Pacific Symphony / Carl St.Clair, Yo-Yo Ma / OCR review

Review: Yo-Yo Ma brings star power to Pacific Symphony’s tribute to Carl St.Clair. The Orange County Register, May 6, 2015.

Pacific Chorale announces 2015-2016 season

Pacific Chorale announces 2015-2016 season schedule. The Orange County Register, May 1, 2015.

Pacific Symphony / ‘Vertigo’ / OCR review

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Review: Bernard Herrmann triumphs in Pacific Symphony’s ‘Vertigo’. The Orange County Register, May 1, 2015.

Pacific Symphony to perform ‘Vertigo’

Bernard Herrmann’s film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” is one of the best ever written, an integral part of the film. This week the Pacific Symphony will perform it live in sync with a screening of the movie, in a new print from which the musical soundtrack has been removed.

A couple of years ago I spoke with John Goberman, the man behind the making of these music-less prints, and conductor Richard Kaufman, who conducts them around the world and who will lead the current “Vertigo.”  They were involved in a live “Singin’ in the Rain” then, but most of what they said applies equally to “Vertigo.” Here’s how it’s done:

Happy refrains: Symphony readies “Singin’ in the Rain.” The Orange County Register, May 2, 2013.

Monteverdi / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir / OCR review

Review: John Eliot Gardiner and friends give Monteverdi his due. The Orange County Register, April 26, 2015.

Los Angeles Opera / ‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ / OCR review

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Review: ‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ is a winning formula at Los Angeles Opera. The Orange County Register, April 24, 2015.

photo: Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Takacs Quartet / Marc-Andre Hamelin / OCR review

Review: Takacs Quartet is safe and sane at the Barclay. The Orange County Register, April 23, 2015.

‘Hercules vs. Vampires,’ the opera

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‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ comes to Los Angeles Opera. The Orange County Register, April 18, 2015.

Pacific Symphony / Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev / OCR review

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A version of Prokofiev’s original ‘Romeo and Juliet” was performed, with a seldom heard happy ending …

Review: Pacific Symphony’s alternative ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is difficult to love. The Orange County Register, April 17, 2015.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center / OCR review

Review: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center explores piano quartets with style. Orange County Register, April 16, 2015.

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