Tomorrow, I fly out for a week-long holiday that will bring me to Chicago and Los Angeles for various excellent musical happenings. Tomorrow, I'll get my first look at John Adams' Doctor Atomic, which has generally gotten rave reviews in its' reworked version for the Lyric Opera. Thursday, the Chicago Symphony plays Beethoven and Tchiakovsky, after which I'll likely head out to Wicker Park's Empty Bottle to clean my ears of all that classical goodness.
Friday, I'm off to LA for the Philharmonic's Concrete Frequency Festival at Disney Hall: a series of uncompromisingly contemporary concerts led by Saint Louis Symphony director - and new music specialist - David Robertson. Saturday night will likely be spent checking out some of the more imaginitively-named rock venues in town, such as ""Hotel Cafe," "The Bigfoot Lodge," and "The Smell." Saving the best for last, LA Phil Music Director Esa Pekka-Salonen returns Tuesday to conduct Messiaen's masterpiece, "From The Canyons to the Stars," a piece with which Salonen has had a long and fruitful relationship: he recorded it for CBS over twenty years ago with the London Sinfonietta and pianist Paul Crossley.
I'll be checking in as often as I'm able to find a friendly Internet connection.