Fall arts preview, L.A. edition

This is almost identical to the Fall Arts Preview linked in a previous post. It just has a couple of different concerts in the top events.

Classical music: Programming regains its footing. Los Angeles Register, Sept. 16, 2014.

Sooty Salonen cover

SECOND UPDATE: I’ve decided to take the photo and video down. No one asked me to. Salonen did not approve the photos and did not wear black make-up when they were taken. They were altered after the shoot without his knowledge. Which I do not approve of.

UPDATE: The photos of Esa-Pekka Salonen taken by Pieter Hugo were computer altered and Salonen was unaware that they would be changed in such a manner.

Here’s the cover of the Autumn issue of Port magazine, published in London. Yes, that’s Esa-Pekka Salonen. I wrote the cover story, but didn’t take the photo. It, and others inside, were snapped by the South African photographer Pieter Hugo, who reportedly thinks that “the portrait is dead.”

I have to admit that I was surprised when I saw the photo because I had no idea it was coming. I suppose it’s avant-garde, meant to push buttons. My interview with Salonen, on the other hand, is in plain English, more or less.

L.A. Opera opens season with ‘Traviata’

LA Opera - LA Traviata Piano Dress #2 Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Review: A ‘Traviata’ decked out in Art Deco. Los Angeles Register, Sept. 14, 2014.

photo: Craig Mathew/LA Opera

2014 fall arts preview


Classical music: Musical fare beyond measure. Orange County Register, Sept. 12, 2014.

‘Bolero’ trombone solo, live

This is a very difficult solo, especially if you can’t play it.

Kurt Neubauer is the trombonist who nails it here. Recorded in the Tonhalle Zurich earlier this year.


10 classical records for kids

Another in an occasional series …

10 classics for kids. Orange County Register, Sept. 6, 2014.

Milhaud: ‘Le carnaval d’Aix’

Orchestra of Radio Luxemburg; Carl Seeman, piano; Darius Milhaud, conductor.

‘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’


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