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May 3, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What do "Schindler's List," "Pretty Woman" and "The Last of the Mohicans" have in common? Why, that's Barbara Northcutt playing oboe for all three. "I'm a studio oboist," said Northcutt, referring to the hundreds of motion picture soundtracks to her credit. In fact, for her prominence in "Pretty Woman," as well as "Field of Dreams," "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and many others, she could be called principal studio oboist.
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May 3, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What do "Schindler's List," "Pretty Woman" and "The Last of the Mohicans" have in common? Why, that's Barbara Northcutt playing oboe for all three. "I'm a studio oboist," said Northcutt, referring to the hundreds of motion picture soundtracks to her credit. In fact, for her prominence in "Pretty Woman," as well as "Field of Dreams," "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and many others, she could be called principal studio oboist.
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March 5, 1987 | MARC SHULGOLD
In this era of New Age and New Romanticism it is now hip to be tonal. If that's the case, the members of the Pacific Composers Forum are the hippest folks in town. Making its formal debut, the PCF offered unabashedly conservative works for chamber orchestra Tuesday at the Japan America Theatre, as part of the New Music L.A. Festival--though it would be misleading to call this new music.
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March 5, 1987 | MARC SHULGOLD
In this era of New Age and New Romanticism it is now hip to be tonal. If that's the case, the members of the Pacific Composers Forum are the hippest folks in town. Making its formal debut, the PCF offered unabashedly conservative works for chamber orchestra Tuesday at the Japan America Theatre, as part of the New Music L.A. Festival--though it would be misleading to call this new music.
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January 10, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony will present two pairs of chamber-music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, continuing the series started at the museum in 1993. Each program will be given twice. The first pair of concerts, Feb. 17 and 19, will include works by Bruch, Ravel and Mozart played by clarinetist James Kanter, pianist John Novacek, violinists Sheryl Staples and Amy Sims, violist Robert Becker and cellist Timothy Landauer.
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December 6, 2002 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Visa problems derailed French conductor-violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow's scheduled Pacific Symphony debut last year. But officialdom was satisfied the second time around, and Kantorow took the helm Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center -- and the orchestra took amazing flight.
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May 19, 1997 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The chirping of a wayward cricket added perky accompaniment Saturday night when Canadian pianist Bernadene Blaha and violinist Isabella Lippi joined principal members of the Pacific Symphony to finish this season's Chamber Music Series at Laguna Beach High School. During the opening work, Mozart's Oboe Quartet, K. 370, the cricket conveyed more energy than the performers.
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December 11, 1985
The wife of Lt. Gen. James Abrahamson, director of President Reagan's "Star Wars" defense plan and former chief of NASA's space shuttle program, and two other people were killed when a light plane crashed on a 10,000-foot mountain about eight miles west of South Lake Tahoe, the Pentagon said. Barbara Jean Northcutt Abrahamson, 45, was aboard the single-engine plane on a flight from South Lake Tahoe to Tracy on Sunday when it went down on Pyramid Peak in the Desolation Wilderness.
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September 8, 1997 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It threatened to be an evening of dutiful run-throughs of timeworn favorites, but music director Carl St.Clair drew enough fresh-faced readings from the Pacific Symphony on Saturday night to leave an impression of heady sensuality and flirtatious fun. Throughout the concert, infectious rhythms of Spanish dances filled the air at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Some of these were the interpretations of native composers.
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May 8, 1995 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pianist John Novacek joined principal players from the Pacific Symphony in secure and attractive, though not memorable, showings that concluded the 1995 Chamber Music Series at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art on Friday. The most engrossing performance came from oboist Barbara Northcutt, violist Robert Becker and Novacek, as they explored the intriguing mixture of Romantic harmonies and Impressionist figurations, in Charles Loeffler's little-known Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano.
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January 10, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's easy to make a big impact in Saint-Saens' "Organ Symphony." Just make sure the organ and the orchestra in the last movement rock the hall. The real test is making the slow movement theme float. Which is what conductor Raymond Leppard and the Pacific Symphony did respectably in a three-part program Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The sensitivity began with the quiet opening measures and continued in a well-paced if cautious performance of the piece.
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May 29, 1993 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Contrasts in style and approach were striking during the second and final concert of the Pacific Symphony chamber-music series Thursday night. Performing at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art--which co-sponsored both "Feasts for the Senses" as part of its "Thursday Evenings at the Bowers" events--the players swung between appropriate emotional restraint and abandon. All the performers are principals of the orchestra except pianist Chester Swiatkowski, who is with the Pasadena Symphony.
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