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
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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

“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

Where’d my 2015 summer go?!?! (“Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl” edition)
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Where’d my 2015 summer go?!?! (“Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl” edition)

I recently was told that it was now officially Autumn. Really??!!  Summer couldn’t have passed by that quickly, could it have?  The temperature yesterday was still the 90’s as it has been for much of the past few weeks, and the humidity is ridiculous by Southern California standards. But it’s true, Fall is here.  There were signs:  Football season … Continue reading

Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015
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Chatting with hornists Andrew Bain, Annie Bossler, and Sarah Willis about IHS 2015

It’s shaping up to be a very horn-y week in Los Angeles, and we have local musicians and Colburn School faculty members Andrew Bain and Annie Bosler to thank for it. “Three years ago or so, I was asked if Colburn would be interested in hosting the International Horn Symposium,” recalls Ms. Bosler.  “Around that time … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos
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VIDEO: “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, care of the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, and Fruhbeck de Burgos

Tonight, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale are performing Carmina Burana at the Hollywood Bowl.  While it isn’t done with the frequency of, say, Beethoven’s 9th, I can’t think of a full-blown choral work that sees the Hollywood Bowl stage more often.  So even though I couldn’t make it to the Bowl this evening, I’m … Continue reading

Yuja Wang dazzles in Hollywood Bowl classical season opener with Bringuier, LA Phil
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Yuja Wang dazzles in Hollywood Bowl classical season opener with Bringuier, LA Phil

Ah, the Hollywood Bowl season.  The music under the stars.  The celebrity soloists.  The reliable if relatively unheralded conductors.  The people watching.  The pre-concert drinking and picnicking.  The mid-concert helicopters.  The late-concert fireworks. The post-concert crush of many thousands all trying (and largely failing) to quickly amble downhill to their bus or car at the same time.  Good times, good times … Continue reading

Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
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Salonen, Wang, Hooten, and the LA Phil create their own fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl

A little bit of Esa-Pekka Salonen is better than none at all.  And so it turned out this past week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The original plan was that the orchestra’s beloved Conductor Laureate was supposed to be at the Hollywood Bowl for two concerts, beginning Tuesday night when he and pianist Yefim Bronfman (long-time … Continue reading