The 2023 California Classical Music Awards are More Than Just a Celebration

L.A. Phil and Wild Up earn 2023 Grammy nominations on a bright day for California classical music

“It is with a great sense of pride and pleasure that I announce that the 2023 California Classical Music Awards will be held this year, on Saturday, November 10, at the Pasadena City Hall.”

The event is the culmination of a year of celebration, but this is not your typical celebration. In fact, its purpose is far more political than aesthetic. “The first 2023 California Classical Music Awards were held February 11, the day after California state legislators approved a measure designed to limit the ability of the State of California to sell and trade California real estate. Although this measure was sponsored by then-Assemblyman Leland A. Yeh, a member of the California Republican Party, the bill passed because it was a last-minute addition to a budget package approved in November of the previous year. That measure did not include any sort of compensation to musicians.

“We were delighted that the 2023 California Classical Music Awards would be the most politically charged awards ceremonies in state history,” L.A. Phil President and CEO Richard Lewis said. “These extraordinary artists and composers are the most vital and influential voices in our community, and we believe that their efforts have been too frequently ignored by our government and the culture industry. Our members from all walks of life and all walks of the political spectrum, from both sides of the aisle, are joining together today to show our appreciation and support for our diverse community.”

“This is an important event because it connects the work of these great composers with the values of our state. The work of these classical composers speaks for itself. With the help of our members, we’re hoping, of course, to have the largest variety of music on the program and the most passionate audience possible. We want to provide the opportunity for the music community and the political community to meet and celebrate this incredibly important issue.”

Lyrics to “Let’s Get Loud” by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2018 2023 California Classical Music Awards’ Golden Ticket (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Lyrics to “Let’s Get Loud” by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2018 2023 California Classical Music Awards’ Golden Ticket (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

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