Classical Pick of the Week: Comings and Goings.
Last Friday was Tchaikovsky's 170th birthday. As a tribute, Google teamed up with the San Francisco Ballet to come up with their logo for the day. This video goes behind the scenes and explains how they decided on this project and how they completed it. In somewhat related news, Kickassclassical puts Tchaikovsky (and other composers) into context with things he might have been able to enjoy. They discover that he could have gotten drunk off of Jack and Coke (1866 and 1886 respectively), or shopped from a Sears Catalog (in the last year of his life, 1893). You can check out these tidbits here.
If you or anyone you know has a story or memory of former LA Weekly music critic Alan Rich, please contact Vanessa.Butler [at] sbcglobal dot net. The public memorial will take place on May 25th, at 7:30 PM at Zipper Hall and they are collecting stories for a tribute book. Please send your stories in by Monday, May 15th. For more information, click here.
It's a little quiet this week (the LA Phil is going on tour) but there is plenty of Beethoven to be heard. You can hear LACO this weekend in a performance of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto. The concert on the 15th takes place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and the concert on the 16th takes place at Royce Hall in Westwood. From Thursday until Saturday, you can hear the Pacific Symphony at the Orange County Performing Arts Center perform Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with some Rachmaninoff and Barber. Dejan Lazic is the soloist.