Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

By Don Heckman It wasn’t an especially high visibility event at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic was conducted in the first of two appearances this week by the amiable Nicholas McGegan.  The soloist of the night was English trumpeter Alison Balsom.  And the music was Haydn — not Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and an all-Haydn program conducted by Nicholas McGegan with trumpet soloist Alison Balsom

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Live Music: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonia Choir perform Handel’s “Messiah” at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman There are a lot of entrancing elements one anticipates from any given performance of Handel’s Messiah.  An opportunity to experience the music, the language and the spiritual perspectives of the mid-18th century.  A direct connection with the creative imagination of one of history’s great composers.  The pleasures of being wrapped in melodies… Read More Live Music: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonia Choir perform Handel’s “Messiah” at Disney Concert Hall