May 26, 1994
All 10 finalists in the 22nd annual Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, held Sunday at Ambassador Auditorium, took home cash prizes. The top finisher from Southern California was soprano Kristi Peterson of Irvine, who finished second and was awarded $8,000, plus a round-trip flight to Austria for auditions. First place went to tenor Jon Villars from New York City, who took home $10,000. Bass-baritone Chester Patton of Daly City, Calif.
October 14, 2009 |
Scrawled across a huge, zanily illustrated chalkboard in vibrant pastel tones, Wat Dong Moon Lek's bilingual menu is a crowded pastiche of witty drawings, slogans and photographs. It has the feel of an interactive website, and like the dÃ©cor at this 4-month-old spot, the food takes a hip, updated cue from an archetypal Bangkok noodle house. Stylized, yes, but it's not a touristy dumbing down of the genre. The clean bright flavors and subtle refinements preserve a Thai noodle shop's soul, yet the cooking reflects the urban Thai culinary trends inspired by owner Billy Jalanugraha's visits to his native Bangkok.
April 9, 2002 |
The 11th annual Lester Horton Dance Awards honored a wide range of styles and companies at ceremonies Sunday at the Japan America Theatre. Presented by the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles and named after a locally based modern dance pioneer, this edition of the awards was hosted by choreographer-impresario Deborah Brockus and dance company administrator Erwin Washington.
February 27, 1992
The Pasadena-Foothill Valley YWCA will honor six women for volunteerism and other achievements at the 19th annual Second Century Awards Luncheon on March 25. Former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker. Honorees are Anne Beall, Jaylene L. Moseley, Katherine Padilla, Peggy Phelps, Lois B. Richard and Norma Sandusky Coombs.
January 31, 1995 |
Just before the Southwest Chamber Music Society's concert Friday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, musicians Stephen Mosko, Leonard Stein and Mel Powell told the audience that what we were about to hear was great music indeed, and its composer, Milton Babbitt, one of the two or three greatest composers in America. What's more, the trio went on to demonize listeners and critics who take a disliking to Babbitt's difficult music.
December 9, 1997 |
Music in art-designated spaces can either suffer or benefit from the surroundings. The latter was, fortunately, the case when guitarist Stuart Fox and flutist Dorothy Stone gave a recital in the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena Sunday evening, part of the Southwest Chamber Music's Soliloquy Recital series.
November 27, 1996 |
As program concepts go, "new music from California" is not a tie that binds very tightly. The second of the Southwest Chamber Music Society's Soliloquy Recitals, Sunday afternoon at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, did prove stylistically diverse, though hardly suggestive of any regional identity. Joan Huang has a distinctive flair for musical imagery and it was much evident in her "Settings for Twelve Chinese Symbols."
March 15, 1999 |
In the post-minimalist age, we tend to incorrectly think of the meditative strain in new music as a domain lorded over by minimalist thinking. But other possibilities, more radical conceptions of meditative music, have also been presented by 20th century icons, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen's bracing work "Mantra," the centerpiece of a Southwest Chamber Music concert Saturday night at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
November 20, 1994 |
"Take 2" at USC's Fisher Gallery and the California Afro-American Museum showcases the multimedia artwork of 13 Los Angeles women. Depictions of homelessness, riots, fires, floods and earthquakes are juxtaposed with those showing human triumph and peaceful rhythms of life.
December 7, 1998 |
Lively programming has long been one of the stocks-in-trade of Southwest Chamber Music, which continued its 12th season Saturday night at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena with an engrossing agenda of music by Milhaud, Wadada Leo Smith and Beethoven, splendidly played. The focus of interest was the world premiere performance of Smith's String Quartet No. 3, subtitled "Black Church: A First World Gathering of the Spirit." The work is dense, tense, often grim, atonal to a fault.