Some implications of Deborah Borda leaving LA Phil to go back to NY Phil
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Some implications of Deborah Borda leaving LA Phil to go back to NY Phil

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced this morning that Deborah Borda, the orchestra’s President and CEO, will be stepping down from her post to take the same position with the New York Philharmonic.  The move becomes effective September 15, 2017.  The full press release is below. She is, of course, no stranger to the NY Phil.  She … Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3):  Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 3 of 3): Comings and goings (Feb ’17 edition) — new basses, movement in the violins, and news from the brass

There’s been a fair amount of personnel movement at the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the past few months.  Let’s get everybody caught up: Filling empty seats in the Bass section The LA Phil basses have had two openings since the 2014 retirement of John Schiavo and the sad passing of Fred Tinsley late last year.   A … Continue reading

Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent
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Trumpeter Christopher Martin makes move to NY Phil permanent

There are some jobs that people expect you to keep for life.  Pope.  US Supreme Court Justice.  Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.  But I guess if a Pope can quit early, we shouldn’t be shocked that the CSO’s first chair trumpet can do it too. Chris Martin — the trumpeter, not the lead singer of Coldplay … Continue reading

RIP Kurt Masur:  German conductor dies at 88-years old
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RIP Kurt Masur: German conductor dies at 88-years old

Kurt Masur, Music Director Emeritus of the New York Philharmonic and former Kappellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, has died at his home in Greenwich, CT.  The German native was 88-years old. Notable obituaries: Margalit Fox for The New York Times Anastasia Tsioulcas for National Public Radio ————— Photo courtesy of Radio France / Christophe Abramowitz Continue reading

NY Phil names new concertmaster
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NY Phil names new concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic has named Frank Huang as its new Concertmaster.  Mr. Huang, 36 years-old, has been Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony since 2010.  He is also on the faculty of Rice University’s Sheppard School of Music.   He officially begins his tenure in September. The NY Phil’s concertmaster chair has been vacant since Glenn Dicterow retired last … Continue reading

News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more
Appointments / Auditions & Appointments / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

News about the LA Phil brass and a former principal flute, plus two guys named McGill and more

Over the past couple of years, my euphoria about the bad-assness of the three current brass principals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic — Andrew Bain (horn), Tom Hooten (trumpet), and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) — has been somewhat tempered by a fear that,  for one reason or another, the trio might not stick together very long. … Continue reading

Music Academy of the West inks 4-year partnership with NY Phil
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Music Academy of the West inks 4-year partnership with NY Phil

Two years ago, the New York Philharmonic made a tour stop in Santa Barbara.  That, and a whole lot of negotiations, eventually led to yesterday’s announcement that the orchestra and Montecito’s Music Academy of the West agreed to a four-year partnership, beginning this summer. Neither the orchestra’s nor the Academy’s website have posted a press release, but according to details … Continue reading