The Columbia Journalism Review published a story today on the newspaper I work for, the Orange County Register, our new owners, what they are trying to do and what they are up against.
Kushner, a 40-year-old former greeting-card executive with zero experience in newspapers, is running the most interesting—and important—experiment in journalism right now. His thesis is simple, but highly contrarian: Newspapers are dying in large part from self-inflicted wounds, and there’s money to be made in print, particularly from subscribers.
Read the whole thing here, it’s very much worth your time.
photo: Aaron Kushner. Jebb Harris/Orange County Register
Music by Lalo Schifrin. Dig the bass trombone. The music stops, but you are permitted to watch the rest of the scene.
…the invention of the hula hoop and a quick lesson in economics. Music by Khachaturian.
To read my brief overview click here, or pick up a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper.
photo: East Verdi Bridge, Route 425, Spanning Truckee River, West of I-80 & State Route 425, Verdi, Washoe County, NV. Library of Congress.
In today’s Orange County Register online, I review yesterday’s Pacific Chorale concert devoted entirely to the music of Britten.
Click here to read my review (free), or pick up a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper.
The great English conductor Sir Colin Davis died Sunday at the age of 85.
I think I only heard him once live (and that not such a memorable occasion), but I have enjoyed his recordings of Haydn (don’t forget), Mozart, Sibelius, Stravinsky (there’s a rip-snorter of the Symphony in Three Movements) and, especially, Berlioz for many years.
He couldn’t be beat in Berlioz. From a record review I wrote for the Los Angeles Times in 1992, here’s partly why:
“Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Colin Davis. Philips 432 151-2. The “Symphonie fantastique,” contrary to its popularity for grandiosity and grotesquerie, is more interesting as music of subtle colorings, long lines and rhythmic ingenuities. Davis, who has long been without equal in capturing the less lurid aspects of Berlioz’s music, is up to his penetrating self here, the first offering in his new series of Berlioz recordings. In this finely etched and closely argued performance we hear all the details that make this music click: orchestrational intricacies that help create rhythmic syncopations, connect linear threads, invoke wistful emotions–the last of which are enhanced by the characterful Viennese woodwinds. Davis’ account has plenty of force too but is remarkable more for sensitivity than sensationalism.”
An obituary by Paul Griffiths for the New York Times is here
In today’s Orange County Register online, I review yesterday’s piano recital by Jeremy Denk.
Click here to read my article (free), or pick up a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper.
A free link to my article ( mentioned below) on performing Shostakovich with Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony earlier this week.
Click here to read the article, or pick up a copy of Sunday’s newspaper.
In today’s Orange County Register online, I review last night’s performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic of music by Poppe, Stravinsky and Brahms. Susanna Malkki conducted and Leila Josefowicz soloed. The link is free!
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photo: Susanna Malkki by Simon Fowler
On Monday night I took part in the Pacific Symphony’s side-by-side initiative called “OC Can You Play with Us?”, performing the finale of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Carl St.Clair conducting.
Here is a brief (two-minute) video on my experience. It’s free:
Click here to see free video
My article is behind the Register’s paywall. (Note: a one-day pass — $2 — also gets you access to the archive, so you can catch up on anything you’ve missed.)
Here’s an excerpt:
“If I had become a professional trombonist, you wouldn’t be reading this. Actually, I was one, for a time, until a series of events, at least one of them disastrous, led me to become a music critic (Berlioz called it a “calamity” when he became one). I still pick up the instrument every once in a while, though. But not without a certain uneasy feeling. My life story is wrapped up in it. Sometimes a trombone is not just a trombone.”
Click here to read my article, or pick up a copy of Sunday’s newspaper.