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KUSC's Soul Music Remembers Paul Salamunovich

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 4/5/2014 10:50:00 AM

Around 7:20am on Sunday (4/6) on KUSC’s Soul Music, I will be playing a performance from USC of the Duruflé Requiem. This particular performance was led by acclaimed choral conductor and Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director Emeritus, Paul Salamunovich, who died this past week at the age of 86.

Duruflé’s Requiem was the piece, according to his son Stephen, that Paul was listening to as he passed away Thursday night. (Salamunovich never recorded the Duruflé Requiem commercially.) The recording also features Salamunovich introducing the work from the stage, where he talks about his close connection with Duruflé. Following that, I have a couple other performances from USC with Salamunovich introducing the music, including him talking about working with Stravinsky. The program will close with Salamunovich conducting Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna—a recording that introduced many of us (myself included) to Lauridsen’s music.

Click here for the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s ...

20 Photos of YOLA and the LA Phil in Boston

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 3/28/2014 4:57:00 PM

Gustavo Dudamel conducting the YOLA/Longy Side-by-Side orchestra in a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony at MIT's Kresge Auditorium. Gustavo Dudamel conducting the YOLA/Longy Side-by-Side orchestra in a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony at MIT's Kresge Auditorium.

YOLA musicians enjoying a performance of Vivaldi by musicians of the Boston String Academy. YOLA musicians enjoying a performance of Vivaldi by musicians of the Boston String Academy.

YOLA musicians look on as Boston String Academy musicians perform Vivaldi for them. YOLA musicians look on as Boston String Academy musicians perform Vivaldi for them.

Cellist Heaven Aguilar helping mentor young cellists at the Boston String Academy, one of eight El Sistema USA nucleos in Boston. Cellist Heaven Aguilar helping mentor young cellists at the Boston String Academy, one of eight El Sistema USA nucleos in Boston.

Yo-Yo Ma, performing Elgar's Salut d'Amour, from the Symphony Hall stage door peephole.

Yo-Yo Ma, performing Elgar's Salut d'Amour, from the Symphony Hall stage door peephole.

Following his recital at Boston's Symphony Hall, Yo-Yo Ma poses with YOLA musicians backstage.

Following his recital at Boston's Symphony Hall, Yo-Yo Ma poses with YOLA musicians backstage.

YOLA musicians Alexandra Garcia (trumpet) and Josue May (trombone) having a master class from faculty members of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

YOLA musicians Alexandra Garcia (trumpet) and Josue May (trombone) having a master class from faculty members of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

YOLA musicians Arlette Romero (violin), Laura Garcia (violin), Jammaiya Penn (viola), and Heaven Aguilar (cello) receiving a master class at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

YOLA musicians Arlette Romero (violin), Laura Garcia (violin), Jammaiya Penn (viola), and Heaven Aguilar (cello) receiving a master class at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

The "Dudamel Orchestra" at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, one of eight El Sistema USA nucleos in Boston.

The "Dudamel Orchestra" at the Conservatory ...

Yo-Yo Ma and YOLA

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 3/24/2014 11:59:00 AM

Greetings from Boston! I've been following the final leg of the LA Philharmonic's North American tour, and for this last stop, some young musicians from Youth Orchestra LA have joined in. They have visited several nucleos of El Sistema USA here in Boston and I'll have more info on that in a future blog post...and on Arts Alive this Saturday.

A highlight for the young musicians (ages 15-16) came a couple of nights ago when they got prime seats for a recital by the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Symphony Hall. After the performance--in fact, after the third(!) encore, the YOLA musicians got a special treat, which you can see in the video below.

High-fives from the top cellist of our generation. Not a bad way to end a day!

Oh...and saying "Cheese!" is so for non-musicians.

 

New Season Just Announced! The LA Phil Gets Younger in 2014/15

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 2/11/2014 2:35:00 PM

In the LA Times this morning, LA Philharmonic president and CEO Deborah Borda said, “We've got the youngest audience in America, but it's got to get younger.” The LA Phil’s new 2014-15 season—just announced today—is a concerted and concrete effort to that end.

Recently, the orchestra has conducted research that has shown that cultural consumers who have not purchased LA Phil tickets are interested in an educational component or experience affiliated with the concert. The LA Phil’s research found that 25% of new ticket buyers felt that they didn’t know enough about classical music to fully enjoy it or even which concerts they would like.

Enter "in/SIGHT." A new multimedia series that pairs new work by prominent video artists, like Refik Anadol and Finn Ross, with major works from classical composers, including Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Steve Reich’sThree Tales.

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Catán, Kosky and Domingo, oh my! LA Opera Announced Their New Season

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 1/14/2014 2:00:00 PM

Today, LA Opera announced its 2014-15 season. Six productions; 41 performances, including the season-opener which features the two company directors in collaboration: General Director Plácido Domingo singing the role of Giogio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, with Music Director James Conlon conducting. Opposite Domingo as Violetta, will be an LA Opera regular: soprano Nino Machaidze.

Fans of LA Opera’s recent production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (count me among them!) will be pleased to see Barrie Kosky’s name on the schedule. Two operas will get Kosky’s innovative touch: a double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. When can I buy my tickets?

2014-15 will also mark the return of the music of Daniel Catán. The late composer had a long history with LA Opera, and the company will present Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas in the fall.

Beyond the mainstage series, LA Opera will also present ...

How I Celebrated Elgar’s Birthday, or “Surprise!”

Posted By: Rich Capparela · 12/18/2013 7:46:00 PM

(Originally posted June 3, 2009)

Tuesday June 2nd was another birthday for Sir Edward Elgar, not to mention Mikhail I Glinka, Johnny Weissmuller, Henry VIII, Marvin Hamlisch and the Marquis de Sade. June 2nd is also my birthday and has been for as long as I can remember.

Several months ago I was asked by the Mira Costa High School to emcee their orchestras’ debut performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 2nd.

Since Marcia was busy taking care of year-end craziness in her job as a school administrator, I decided “Why not?” So I dutifully showed up at Disney Hall at 7 for the 7:30 concert by the four ensembles to be featured. Since there would be a lot of stage changes, rearranging things for ensembles ranging from a nonet to the combined forces of the Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra, I was on stage quite a bit, ...

A Holly Jolly Classical Christmas Playlist

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 12/10/2013 2:54:00 PM

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For what it's worth, I actually like that Mariah Carey Christmas song. I know I'll take some heat for that, but whatever, I don't really care. It's a well-crafted pop song (if that's possible), which doesn't sound dated (it's nearly 20 years old) like most pop music does after like two weeks. Side note: Mariah Carey could live off the "All I Want For Christmas is You" royalties alone.

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It's impossible to chart worldwide royalty numbers, but it is the best-selling Christmas single of all time (12 million copies) on the best-selling Christmas album of all time (more than 15 million copies), and in Great Britain alone, Carey is projected to rake in close to $750,000 this year for that one song. But if all you want for Christmas is a little more substance in your Christmas music, then this blog's for you. Below are 12 pieces of classical Christmas music ...

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