Chip Moore, as the Executive Vice President Global Conferencing, will continue to support LAOCAS from Santa Barbara and lead the team to find, schedule, and support virtual events that attract, excite, and inform our membership.
Last month, October 2022, is the one-year anniversary of our first live monthly meeting, since the start of COVID, held in October 2021, at the Common Wave in Los Angeles hosted by Wesley Katzir and his staff. Sunday, October 16th, we were again at the Common Wave.
For all the in-person events this year, thank you again to Wesley Katzir, thank you Dr. Dragoslav Colich and Audeze in Santa Ana last February, thank you to EveAnna Manley at Manley Labs in Chino last March, thank you to Alon Moscovitch at Shelly’s Audio in Woodland Hills last April, thank you to Sunil Merchant at Sunny Components in Covina last May, and thank you to Jason Lord at The Source in Torrance last August. Additionally, thank you Ethan Opolion from CanJam which was held in September, and we participated as one of the event sponsors.
We went back to Sunny Components on November 5th. It was a FUN and Very informative event!
The 29th Society GALA is approaching on December 4th and will be one of the highlights of this or any year thanks to Bob Levi’s efforts and support!
Tom Dagostino has asked to be relieved of his responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Hospitality. Tom did a wonderful job taking care of our stomachs during several years’ worth of Society meetings. In fact, he earned a President’s Award for his hard work. We wish Tom well. I am happy to announce that Chris Ishida has agreed to take over Tom’s responsibilities and is hereby appointed the new Executive Vice President for Hospitality. He has already begun his new duties by managing the Hospitality room at CANJAM SoCal this past September 25-26. Chris Ishida was already on the Board as Vice President of Membership & Development. His new title supersedes that but he will continue to provide support to Carolyn Counnas who is the Executive VP for Membership & Development.
The Society attended its first face-to-face event of the year at CANJAM SoCal 2021 held at the Irvine Marriott on September 25-26. The event organizer is Ethan Opolion from Headfi.org and the LAOCAS is one of several sponsors. There were more than 45 exhibitors and several hundred attendees, all observing local COVID protocols. Lots of fun was had by all and it sure was great seeing and talking to friends we haven’t seen in over a year!
Although the 2020 Gala was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, the Society did conduct a competition to name two ARYA award winners for 2020. The winners were notified in December 2020 and the trophies were created. The Society strongly recommends these releases to our members for their overall quality.
The ARYA Judging Panel, led by Dr. David Robinson selected as the 2020 Audiophile Recording of the Year winner for new releases to:
Igor Levit, piano, Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas. (Qobuz 96kHz/24-bit or Sony CD)
Congratulations to Igor Levit, Sony, and to Qobuz for bringing these outstanding works to the public. Igor Levit is a German-Russian pianist who focuses on the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt. He is also a professor at the Musikhochschule Hannover. His traversal of the Beethoven piano sonatas has been widely praised in the audio press and by the LAOCAS judging panel. In addition, the Sony recording team has done an impressive job of capturing the nuances of the performance. The judging panel evaluated this recording as a 96kHz/24-bit download from Qobuz, hence the Society trophy is being awarded to the folks at Qobuz. This release is also available as a 3 CD set.
The ARYA Judging Panel, led by Dr. David Robinson selected as the 2020 Audiophile Recording of the Year winner for reissue recording to:
Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Complete Decca Recordings, Decca Records (38 CD box set)
Many Society members have very prized recordings of individual landmark LA Philharmonic Decca recordings conducted by Zubin Mehta. Now the Decca Music Group has pulled all of these together into a 38-CD boxed set. The performances range from fine to definitive, and the recording quality on all the discs is outstanding. This is a must-have collection for those of us who value fine audio.
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