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December 28, 2012

road tested

road tested

photo Michelle Weger

I’m wrapping up this holiday break with a road trip that will take me out of the city, through winter-greened valleys, across dormant fields and finally along the breezy, blue Pacific. Besides pondering what to pack (boots or bathing suit, rain coat or sun hat – that’s the beauty of a car trip, no need to choose), I’m thinking about how to keep myself occupied (and awake) for all those miles. Local radio stations will only get me through the first hour, and while there’s a fairly consistent NPR signal following most of the 101, there are only so many sequential hours of thoughtful, golden-voiced, scrupulously-balanced programming I can take. So here’s a set list of sorts for my upcoming getaway:

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why symphonies not melodies
December 26, 2012

Last week, Adam Rosen, son of board chairman Michael Rosen, was asked in his English class at Harvard Westland to write a poem. Inspired by the LACO performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, he wrote the following:

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rhapsody in blood
December 13, 2012

Ok so there really wasn’t any blood, I just thought it was a cool sounding title. Anyways, on Saturday I attended the Rhapsody in Blue concert at the Alex Theater and thought it was one of the strongest nights I’ve seen so far from LACO. But it was not without it’s drama (that I probably projected).

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a jaw-dropping rhapsody in blue
December 11, 2012

I don’t remember the first time I heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. There’s a good chance it was in commercials for United Airlines, since they’ve used it in their campaigns for a majority of my lifetime, and if it wasn’t there, it was probably in some other popular culture setting. Rhapsody in Blue is one of those iconic pieces of music that pops up everywhere – on TV, in movies, piped into stores at the mall. By the time I was in high school in the mid ’90s, I knew “Rhapsody in Blue,” and I liked it. Remember those CD clubs that were advertised in the Sunday paper? Where you get 8 CD’s for a penny (plus shipping and handling), if you commit to buying a bunch more at regular club prices? I picked a George Gershwin album as one of my 8 starter CDs when I enrolled, just to have a recording of Rhapsody in Blue. I still listen to that recording – it’s a solo piano version with Gershwin playing it himself, and I long ago uploaded it up my iPod. But you know what? I might be done with it. And that’s because LACO’s performance of it last weekend is something I don’t want to ever forget.

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behind the music
December 07, 2012

LACO principal clarinetist Joshua Ranz dives into performing the famous opening glissando in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.

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the boys from the boroughs
December 04, 2012

I, your humble blogger, was born in Queens, New York. I grew up there, and went to college in Manhattan, where I lived on twenty-fifth street and first avenue amid a cluster of hospitals and medical centers the residents affectionately called “bedpan alley.” I spent the years afterwards living with roommates in apartments in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens. Then I moved to Los Angeles to attend USC.

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it must be! mira weller reflects on joining the LACO staff
December 03, 2012

This week and next week we are introducing you to the newest members of LACO’s staff. As we progress into the season, you will see their faces at LACO concerts and events. Today, I am delighted to have you meet Mira Weller, our new development & promotions associate, who is busily at work on LACO’s upcoming Gala on February 2 at The California Club. In her first blog, Mira talks about the road that brought her to LACO.

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