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My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon
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My $0.02 on the (sad) 2017/18 LA Opera season, plus some straight talk from James Conlon

Folks, I’m generally an optimistic, positive-thinking kinda guy.  I try to find the bright side of things and give people the benefit of the doubt, even when most others wouldn’t dream of it. So leave it to our good friends at Los Angeles Opera to test my ability to maintain a stiff upper lip and keep … Continue reading

Beethoven speaks for himself:  LA Master Chorale performs “Missa Solemnis”
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Beethoven speaks for himself: LA Master Chorale performs “Missa Solemnis”

When the Los Angeles Master Chorale originally planned Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for January of its 2016/17 season, the two performances, let alone the inauguration of a new President of the United States, were still more than a year away.  There was no political statement, expressed or implied, in its scheduling, no inherent message of defiance or rebellion in its libretto. … Continue reading

LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Opera announces rest of 2017/18 season

The other shoe has dropped.  Having already mentioned that Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice will be on the 2017/18 season docket, Los Angeles Opera announced the rest of next season’s schedule earlier this evening. As with the LACO 207/18 season announcement, I’ll give my $0.02 later this week.  In the meantime, here are some noteworthy tidbits: Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season

It’s that special time of year for arts organizations:  new season announcement season (yes, I know, it sounds like it came from the department of redundancy department, but bear with me). First out of the gate for Southern California ensembles was the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announcement this past weekend.  Their 2017/18 season also happens … Continue reading

More about LA Opera:  first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?
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More about LA Opera: first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?

This past weekend’s press release from Los Angeles Opera about Music Director James Conlon’s latest contract extension through the end of the 2020/2021 season included statements from General Director Plácido Domingo, Board Chair Marc Stern, and Mr. Conlon himself. One person who was not quoted was the company’s Resident Conductor, Grant Gershon, so I asked him for … Continue reading

James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

James Conlon extends LA Opera contract to 2020/2021 season

Los Angeles Opera gets to keep James Conlon around for a little longer.  Yesterday, the company announced that the New York-based conductor will remain as Music Director through the end of the 2020/2021 season.  His current contract was to expire next year. Mr. Conlon took over the position from Kent Nagano in 2006 and has been a huge presence ever since.  Plácido Domingo, … Continue reading

Top 7 things to know about “Lagrime di San Pietro” for the LA Master Chorale season opening concerts
Los Angeles Master Chorale / Music News & Info: Classical

Top 7 things to know about “Lagrime di San Pietro” for the LA Master Chorale season opening concerts

The term “unknown masterpiece” is one usually ascribed to works that haven’t seen the light of day for decades or centuries before somehow being unearthed: a Bach aria stashed amidst birthday cards in a Weimar library or a $5 thrift store painting that may end up being a long-lost Jackson Pollack. Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of … Continue reading