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Review: Salonen conducts Stravinsky

April 15, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Saturday night, Esa-Pekka Salonen returned (did he ever really leave?) to Southern California to conduct his old band in three works by Stravinsky: Funeral Song, Agon and The Rite of Spring.
In fact, Salonen is in town for several weeks conducting the LA Phil. Over two weeks, he will conduct all Stravinsky programs. On Saturday, [...]



Review: Cameron Carpenter plays Bach at Disney Hall

April 8, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

On Sunday night the American organist Cameron Carpenter wowed and dazzled what one organ series subscriber called the largest crowd she had ever seen for an organ recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Carpenter obviously has a following.
Carpenter most recently played in WDCH this past November when he performed the Concerto for Organ and Orchestra [...]



Review: Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Ninth

March 6, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

This past weekend, Gustavo Dudamel undertook the Herculean task of conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in D major four times! It was Herculean not only because the running time for the symphony is approximately 90 minutes, but also because of the immense physical, intellectual and emotional demands on the conductor, not to mention the [...]



Review: Pianist Dang Thai Son Performs at Cal State Fullerton

March 4, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Featured Articles

One doesn’t often get the chance to hear a performance by a First Prize winner and Gold Medalist of the International Chopin Piano Competition, but that chance occurred Friday night at Meng Concert Hall in the Clayes Performing Arts Center at California State University Fullerton with a performance by Dang Thai Son, who earned the [...]



Review: LA Phil plays Brahms chamber music

February 20, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

When desert island music is mentioned to us mere mortals, we think of music we’d like to hear. But not so for the musicians of the LA Phil who performed a concert of Brahms chamber music on Feb. 19. According to LA Phil violinist Mitch Newman, the three works on the program — the Piano [...]



Review: Zubin Mehta Conducts Brahms’ Symphonies 3 and 4

January 8, 2019 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

With his new title of Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta concluded two weeks of concerts this past weekend celebrating the symphonies and concertos of Johannes Brahms. On Friday night, he conducted the LA Phil in Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with famed violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and the [...]



Review: Michael Tilson Thomas leads the LA Phil

December 3, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Featured Articles

Michael Tilson Thomas began a two-week stint with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this past weekend with performances of his own Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (“Pathétique”) at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Tilson Thomas originally composed Four Preludes in 2003, and then revised it in [...]



Roderick Cox conducts the LA Phil with Cameron Carpenter

November 19, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

On Sunday, you could have enjoyed a nice, crisp fall day in Los Angeles, or you could have been inside the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear one of the most electrifying concerts of the season, literally and figuratively.
The exciting young American conductor Roderick Cox led the LA Phil in a concert of three [...]



CD Review: Quartet San Francisco’s ‘A QSF Journey’

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

The new CD on Reference Recordings by the Quartet San Francisco (QSF), A QSF Journey, is a wonderful addition to the string quartet catalogue. The CD contains 12 tracks, many of which were either composed or arranged by the quartet’s founder and first violinist Jeremy Cohen and played to perfection by the quartet whose other [...]



Review: Dudamel conducts the LA Phil in the complete ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev

October 22, 2018 | By Henry Schlinger | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Sergei Prokofiev composed his masterpiece ballet Romeo and Juliet in 1935. The LA Phil (founded in 1919) was already an established American orchestra at that time, but for the next 83 years it never performed the ballet in its entirety. At least not until this past weekend when LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel programmed [...]