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The Oscar moment that didn’t happen for soprano Sumi Jo and composer David Lang
Music News & Info: Classical

The Oscar moment that didn’t happen for soprano Sumi Jo and composer David Lang

“Mommy would explain to us:  ‘Quiet, Daddy’s composing.  Quiet, Daddy has Stravinsky coming to the house tonight.’ ” — Lena Ballinger (Rachel Weisz), Youth “Molto triste.” — Sumi Jo, the Oscar’s red carpet If you watched the 88th Academy Awards last night, you may have noticed that only three of the five songs nominated in the “Best … Continue reading

Boris Allakhverdyan will be the next Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Boris Allakhverdyan will be the next Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

As I mentioned last November, Boris Allakhverdyan was one of two finalists in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s open auditions to find a new Principal Clarinet to take over for the retiring Michele Zukovsky.  Multiple sources have now indicated that Mr. Allakverdyan, current Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, won the last phase of the audition … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2016 Hollywood Bowl season
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season and 2016 Hollywood Bowl season

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Philharmonic made public their plans for the upcoming 2016-17 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall (details available HERE).  This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the 2016 summer season at the Hollywood Bowl (HERE are details of that). In summary:  it’s a damn good-looking season.  The WDCH season … Continue reading

A chat with Jean Davidson, new President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
Interviews / Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Jean Davidson, new President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jean Davidson is six months into her job as President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and in some ways, she’s still settling in. She’s lived much of the past two decades in New York.  Her most recent ten years were spent as the administrative yin to the artistic yang of acclaimed choreographer … Continue reading

My $0.02 on LA Opera’s 2016/2017 Season
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

My $0.02 on LA Opera’s 2016/2017 Season

The good folks at Los Angeles Opera just announced their 2016/17 season (at the slightly curious time of 9pm-ish Pacific Time, midnight-ish Eastern, but no matter).  There are six mainstage productions, one semi-staged musical, three “Off Grand” productions, plus the regular community performances of Britten’s Noah’s Flood.  First, the details, with my general observations on the season … Continue reading

A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 2 of 2):  on German clarinets, German conductors, life after the LA Phil, and more
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 2 of 2): on German clarinets, German conductors, life after the LA Phil, and more

Michele Zukovsky, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, wraps up her amazing 54-year tenure with the orchestra in an all-Rachmaninoff concert today at 2pm; Cristian Măcelaru conducts. Below is the second part of my interview with her (Part 1 is HERE).  In it, we chat about her switch from a French clarinet to a German one, some observations about conductors … Continue reading