Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays
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Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Festivus — all of their latest editions are now a distant memory.  Perhaps it passed by and you didn’t get the CD you had secretly hoped for.   Or maybe you’ve got an Amazon gift card and you’ve decided that you should really stop accumulating novels about forlorn vampires that … Continue reading

More photos from <i>Invisible Cities</i> at Union Station
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More photos from Invisible Cities at Union Station

A  gallery of photos (all taken by yours truly) from the November 5th performance of Invisible Cities (composed by Chris Cerrone, directed by Yuval Sharon, and presented by The Industry.) My review of the performance is HERE. As always, click on any of the thumbnails below to open up a full screen version of the image. … Continue reading

A million miles away, everywhere at once:  <i>Invisible Cities</i> is an opera that embodies the LA experience
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A million miles away, everywhere at once: Invisible Cities is an opera that embodies the LA experience

Yuval Sharon and the intrepid team at “The Industry” have done it again.  Last year, they raised operatic hell with their innovative conceptualization of Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City.  This year, their take on Chris Cerrone’s Invisible Cities has an entirely different vibe, but is innovative in its own way. Invisible Cities is one of those artistic … Continue reading

Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday  (first of a series):  If concert halls were cars
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Random thoughts on Disney Hall’s 10th birthday (first of a series): If concert halls were cars

Walt Disney Concert Hall is now officially ten years old.  Within that decade, a lot has happened, and off and on during the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering the impact — both profound and innocuous — of the hall’s addition to the cultural landscape of the city and beyond.  I figure I’d share them … Continue reading

Saturday at the Ojai Music Festival:  ain’t no party like a West Coast party cuz a West Coast party don’t stop
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Saturday at the Ojai Music Festival: ain’t no party like a West Coast party cuz a West Coast party don’t stop

Listening to music you’ve never heard before is, by definition, full of unknowns.  One aspect you don’t always think about is how long a piece will take to play.  Printed program notes frequently include estimated timings, but that isn’t always the case, and you’re at the mercy of the composer’s and musicians’ ability to keep … Continue reading

“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways:  shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)
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“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways: shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)

At the opening talk of this year’s Ojai Music Festival last Thursday, Ara Guzelimien (Provost & Dean of The Julliard School and former Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival) astutely observed that The Rite of Spring has become big business.  What used to scare audiences now regularly packs houses.  With all of the buzz surrounding … Continue reading

Photos from the 2013 Ojai Music Festival
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Photos from the 2013 Ojai Music Festival

My two-part review of this past weekend’s 67th Ojai Music Festival will be up very soon. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos from the weekend (see the gallery below). Except for a few shots taken by me (as noted in the descriptions), most of the photos — in fact, pretty much all the really … Continue reading