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Musical Coolness in the August Heat

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Hi everyone, I hope this update finds you enjoying your summer thus far and inspires you to get out and see some live performances this month, or head to a musical event, whether it is in doors or out.

As well as making sure to spend time with family, at the beach, camping or heading to a local park for a picnic, I wanted to share a few "cool" musical things happening in and around Los Angeles this month. Hope to see you at something coming up. Thank you as always for your support of the music industry and to the musicians who work so hard daily to make the magic happen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)

Calling youth musicians who want to gain orchestral experience, along side several included coachings throughout the season. Pasadena Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for the following instruments:

Philharmonic - Oboes, horns, Trombones, Percussionists, the rep will be Debussy's La Mer as well as the 3 concertos being performed during the season (Nielsen Flute mvt 1, Bruch Violin conc 1 mvt 1, and St Saens Introduction and Rondo for violin)

Sinfonia - Horns, percussionist, the rep will be Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, Symphony in D major all mvt except 1st Daniel Auber, La Neige Overture

Symphony - percussionists

Wind Ensemble - horns, trombones, 1 tuba

Get in touch with Brian O'Donnell, Education Manager at to schedule an audition this month.

Thursday, August 24th

"What's up at Horn Guys?"

Not much, been taking a much needed summer break and simplifying life. Even the website is paused and relaunching shortly. Don't worry, there's more to come... But really...we're ready to party now. At the same time, our dear friend Jim Self will celebrate his 80th birthday this month. Jim Self is tuba emeritus...everywhere. He's not just a tuba pro, but is truly a great educator and mentor. So we're pleased and happy to repeat the news that we're having a party and Jim is our featured guest. Please come by to...

  • HEAR Flubist Jim Self and guitarist John Chiodino play jazz, talk about music and life

  • SEE special instrument displays by Miraphone and Alexander - makers of the finest brass instruments

  • TRY terrific next-door-brewed beer from Del Pueblo Brewing and exemplary tacos by Urbano Mexican Kitchen

  • SPEAK in our open forum featuring Chautauqua of the Masters

  • CELEBRATE with great festivity among your colleagues, peers and friends

If that's not an occasion, we don't know what is. Thursday August 24, 2023 Open House Jim Self: Celebrating 80 years Sponsored by Gebr. Alexander, Miraphone and *1-4pm -Open showroom See our new instrument displays sponsored by Miraphone and Alexander *4-6pm - Jim Self and John Chiodini zoom if your unable to attend at this link *6-8pm - Chautauquas Conversation, tacos, beer, etc... Saturday/Monday, August 26th/28th Sigur Ròs is on Tour, get your tickets to one of there shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre or elsewhere, conducted by Robert Ames. Your heart will thank you afterwards.

Celebrating the centennial of Harold Lloyd's famed Safety Last silent film written in 1923 at the Academy Museum with a 23-piece ensemble performing live-to-film. Harold was the 4th founding member of the Academy Museum. Angel Velez will be conducting. The famed composer Carl Davis just passed 2 weeks ago, we will also be honoring him at David Geffin Theatre, specifically. Tickets here

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