LA’s vibrant city-wide community of musicians

Posted on: November 25, 2019

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has “liberated musicians and transformed great swaths of our city’s musical life,” writes Mark Swed in Friday’s (11/21) Los Angeles Times. “And there is no better time than now—with the L.A. Phil out of town wowing Mexico City, London and, let’s hope, Boston and New York—to recognize that, broadly speaking, the community of musicians has become our zeitgeist. It includes musicians themselves along with institutions. Last weekend, for instance, the Pasadena Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra seemed remarkably in sync. Saturday, Pasadena’s music director, David Lockington, opened his program at Ambassador Auditorium with Ellen Reid’s 15-minute ‘Petrichor.’ Across town the next night at UCLA, LACO’s new music director, Jaime Martin, gave the West Coast premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s ‘Dark With Excessive Bright’ in Royce Hall. Both works … had their premieres in February 2018. The composers are in their mid-to-late 30s and are friends. More than that, ‘Petrichor’ was commissioned by LACO, where Reid serves as composer-in-residence…. Mazzoli’s score is a double bass concerto with its own immersive elements…. Well-known L.A. freelancers, much heard over the last two weeks, demonstrated just how a utopian musical society might work.” 

Posted November 22, 2019

In photo: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel