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CK Dexter Haven to host pre-concert chat with Peter Oundjian for this Sunday’s LACO concert
FYI / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

CK Dexter Haven to host pre-concert chat with Peter Oundjian for this Sunday’s LACO concert

I am very happy and honored to announce that the good folks at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have invited me to host the pre-game show, er, the pre-concert discussion with guest conductor Peter Oundjian this coming Sunday evening, October 15 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  We’ll be on stage 6:00 to 6:30pm chatting about the … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition):   Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil (Summer 2017 edition): Details on Ghez, Dennis, Hooten, and others (UPDATED)

It’s time once again for your roundup on recent personnel movement (and lack thereof) at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  There is much to cover, so let’s get right to it, starting with the biggest news of the summer . . . The stories behind the departures of Ariana Ghez and Carrie Dennis The biggest buzz … Continue reading

LA Phil new contract redux:  upon further review, looks like they’re the best paid orchestra after all
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil new contract redux: upon further review, looks like they’re the best paid orchestra after all

My previous story on the Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians’ new 5-year contract has caused some buzz, even though the $164,726 annual base compensation the LA Phil players will receive in 2022 is not tops among US orchestras. (For a quick comparison, see this chart  of the eight highest-paid orchestras, care of Drew McManus on Adaptistration). Well, … Continue reading

LA Phil players ink new 5-year contract
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil players ink new 5-year contract

The truism that “the rich get richer” has been once again proven accurate, both literally and figuratively. First, the literal part:  yesterday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) and American Federation of Musicians Local 47, AFL-CIO, jointly announced agreement on a new five-year labor contract, with base wages ultimately reaching Continue reading

It’s official:  Colburn alum Afendi Yusuf named Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra; Jenny Wong promoted at LA Master Chorale
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments

It’s official: Colburn alum Afendi Yusuf named Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra; Jenny Wong promoted at LA Master Chorale

Some news about two musicians who’ve made an impact on the Southern California music scene: The Cleveland Orchestra officially announced this morning that Afendi Yusuf will be their new Principal Clarinet, confirming multiple leaked reports from last month.   Continue reading

Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video):  virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video): virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments

The Melodica Men — those crazy and talented guys that previously brought you “The Rite of Spring” on toy instruments — are back, this time with an impressive rendition of the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony.  It truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.  (See the video below) Continue reading