Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Summer Whites in the great outdoors; avoiding Lang Lang

Though the Hollywood Bowl has been open for about a month, the Los Angeles Philharmonic play did not play in their white jackets (and blouses) under the venue’s iconic white arches until this past Friday and Saturday when they gave the word premiere performances of the full film score to West Side Story.  They followed it … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

LA Phil’s Peter Stumpf praised for Indiana recital

Peter Stumpf, Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, gave his first recital in Indiana since being announced as a new full-time professor of music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  The review of the Jun 29th concert in the  Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana)  was unequivocally glowing, with Peter Jacobi calling Mr. Stumpf “a musician of … Continue reading

Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Trying to ignore The Ring (nah, nah, nah . . . I can’t hear you!!)

Many people enjoy Wagner’s Ring.  Some are even devoted to it enough trapse across the globe to see full productions of it. I am neither of those types of people. I’ve always respected it when critics were willing to acknowledge their inherent biases against a particular composer or performer.  The late great Alan Rich made … Continue reading

Music News & Info: Classical / Other classical music concerts and recitals (in So Cal and beyond)

Reviews from Ojai Festival 2011

The reviews are in from this year’s Ojai Music Festival, and most are quite positive overall.  Music director Dawn Upshaw not surprisingly got most of the praise, with the rest of this year’s guests — Richard Tongetti & the Australian Chamber Orchestra, red fish blue fish, Maria Schneider & her orchestra, among many others — … Continue reading