battle of the bands

If you want to see how a $44,648* orchestra compares to a $143,260* orchestra, now’s your chance! Both the Oregon Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have archived streaming broadcasts available online right now that both feature Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Not to take anything away from the LAPhil, but I happen to think that Oregon can stand pretty proud on its account of the Rite. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

*Minimum yearly scale. Source: Wage Scales and Conditions in the Symphony Orchestra; ICSOM; 2011-2012 season.

season announcements – soloists

I’m revisiting my previous post, in which I somewhat lazily dissected the season announcements  of three orchestras (Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville) for 2012-2013, to a look at the soloists that they’ve engaged for the season (plus those slated for the LA Philharmonic as well, to add some more (?) into the mix). Will there be any trends, any surprises? Not likely, but you never know. Continue reading “season announcements – soloists”

david buck (and dudamel) on pbs

David Buck - Photo: Absolute Images

If you missed Wednesday night’s broadcast of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gala concert on PBS Great Performances series, you’ll have another chance to catch it.  It will be rebroadcast in HD in the Portland area on Comcast channel 710 at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  There are some great close-ups of  David, and he gets a solo bow, too!  Check your local listings for HD and standard-def  broadcast times.