Watch tonight — or stream online right now:  LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”
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Watch tonight — or stream online right now: LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary Concert on PBS “Great Performances”

Hello everyone.  Long time no chat.  Hope you’re all safe, healthy, and in good spirits during these challenging times. I know I’ve been mostly incommunicado, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic went full-bore crazy; alas, my other non-CKDH personae have required my attention lately.  That said, I’ve been working on writing more (again). I’ve started multiple … Continue reading

The Stravinsky snippet quoted by Michael Jackson, New Order, U2, Prince, NWA, Bruno Mars, and countless others
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The Stravinsky snippet quoted by Michael Jackson, New Order, U2, Prince, NWA, Bruno Mars, and countless others

The music of Igor Stravinsky takes over Walt Disney Concert Hall for three different sets of programs over the next two weekends, led by one of its most ardent advocates, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and played by one of its best orchestral interpreters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic along with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and various other … Continue reading

Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3):  a quick look back at January’s concerts
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Checking in with the LA Phil (part 2 of 3): a quick look back at January’s concerts

The four weekends of concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic this past January were noteworthy for three reasons:  the diversity of programming, the quality of playing, and that the first three conductors — Bramwell Tovey, Zubin Mehta, and Lionel Bringuier — once held titled positions with the orchestra while the fourth, Gustavo Dudamel, is the LA Phil’s current … 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

A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale
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A chat with soprano Delaram Kamareh in advance of her debut with the LA Master Chorale

Delaram Kamareh is not a big believer in doing exactly what everyone thinks a soprano should do, and by extension, what they think SHE should do. As we chat over a bite to eat, she recalls a recent conversation with a would-be agent:  “It was pretty clear that we weren’t a good fit for each other. … Continue reading

Rafael’s <i>Rite of Spring</i>:  Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil
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Rafael’s Rite of Spring: Frühbeck de Burgos puts his own stamp on Stravinsky masterwork with LA Phil

There have been so many performances this season of The Rite of Spring (AKA Le sacre du printemps in the original français) in celebration of the work’s centenary  that some people have expressed concerns that the work was becoming over-exposed.  You wouldn’t have known it by the number of seats filled Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl … Continue reading

Soprano Delaram Kamareh, Knussen’s <i>Winnie the Pooh</i> steal the show at Southwest Chamber Music
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Soprano Delaram Kamareh, Knussen’s Winnie the Pooh steal the show at Southwest Chamber Music

Last Saturday night, Southwest Chamber Music opened the 20th anniversary season of their annual Summer Festival.  Stravinsky’s Octet  and Mozart’s Gran Partita provided the primary motivation for attending, especially if one happened to be a fan of wind instruments.  But deep in the hundred acre woods of The Huntington where Jeff von der Schmidt and … Continue reading

“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways:  shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)
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“The Rite of Spring” served up 3 ways: shaken, straight up, and blended (c/o Ojai, Pacific Symphony, and UCI)

At the opening talk of this year’s Ojai Music Festival last Thursday, Ara Guzelimien (Provost & Dean of The Julliard School and former Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival) astutely observed that The Rite of Spring has become big business.  What used to scare audiences now regularly packs houses.  With all of the buzz surrounding … Continue reading

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LA Chamber Orchestra struts its stuff with program of Mozart, Stravinsky, Bach, and Handel at Royce Hall

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra often plays larger symphonic works — and does so quite well — but one of the joys and privileges of having a standing chamber group like them is the chance to hear pieces written for small to medium-sized ensembles that a full-sized orchestra would not take on.  Their most recent concerts … Continue reading

Dudamel & LA Phil strike while the iron is hot, release “La mer” and “Firebird” on iTunes
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Dudamel & LA Phil strike while the iron is hot, release “La mer” and “Firebird” on iTunes

Interesting to find out about the latest iTunes release from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  They just recorded and released these two works a few years ago under Esa-Pekka Salonen for the same label, so it’s a bit of a surprise that they’d put them out again so soon. But then again, maybe not. As I … Continue reading

LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 2 of 3):  Dudamel swings for the fences with “La mer” & “Firebird”
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LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 2 of 3): Dudamel swings for the fences with “La mer” & “Firebird”

“I think that Debussy is, perhaps,  the most important composer of this century.  I also happen to think that today, the future of classical music has a lot to do with Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, and less to do with Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. The relationship between Debussy and Stravinsky is particularly interesting.  First of all, … Continue reading

Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”
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Jacaranda’s latest concert highlighted by 4handLA’s piano rendition of “The Rite of Spring”

The folks at “Jacaranda, Music on the Edge” are on a bit of a roll.  The seats at Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church (AKA “First Preb”) were almost all full and the crowd was enthusiastic.  The program, billed as “Thresholds:  The Scandals of 1912-13” was chock-a-block with works from the Second Viennese School; however, in … Continue reading

Make mine a double:  season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice
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Make mine a double: season opener by Dudamel and the LA Phil was so awesome, I had to see and hear it twice

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic opened their 2012/2013 season with a contemplative work by Ravel, a world premiere by Steven Stucky, and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). In other words, it was Retro Week at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is exactly the kind of program which the orchestra … Continue reading

Youth is served:  Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts
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Youth is served: Krzysztof Urbański and Denis Matsuev make their LA Phil debuts

The Hollywood Bowl is often a place for conductors and soloists to make their Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts.  It’s a bit of trial by fire — if you can make a strong impression under the duress of limited rehearsal time and less-than-ideal performing conditions, then you might get invited for a gig downtown for the … Continue reading

Charles Dutoit leads a refreshing night with the LA Phil
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Charles Dutoit leads a refreshing night with the LA Phil

A  program of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Prokofiev may still be considered adventurous in some concert halls, but for many years, it was the norm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The 20th Century French and Russian composers seemed to turn up on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s programs as often (if not more so) than Mozart, Brahms, … Continue reading