De Angelis revives music from California’s missions


Preview: Choir revives California’s mission music in San Juan Capistrano. Orange County Register, Oct. 23, 2014.

photo: courtesy of De Angelis Vocal Ensemble

Review: Smetana Trio

Review: Smetana Trio shines while going deeper into Czech music. Orange County Register, Oct. 19, 2014.

Virgil Thomson: Musical Chronicles 1940-1954

Review: The composer is a critic. Orange County Register, Oct. 17, 2014.

London Philharmonic, Jurowski open Society’s 61st season

Review: London Philharmonic Orchestra gives Philharmonic Society’s 61st season a somber start. Orange County Register, Oct. 12, 2014.

Review: Emerson String Quartet

Review: Emerson Quartet packs Beethoven. Orange County Register, Oct. 11, 2014.

Objectively conducted fortissimo

“…at the back of every conductor’s mind is a desire to make his orchestra produce a louder noise than anyone else’s orchestra can produce, a really majestic noise, a Niagara Falls of sound. At some time in the course of nearly every concert this desire overpowers him. You can tell when it is coming on by the way he goes into a brief convulsion at that point. The convulsion is useful to the conductor, because it prevents his hearing what the orchestra really sounds like while his fit is on. But if you watch carefully from the house you will usually find that the sound provoked out of a group of exacerbated musicians by any gesture of the convulsive type is less accurate in pitch and less sonorous in decibels than a more objectively conducted fortissimo.” — Virgil Thomson

Long Beach Symphony launches 80th anniversary season and search for music director

Review: Long Beach Symphony begins search. Orange County Register, Oct. 6, 2014.

Orchestras of the season at the Philharmonic Society

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski is shown. Chris Christodoulou

Philharmonic Society brings orchestral prospects to O.C. Orange County Register, Oct. 3, 2014.

photo: Chris Christodoulou

Dudamel and L.A. Phil open with David Lang, Mahler


Review: Dudamel, L.A. Phil give epic Mahler. Orange County Register, Oct. 3, 2014.

photo: Mathew Imaging

Pacific Symphony’s Casual Connections series

Review: Casual Connections rings bells. Orange County Register, Sept. 29, 2014.

“Casual” is a trending word in the world of classical music these days. A number of groups (including the L.A. Phil) use it to denote their concert series in which aspects of the presentation are made less formal. The dress code may be relaxed or the program shortened. The performers may talk about the music or meet with the audience before and after. Or sometimes all of these. The idea is to make classical music somehow less intimidating to listeners who may find it so. They aren’t a small group.




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