Like many seniors, I am no stranger to the act of entering a room and forgetting why I'm there; PIN codes and passsords sometimes vanish from my memory; I have on occasion been unsure of the spelling of a word that I have spelled correctly my whole life.
The conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, combined our local symphonic group with the Simón Boliver Orchestra of Venezuela in playing Mahler's Eighth Symphony, called 'Symphony of a Thousand."
If Emmanuelle Haim can be signed to a long term pact she could become a conductor of superstar proportions, with a repertoire all her own. The riches reaped would be indescribable, and the advancement of classical music would be exponential.
This Saturday evening I was transported from chronically-casual Santa Monica to the elegance and grace of Jane Austin's world, as a talented troupe of improvisation pros made it impossible to maintain a stiff upper lip.
When Richard Wagner, a brash young composer of then little distinction, attended one of the first performances of Hector Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette symphony in the Paris of 1839, he was knocked off his feet.