Dudamel’s music for ‘Libertador’ debuts

Review: Gustavo Dudamel premieres film score. Los Angeles Register, August 1, 2014.

Operalia jury

Placido Domingo’s singing competition, Operalia, is in L.A. this year. They’ve posted the names of the jurors of the Los Angeles Opera’s website. Here they are:

Operalia 2014 Jury

Marta Domingo (Stage Director)
F. Paul Driscoll (Editor-in-Chief: Opera News)
Thierry Fouquet (General Director: Opéra National de Bordeaux, France)
Anthony Freud (General Director: Lyric Opera of Chicago)
Jonathan Friend (Artistic Administrator: Metropolitan Opera, New York)
Jean-Louis Grinda (General Director: Opéra de Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Ioan Holender (Artistic Advisor: Metropolitan Opera and Tokyo Spring Festival; Artistic Director: George
Enescu Festival, Bucharest, Romania)
Peter Katona (Director of Casting: Royal Opera House, London, UK)
Christopher Koelsch (President and CEO: Los Angeles Opera)
Grégoire Legendre (General Director: Opéra de Québéc, Canada)
Joan Matabosch (Artistic Director: Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain)
Pål Moe (Casting Consultant: Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany; Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK; Opéra de Lille, France; Norwegian Opera House, Oslo)
Andrés Rodriguez (General Director: Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile)
Helga Schmidt (Intendente: Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Spain)

I just have one question: Why no music critics?

First record

Originally posted on Classical Life:

originally written for kusc’s blog in 2009

My memory is a little foggy on some of the details. I was in high school, already a burgeoning trombonist, and already getting in amongst my mother’s collection of classical LPs. At some point, though, I decided to buy one of my own and that ended up being a recording of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. To the best of my recollection, chairman, that was my first classical record. At any rate, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Why Bruckner’s Fourth? I had never even heard of the composer, let alone his music, until about a week before. I was taking private lessons with a trombone teacher at Cal State Long Beach and he had gotten me started on what would come to be my daily bread for the next decade or so: orchestral excerpts…

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For Carlo Bergonzi, 1924-2014

Dudamel’s Bowl double bill

Review: Opera to the hilt at the Bowl. Los Angeles Register, July 28, 2014.

Giulini rehearses L.A. Philharmonic in Beethoven 9

Ran across this the other day and just wanted to share. This is Giulini through and through.

Mozart for kids

A little essay I did on getting children interested in classical music …

Merit of ‘Mozart effect’ is beside the point. Orange County Register, July 10, 2014.

Soka and Pacific announcements

Soka Performing Arts Center sets classical, jazz series. Orange County Register, July 3, 2014.

Pacific Symphony schedules ‘Symphonies in the Cities’. Orange County Register, July 3, 2014.

Review: Hollywood Bowl opener, Joshua Bell with friends

Review: With help from friends, Joshua Bell at the Bowl. Los Angeles Register, July 9, 2014.

Bowling

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My preview of this year’s classical music season at the Hollywood Bowl …

To Bowl with Beethoven. Los Angeles Register, July 7, 2014.

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