Pacific Symphony’s Casual Connections series

Review: Casual Connections rings bells. Orange County Register, Sept. 29, 2014.

“Casual” is a trending word in the world of classical music these days. A number of groups (including the L.A. Phil) use it to denote their concert series in which aspects of the presentation are made less formal. The dress code may be relaxed or the program shortened. The performers may talk about the music or meet with the audience before and after. Or sometimes all of these. The idea is to make classical music somehow less intimidating to listeners who may find it so. They aren’t a small group.



Dudamel and L.A. Phil open season with tribute to John Williams


Review: More than Hollywood glitz in L.A. Philharmonic’s tribute to John Williams. Orange County Register. Oct. 1, 2014.

photo: Mathew Imaging

Some smaller seasons

Classical music: Smaller seasons fill up teeming landscape. Orange County Register, Sept. 26, 2014.

Pacific Symphony launches St.Clair’s 25th season

Review: Pacific Symphony launches St.Clair’s 25th season. Orange County Register, Sept. 27, 2014.

Big Bill Broonzy

“The Glory of Love.”

New recordings


The Saint Louis Symphony plays Adams, Ray Chen plays Mozart and Heinz Holliger plays Schumann…

Review: New Classical Recordings. Orange County Register, Sept. 26, 2014.




Someday, I want to snap a photo of every record in my collection. (I’ll probably never do it, though.)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opens 46th season


Review: L.A. Chamber Orchestra opens season with style. Los Angeles Register, Sept. 22, 2014.

Photo: Courtesy of CM Artists New York

25 seasons: Carl St.Clair

A quarter century with Symphony’s St.Clair. Orange County Register, Sept. 19, 2014.

Fall arts preview, L.A. edition

This is almost identical to the Fall Arts Preview linked in a previous post. It just has a couple of different concerts in the top events.

Classical music: Programming regains its footing. Los Angeles Register, Sept. 16, 2014.


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