What Superbowl?

February 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

I’m sorry. I just really don’t care about sports.

Two years ago (Superbowl 48, or XLVIII, as the sportsters like to say) the big deal (in the art music world, at least) was that opera superstar Renée Fleming sang the national anthem. It was the first time an opera singer performed at a superbowl, and was probably the first time most football fans ever heard something akin to opera (with the exception of “kill the wabbit“, of course).

This year, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles in the superbowl halftime show (though you wouldn’t know it, since they barely get mentioned. Forget these young people and their passion for art. Gotta leave plenty of room for … Coldplay …)

Dudamel is the rock star of conductors. He skyrocketed to fame through his success with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan youth orchestra (which is no longer a youth orchestra – the band was so good, they grew up together and became a world-renowned pro orchestra.) Now Dudamel is working his magic with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, which provides free instruments, music lessons, and academic assistance to underserved communities in LA.

but … Coldplay … ?

Hats off to Dudamel! Here’s him conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in a performance of a dance by Meixcan composer Arturo Marquez.

… Cold … play …


Warm up your Wednesday

December 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

It’s still warm for December, but at least the weather is starting to swing back to something close to normal.

Personally, I’m ready for the cold to settle in for good – because it gives a great excuse for some spicy music!