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  •  I was privileged to hear this concert (5+ / 0-)

    at the Barbican. My expectations were not particularly high, as I really wanted to hear Gergiev conduct the LSO again and I had never heard Friere perform. Wonderful concert. Sir Colin was lauded by the musicians and the audience.

    Davis' 50th anniversary of first performance w/LSO

    Did I need to know about the au pair?  Probably not.

    Non sequitur:  NY classical station will broadcast The Proms

    Music this week:  Jeremy Denk recital @ Soka University. Andras Schiff recital @ Walt Disney Hall. Both terrific.

    •  sounds like quite the occasion (5+ / 0-)
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      I've heard that the Barbican Centre acoustic is pretty lame, though.  How did it seem to you?

      Maybe you didn't "need" to know about the au pair, but it's reality and it happened, so there we are.

      Soka University = USC?

      Which NYC station?  Of course, with teh internets, it's kind of moot, i.e. one can get to BBC Radio 3 easily, but good on the NYC station.  Hopefully there's enough people appreciative of The Proms in NYC to listen.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:15:37 PM PDT

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      •  Soka University of America in (4+ / 0-)
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        Orange County. Beautiful campus and a fine new performing arts venue:   Link

        •  hmm, hadn't heard of the place (2+ / 0-)
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          I took a look at their website, and saw that Soka University is quite new.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:54:18 PM PDT

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          •  The concert hall opened last season I think. (3+ / 0-)
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            •  speaking of CA university concert halls.... (1+ / 0-)
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              .....the SLSO went back to the concert hall at UC Davis for a second residency in the past few years, this past March.  What I didn't realize then, but read this time around, is that the executive director of the UC Davis arts center is Don Roth, who was executive director of the SLSO in the late 1990's.  Roth cleaned out the accounting books of the SLSO then, which desperately needed them, as he found out just how bad the finances were and how mismanaged they were in years prior to him.  I was told that to balance the books at the time, draconian cuts would have been needed, and Roth resigned rather than take steps to implement the cuts.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:03:42 PM PDT

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      •  WQXR: (4+ / 0-)
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        NYT

        It depends re acoustics at the Barbican. I heard the LSO perform the Mozart Requiem, conducted Franz Weiser-Moest; the performance lacked depth. But the later concert I linked to above was wonderfully robust. My biggest quarrel re the venue is remembering where the auditorium is w/I that immensely confusing complex.

        •  hmm, it's actually..... (3+ / 0-)
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          ......not that big a deal, because NPR's Performance Today already selects a number of Proms during a given summer for stateside broadcast.

          I walked through the Barbican once just to see the neighborhood, after visiting a museum nearby.  The Barbican is a confusing complex indeed.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:56:54 PM PDT

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