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Gary W. Murphy Public Relations For over 25 years, Gary Murphy continues to be a leader in PR influencing brands in the performing arts through his dynamic expertise & media relationships

Gary W. Murphy is a masterful PR leader in the performing arts who influences brands through his intimate access and dynamic relationships with the media. Appointed LA Opera’s first Director of Public Relations by General Director Plácido Domingo in 2000, he created and implemented strategic public relations campaigns for more than 100 opera productions, including six world premieres, three U.S. p

Gary W. Murphy is a masterful PR leader in the performing arts who influences brands through his intimate access and dynamic relationships with the media. Appointed LA Opera’s first Director of Public Relations by General Director Plácido Domingo in 2000, he created and implemented strategic public relations campaigns for more than 100 opera productions, including six world premieres, three U.S. p

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I just sat through rehearsal and this piece could not be better timed to what is happening right now. And Mariachi Varga...
02/16/2018
Mariachi opera sings an immigrant's tale of love and loss, in potent political times

I just sat through rehearsal and this piece could not be better timed to what is happening right now. And Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, wowie!

"Cruzar la Cara de la Luna" has the pleading duets about yearning and loss, the lonely arias of memory and romance — all the usual bits one expects in traditional opera, but with one key difference: a musical language that's more Mexico than Italy.

"Los Angeles is a very invigorating place to be in terms of art. It wasn’t always like that,” said Nazarian’s daughter, ...
07/18/2017
Nazarian family donates $17 million to CSUN's Valley Performing Arts Center

"Los Angeles is a very invigorating place to be in terms of art. It wasn’t always like that,” said Nazarian’s daughter, Sharon, president of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation. “When we first came from Iran, L.A. was not really well known as a mecca of the art world. But I think today we’re a serious player. The creativity California represents is penetrating the arts world.” Kudos!

First-generation Iranian immigrants Younes and Soraya Nazarian give $17 million gift to CSUN's Valley Performing Arts Center.

Now, that was a special night at VPAC, for sure! That's me in the shadow under the right green exit sign, fyi.
02/18/2017
A different way to experience John Adams' music: Sitting onstage, next to the musicians

Now, that was a special night at VPAC, for sure! That's me in the shadow under the right green exit sign, fyi.

John Adams turned 70 on Wednesday. His publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, indicated there were no performances of his work that evening. Perhaps the world wanted to give him a break among the more than 500 performances he is getting this season.

This performance was that rare and transendental moment that only happens in theater. And it was glorious! Thanks, C.P. ...
12/08/2016
At 29, this 'El Niño' singer is the buzz of California's opera world

This performance was that rare and transendental moment that only happens in theater. And it was glorious! Thanks, C.P. for capturing it.

"On the rural outskirts of Ojai one Saturday morning in June, an audience of 230, crammed into tiny Zalk Theater, rose as one. But this response felt different, real. And then surreal.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, whose song “By and By” had just been performed, cut through the applause as, tears streaming down her face, she emerged from the seats and flung herself onto the small stage, prostrate at the feet of the singer, Davóne Tines."

Davone Tines is an opera wunderkind of sorts, following his stunning debut at the Ojai Music Festival with a part in the L.A. Phil's presentation of John Adams' "El Nino."

I saw the original 1981 Merrily We Roll Along Broadway production and fell in love with it. But experiencing Merrily dec...
11/28/2016
Michael Arden, man of the moment in L.A. theater, stages a revival of a famously 'troubled' musical

I saw the original 1981 Merrily We Roll Along Broadway production and fell in love with it. But experiencing Merrily decades on brings another level of appreciation for this brilliant musical. You have until Dec 18 to catch it at The Wallis.

Michael Arden, fresh off his Tony nomination for directing the Deaf West production of "Spring Awakening," is staging "Merrily We Roll Along" at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Join me this weekend when James Conlon and New York University music professor Michael Beckerman convene for the second ...
10/07/2016
Recovering classical voices lost to the Nazi regime | Culture

Join me this weekend when James Conlon and New York University music professor Michael Beckerman convene for the second international symposium of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices, which takes place in Thayer Hall on the campus of the Colburn School in downtown LA.

