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

More photos of Tuesday’s LA Phil concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Brandise Danesewich
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More photos of Tuesday’s LA Phil concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Brandise Danesewich

Here are more pictures from last Tuesday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing  Stravinsky’s Fireworks and The Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. All images are care of the incomparable Brandise Danesewich, exclusively for All is Yar. To read my review of the concert, click HERE. The … Continue reading

Rafael’s <i>Rite of Spring</i>:  Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil
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Rafael’s Rite of Spring: Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil

There have been so many performances this season of The Rite of Spring (AKA Le sacre du printemps in the original français) in celebration of the work’s centenary  that some people have expressed concerns that the work was becoming over-exposed.  You wouldn’t have known it by the number of seats filled Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl … Continue reading

More photos of Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa, and Lord Huron at the Hollywood Bowl
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More photos of Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa, and Lord Huron at the Hollywood Bowl

Here are more pictures from last Sunday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa (with The Section Quartet), and Lord Huron. Once again, all images are care of my good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Tim Strempfer, exclusively for All is Yar. To read my review of the concert, click HERE. The usual reminder:  if you … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela unleashed at the Hollywood Bowl
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Rodrigo y Gabriela unleashed at the Hollywood Bowl

When last we saw Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero — AKA Rodrigo y Gabriela — at the Hollywood Bowl, it was for their 2011 debut at the legendary amphitheater when they played two nights backed up by the full forces of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Between then and now, they appeared locally at smaller venues … Continue reading

MTT and LA Phil kick off Hollywood Bowl classical season with Mahler 2nd
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MTT and LA Phil kick off Hollywood Bowl classical season with Mahler 2nd

The setting for last week’s first classical music concert of the 2013 Hollywood Bowl season couldn’t have been more perfect:  the temperature was a picnic-perfect low 70’s, cooling down just a little as the sun set; the sky was clear and cloudless, and a very slight breeze blew through the amphitheater.  It was, as the great … Continue reading

LA Phil offering some seats to Hollywood Bowl classical concert at 50% discount
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LA Phil offering some seats to Hollywood Bowl classical concert at 50% discount

For those of us who appreciate a good deal on concert tickets — and let’s face it, that’s all of us — comes news that the Los Angeles Philharmonic is offering a 50% discount for all seven of their Classical Tuesday/Thursday concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in the month of July. The deal is available … Continue reading

LA Phil announces 2013 Hollywood Bowl season
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LA Phil announces 2013 Hollywood Bowl season

The Los Angeles Philharmonic released details today of this year’s Hollywood Bowl season (press release HERE and complete chronological list of performances HERE).  Nothing particularly Earth-shattering in the 2013 rendition of the popular Southern California summer venue’s line-up or format.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. The biggest surprises for me: The … Continue reading

Youth is served:  Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts
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Youth is served: Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts

The Hollywood Bowl is often a place for conductors and soloists to make their Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts.  It’s a bit of trial by fire — if you can make a strong impression under the duress of limited rehearsal time and less-than-ideal performing conditions, then you might get invited for a gig downtown for the … Continue reading

Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl
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Shamelessly enjoying “Carmina Burana” at the Hollywood Bowl

Classical music, like life in general, abounds in so-called guilty pleasures.  You know, the kind of stuff that you may not admit to friends that you like, but in the privacy of your own iPod earbuds, you relish with abandon.  Warsaw Concerto is one for me.  Carmina Burana is another one.  Not a whole lot … Continue reading

Brava, Ms. Balsom!  Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl
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Brava, Ms. Balsom! Trumpeter dazzles at the Hollywood Bowl

You hear of a night of Haydn conducted by the ever-sunny Nicholas McGegan, and you probably think, “That’s nice.”  You notice that the Haydn Trumpet Concerto will be the centerpiece of the evening and you might say, “Hmmm, haven’t heard that performed in a while.”   You realize that Alison Balsom is the trumpet soloist, … Continue reading