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March 30, 2012

a musical joke

a musical joke

With April Fools Day just around the corner, I was reminded of Mozart’s “A Musical Joke.” I particularly like this youtube video that shows the score (written for two horns and string quartet) and helps us pick out some of the subtler oddities of the piece.

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food for thought at westside connections
March 25, 2012

Thursday night was an evening of firsts for yours truly. It was the first time I’ve been to the beautiful Broad Stage in Santa Monica, it was the first time I’ve been to one of LACO’s Westside Connections concerts, and it was the first time I’ve heard all the pieces in this particular LACO program. To be truthful, it was the first time I’ve ever even heard of one of the composers (and I’m thankful for the introduction), but I’ll get to that in a little bit. First, I should take a second to applaud LACO for their programming ingenuity. This is the second consecutive LACO concert I’ve been to (the first was their Discover Bach’s Magnificat a few weeks ago) that was designed around making orchestral music accessible and revelatory. While Discover Bach’s Magnificat focused on the history and context of one piece of music, last night’s Westside Connections concert wove together a series of pieces under a theme of exploring the connection between music and the culinary arts, and the result was a joyous, intimate, and thoughtful evening.

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paying homage to the past
March 18, 2012

Composers did not always have the opportunity or desire to take credit for their work. The chants of the Roman Catholic Church, for example, were once thought to have been sung to Pope Gregory by a bird, who brought them straight from the Lord. (Artwork depicts this holy transfer of music.) Surely, no one would credit the bird or even Pope Gregory for having written those chants. And of course, it didn’t matter who wrote them anyway, because that music was for the church, not the glory of any individual. Some later chants have possible composers, but since it’s hard to know for sure, we often use the fuzzy “attributed,” to indicate that someone might have composed something or perhaps just been the first to notate it. Once secular music began to be written down and distributed, the names of composers began to appear on manuscripts. With the advent of music printing at the turn of the sixteenth century, composers really began to get into the business of making music.

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preview westside connections 2
March 15, 2012

Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise?! A more interesting piece about food might not exist. Suggested by music director Jeffrey Kahane for Westside Connections 2 with Jonathan Gold, the William Bolcom piece is “almost like a rap song” according to concertmaster Margaret Batjer and next Thursday evening features soprano Elissa Johnston letting you in on a secret recipe.

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TIMOmania
March 12, 2012

On every sports channel and talk show, February’s game was playing off the name of Jeremy Lin, surprise star of the Knick’s basketball team. LINspired by this flurry of wordsmithing, I found myself punning on the name of LACO’s 2012 Sound Investment commissioned composer/pianist Timothy Andres. Known to his friends as Timo – pronunciation TIM-oh – Andres’ Old Keys premieres at the Alex & Royce Hall on March 24 & 25.

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timothy andres podcast
March 06, 2012

Timothy Andres, or “Timo”, loves to cook. But, like any good chef, he hates recipes and much prefers to play jazz in the kitchen. He discusses the artistic process behind his cooking, and creating new works, with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in LACO’s latest podcast.

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dining on stories (and stories on dining)
March 02, 2012

At last night’s Westside Connections opener, the group of listeners who stayed for the post-concert conversation with special guest Michael Ruhlman, series curator Margaret Batjer and pianist Joanne Pearce-Martin was fairly small, but clearly animated by the combination of two endlessly fascinating subjects: music and food. Maybe it had something to do with the deeply primal nature of these two topics, and certainly with the powerful pleasure both can bring to our lives.

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a tuneful afternoon
March 02, 2012

This past Sunday, families took a musical journey with PROJECT Trio, Jacomo Bairos and LACO through several original PROJECT Trio works and selections from Copland’s Appalchain Spring. The dynamic ensemble kept everyone on the edge of their seats with delight and answered a sea of questions after the performance.

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