Live Chamber Music: The Hugo Wolf String Quartett at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. The utterly irresistible appeals of string quartet music returned to Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in another prime presentation by Chamber Music Concerts. The program was delivered by the extraordinarily gifted players of Vienna’s Hugo Wolf String Quartett. In the two hours of… Read More Live Chamber Music: The Hugo Wolf String Quartett at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

Live Music: The Tesla String Quartet at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. The performance by the Tesla String Quartet Saturday afternoon at the SOU Music Recital Hall was a virtual definition of the far ranging fascinations of string quartet music. The Tesla players – violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, cellist Serafim Smigelskiy and violist Edwin Kaplan – offered an impressive program… Read More Live Music: The Tesla String Quartet at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

Live Chamber Music: The String Quartet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in an “Iran a la carte” Concert

 By Don Heckman There’s nothing quite like one of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s a la carte concerts. Presented in the elegant settings of the Los Angeles homes of diplomats from countries around the world, they feature LACO’s brilliant players in up-close and personal performances of irresistibly appealing chamber music programs. Last Saturday night, Iran… Read More Live Chamber Music: The String Quartet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in an “Iran a la carte” Concert

Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: “Midsummer Mozart” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and violinist Henning Kraggerud

By Don Heckman “Midsummer Mozart” was the headline for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Thursday night Hollywood Bowl concert – the second this week with English conductor Nicholas McGegan at the podium. And, as with his dynamic leadership of a Haydn program on Tuesday, he again guided the talented Philharmonic players through a strikingly authentic set… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: “Midsummer Mozart” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and violinist Henning Kraggerud

Here, There & Everywhere: The Glendale Philharmonic, Ruslan Biryukov and Mikael Avetisyan

By Don Heckman Los Angeles, spread across several counties, embracing towns and cities with identities in their own right, has always been both a challenging and a rewarding place to hear music of every conceivable identity. The driving, of course, is another issue.  An appealing program in, say, Pasadena or Irvine can be a long… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Glendale Philharmonic, Ruslan Biryukov and Mikael Avetisyan