‘Pictures’ again

Review: Mussorgsky wins at Tchaikovsky Spectacular. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 31, 2014.

Review: Stokowski at the Bowl


Review: Stokowski comes back to the Bowl. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 27, 2014.

‘I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky’


Review: Long Beach Opera gives ‘Looking at the Ceiling’ a shake. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 24, 2014.

Photo: Keith Ian Polakoff’

Must read


The Library of America is publishing a volume of Virgil Thomson’s musical chronicles on Oct. 16. Tim Page is the editor. Thomson’s is quite simply some of the best writing on classical music ever, and it belongs in every classicalphile’s library. I’m going to get it, even though I already have most of it. I read some several times a month, often before I write, just to get the juices flowing.

John Wayne: 10 films


Off topic…

Reclaiming John Wayne: The Duke’s 10 best films. Orange County Register, Aug. 18, 2014.

Review: Yo-Yo Ma, LA Phil, Slatkin

Take the headline (not mine) with a grain of salt …

Review: Yo-Yo Ma’s rich delivery fills the Bowl. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 15, 2014.

How to enjoy classical music

Another in my occasional series on classical music for beginners …

How to enjoy classical music. Orange County Register, Aug. 7, 2014.

Review: ‘Fantasia’

Review: ‘Fantasia’ is a visual spectacle. Orange County Register, Aug. 10. 2014.

Stravinsky’s film music

Here’s a short promo for the new documentary “Stravinsky in Hollywood.” The filmmakers cue in some of Stravinsky’s music to movies he wrote it for (though it was not used). See what you think.

Review: National Youth Orchestra of the U.S.A.


Review: National Youth Orchestra bows at Disney Hall. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 5, 2014.

photo: Chris Lee


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