Gary W. Murphy Public Relations

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. premieres and LA Opera’s first ever Ring cycle in 2010. Murphy also promoted LA Opera’s many new institutional initiatives and its numerous concerts, recitals, galas and community outreach productions, and served as the Company liaison to the Opera League of Los Angeles. On four separate occasions, he also represented Plácido Domingo’s annual Operalia international vocal competition. Collaborating with Classical KUSC 91.5fm, Murphy created and co-produced the radio broadcast series LA Opera on Air, now in its ninth year of broadcasts recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, distributed locally by KUSC and internationally by Chicago's WFMT. In 2002, Murphy negotiated a new arrangement with Southern California Magazine group to publish LA Opera’s season program books, for which he subsequently served as Executive Editor for thirteen years. With more than 25 years of experience in promoting the performing arts, Murphy represented or held staff positions at many notable institutions in New York and Los Angeles, including the Geffen Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, Classic Stage Company, Circle Repertory Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Cirque du Soleil, California Institute for the Arts, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater, Santa Fe Stages and the Carmel Bach Festival. From 1995 to 2000, Murphy also served as a PR consultant for Houston’s Alley Theater which received a Tony Award for best regional theatre company in 1997. In the five years before Domingo appointed him to his position at LA Opera, Murphy worked with theater, film and television luminary Gil Cates as the first Press Director of LA's Geffen Playhouse, helping to create and establish the theater as an integral part of the national theater landscape after opening its doors in 1995. He has maintained an active ongoing relationships with many key media working in the editorial, general and arts press.

Operating as usual

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.

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