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November 28, 2010 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Someday the naysayers will be right, of course. Nothing lasts forever. But classical CDs and DVDs remain plentiful, and it was a great year. Buy, wrap and give the real thing while you still can. Downloads make lousy gifts. "Dinastia Borja" (Alia Vox), a sumptuously illustrated book with three sumptuously recorded CDs of some of the most enthralling Renaissance music you've ever heard, may be the one you want for yourself. The latest lavish set from the Catalan viol player and conductor Jordi Savall ?
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Temecula Valley improved to 12-1 on Saturday in defeating Vista Murrieta, 4-1, in the South Division championship game of the Boras Classic at Mater Dei. Kyle Plantier and Drew Seelman each had two hits and A.J. Sawyer had two RBIs. Isaiah Moten struck out five and allowed one run in six stellar innings on the mound. Jared Morton picked up the save. Hunter Tidwell had three hits for Vista Murrieta. Temecula Valley returned nine starters from last year's Division 2 runner-up team and is living up to expectations.
August 28, 1989
On Sept. 20, KFAC, after 50 years of providing classical music programming to Los Angeles, will switch to rock & roll. The other classical station, KUSC, after yet another successful fund-raiser, is going to spend less time on classical music and more on talk. What are we classical music lovers going to do about this cultural disaster? I am just one such classical music lover who is horrified at the loss of KFAC. I am sure there are thousands more out there who feel the same, but just don't know what to do about it. I hereby offer myself as a communication center in the hope that we can unite to solve the problem.
April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Inland Empire and the Southwestern League, in particular, is demonstrating its strength in the Boras Classic, with league rivals Vista Murrieta and Temecula Valley advancing to Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game at Mater Dei. Jack Moberg, Brandon Nelson and J.T. McLellen combined on an eight-hitter for Vista Murrieta (10-3) in a 4-1 victory over Glendora. Temecula Valley (11-1)  knocked off Mater Dei, 4-1, behind the strong pitching of Burke Mitchell.  In consolation games of the Boras Classic, Valencia defeated Chino Hills, 7-4. Chad Bible and Hunter Holland each hit home runs and finished with three RBIs.
August 30, 2003
I recently became interested in classical music and started collecting CDs. I enjoy them very much, but I don't think I would go for advice to those two clerks featured in "Lend Them Your Ear" (by Scott Timberg, Aug. 25). One sounds like a pushy type who would cram his own taste down my throat, and the other just sounds bizarre. Thank you very much for letting me know who (and what stores) to avoid. Toni Roberts Los Angeles WHAT a delightful piece about a little known and rarely heralded group of dedicated aficionados of classical music.
November 1, 2009 | James Taylor
A high-pitched voice, questionable sexuality and ear-grabbing melodies -- the new Decca album "Sacrificium" may sound like a posthumous Michael Jackson collection; instead, it's a collection of 17th century opera arias written for castrati -- the gelded singers who were the superstars of the European music world for almost two centuries. "Sacrificium" is hardly likely to reach "Thriller"-like global ubiquity, but Cecilia Bartoli, an Italian mezzo-soprano with a large following (not to mention obsessions and image control that recall the King of Pop)
June 20, 1993
So who goes to classical concerts? In response to Harvey Frey's Mad as Hell ("Psst! Wanna Buy a Ticket?" June 6), the audience attending Southwest Chamber Music Society concerts in Pasadena and Orange County grew by 26% last season. We attribute this to the personal attention that our audience members receive. The phone is answered directly (probably by myself), ticket prices are reasonable, venues are intimate and our range of repertory makes us attractive to discerning music lovers.
It was a typically frantic Saturday afternoon at the Costco in Culver City. The parking lot was at a standstill, and crowds of harried consumers pushed overloaded shopping carts. The only sign that something was afoot was a TV camera crew huddled near the entrance. Then, cellist Yo-Yo Ma stepped from a sleek black sedan with composer John Williams behind him. They studied their surroundings. The two musicians had taken a break from rehearsing for their Sunday night performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to promote "Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams," a Sony Classical release.
May 3, 2008
BEFORE the L.A. Philharmonic mothballs its tuxes and black dresses ["Bach? Kick Back," by Donna Perlmutter, May 1], someone should remind them that the whole point of concert formal wear is to present a uniform visual effect. The classical audience should be able to focus on the music, not what the bassoonist is wearing on his feet or why the cellist is wearing a pink polo shirt with orange pants. But that's an aesthetic detail. "Casual Fridays" is really based on one deeply objectionable premise -- that there's nothing particularly special about what we're doing here.
