November 26, 1992 |
Myrtle Ward was young, beautiful and troubled in 1937. At 22, she was fretting over losing her job at a downtown Los Angeles cafeteria and despondent about the bleak outlook for the world and her family in that Depression year. Ward's husband, Clarence, a sporadically employed musician, had joined the federal Works Progress Administration to supplement his income from playing one-night stands.
December 18, 2010
Monsters of Accordion Tour When: Sunday, 8 p.m. Where: The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. Price: $10 advance, $12 at the door Information: http://www.monstersofaccordion.com
August 16, 1990
The Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra will perform in Monrovia as part of its International Goodwill Concert Tour. The performance, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Monrovia, will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Monrovia Library Park, at Myrtle and Palm avenues. The orchestra, whose 25 members range from 13 to 23, will present a program of popular, traditional and classical music.
March 26, 1989 |
Perhaps it was a crime of need. Or of desperation. Maybe even a crime of passion. But whatever incited the burglary of my car last weekend, it was, in the parlance of all those pithy TV detectives, "a senseless crime." When I returned to the car from a concert I had attended, I didn't detect any damage right away. Such was the level of the thieves' expertise.
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March 23, 1989 |
When the curtain parted, 32 youthful musicians appeared on the crowded stage, each clutching a small accordion to his or her chest. Never mind that when the band of fourth-graders began playing, some had forgotten to unclip the leather strap that releases the instrument's bellows. The simple tunes, learned during a 10-week program at four Los Angeles public schools, were music to their parents' ears.
November 12, 2007 |
Describing the music of Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli in a few words is like trying to do a miniaturist painting of one of his country's magnificent fiords. The quartet he brought to the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center on Friday night may have seemed like a modest chamber group ensemble: Haltli playing accordion, Darryl Harper on clarinet, Nils Okland on violin and Hardanger fiddle, and vocalist-composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje.
April 2, 2006 |
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
November 22, 1992 |
Travelers leaving this beach resort pass under a sign on U.S. 50 that reads "Sacramento CA 3,073." Some drivers never have noticed. Others think it's a joke. The reality is that Ocean City is the end of the road for Highway 50, as it's affectionately known by those who study it, those who seriously travel it and those who just plain love it. At the other end, or exactly 3,038 miles later, according to the Federal Highway Administration (hey, signs can be wrong), is Sacramento.
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December 23, 1993 |
A local accordion ensemble, which returned this month from performing at the White House, is practicing to defend its reputation as perhaps the country's best student accordion group. The nine musicians, who specialize in jazz, spent a recent evening perfecting arrangements they will play at the Accordion Federation of North America's prestigious competition, which takes place in August.
September 30, 2006 |
Finland's Maria Kalaniemi has been called "the queen of the accordion." There are, of course, many who would have difficulty assigning any regal aspects to an instrument more often ridiculed than admired. But Kalaniemi's performance Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center was an impressive display of its extraordinary, too often unappreciated qualities. In Kalaniemi's hands, the two button accordions on which she alternated became -- like the piano -- virtual orchestras in themselves.