Review: A Far Cry and Simone Dinnerstein play Bach and Glass at Soka

Review: Dinnerstein and A Far Cry Turn Bach and Glass into Pleasant Companions. Voice of OC, Sept. 17, 2018.


Listen to this: ‘Bolero’

A short video I wrote (and appear in) for the Pacific Symphony …

Listen to this: Bolero. Pacific Symphony Blog, Sept. 4, 2018.

Deodato: ‘Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun’

Pacific Overtures: September

The latest edition of my classical music newsletter for Pacific Symphony.


  1. September Concerts Roundup
  2. Interview: Dennis Kim
  3. Interview: Meredith Crawford
  4. Listen to This: Boléro
  5. Single Tickets
  6. Connections Series Renamed
  7. Video: Festive Overture
  8. Essential Books (4)
  9. Miscellany

Pacific Overtures. September, 2018.

Interview: Dennis Kim, concertmaster

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony, named in April to the position after a long search, replacing Raymond Kobler, who retired in 2016 after 17 years with the orchestra. Kim just moved to Irvine the other day, but already looked like a local as he waited for a reporter to arrive: athletic shorts, a logo T-shirt and neon-colored running shoes. Sitting on a bench outside a coffee and bagels place, he was checking his cell phone, just like natives everywhere. The only thing that gave him away as a foreigner was the logo on the shirt. It belonged to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Born in Korea, Kim moved to Toronto when he was three months old, grew up and learned to play the violin there. He’s moved here from Buffalo, where he served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic for the last three years and drove regularly to Toronto (90 minutes away) to teach there at the Royal Conservatory of Music, his alma mater. He starts his new job in September. You’ll see him in the first chair for the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular on Sept. 8, at Pacific Amphitheatre, and then at the opening concerts of the indoor season Sept. 27-29, at Segerstrom Concert Hall. In the latter concerts, the audience will get to hear Kim as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364.

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Slide trombone with valves

I’ll try this once I master the regular trombone.

Book review: ‘Famous Father Girl’ by Jamie Bernstein

Book review: “Famous Father Girl” by Jamie Bernstein. Pacific Symphony Blog, Aug. 1, 2018.

Pacific Overtures: August

My latest newsletter for Pacific Symphony, with concert info, an interview of our program annotator, a visit to the Bernstein exhibit at the Skirball, a book review, listening and more.

Pacific Overtures. August, 2018.


More neglected symphonies

A couple of interesting additions to the series form the 19th century, one by a woman.

Anton Urspruch: Symphony in E-flat (1882). Pacific Symphony Blog, July 24, 2018.

Emilie Mayer: Symphony No. 7 in F minor (1856). Pacific Symphony Blog, July 20, 2018.

Nagano conducts Mahler’s Third

Kent Nagano conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

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