As mentioned in my previous post on Sousa, the United States Marine Band is currently immersed in creating a new edition of all of the marches, in chronological order. Not only are the band’s recordings available for free downloading, but
By TIMOTHY MANGAN Summer is upon us and that means that, as Americans, at some point in the next few months most of us will hear a Sousa march. The Pacific Symphony alone has four of them on its schedule.
I hope this will eventually become part of the symphonic pops repertoire. For those of you who have seen the movie, this is the music played during the scene inside the Griffith Observatory. It’s good to listen to it without
By TIMOTHY MANGAN Writer-in-residence Gregory X. Whitmore is a band guy through and through, a protege of the legendary bandsman H. Robert Reynolds, a former drum major of the Michigan Marching Band, able to rattle off the history of the
By TIMOTHY MANGAN Pianist Gloria Cheng will be driving down the freeway (we’re guessing the 5) from her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mount Washington next week to take part in the Pacific Symphony’s second and final “Sonic
I ran across this piece the other day and feel that I have to share it. Listeners, or many of them at least, are unnecessarily afraid of contemporary classical music (and in classical music, 1963 counts as contemporary). “Unnecessarily” afraid
Acclaimed contemporary music pianist Gloria Cheng will play the “Satyagraha” movement of the Trilogy Sonata by Philip Glass on June 29 as part of the next Sonic Kitchen concert. It’s 8 minutes in another world.
Here’s an article that I wrote for our affiliated organization, the community arts school OC Music& Dance. Singer Alex Boye came to town to make a music video with the musicians of OCMD and it was my job and delight
‘Tis the season between seasons, but there are still a few things to listen to. Acclaimed contemporary music pianist Gloria Cheng will make a guest appearance on the next “Sonic Kitchen” concert (8 p.m. June 29 at the Orange County
It’s actually a Japanese advertisement (stay until the end and you’ll see). The music is Bach: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”