July 12, 1991 |
For a small chamber group operating on a financial shoestring, the Mozart Camerata continues to generate--along with some well-received music--a good deal of controversy. On Wednesday, Camerata founder Ami Porat found himself embroiled in two more motions filed in Orange County Superior Court, the latest chapter in a tangled tale of jilted lovers, litigation, debts and a musical mutiny over the conductor's artistic competence.
January 23, 1991 |
At least eight musicians, including concertmaster Endre Granat, have resigned from the Mozart Camerata chamber orchestra, alleging inept musical leadership from music director Ami Porat, consistently late salary payments and other violations of Musicians' Union regulations. Porat, founder of the Camerata, which is one of two Orange County chamber ensembles, strongly denied the allegations. "There have been no late payments. Absolutely not," Porat said Tuesday. "I'm sure that in the past there were some errors in some calculations, but they were all made good."
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December 21, 1991
A suit by a conductor who alleged he was slandered by former members of his orchestra was dismissed Friday in Orange County Superior Court when, for the second time, the conductor and his attorney failed to appear for a hearing. Mozart Camerata Music Director Ami Porat filed the suit in June against violinists Endre Granat and Alexander Horvath and other unnamed parties, accusing them of "slander, interference with contract, interference with economic relationship and conspiracy."
July 17, 1992 |
The founder of the Irvine-based Mozart Camerata chamber orchestra and the woman who had charged him with physical assault settled out of court Thursday. Ami Porat and his ex-fiancee, Karen Shenker, filed a request for dismissal of the assault and battery suit Shenker had filed against Porat in Orange County Superior Court, according to Shenker's attorney, F. Thomas Eck IV of Irvine. Terms of the settlement were not made public.
May 17, 1993 |
Music director Ami Porat conducted the Mozart Camerata in a polished and provocative season-ending program Saturday night. The ensemble featured Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as its centerpiece, but oddly, the orchestra, not the pianist, emerged heroic at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Daniel Pollack had originally been scheduled to play the concerto. Instead, Robert Thies, a recent USC graduate who has studied with Pollack, replaced the more experienced artist.
May 20, 1991 |
Mendelssohn's E-minor violin concerto may have provided the centerpiece of the Mozart Camerata's program Saturday night at St. Andrew's Church, but Schubert's Symphony No. 3 emerged as the gem. Closing the final concert of the Camerata's 1990-91 season, the symphony underscored the strengths on which music director Ami Porat has built his orchestra's reputation--precision, balance, and the ability to communicate an idea.