LA Phil offers jazzy start to 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season
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LA Phil offers jazzy start to 2016-17 Walt Disney Concert Hall season

[Publisher’s note:  Writer and violinist Fiona Bryan has been a regular contributor to All is Yar, and I’m very happy to welcome her back again for this concert review] The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel kicked off the 2016/17 season on Tuesday evening with an opening night concert and gala titled “Gershwin and The Jazz … Continue reading

Baseball walk-up music from classical composers, just in time for the MLB playoffs
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Baseball walk-up music from classical composers, just in time for the MLB playoffs

I watched the Dodgers win a playoff game two nights ago.  This is notable not so much for the Blue Crew’s victory but rather because of the fact that I actually watched it.  Due to a combination of obstinacy and greed from Time-Warner cable, roughly 75% of Dodger fans can’t watch the team’s games.  Normally such a … Continue reading

How are things on the West Coast?  For MTT, the LSO, and Yuja Wang, things were good but could have been so much better
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How are things on the West Coast? For MTT, the LSO, and Yuja Wang, things were good but could have been so much better

The London Symphony, 111-year old bastion of UK musical institutions famed for its virtuosity and flexibility, is an orchestra in transition. The peripatetic Valery Gergiev remains its official Principal Conductor through the end of this year, but the LSO created a big splash earlier this month when it announced that Simon Rattle will become its Music … Continue reading

Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name:  Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD
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Trading (perhaps treading?) on the family name: Alexis Gershwin releases a new CD

George Gershwin is one of my favorite composers, easily in my top three if not my absolute favorite of all time.    His classical music compositions, harmonically and rhythmically complex yet thoroughly lyrical and organic-sounding, were so inimitable and uniquely formed that both Maurice Ravel and Arnold Schoenberg refused to give him composition lessons on … Continue reading

Jeffrey Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra shed new light on familiar works
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Jeffrey Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra shed new light on familiar works

Saturday night’s Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert featured a first half with a rustic sensibility and a second half with an urban vibe.  Both halves were anchored by an American classic in a less-often heard rendition: The country mouse portion featured Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds paired  Appalachian Spring Suite in Copland’s original 1944 version. After intermission, … Continue reading

Le Hollywood Bowl avec un accent français:  Denève, Thibaudet, and the LA Phil revel in a Franco-American program
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Le Hollywood Bowl avec un accent français: Denève, Thibaudet, and the LA Phil revel in a Franco-American program

When it comes to standard musical fare at the Hollywood Bowl, it’s tough to come up with two composers more iconic than George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.  Besides having their music performed pretty much every summer in the Cahuenga Pass, the two Americans have other close ties to the Bowl: The 1937  memorial concert commemorating … Continue reading

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Gershwin played on both coasts; recognizing a Strad blindfolded; some orchestral cabbage + mac & cheese

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s all-Gershwin season opening gala may have occured many months ago,  but PBS’s “Great Performances” is only now getting around to broadcasting the video from the concert — most of it, anyway.  Better late (and abridged) than never. The first broadcast is this evening at 6pm Pacific Time (on KPBS and PBS … Continue reading