Discussion episodes online now

Our pandemic-fueled online discussion series is finally online, and we’ve learned a lot: We’ve posted two of our first three episodes at vimeo.com/laurislist now, and will have the July episode up next week — some unexpected issues with format, file size and account management have slowed us down considerably, and for that, I humbly thank … Read more

Does place matter?

In weeks like this, when the LA Marathon transforms the city streets and even shuts down some Sunday morning services, we’re especially reminded of how our geography affects our work. When the weather is this gorgeous and the spring time change happens at the same time, we’re even more aware of the facts and facets … Read more

One of the last full-time classical critic positions in North America has been filled again

In a world where arts journalism, in particular, is struggling, Musical America broke this happy news yesterday: Washington Post Names New Classical Music Critic The Washington Post has a new classical music critic as of March 9. He is Michael Brodeur, a.k.a. Michael Andor Brodeur. The Post describes him as “a writer, critic and editor who … Read more

The problem with the planned encore

At some point, aren’t you just milking it? A few concerts in the last year have brought this to mind, and I’m genuinely interested in what our generally quiet readers have to say.  Our readers tend to respond by email rather than via blog comment, and that’s perfectly OK: you’re always welcome to Contact us … Read more

Busy, busy Lister

Tenor and conductor Nate Widelitz first became part of the Listerhood just after he finished his bachelor’s degree at USC, and then his active career and educational aspirations took him on an international adventure including a year in Bulgaria, studying folk music; grad school at Yale; and teaching music on the East Coast.  But since … Read more

Brahms is indeed “unbound,” unpretentious, and unblemished!

  On Sunday evening, April 23, choral works by Johannes Brahms were liberated by Pasadena Master Chorale for the enjoyment by naïve and sophisticated listeners alike. This was one of two performances at Altadena Community Church. Artistic Director and Conductor Jeffrey Bernstein crafted an all Brahms, all a cappella program for mixed voices.  We were … Read more

Another high-level departure for LA’s arts scene

News surfaced this week that LA County Arts’ Laura Zucker is heading for new digs in September. Where those digs might be is a bit mysterious. This is more coincidence than pattern, but this news follows the recent arts-shattering revelation that Deborah Borda is heading to the East Coast.  Thought leaders and innovators like these two powerful … Read more

Brits under glass

A little heads-up for an event landing at the beginning of what we officially consider next week. But whatever week it falls into, it’s always a good time for early music when the celebrated Tallis Scholars come to town, and this week they’re coming to the unique environs of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, formerly … Read more

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