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

Orchestra programming: some are just better at it than others

After spending some time chatting on Tim Mangan’s blog about how the Pacific Symphony chose to put together its 2011-2012 season, I was reminded of a little contest that Sam Bergman and Sarah Hicks of the Minnesota Orchestra decided to hold a couple of years ago.  The concept, in short, was to “put yourself in … Continue reading

Architecture / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Dawn Upshaw leads Ojai Festival 2011

I remember June 1999, the first time I went to Ojai for its annual Music Festival: Esa-Pekka Salonen was festival Music Director that year and was being joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many of his famous friends, including fellow Finns Anssi Kartunnen, Magnus Lindberg, and Olli Mustonen.  While those folks represented many good … Continue reading