoe last week and released full details of its Centennial Season. It is, to use a word that is ubiquitous yet completely accurate and appropriate this time:  awesome. … Continue reading

LA Phil’s announcement of 2018/19 season delayed
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil’s announcement of 2018/19 season delayed

Expectations have been rather high for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season.  After all, they’ve had some rather impressive seasons leading up to it, and you’d guess that they’d make an even bigger splash for their 100th Anniversary season.  The full season announcement was to have been made this morning Alas, we’ll have to wait … Continue reading

Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Some thoughts as the LA Phil names Simon Woods as their new CEO

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced yesterday that Simon Woods will be their new Chief Executive Officer effective January 22, 2018. The  54-year old native of London has been President and CEO of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Overall, I think this is good news.  Some thoughts and observations on the announcement: Continue reading

RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani

Sad news yesterday from the Los Angeles Philharmonic that Mitchell Peters, member of the orchestra from 1969 until his retirement in 2006, has passed away at the age of 82. Mr. Peters was named Co-Principal Percussionist in 1972 and took over the Principal Timpani in 1982.  He was also well-known as a composer, arranger, and … Continue reading