LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)
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LA Opera gives Plácido Domingo a contract extension; let’s hope James Conlon is next (plus one more thing)

Los Angeles Opera announced today that Plácido Domingo will continue on as General Director through at least the end of the 2021/22 season.  He has held the title since 2003.  (The complete press release is below) The tenor/baritone cum conductor cum impresario has a long and storied history with the company, going back to 1984 … Continue reading

LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor
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LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra kicked-off their 2016-17 season with the purest form of chamber music imaginable: three musicians in someone’s living room playing for a handful of engaged and enthralled guests. Yet as accurate as that description is, it merely begins to scratch the surface of what was a much richer experience that evening. … Continue reading

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

LA Chamber Orchestra’s Margaret Batjer and Andrew Norman talk about music and architecture
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LA Chamber Orchestra’s Margaret Batjer and Andrew Norman talk about music and architecture

Tonight marks the latest installment in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual “Westside Connections” series of three concerts pairing music with (insert annual topic here) . . . no seriously, the topic changes every year, complete with special guests discussing how the the topic and music mesh.  This year, Margaret Batjer (LACO concertmaster and series curator) has … Continue reading

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

LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert
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LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert

The second set of concerts in this Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra season featured the group’s typically interesting mix of old and new, familiar and unexpected.  Music Director Jeffrey Kahane crafted a program featuring orchestral works by Britten and Mozart, and also generously invited two musicians to make their LACO debuts in a pair of divergent … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Beilman dance their way through an impressive season opener
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LA Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Beilman dance their way through an impressive season opener

(Publisher’s note.  I’m thrilled to introduce the first-ever guest writer on All is Yar:  Fiona Bryan.  Fiona has a BM & MM in Violin Performance from Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and University of Missouri, respectively, and has performed in various orchestras across the country.  More recently, she’s been working in marketing, PR, and … Continue reading

Season enders (part 1 of 2):  Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish
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Season enders (part 1 of 2): Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish

When the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival was in town last year, I managed to catch two of the three concerto performances that different soloists were performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The one I soloist I missed:  Alisa Weilerstein.  At the time, someone told me I had made a mistake.  Judging by the strength of … Continue reading

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LA Chamber Orchestra struts its stuff with program of Mozart, Stravinsky, Bach, and Handel at Royce Hall

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra often plays larger symphonic works — and does so quite well — but one of the joys and privileges of having a standing chamber group like them is the chance to hear pieces written for small to medium-sized ensembles that a full-sized orchestra would not take on.  Their most recent concerts … Continue reading

LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 1 of 3):  Packing up the Green Umbrella for a road trip
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LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 1 of 3): Packing up the Green Umbrella for a road trip

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has begun presenting to local audiences the programs they will be taking on tour, all of which include music exclusively from the 20th and 21st Century.  London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York get the two big programs: one featuring works by Vivier, Debussy, and Stravinsky; the other with John Adams’s massive oratorio, The … Continue reading

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Upcoming concerts that will hopefully make it a musical December to remember

Here are the Southern California musical events happening in the coming month which are grabbing my attention, and that should be grabbing yours too: Jacaranda’s holiday-ish “Winter Dreams” Concert this Saturday Yes, ’tis the season for Messiah and The Nutcracker, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the intrepid folks at Jacaranda offer up this mix of … Continue reading

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LA Chamber Orchestra displays its range in outstanding season opening concert

Do you have one of those friends that are good at seemingly everything they do?  You might already know that they’re like that, but when you see them in action you always have to shake your head in surprise and admiration. Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are like that. They kicked off … Continue reading

Turning pages:  it can’t be that hard, can it?
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Turning pages: it can’t be that hard, can it?

Thoughts of this coming weekend’s concerts of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by their tech-loving Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, reminded me of how he has increasingly taken to using iPads instead of regular sheet music, especially when playing the piano.  Among other reasons, it helps him avoid page-turning snafus.  Timo Andres also used one … Continue reading

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April is full of cool — not cruel — stuff to do

Long before Madonna was the most famous American in self-imposed exile in the UK, another noteworthy American-turned-Brit wrote some unkind words about April (or at least that’s what the Thunder said). Whatever.   Don’t believe the hype — April is a kick-ass month, and this one in particular is full of all kinds of stuff … Continue reading

Interest earned:  LACO’s “Sound Investment” with Timothy Andres pays off handsomely
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Interest earned: LACO’s “Sound Investment” with Timothy Andres pays off handsomely

Timothy “Timo” Andres was a busy man about Los Angeles this past week.  Thursday night, he played Sorbet, his solo piano palate-cleanser, as part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Westside Connections” series.  Friday night and Saturday afternoon, he joined wild Up’s  concerts highlighting younger composers and, as they described it, “the music of right … Continue reading