Ojai Music Festival: Friday night

Review: Percussionist Steven Schick makes Ojai Music Festival his own. The Orange County Register, June 14, 2015.

photo: Mariah Tauger for the Ojai Music Festival

In Ojai


From the archive: Bocelli, June 8, 2009

Review: Bocelli bowls ’em over at the Bowl. The Orange County Register, June 8, 2009.

Preview: 69th annual Ojai Music Festival

Preview: Ojai Music Festival dances to the beat of its own drummer: Steven Schick. The Orange County Register, June 5, 2015.

photo: Timothy Norris

69th Ojai Music Festival live broadcast schedule

Much of this year’s Ojai Music Festival, which begins next week, will be streamed live and archived online in broadcast quality HD. It’s free at www.ojaifestival.org. You can watch and listen on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Here’s the schedule for the live feeds. Times are PDT:

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‘Hydrogen Jukebox’ at Long Beach Opera

Review: Long Beach Opera makes warehouse sing with Philip Glass’ ‘Hydrogen Jukebox.’ The Orange County Register, May 31, 2015.

photo: Keith Ian Polakoff

Mozart Classical Orchestra announces 2015-16 schedule

Mozart Classical Orchestra announces 2015-2016 season. The Orange County Register, May 28, 2015.

Philip Glass: ‘Glassworks’ — Opening

Pacific Symphony gives tribute to Andre Previn

Review: Pacific Symphony gives Andre Previn his due. The Orange County Register, May 29, 2015.

Previn: 1992

I found this online the other day, a review I wrote for the L.A. Times in 1992 of Andre Previn conducting the L.A. Phil. The common remembrance is that Previn resigned as music director suddenly in 1989 and never again conducted the orchestra, but, in fact, he did, several times.

The following will be of interest to very few, but I reproduce it here for them. It seems to me that the young version of myself pretty much summed up Previn’s years in Los Angeles with this review. I take no credit, necessarily. I had been reading Martin Bernheimer and others, after all.

(By the way, for the young version of myself to get the opportunity to review the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the L.A. Times — I was just a young and lowly free-lancer — was a very big deal. Perhaps you can sense it in the following.)

MUSIC REVIEW : Previn Leads Philharmonic ‘Nutcracker’ at Pavilion

January 18, 1992|TIMOTHY MANGAN

Conductors usually get what they ask for. Trouble is, Andre Previn didn’t seem to ask for much Thursday.

On the podium, he was pretty much the traffic cop. Expressive gestures were few, cues for entrances and beat patterns soberly laid out. He often looked bored–and the playing, not surprisingly, reflected this. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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