Chatting with the LA Phil woodwind principals Whitney Crockett, Denis Bouriakov, and Boris Allakhverdyan
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Chatting with the LA Phil woodwind principals Whitney Crockett, Denis Bouriakov, and Boris Allakhverdyan

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has made some rather impressive hires during the Gustavo Dudamel era, but perhaps none more intriguing than the three stellar principal woodwinds.  They’re tough to miss, both because they sit dead-center in the orchestra and, more importantly, because their playing is impeccable.  They also share a notable line-item on their curriculum … Continue reading

A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 2 of 2):  on German clarinets, German conductors, life after the LA Phil, and more
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A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 2 of 2): on German clarinets, German conductors, life after the LA Phil, and more

Michele Zukovsky, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, wraps up her amazing 54-year tenure with the orchestra in an all-Rachmaninoff concert today at 2pm; Cristian Măcelaru conducts. Below is the second part of my interview with her (Part 1 is HERE).  In it, we chat about her switch from a French clarinet to a German one, some observations about conductors … Continue reading

A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 1 of 2): the LA Phil’s outgoing Principal Clarinet reflects on how her 54-year tenure began, the audition process, and more
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A chat with Michele Zukovsky (part 1 of 2): the LA Phil’s outgoing Principal Clarinet reflects on how her 54-year tenure began, the audition process, and more

On first impression, Michele Zukovsky might not strike you as anyone particularly notable other than being a fairly energetic, witty, and self-deprecating 70-something.  That seems to suit her just fine.  Rather than talk about herself or her career, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet is more eager to share photos of herself as a proud grand-aunt, crawling … Continue reading

Update re: Michele Zukovsky, her last LA Phil concert date, and her retirement
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Update re: Michele Zukovsky, her last LA Phil concert date, and her retirement

Some good news for all of you fans of Michele Zukovsky:  I received official confirmation on when the tenure of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet  will end, and it’s a little later than was originally thought.  Her official retirement date will be December 31, 2015, with her final concert less than two weeks before … Continue reading

LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition):  big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil comings and goings (Summer 2015 edition): big news in the flutes and clarinets, plus a little more (UPDATED on July 8)

This year’s Hollywood Bowl season is upon us.  Things kicked-off a few weeks ago, care of Journey, Ed Sheeran, and a sing-along Sound of Music, among other concerts.   The Los Angeles Philharmonic made their summer debut on the Bowl stage playing the score to Back to the Future while the film was shown above their heads, though the … Continue reading

Burt Hara wins LA Phil Associate Principal Clarinet chair
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Burt Hara wins LA Phil Associate Principal Clarinet chair

The first time the Los Angeles Philharmonic held auditions to fill its Associate Principal Clarinet chair, no one was hired.  During the past week, they tried again, and this time it looks like they  made an offer — and it’s a doozy.  No official word from the orchestra, but according to numerous sources, Burt Hara, … Continue reading

Five concerts, four conductors at different stages of their relationship w/ the LA Phil (part 4 of 4): Zubin Mehta, 50 years later
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Five concerts, four conductors at different stages of their relationship w/ the LA Phil (part 4 of 4): Zubin Mehta, 50 years later

Zubin Mehta:  the man, the myth, the legend. While I’ve had a chance to see the other three conductors profiled in this series fairly early in their relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I was not around to see any of Mr. Mehta’s concerts as Music Director, let alone the ones early in his career. … Continue reading