Review: Emanuel Ax plays early Beethoven

Review: Early Beethoven Gets the (Emanuel) Ax Treatment. Voice of OC, Jan. 22, 2020.

Yuja Wang unveils welcomely quirky program for her February recital in Segerstrom Concert Hall

Fashion is still TBD.

Baldassare Galuppi – C major Sonata, first movement

Bach – C minor Toccata

Brahms – Intermezzo in A minor Op. 116 No. 2

Chopin – Mazurka Op. 67 No. 4

Chopin – Mazurka Op. 67 No. 3

Brahms – Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119 No. 2

Chopin – Mazurka Op. 30 No. 4

Brahms – Intermezzo in C-sharp minor Op. 117, No. 3

Chopin – Mazurka Op. 68 No. 3

Brahms – Romance in F major, Op. 118 No. 5

Scriabin – Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major Op. 30

Ravel – Une Barque sur L’Ocean

Berg – Piano Sonata

Federico Mompou – Secreto

Scriabin – Sonata No. 5 Op. 53

Tickets here


Merry Christmas from Pergolesi

Merry Christmas to all. Here’s a bit of annual listening for me, not Christmas music per se, but certainly in the right mood. One of the best orchestral trombone sections in the history of the universe — Byron Peebles (my teacher), Ralph Sauer, Herbert Ausman and Jeff Reynolds — performs music by Pergolesi (or perhaps just attribute to him), recognizable from its use in Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” Suite.

Review: Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker’ at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Review: Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” gets the Ellington treatment. Voice of OC, Dec. 16, 2019.

Spotify playlist: Trombones


Spotify Playlist: Ernest Ansermet

Spotify playlist: Emmanuel Chabrier

Spotify playlist: Pierre Monteux

Preview: Florence Price arrives at the Pacific Symphony

Florence Price Rightfully Finds Her Place Next to Gershwin at the Pacific Symphony. Voice of OC, Nov. 13, 2019.

Poll: Preview or Review?

The program below looks like a pretty good one to me. Take a look and then answer the poll question.

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano
Pacific Symphony

GEORGE CHADWICK: “Jubilee” from “Symphonic Sketches”
FLORENCE PRICE: “Dances in the Canebrakes”
FLORENCE PRICE: Piano Concerto in One Movement
GEORGE GERSHWIN: “Rhapsody in Blue”
GEORGE GERSHWIN: “An American in Paris”

My question is … Would you rather read a preview of this concert or a review (and which would you more likely click on to read)? Both would be ideal, I’m sure, but you can only pick one or the other. Assume that both are equally well written.

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