RIP Robert D. Thomas, Southern California music critic
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RIP Robert D. Thomas, Southern California music critic

The Southern California classical music community has lost one of its important voices.  Robert D. “Bob” Thomas died in the early morning of Thursday, May 3rd. He reached countless readers as the long-time music critic and writer for the Pasadena Star-News and its sister publications in the Southern California News Group, as well as for … Continue reading

RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani
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RIP Mitchell Peters, former LA Phil Principal Timpani

Sad news yesterday from the Los Angeles Philharmonic that Mitchell Peters, member of the orchestra from 1969 until his retirement in 2006, has passed away at the age of 82. Mr. Peters was named Co-Principal Percussionist in 1972 and took over the Principal Timpani in 1982.  He was also well-known as a composer, arranger, and … Continue reading

RIP Frederick (Fred) Tinsley, LA Phil double-bassist
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RIP Frederick (Fred) Tinsley, LA Phil double-bassist

Frederick Tinsley, double-bass player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on Sept 19th.  He was 76-years old. Mr. Tinsley was a 42-year veteran of the orchestra; he was originally hired by Zubin Mehta in 1974.  The LA Phil will dedicate a concert to his memory during the opening week of their 2016-17 Walt Disney … 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

RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)
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RIP Lorin Maazel (updated)

American conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia.  He was 84. The former child prodigy was born in 1930, began playing violin in “the Karl Moldrem Baby Orchestra” by the age of five, and was conducting at seven years old.  In 1938, he made his first appearance on the … Continue reading

RIP Lorin Levee, LA Phil Principal Clarinet
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RIP Lorin Levee, LA Phil Principal Clarinet

According to KUSC’s Twitter feed, Lorin Levee, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has passed away.  He was 61 years old.  The information was retweeted by the LA Phil, so I’m guessing that the sad news is accurate.  Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. No additional details, andthe orchestra has … Continue reading

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RIP Irving Geller

Irving Geller, former Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and first violin with the orchestra from 1951-1999, passed away on November 16, 2011. He was 85 years old. Mr. Geller joined the LA Phil as one of its youngest members after having served as Assistant Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for three years. … Continue reading

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RIP Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling, prominent conductor in Eastern Europe before and after World War II, principal conductor of the Berlin Symphony from 1960-1977, and later a frequent guest with major European and American orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has died at the age of 98.  He was two days away from his 99th birthday. During the interregnum … Continue reading