Conductor James Conlon. Photo by Todd Rosenberg “Strip-mining the Jewish musical past, even when done with the best of intentions, doesn't serve the goals of remembrance or history,” James Loeffler wrote in a 2013 article for Tablet. Or, he added, of “good music.” The University of Virginia history...

One of my favorite moments from this weekend's open house was listening to this young guy play the piano next to the caf...
09/12/2016
Goodbye Britain, hello Beverly Hills: Newly arrived artistic director of the Wallis throws an open house

One of my favorite moments from this weekend's open house was listening to this young guy play the piano next to the cafe. From today's LA TImes:
"Live piano music fills the lobby, but the musician performing is not a professional. 'I came here with my parents,' says 17-year old Blake Gingold, adding that the atmosphere at The Wallis inspired him to take a seat at the empty piano bench. 'It's beautiful here, the people seem nice. The Wallis brings a lot to the community: Life, energy, emotion, diversity.'
The perfect moment!

It’s a thumbs up kind of day.

To my NYC friends, you can catch this brilliant singer tonight at Lincoln Center in this work-in-progress which premeire...
08/24/2016
Reimagining Josephine Baker’s Music in the Era of Black Lives Matter

To my NYC friends, you can catch this brilliant singer tonight at Lincoln Center in this work-in-progress which premeired at the Ojai Music Festival earlier this summer.

A classical music critic speaks with Julia Bullock and Tyshawn Sorey, the creators of “Josephine Baker: An Intimate Portrait,” performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival on Aug. 24.

It was a rare privilige to spend four days at the Ojai Music Festival with the great Peter Sellars! And we look forward ...
06/17/2016
At Ojai, Peter Sellars Has a Personal Yet Global Playlist

It was a rare privilige to spend four days at the Ojai Music Festival with the great Peter Sellars! And we look forward to seeing him again at LA Master Chorale in October!

As the festival’s music director this year, Mr. Sellars’s artistic hug included voices from India to Egypt to Mexico — and lots and lots of women.

On Sunday, the Ojai Music Festival presented a piece that reminded me of art's powerful impact.From Mark Swed, "The sile...
06/14/2016
Worlds meet and worlds beyond at Ojai Music Festival

On Sunday, the Ojai Music Festival presented a piece that reminded me of art's powerful impact.
From Mark Swed, "The silence here initiated the U.S. premiere of Claude Vivier’s ritual opera, “Kopernikus.” As staged by Sellars, this wondrously mystical masterpiece became a profound and uncanny guide for the dying as they leave this world and prepare for the transcendent next."

As the great Southern California music retreat, the Ojai Music Festival offers venturesome refuge from normal life for locals and visitors to this blissed-out valley. But on the final day of the festival that had begun Thursday, we awoke to the same horrific news from Orlando as the rest of the cou...

To those who were there,it was an unforgettable performance on Saturday at Valley Performing Arts Center--"His first enc...
06/06/2016
In Vadym Kholodenko, talent and tragedy mix

To those who were there,it was an unforgettable performance on Saturday at Valley Performing Arts Center--

"His first encore was none other than that Tchaikovsky lullaby, this time played with almost unbearably grave solemnity. I cannot say whether this was an act of psychological courage, pianistic therapy or simple, if profound, professionalism. Possibly, it was a rare combination of all three."

In January 2014, Delos released a solo recording by a 26-year-old Ukrainian pianist, Vadym Kholodenko, who six months earlier had taken gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. On it is a lovely performance of an untroubled Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninoff lullaby that Kholodenko had likely…

From Mark Swed: "Finally, and crucially for Sellars, there is the conversation between Ojai, with its long history of sp...
06/03/2016
Peter Sellars jump-starts the conversation at the Ojai Music Festival

From Mark Swed: "Finally, and crucially for Sellars, there is the conversation between Ojai, with its long history of spiritual and artistic retreat, and the outside world. This is pure Sellars, who as a director of festivals as well as of opera and theater, has made it his main business to engage in the other, in investigating the far-flung implications of motivating forces."

