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.
Reclaiming John Wayne: The Duke’s 10 best films. Orange County Register, Aug. 18, 2014.
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.
Another in my occasional series on classical music for beginners …
How to enjoy classical music. Orange County Register, Aug. 7, 2014.
Review: ‘Fantasia’ is a visual spectacle. Orange County Register, Aug. 10. 2014.
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 bows at Disney Hall. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 5, 2014.
photo: Chris Lee
Review: Gustavo Dudamel premieres film score. Los Angeles Register, August 1, 2014.
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?