Pacific Chorale announces John Alexander’s retirement

Pacific Chorale’s John Alexander to retire. Orange County Register, Feb. 8, 2015.

LA Opera / ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’ / OCR review

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Review: ‘Ghosts of Versailles’ debuts at L.A. Opera. Orange County Register, Feb. 9, 2015.

photo: Craig Mathew

Rossini: Overture to ‘The Thieving Magpie’

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nicely done, I think.

‘Ride of the Valkyries’

A pretty good Ride. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Berlin Philharmonic.

Thursday miscellany

Esa-Pekka Salonen has been appointed composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, beginning in the fall of this year. … The classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo launch the revival of the Philharmonic Society’s Eclectic Orange series later this month. … The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, who serve as artistic directors, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will give the world premiere of Jeffrey Holmes’ “Ymir” as part of this year’s Laguna Beach Music Festival, which commissioned the work. … A friend writes that conductor Herbert Blomstedt received a rare tusch from the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Sunday after leading the group in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9. … On NewMusicBox, Frank J. Oteri takes up C.K. Dexter Haven’s nine-symphony challenge with a difference, limiting his choices to American composers. … The outstanding pianist Aldo Ciccolini, whose repertoire spanned wide vistas and who played a significant role in the revival of Satie, has died. One of my first assignments at the Los Angeles Times was to review him in a Liszt recital at Royce Hall. … Ukrainian forces have lost control of Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk to rebel forces. … The Pacific Symphony has announced dates and repertoire for this year’s OC Can You Play with Us? extravaganza, which this time will include chamber music sessions as well. …

Szymanowski Quartet / Penderecki / OCR review

Review: Szymanowski Quartet digs deep at Samueli. Orange County Register, Feb. 1, 2015

Pacific Symphony / Bernstein tribute / OCR review

Review: Pacific Symphony pays tribute to Bernstein. Orange County Register, Jan. 30, 2015.

Long Beach Opera / ‘Therese Raquin’ / OCR review

Review: Long Beach Opera revives ‘Therese Raquin.’ Orange County Register, Jan. 25, 2015.

Los Angeles Opera: 2015-16 season announcement

San Francisco Opera, Moby Dick,

Los Angeles Opera announces 30th anniversary season. Orange County Register, Jan. 27, 2015.

photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Upshaw cancels

Dawn Upshaw has cancelled her appearances with the Pacific Symphony this week. Read about it here.

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