Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity
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Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society brings one of their namesake’s oratorios out of obscurity

Quick, name a Handel oratorio besides Messiah. . . . Not that easy, is it? They aren’t exactly common fare, and I’m willing to bet that few of you would have come up with Jephtha, especially if Harry Christophers and the good folks at the Handel and Haydn Society  (aka “H&H”) hadn’t decided to resurrect … Continue reading

Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”
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Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”

The folks at “Jacaranda, Music on the Edge” are on a bit of a roll.  The seats at Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church (AKA “First Preb”) were almost all full and the crowd was enthusiastic.  The program, billed as “Thresholds:  The Scandals of 1912-13” was chock-a-block with works from the Second Viennese School; however, in … Continue reading

Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti
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Jacaranda offers a stimulating evening of music by Eötvös and Ligeti

A few years ago, I was  at Walt Disney Concert Hall to see James Conlon conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert of works by Prokofiev.  Sitting right in front of me were two gentleman, one older and the other younger, speaking a European language I did not recognize.  Whatever they were saying, they … Continue reading

The inaugural edition of “All is Yar’s Most Favorite and Noteworthy Classical Music Stuff of the Year”
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The inaugural edition of “All is Yar’s Most Favorite and Noteworthy Classical Music Stuff of the Year”

As we reach the end of December, it’s traditionally time for a retrospective look at the year that is just completed.  Since 2012 was the first full calendar year of All is Yar‘s existence, it’s an especially important one for me.  I’ve been fortunate — dare I say “blessed” — to have been able to … Continue reading

Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Salonen, Philharmonia bring a vivid “Wozzeck” to Walt Disney Concert Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen is certainly among the most popular of classical musicians world-wide, but here in Southern California, it’s on a slightly different level.  You’d expect the current Conductor Laureate and former Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to have a strong following among the locals, and sure enough, he got a loud and prolonged … Continue reading

They are the knights who say Niehaus:  Milwaukee Symphony names Principal Trumpet as new President & Executive Director
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They are the knights who say Niehaus: Milwaukee Symphony names Principal Trumpet as new President & Executive Director

Finally, some good news on the orchestral administrative front. The Milwaukee Symphony offered up a one-two punch with their press release today, announcing not only a balanced budget but also the appointment of Principal Trumpet Mark Niehaus as the MSO’s new President and Executive Director.  According to the MSO: Continue reading

Going out with style:  Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago
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Going out with style: Tokyo String Quartet bids a fond farewell to Chicago

This past Tuesday, the Tokyo String Quartet played what first violin Martin Beaver said would almost certainly be their last concert at the Ravinia Festival.  In all likelihood, it will also be their final appearance anywhere in the Chicago area.  With Kazuhide Isomura (founding viola)  and Kikuei Ikeda (longtime second violin) deciding to retire, the … Continue reading

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DSO streaming Mahler 5th, with Manny Ax playing the Mozart 22nd

Happy Friday.  In case you don’t make it out to any concerts this weekend, the concert can come to you: Between now and Monday at 12noon Eastern Time, the Detroit Symphony is streaming their recent performance of Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducting  the Mahler Fifth Symphony and the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel … Continue reading

A tale of two percussionists and the Boston Symphony (updated)
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A tale of two percussionists and the Boston Symphony (updated)

An article in Boston magazine recently posted on their website tells the tale of two percussionists and their attempts to join the Boston Symphony. The bulk of the story follows Michael Tetreault, a Colorado musician who is trying to fill one of the two vacancies in the BSO’s percussion section.  There is also time spent with Lee Vinson, … Continue reading

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Anniversary of Bernstein’s last day as NY Phil Music Director

Care of the folks at Composers Datebook at American Public Media: On today’s date in 1969, Leonard Bernstein conducted his last concert as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Bernstein had been named the orchestra’s Music Director in November of 1957, and was the first American-born and trained conductor to hold the position. … Continue reading

Classical music marketing done right:  behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign
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Classical music marketing done right: behind the SLSO’s “Save Powell Hall” campaign

As I’ve mentioned in the past, classical music marketing and advertising can be a thankless job.  If you think it’s easy, you try finding something new to say about  music that’s been around for hundreds of years.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. . . . See?  Not exactly a piece of cake. No one likes doing … Continue reading

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A worthwhile Wednesday: “Spring Recital 2012” by Radu Pieptea and Bryan Pezzone

One of the benefits of living in a “big city”  is that arts and entertainment options are relatively frequent and easy to come by.  This provides both opportunities and challenges to both audiences and performers. For audiences:  how do you choose to spend your valuable time and money? For performers:  how do you break through … Continue reading

Save Powell Hall
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Save Powell Hall

The St. Louis Symphony implores you:  Save Powell Hall.  You have until April 14th.  Do it now, before it’s too late. . . . If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click HERE. Has there ever been a better, more clever campaign by any orchestra? No.  No, there hasn’t. Kudos to the SLSO. … Continue reading

Absurdity for all ages:  Long Beach Opera and LA Phil’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth
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Absurdity for all ages: Long Beach Opera and LA Phil’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth

At first blush, a matinee at Long Beach Opera (LBO) would seem to have little in common with one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth (TSFY) educational concerts.  If you knew that one had programmed a double-bill of surrealist operas by Poulenc (The Breasts of Tiresias) and Martinů (Tears of a Knife), while the … Continue reading