LA Phil’s announcement of 2018/19 season delayed
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

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

More about LA Opera:  first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?
Los Angeles Opera / Music News & Info: Classical

More about LA Opera: first 2017/18 production announced, plus how about a contract extension for Grant Gershon?

This past weekend’s press release from Los Angeles Opera about Music Director James Conlon’s latest contract extension through the end of the 2020/2021 season included statements from General Director Plácido Domingo, Board Chair Marc Stern, and Mr. Conlon himself. One person who was not quoted was the company’s Resident Conductor, Grant Gershon, so I asked him for … Continue reading

Adams and Bronfman take on Beethoven very differently with the LA Phil
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Adams and Bronfman take on Beethoven very differently with the LA Phil

With the season-opening gala in the rear view mirror, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel decided to kick-off their regular subscription concerts with a tried-and-true formula: Beethoven, more Beethoven, and a newish work by a living composer inspired by Beethoven. Such concerts usually attract a full house, but they can also be … 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

Expecting the extraordinary:  a look back at six weeks of Dudamel, Salonen, and the LA Phil
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Expecting the extraordinary: a look back at six weeks of Dudamel, Salonen, and the LA Phil

We in Southern California are so spoiled.  We’ve got amazing weather and a diverse geography with which to enjoy it; where else can you spend a couple of hours surfing in the morning and be snow skiing by lunchtime?  We’ve got Vin Scully, two Stanley Cups in three years, and two solid college football teams 13 … Continue reading

LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 3 of 3):  pondering how much better “The Other Mary” v2.0 actually is
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LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 3 of 3): pondering how much better “The Other Mary” v2.0 actually is

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is in the midst of the continental European leg of its tour to London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York.  Reviews of concerts in London have been consistent in their high praise of the orchestra’s performance and sound in the fairly adventurous repertoire they have taken on the road.  On balance, they … Continue reading

Observations from LA Phil’s 2013/14 season presser (um, “Death of Klinghoffer” perhaps?!!)
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Observations from LA Phil’s 2013/14 season presser (um, “Death of Klinghoffer” perhaps?!!)

As promised, I did my best to tweet details of the upcoming Los Angeles Philharmonic 2013/2014 season.  That said, I’m sure there are those among you who didn’t follow along for whatever reason — perhaps you were otherwise occupied, or maybe you just don’t do that newfangled Twitter thing, or the dog ate your homework. … Continue reading

Forgive them for they know not what they do:  Adams & Sellars over-reach with “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”
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Forgive them for they know not what they do: Adams & Sellars over-reach with “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

For their season finale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic ordered up a world premiere of a major new work from John Adams, their Creative Chair and one of the most prominent American composers currently living.  Once again, the orchestra was thinking big and taking risks. You’ve gotta appreciate their moxy.  Audentes fortuna juvat — “Fortune favors the … Continue reading

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Is “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” mis-named?

I’m killing time before this evening’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert by drinking an old fashioned — a really good one, BTW, care of the bartender at the Omni Hotel near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anyways, I started thinking about tonight’s world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a modern bit of social … Continue reading

Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock:  Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil
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Prokofiev rolls while Chapela tries to rock: Dudamel, Moser, and the LA Phil

“Let’s rrrrock this place.” Gustavo Dudamel wasn’t talking about the Prokofiev 5th Symphony when he made that comment from the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but he could have been.  In fact,  he should have been.  On a Friday night when the performance of  a newly commisioned work for electric cello should have provided … Continue reading

A night of gods and witches:  Dudamel and the LA Phil open the 2011/2012 season with Adams, Benzecry, and Berlioz
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A night of gods and witches: Dudamel and the LA Phil open the 2011/2012 season with Adams, Benzecry, and Berlioz

There is a point in the last movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique when funeral bells loudly toll and announce the beginning of a dance of witches. The ominous three note sequence repeats — forte, then piano — and continues on as the tubas begin playing the Dies Irae from the old Roman Catholic mass for … Continue reading