So, join me in Ojai, Jun 9-12. I'll be there.

Peter Sellars talks about the upcoming Ojai Music Festival and how Ojai invites conversations about searing philosophical and political issues of our times.

Congrats to my VPAC friends!  It will be a great season.
05/10/2016
Valley Performing Arts Center is ready for its second act

Congrats to my VPAC friends! It will be a great season.

As Thor Steingraber assesses the decision to build a 1,700-seat performing arts venue in Northridge, a word comes to mind: courageous. Filling all of those seats hasn’t always been easy since the Valley Performing Arts Center opened five years ago.

I'll have what he's having:Per Mark Swed..."This kind of evening has qualities of opera and athletics, but it is ultimat...
04/15/2016
Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov raise roof in power operatic performance at the Broad Stage

I'll have what he's having:

Per Mark Swed...
"This kind of evening has qualities of opera and athletics, but it is ultimately something else. The unalloyed dominance of the pure human voice trained to do exceptional things reaches us in a way that no other sound does. The reasons are psychological, physiological and sociological. At intermission, I heard responses to the singers as orgasmic and atomic."

It was a fantastic night! One more performance tonight at Broad Stage. GO!

It has been a decade since Anna Netrebko last appeared with Los Angeles Opera. At that time, the Russian soprano was a vixen in Massenet's "Manon." Pole dancing and agreeably simulating sex, she may have come across as a little phony, but the combination of her silvery voice and captivatin…

I kinda love this one...Disney Channel is looking for the next Zac Efron.The networks said Tuesday that it is holding an...
04/13/2016
Disney Channel Holding Open Casting Call for 'High School Musical 4' Via an App

I kinda love this one...Disney Channel is looking for the next Zac Efron.

The networks said Tuesday that it is holding an open casting call for High School Musical 4 via an app.

Young actors, singers and dancers ages 14-17 can submit videos via the Disney Applause App, available on both iOS and Android. Auditions will be accepted starting Monday through May 2.

Young actors, singers and dancers can submit videos on the Disney Applause App.

On Saturday evening @ the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts violinist Jennifer Koh--known to LA as Einstei...
03/28/2016
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner play in the transforming spirit of Beethoven

On Saturday evening @ the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts violinist Jennifer Koh--known to LA as Einstein from EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH--proved again to be a brilliant, engaging artist!

A prodigious builder of musical bridges, Jennifer Koh is a violinist with a number of ongoing projects meant to connect people, disciplines and eras. To gain insight into a musician's mind, for instance, she recently allowed doctors at Duke University to scan her brain while she played Paganini. To…

Our very own Einstein--from EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH--the brilliant Jennifer Koh is coming back to LA this Sat night at Wal...
03/23/2016
Review: Anthony Cheung’s ‘Elective Memory,’ a Response to Beethoven

Our very own Einstein--from EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH--the brilliant Jennifer Koh is coming back to LA this Sat night at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Join us!

Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner played this piece at the 92nd Street Y, where it was part of Bridge to Beethoven, a series reflecting on that composer’s sonatas.

This was a remarkable night, a stunning performance! Kudos to my VPAC colleagues.
02/21/2016
Yuja Wang and the Russian National Orchestra perform in Northridge

This was a remarkable night, a stunning performance! Kudos to my VPAC colleagues.

The Russian pianist-conductor Mikhail Pletnev once said that "intensity" was the most basic characteristic of the Russian sound, and that quality was fully on display at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on Friday night as he led the Russian National Orchestra in a program of…

Here's a terrific piece by Degen Pener about Gil Cates and the beginnings of the Geffen Playhouse, now celebrating 20 ye...
02/12/2016
David Geffen on His Playhouse Turning 20: "I'm Only the Benefactor"

Here's a terrific piece by Degen Pener about Gil Cates and the beginnings of the Geffen Playhouse, now celebrating 20 years. Yikes! And congrats, of course.

Back in 2009, an unheralded playwright named Beau Willimon brought his political drama Farragut North (the basis for the George Clooney film The Ides of March) to Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, after premiering it off-Broadway in New York. A year later, Willimon got a call about a project with simil…

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