Musical “Fourth of July plumes” for Independence Day 2020
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Musical “Fourth of July plumes” for Independence Day 2020

Happy Independence Day, everyone. I usually spend this most patriotic of American holidays immersed in the kind of music that reminds me of time spent in uniform: standing in formation, marching in parades, and passing in review. Famous cadences by Henry Filmore, E. E. Bagley, Karl King, and of course, John Philip Sousa bring up … Continue reading

Memorial Day music & video:  Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”
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Memorial Day music & video: Tom Hooten, US Marine Band play “With Malice Toward None”

For Memorial Day 2018, I offer this video of a 2016 performance by the US Marine Band (“The President’s Own”) featuring soloist Thomas Hooten, Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, playing an arrangement of “With Malice Toward None” from the John Williams soundtrack to the movie Lincoln. Mr. Hooten was a member of the US Marine … Continue reading

VIDEO:  New Order’s “Blue Monday” turns 35 today; here’s Orkestra Obsolete’s inventive re-interpretation
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VIDEO: New Order’s “Blue Monday” turns 35 today; here’s Orkestra Obsolete’s inventive re-interpretation

Thirty-five years ago today, New Order released their seminal New Wave dance hit, “Blue Monday.”  The song — along with its iconic packaging for the 12″ vinyl single as an over-sized floppy disc — represents a key moment in time for the band, the clearest  indication that it had moved beyond its more austere roots … Continue reading

LACO Principal Horn Michael Thornton plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
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LACO Principal Horn Michael Thornton plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

With the 2017 World Series starting tonight, please enjoy this video of Michael Thornton, new Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, supporting the local team’s appearance in the Fall Classic with his four-part arrangement of “Take Me out to the Ballgame.” (h/t to LACO’s Facebook page) Go Dodgers! Continue reading

Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video):  virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments
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Sixty-six seconds of awesomeness (video): virtuoso rendition of Tchaikovsky 4th on toy instruments

The Melodica Men — those crazy and talented guys that previously brought you “The Rite of Spring” on toy instruments — are back, this time with an impressive rendition of the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony.  It truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.  (See the video below) Continue reading

Video:  Andrew Bain and Eugene Izotov jazz up Strauss
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Video: Andrew Bain and Eugene Izotov jazz up Strauss

The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays its first classical concert of this summer’s Hollywood Bowl season tonight, but it will do so without the services of Andrew Bain. Fear not:  he’ll be back soon. The orchestra’s Principal Horn has been out and about, no doubt preparing to co-host the 47th International Horn Symposium which will be held in Los … Continue reading

VIDEO (of sorts):  David Oistrakh playing Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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VIDEO (of sorts): David Oistrakh playing Mozart with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

I recently came across the YouTube file below of the legendary David Oistrakh in a 1965 performance of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D-Major, K.218, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Maurice Abravanel is the conductor.  Note: there is no actual video footage of the performance, but the audio is still worth your time.  Enjoy! Continue reading

VIDEO:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
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VIDEO: Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the LA Phil in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Kudos and endless gratitude to Tim Mangan for originally finding and sharing this blast from the past:  Carlo Maria Giulini rehearsing the opening of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. According to the voice over at the beginning of the video, this was filmed during one of ten(!) … Continue reading

VIDEO:  “Word Crimes” is brilliant
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VIDEO: “Word Crimes” is brilliant

A tip of the hat to Shannita Williams (LA Opera’s Associate Director of Communications, Social Media) for pointing me towards “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest release, “Word Crimes,” an absolutely spot-on ode to proper grammar and word usage, set to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m a little sad he didn’t skewer “very unique” in his rant, and … Continue reading

VIDEO:  The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised
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VIDEO: The best combination of music, beer, and technology ever devised

Yesterday was Canada Day (aka “Canada’s Birthday”), and I trust my Canadian friends spent the day doing appropriately Canadian-ish things — you know, like singing “O Canada” and drinking an appropriately Canadian alcoholic beverage. With that in mind, the good folks at Molson Brewing honored Canada Day by sharing the most ingenious and wonderful kind … Continue reading

VIDEO:  Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”
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VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen covers Lorde’s “Royals”

Bruce Springsteen singing Lorde’s hip-hop-influenced pop tune “Royals?”  Believe it.  As a matter of fact, both song and singer hold up very nicely, thank you very much. Actually, it makes perfect sense that the quintessential blue-collar bard from New Jersey would cover the working-class 17-year old girl from New Zealand to offer this unlikely take on the anthem which thumbs its … Continue reading