The Great Indoors: First LA Phil subscription concert of 2022/23 shows off orchestra members, Walt Disney Concert Hall
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The Great Indoors: First LA Phil subscription concert of 2022/23 shows off orchestra members, Walt Disney Concert Hall

I love Summer. The longer days and warmer weather facilitate more outdoor activities in Southern California. We can enjoy the plethora of al fresco high- and low-brow choices without the annoyances of mosquitos, high humidity, or thunderstorms to ruin the fun. Musically, the Hollywood Bowl looms large over the scene, and with the top-notch multi-genre … Continue reading

Ranking the Top 10 Hollywood Bowl concerts I saw this summer
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Ranking the Top 10 Hollywood Bowl concerts I saw this summer

While I’m excited to be returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, I’m bummed that my 2022 Hollywood Bowl summer is now officially over (wipe away a tear . . . sniffle, sniffle). So before we move on to the 2022/23 indoor season, let’s take a moment to reflect on how awesome the summer has … Continue reading

French connection:  Paris Opera Ballet alights with grace upon the Hollywood Bowl stage
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French connection: Paris Opera Ballet alights with grace upon the Hollywood Bowl stage

World-class ballet is a transient in Los Angeles. All other genres of Western classical performing arts — orchestral, chamber music, operatic, even choral — have seen resident ensembles flourish since the founding of The Music Center in the 1960s. Yet with all due respect to folks like the Los Angeles Ballet led by Thordal Christensen … Continue reading

The LA Phil returns with a Hollywood Bowl season-opening night to savor
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The LA Phil returns with a Hollywood Bowl season-opening night to savor

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic returned to the Hollywood Bowl this past Thursday, their first subscription concert since pandemic restrictions had been instituted and subsequently lifted.  There was a paying audience in the seats, none of whom were required to wear masks or to socially distance.  Ditto for the orchestra members on stage, … Continue reading

REVIEW:  LA Phil livestreams opening concert of 2021 Hollywood Bowl Season
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REVIEW: LA Phil livestreams opening concert of 2021 Hollywood Bowl Season

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic launched its 2021 Hollywood Bowl season last night with a free concert for frontline and essential workers, their first performance for a live audience in over 14 months. Those unable or unqualified to be one of the 4,000+ in attendance could enjoy a livestream of the program via … Continue reading

LA Phil releases full details of 2021 Hollywood Bowl summer season
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LA Phil releases full details of 2021 Hollywood Bowl summer season

The other shoe has dropped. The Los Angeles Philharmonic sent an email to subscribers this morning inviting them to go to their website to view details of the 2021 summer season at the Hollywood Bowl. The full press release came about 30 minutes later. This comes a month after they announced that (a) there actually … Continue reading

Hollywood Bowl to re-open in May 2021; Dudamel/LA Phil, Thundercat & Flying Lotus, and La Santa Cecilia headline free concerts for critical workers
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Hollywood Bowl to re-open in May 2021; Dudamel/LA Phil, Thundercat & Flying Lotus, and La Santa Cecilia headline free concerts for critical workers

In the latest sign that the beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today that the Hollywood Bowl will once again host audiences for live concerts this summer. Capacity will initially be limited to 4,000 audience members, with hopes/plans to expand that number as the summer … Continue reading

Watch tonight — or stream online right now:  LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”
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Watch tonight — or stream online right now: LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”

Hello everyone.  Long time no chat.  Hope you’re all safe, healthy, and in good spirits during these challenging times. I know I’ve been mostly incommunicado, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic went full-bore crazy; alas, my other non-CKDH personae have required my attention lately.  That said, I’ve been working on writing more (again). I’ve started multiple … Continue reading

My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season
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My $0.02 on Gustavo Dudamel extending his LA Phil contract to 2025/26 season

It looks like “The Dude” is gonna be sticking around for a little while longer.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced earlier today that Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra’s Music & Artistic Director, will continue in that capacity through at least the 2025/26 season.  His current contract was to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season.  … Continue reading

REVIEW:  Dudamel, Bullock, Thibaudet, and LA Phil revel in unabashed Americana for season opener
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REVIEW: Dudamel, Bullock, Thibaudet, and LA Phil revel in unabashed Americana for season opener

Gustavo Dudamel has been in charge of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a decade now, and so we should be able to easily answer the question: what can we — should we — expect from one of their concerts together? And there’s the rub. There is no easy answer that doesn’t sound like a generic … Continue reading

ICYMI:  Video of Beck, Dudamel, and LA Phil on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” — for now
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ICYMI: Video of Beck, Dudamel, and LA Phil on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” — for now

I know some of you didn’t get a chance to see Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic join Beck perform his song, “Tarantula,” on “The Late Late Show.”  Or even if you did, you might want to see it again but didn’t record it. Fear not, dear readers. James Corden and crew posted the … Continue reading

Dudamel, 20 LA Phil members, appear tonight w/ Beck on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
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Dudamel, 20 LA Phil members, appear tonight w/ Beck on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

Are you a fan of Beck?  Or the Los Angeles Philharmonic?  Or Gustavo Dudamel?  Maybe all of the above? If any of those apply to you, stay up and watch — or set your TiVo or other DVR of choice for — “The Late Late Show with James Corden” tonight (or rather early Tuesday morning, if … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Phil season:  beyond the obvious awesomeness, my 3 big takeaways and other noteworthy tidbits
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My $0.02 on the 2018/19 LA Phil season: beyond the obvious awesomeness, my 3 big takeaways and other noteworthy tidbits

After teasing its 2018/19 season in November and postponing its originally planned announcement by an extra couple of days, the Los Angeles Philharmonic finally dropped the other shoe last week and released full details of its Centennial Season. It is, to use a word that is ubiquitous yet completely accurate and appropriate this time:  awesome. … Continue reading

LA Phil’s announcement of 2018/19 season delayed
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LA Phil’s announcement of 2018/19 season delayed

Expectations have been rather high for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season.  After all, they’ve had some rather impressive seasons leading up to it, and you’d guess that they’d make an even bigger splash for their 100th Anniversary season.  The full season announcement was to have been made this morning Alas, we’ll have to wait … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2017/18 Walt Disney Concert Hall season:  it’s another winner
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My $0.02 on the LA Phil’s 2017/18 Walt Disney Concert Hall season: it’s another winner

This past Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced details of their 2017/2018 Walt Disney Concert Hall season, the 99th Winter/Spring concert series in their history.  Once again, orchestral fans in Southern California have good reason to celebrate because, once again, it’s a really, REALLY freakin’ good season. Let’s take a quick look at the most compelling elements of the … Continue reading