Monthly Archives: May 2007

Higher Education

Some of the liveliest music making has come to my attention this season under the least-promising circumstances: one proud parent or another entreating my presence at some doted-upon offspring’s high school’s annual musical production. Los Angeles being the proverbial talent hotbed, the prospects are usually not so dire as at You-name-it-ville; in recent months, in […]

Disney Nights

Three diverse concerts in four nights at Disney: proof enough of the splendid variety of music in these parts – even in May, when the season is supposed to be winding down. The difference in the sounds echoing through these marvelous premises in close succession was, to put it mildly, considerable. From Behind the CurtainIn […]

American Idolatry

Getting It Right Of a couple of dozen productions I have attended of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the one currently at the Music Center (through this weekend) is by some distance the finest and the most enjoyable. It contains the most of George’s music, in an opera often cut, properly treated by both vocal […]

Ernest Fleischmann

The signing of 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel to take over the Los Angeles Philharmonic podium – snatched from the hot grasp of half a dozen other conductor-hungry American orchestras – has been a coup both musical and political, in many circles even dwarfing the coming of soccer’s David Beckham. To Philharmonic president and CEO Deborah Borda […]

Daniel Rothmuller

Daniel Rothmuller has been a member of the L.A. Philharmonic’s cello section since the 1970-’71 season, and associate principal cellist since 1975. That means he has played under Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, AndrĂ© Previn and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and is in fit qualification to get a handle on the orchestra’s music-director-designate, Gustavo Dudamel. I asked […]

Old Hat, New Tenor, Etc.

Minimal MerrimentOf all the unreasonable choices for operatic fare to sweep cheery breezes across this season’s repertory, a revival of 2001’s The Merry Widow, in the San Francisco production by Lotfi Mansouri – originally conceived by him in 1981 as a gala vehicle for reigning diva Joan Sutherland, padded out to Wagnerian lengths (like this […]