Another victory for women in classical, Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki has been appointed the principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She will be the third maestro to hold the post.
On Friday, July 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS, Natalie Portman will host the Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of John Williams--one of the greatest film composers of all time.
Chicago-based WFMT Radio, one of the largest producers and distributors of classical, jazz and folk music radio programs, has signed an agreement with the Shanghai East Radio Company to enhance cultural ties between the U.S. and China with an exchange of classical music.
Coming from the NPR newswire, four of America's largest orchestras and composers are apparently playing world premieres today, Nov. 20, and tomorrow, Nov. 21 — including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Tonight's performances include: The Boston Symphony Orchestra is premiering "Lakes Awake at Dawn" for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds in joint commission by the BSO and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Andris Nelsons, who turned 36 Tuesday. Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin conducts his "Endgames." He will also lead a premiere of the "Trombone Concerto," written by his spouse Cindy McTee and featuring DSO principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins as soloist. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its music director Gustavo Dudamel celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's organ. Tonight they premiere American composer Stephen Hartke's "Fourth Symphony" with organist Cameron Carpenter and soprano Heidi Stober as soloists.
Some good news for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Grant Gershon has agreed a contract extension that sees him consolidate his leadership by stepping up from Music Director to Artistic Director. The new contract will keep him at the choir until the 2019-2020 season
Per the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, Dudamel withdrew from his concerts with the New York Philharmonic earlier this week. Manfred Honeck, conversational conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, took his place in the same program--which included Bruckner's Ninth Symphony and Claude Vivier's Orion.
Jacaranda will perform David Byrne's "The Knee Plays" and works by Philip Glass on April 5 in Santa Monica. The concert is part of the "Minimalist Jukebox" festival held in venues throughout the Los Angeles area.
In the wake of the success of Gustavo Dudamel, or maybe more accurately in the wake of the work of El Sistema scion Jose Antonio Abreu, there has been an explosion in the number of top appointments going to Spanish or Latin American conductors. Whether this matters, whether any kind of cultural movement or school or schools of interpretation can be discerned, is an arguable point. Possibly one that will only be clear in many years' time. But it's worth casting an eye over the class of 2014...
Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra for 26 years, announced his resignation last week in a letter to his colleagues. Hara will retain his current position as associate principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been on a leave of absence from the Minnesota Orchestra since last May, when he accepted the position with the L.A. Phil.
In a vicious debate raging throughout the classical and political worlds, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has indeed faced significant criticism on social media for his appearance with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on a day where violence claimed three lives.
The newly announced funding awards from the National Endowment for the Arts are as shockingly small as ever.
The Grammy nominations are out, and as often happens, the list is rather rife with surprises, with what might have seemed more central fare often edged out (with telling exceptions such as Simon Rattle's 'Rite of Spring'). Relatively small labels like 2L and ArtistShare have multiple nominations, while indie giants like Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion and BIS getting few or one. Or none.
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Beck hosted a recent concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, devoted to a performance of songs from his sheet-music album, "Song Reader."
One of the side-effects being experienced by some of the more troubled American orchestras is the "brain drain" (or, uh, playin' drayin') of their best players to rival bands. The latest to be reportedly up for another big job is the Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster Erin Keefe.
Ensembles around the world are using technology to present classical music in exciting new formats. Ranging from customizable concerts to an opportunity to conduct your own online orchestra, these online programs are both inventive and fun.