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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
 
MONTEREY, Calif: The stresses of the bebop life took so many valuable lives prematurely, but Jimmy …

Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 60th edition

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
 
MONTEREY, Calif.: Defying the odds, even in a field as precarious as jazz, the Monterey Jazz …

Three Jazz Veterans Score on CD

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
For every widely-celebrated jazz musician, there may be hundreds of often equally-gifted players who never received …

It’s A Hit!

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
SANTA FE, NM: How often do you go into a concert hall or an opera house …

John Adams on Record – Part Two

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Here is Part Two of my updated, expanded, 70th birthday discographical survey of John Adams’s music, …

John Adams On Record – Part One

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
 
My most vivid memory of John Adams was way back near the beginning of his career, …

A Paris Opera 2017-18 Season to Enchant

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!
“Laissez-vous porter”–let yourself be carried away–is the motto of the Paris Opera’s 2017-18 season, and the upcoming program provides …

Rattle and the Berlin: One More Time

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
“First, we’ll take Manhattan. Then we’ll take Berlin.”
–  Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)
These words were ringing through my …

A Steve Reich Recordings Survey As He Turns 80.

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Steve Reich, the onetime outsider turned venerated new music master, turns 80 today – and to commemorate …

MTT Revisits Das Lied Von Der Erde – This Time With A Mezzo

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
SAN FRANCISCO — Das Lied Von Erde, Mahler’s gigantic unnumbered symphony disguised as a song cycle, …

The Chairman Turns 100

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
While making the rounds of local garage sales over the past weekend, I spotted a box …

Pull Up A Chair at the Valley Performing Arts Center

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Frequent concertgoers are used to enduring the usual welcome  from some anonymous public-address announcer, followed by …

Peter Schickele and the Armadillo Quartet – 25 Years Together

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Monday night, the Shatto Chapel within the massive First Congregational Church near Wilshire Blvd. was the …

Euryanthe at Oper Frankfurt: Brilliant Staging Redeems an Awkward Scenario

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

Pierre Boulez on his 90th Birthday – A Personal Memoir

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
On Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday, I’d like to share a few memories of watching this once-controversial, …

What do Pharrell Williams and Anton Bruckner Have In Common?

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Some rants about the verdict that a misguided jury slapped upon Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams …

It’s Back to the Future for Electric Keyboards at NAMM

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Last Saturday, on a wind-swept 81-degree winter’s day (ha!), I slipped behind the Orange Curtain to attend …

Figaro! (90210); It’s a Hoot … and it Works.

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Hallelujah! An opera update that works.
I am speaking of a romp called ¡Figaro! (90210), a surprisingly …

La Monnaie Chief Conductor Ludovic Morlot Resigns

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Ludovic Morlot, Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, resigns post midway through a poorly received run of Don Giovanni. Brussels’s loss is Seattle’s gain, but budget cuts make it a difficult time for La Monnaie to scramble for new talent.

CD Round-up: Andsnes’ Beethoven; Meyers’ American violin works; A Far Cry’s Dreams & Prayers

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

CD reviews: Leif Ove Andsnes’ Beethoven concertos; Anne Akiko Meyers’ Barber, Corigliano and Mason; Boston’s A Far Cry in Dreams & Prayers