Respect for Chamber Music

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Dec 222012

400px-RESPECT_Bus_manchesterHere is a copy of a letter I recently sent to the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times:

After the most recent concert in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Series this past Tuesday (12/11) I looked for a review in the Los Angeles Times. When I didn’t find one it occurred to me none of the concerts in the series has been reviewed. I wonder why not.

The people who plan the programs at the LA Philharmonic rightly regard chamber music as an important component of their offerings at Disney Hall. Beyond the fact that the music is significant in its own right, the series offers members of the LA Philharmonic a chance to perform in a setting in which their individual contributions stand out. Variety is built into the format: different orchestra members perform each piece of a given program.

From the level of concentration and preparation that the musicians bring to these performances it is obvious that they take the opportunity to play chamber music seriously. These concerts deserve the recognition that comes with a review.