By TIMOTHY MANGAN The stories behind the stories: I won’t assert that they are more interesting than the stories themselves, but they’re not without interest. I’ve learned a lot about classical musicians, both individually and as a group, interviewing them
Pacific Overtures: September
Here’s the latest edition of my newsletter. Contents: September Concerts Roundup Interview: Dennis Kim Interview: Meredith Crawford Listen to This: Boléro Single Tickets Connections Series Renamed Video: Festive Overture Essential Books (4) Miscellany Pacific Overtures. September, 2018.
Interview: Dennis Kim, concertmaster
By TIMOTHY MANGAN Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony, named in April to the position after a long search, replacing Raymond Kobler, who retired in 2016 after 17 years with the orchestra. Kim just moved to Irvine
Anne Akiko Meyers brings old (expensive) violin and modern attitude to Pacific Symphony
By TIMOTHY MANGAN Anne Akiko Meyers is bringing the world’s most expensive violin to town to play with Pacific Symphony this week. It has been loaned to her for life by the owner, who bought it in late 2012 for
Tim Page reviews — or ponders — the largest boxed set of CDs ever produced (all conducted by Herbert von Karajan)…. Soprano Nina Stemme is awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize and lots of money…. Anne Akiko Meyers, who visits Pacific
Jeanne Skrocki: A violinist flying high
By ERICA SHARP Jeanne Skrocki remembers a time when she had given up the violin and might not ever play again. Twenty-five years later, she is the now assistant concertmaster of Pacific Symphony, a spot that seems like it was
Pacific Symphony names new concertmaster
After more than a yearlong search, Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair named violinist Dennis Kim as the orchestra’s new concertmaster today. He replaces concertmaster Raymond Kobler, who retired in the summer of 2016 after 17 years in the position.
Video: Hadelich plays Paganini
Augustin Hadelich, who appears in our Bernstein concert next season, plays one of the most charming Paganini caprices, No. 9.
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 (Oistrakh, Philharmonia)
Here’s a warm, full-bodied and irresistibly singing recording of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. David Oistrakh is the violinist and conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Hear Pinchas Zukerman perform this same work with Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony on March
March vlog update
Here’s my colleague, master of public relations and social media, talking about upcoming concerts at the Symphony in this month’s video log.