Review: Pacific Symphony with Tito Munoz and Sarah Chang

Review: Youth serves composers and Pacific Symphony. Orange County Register, April 11, 2014.

Review: ‘Maximum Minimalism’


Review: Minimalism to the max in classical music marathon at Disney Hall. Orange County Register, April 10, 2014.

photo: Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

This happened


And yes, I’ll be writing for it.

The print edition:



Review: Pacific Chorale: ‘Cathedral Echoes’

Review: Pacific Chorale resounds in ‘Cathedral Echoes.’ Orange County Register, April 6, 2014.

Music for a seminar

The semi-wonky play- and reading list from “An Inquiry on Contemporary Music,” a seminar I led Saturday at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. Thanks to all the curious listeners and sharp minds who attended.


Lutoslawski: Passacaglia from the Concerto For Orchestra. BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor. (Chandos)

Oliver Knussen: “Flourish with Fireworks.” London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen, conductor. (Deutsche Grammophon)

John Adams: “Roadrunner” from the Chamber Symphony. London Sinfonietta, John Adams, conductor. (Nonesuch)

Vinko Globokar: “Voix Instrumentalisee.” Michael Riessler, bass clarinet. (Koch Schwann)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, first movement. New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor. (Sony Classical)

Stravinsky: Tango. Columbia Chamber Ensemble, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. (Sony Classical)


Jose Ortega y Gasset: “The Dehumanization of Art.” (Doubleday)

Virgil Thomson: “The Art of Judging Music” from “The Art of Judging Music.” (Praeger)

Nicolas Slonimsky: “Prelude: Non-Acceptance of the Unfamiliar” from “The Lexicon of Musical Invective.” (Norton)

Alain de Botton: “On Possessing Beauty” from “The Art of Travel.” (Vintage)

Review: Cameron Carpenter


Review: Carpenter blazes at Segerstrom organ. Orange County Register, April 6, 2014.

photo: Nick Koon

High drama at San Diego Opera


The company is thinking about shutting down. Here’s what’s going on, and some perspective. The link is free.

High drama at San Diego Opera. Orange County Register, April 6, 2014.

photo: Photo copyright Photografeo, 2011.

Earthquake hits Disney Hall in mid-performance

This is making the rounds. A member of the orchestra tells me: “It was pretty scary for a few seconds. But the Maestro was impressively unflappable.”

I was there a night later.

Review: Vadym Kholodenko, Van Cliburn winner

I’m in …

Review: Van Cliburn winner shows why at Soka. Orange County Register, March 28, 2014.

Video: Berlioz: ‘Roman Carnival Overture’

…brought to you by the U.S. Army Field Band Trombone Ensemble.


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