Quarter notes

The local Odeonquartet departs for Russia today for two concerts, one of which will include the Russian premiere of Phillip Glass’ Fifth String Quartet. Heather Bentley, the group’s violist, will be blogging from the tour. Check back for Heather’s road report.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic have found critics outside of LA less generous in their assessments. and whether it even matters.

In case you missed it over the weekend, the about the search for Gerard Schwarz’s replacement. There weren’t any revelations in the piece, most of the qualities sought in the new music director are obvious.  Nancy Evans says some of the requirements of the search committee are,”The musical ability of the person, the ability to conduct and the ability to understand music, to know music, know instruments. All those features of the orchestra.”

The SSO isn’t just looking for a new music director, they are also looking for a new executive director too. Earlier this year, Thomas Phillion announced he would step down at the end of his contract in June. Without much fanfare,Phillion stepped down a lot earlier than June and is now the head of


One thought on “Quarter notes

  1. I had the opportunity to play with the MIT Symphony Orchestra in an open rehearsal directed by Gustavo Dudamel. I can’t guess whether he will go down in history as one of the great conductors or the great interpreters, but I can say that as a maestro he has the technique and the charisma it takes to be a true great. Moreover, he has the charisma that it will take to bring both new music (City Noir) and classics (the Pathetique, or Mahler) to new audiences. For this music to thrive, we need more directors like Dudamel to take the reins of major orchestras and bring the music to the public. Leonard Bernstein did it. Marin Alsop is following in his footsteps. Even Pierre Boulez could do it.

    Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel and the like were a little too much in the old guard to really pull it off. Great interpreters (at times), but not the sort of inspiring director that rouses audiences to their feet. In spite of their abilities as directors, they were not bringing new audiences to the concert halls.

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