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A chat with Raynor Carroll (part 1 of 2):  the outgoing Principal Percussionist of the LA Phil talks about the joys and craziness of his job and the instruments he plays
Interviews / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Raynor Carroll (part 1 of 2): the outgoing Principal Percussionist of the LA Phil talks about the joys and craziness of his job and the instruments he plays

“Someone will usually ask me:  ‘How did you pick percussion or drums?’  I didn’t, it picked me.  It was always been the sound of a drum that caught my ear,” explains Raynor Carroll, Principal Percussionist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “I like to say I have the ideal job – and soon I’ll say I had the … Continue reading

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Summer 2016 edition):  Lots of updates with principal chairs and more
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Comings and goings at the LA Phil and beyond (Summer 2016 edition): Lots of updates with principal chairs and more

It’s time once again to talk about one of our favorite topics:  musical chairs in major orchestras, particularly the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There has been a lot happening since last we broached the topic, and by the end of the beginning of the 2016/17 season, one current principal will have retired and there’ll be three new … Continue reading

Music critic Tim Mangan gets laid off, quick notes from Ojai, and an anniversary
FYI / Music News & Info: Classical

Music critic Tim Mangan gets laid off, quick notes from Ojai, and an anniversary

Hello, everyone.  If you’re shocked that I’ve actually published something three days in a row, join the club. I realize that I’ve not been publishing at the rate I have in the past.  I’m working on changing that.  It’s not that I haven’t been writing; I have.  It’s just hasn’t made it here to All is … Continue reading

A chat with Caroline Shaw:  Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks Ojai Festival, inspiration, and illegally grown pumpkins (?!)
Interviews / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Caroline Shaw: Pulitzer Prize-winning musician talks Ojai Festival, inspiration, and illegally grown pumpkins (?!)

Attend the Ojai Music Festival, Southern California’s loveable cabal of contemporary classical music, and you expect works by living composers, particularly brand new pieces that get their debut at the festival.  This year, the first world premiere shows up on Saturday afternoon:  This might also be a form of dreaming by Caroline Shaw (with text by Claudia … Continue reading

A chat with Kaija Saariaho:  the world-renowned composer talks about the 2016 Ojai Festival and more
Interviews / Music News & Info: Classical

A chat with Kaija Saariaho: the world-renowned composer talks about the 2016 Ojai Festival and more

There are few places that celebrate living composers and their works more than the Ojai Festival.  And among those favored by this haven for contemporary classical music is Kaija Saariaho. She first gained notice in the early 1980’s as part of the “Ears Open Society,” the Finnish collective of Sibelius Academy alumni which included Esa-Pekka … Continue reading