Now in its seventh season, Le Salon de Musiques, the vision of François Chouchan, continues to fascinate LA audiences with the “Masters Rediscovered” series. This concert, the fourth of the season on Jan. 8, was all Russian, focusing mostly on the “Moscow School” as defined by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his musical disciples at the Moscow [...]
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A bit of Los Angeles’ music culture came to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall on Halloween night, Oct. 31, when the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel, introduced young Los Angeles composer Andrew Norman’s composition titled “Play.” Norman personally introduced his piece, and then we were swept away into a most enjoyable 45 minutes [...]
Andrew Manze brought his early music acumen to the masses conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic with violinist Arabella Steinbacher in an all-Mozart concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 13. Manze made great choices for the program: Mozart’s enduring Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (“Turkish”) and Symphony No. 41 in C [...]
Conductor James Gaffigan returned to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Stephen Hough to an enthusiastic audience on April 11, the last of their three performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra by its nature is a crowd-pleaser. Written after almost 30 years [...]
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra started a new season on Jan. 15 at Pasadena’s Scott Pavilion with an all-Beethoven three-sonata thriller featuring fortepiano virtuoso Gottlieb Wallisch, violinist Ilia Korol and Hermann Ebner playing the natural horn.
Wallisch was virtuosic throughout the evening. He understood the fortepiano and could coax its beautiful sound into a wonderfully authentic Beethoven [...]
Los Angeles Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla stepped onto the podium Dec. 11 at Walt Disney Concert Hall — and once the music started, she stepped up again, this time where no man has gone before. Since Lithuanian native Gražinytė-Tyla arrived as a Dudamel Fellow in 2012, her experiences with the Phil have been met [...]
Gustavo Dudamel rocked the Hollywood Bowl with a spectacular performance of “Carmina Burana” July 21, conducting the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale and the National Children’s Chorus. The night was one to remember, just happening to fall on the 10-year anniversary of Dudamel’s first performance in Los Angeles, which incidentally was at the Hollywood [...]
Southwest Chamber Music found magic when the South and East mixed for the 2015 Los Angeles International New Music Festival at REDCAT on July 13. Of course, I speak of the acclaimed Mexican percussion ensemble, Tambuco, performing the music of four young Japanese composers and the Japanese master composer Toru Takemitsu. Ensemble players Alfredo [...]
The Los Angeles Master Chorale ended its 51st season in a contemplative mood with the music of house favorites Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt on Sunday, May 17, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Master Chorale has supported the art of both Pärt and Whitacre throughout the years, and for this concert conductor Grant Gershon [...]
The Westside Connections series of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) continued with this season’s music and architecture theme on Thursday, March 19, at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The concept was intriguing, and the commonality between these art forms was uniquely illustrated by the music and narratives. In this second [...]