March 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Classical music has never been Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto's thing. The ice dancers are, after all, hip and energetic 20-somethings, and they like music that reflects their personalities. Classical music . . . doesn't. "We always felt classical music didn't suit our style, didn't highlight our strengths," Belbin said. "If anything, it would highlight our weaknesses." But the Americans have come around this season. And it just might be the thing that wins them their first title at the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin Tuesday in Goteburg, Sweden.
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Urban Youth Academy's Dennis Gilbert Spring Baseball Classic will begin on Saturday at Hamilton High, with Jefferson playing SOCES. The action for 24 teams picks up on April 12, with games at the Urban Youth Academy, Roybal, Hamilton and South East. Among the teams entered are Verdugo Hills, Eagle Rock, Dorsey, Bell, Fremont, Venice and South Gate. The championship game will be April 19 at noon at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton.  
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
There will be four championshp quarterfinal games on Tuesday in the Boras Classic. At Mater Dei, Glendora will face San Dimas at 3 p.m., followed by Mater Dei-Chino Hills at 6 p.m. At JSerra, it will be Valencia facing Temecula Valley at 3 p.m., followed by JSerra against Vista Murrieta at 6 p.m. The winners advance to Thursday's semifinals, with the final set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei. ...
March 29, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They were two teams too close for comfort. Each other's. The width of a slip of paper separated Arizona and Wisconsin in Saturday night's NCAA West Regional final. And in the end, when Wisconsin won an overtime thriller of thrillers, it was the kind of game they will remember in NCAA basketball tournament lore forever. The final score, before 17,814 in Anaheim's Honda Center, was 64-63, and few will remember that. Margin of victory is all that mattered. Those who were there, or were watching on TV, will remember it as the kind of game where every screen was contested, every shot, even every referee's call.
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A first inning grand slam by Jake Taylor powered Chino Hills past Great Oak, 5-2, on Saturday in an opening game of the Boras Classic. Aaron Dominguez got the win for Chino Hills (10-1). Mitch Kemp had three hits and three RBIs in Temecula Valley's 9-5 win over Cypress. Vista Murrieta defeated Bishop Amat, 9-5. J.T. McLellan had three hits and three RBIs. Benny Blackwell had two hits and three RBIs. Glendora scored five runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Granite Hills, 5-1. Caleb Watkins had a double and triple and Eric Flores allowed one run in six innings.
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The 16-team Boras Classic is set to begin on Saturday in Orange County. The Southern California bracket has its championship game on April 5 at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei. Games will be played at JSerra and Mater Dei. Here's the link to the complete schedule. Seven of the 16 teams are ranked in The Times' top 25.  
March 17, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
Alain Passard, the chef and owner of l'Arpège in Paris, known for his cuisine a la vegetable , will be in Los Angeles to cook at the All-Star Chef Classic, which takes place this weekend at L.A. Live. Passard's l'Arpège received three Michelin stars in 1996 and has maintained the distinction every year since then. There are now three gardens in three regions of France that provide the restaurant with organic seasonal vegetables: in the Sarthe for carrots, asparagus and leeks especially; in the Eure for celeriac and cabbage; and herbs from the Manche.
January 1, 1993 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER
Ahhh, a new year and so many unknowns: Will Jay, Dave and Johnny be genetically spliced to produce the Ultimate Talk Show Host? Will the Yuppie-in-Chief name Stevie Nicks to run the NEA? Who will Sinead pick as her tag team partner against Madonna and the Pope? Will the activist group AWOE (Actresses With One Eyebrow) demand that one of them be chosen to play Frida Kahlo? Oh well, frivolity aside, one thing is certain: You'll be hearing these names and seeing these faces in the next 365.
December 20, 2009 | By Mark Swed music critic >>>, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Ten years ago, cultural commentators found it fashionable to forecast the death of classical music. That bit of silliness ended on Sept. 5, 2000, with an unlikely work by an unlikely composer in an unlikely place. The Stuttgart Bach Academy in Germany commissioned four composers from different cultures to write new passions on each of the four Gospels. The third work, devoted to St. Mark, was by Osvaldo Golijov, an Argentine of Jewish Eastern European descent who had studied in Israel and Pennsylvania and settled in the Boston area.
March 16, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
Going into the final round of the 20th Toshiba Classic, Fred Couples didn't think he could win the tournament because Bernhard Langer had been so hot. But on Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club, Couples grabbed momentum on his back nine to give himself an opportunity. Still a victory wasn't close to being secured because at one point nine golfers had held or shared the lead. Six were tied for the lead with three holes remaining. But Couples shot a five-under-par 66 in his final round and finished at 15-under 198 to become the second player in Toshiba Classic history to win the event twice, as he won it in 2010.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The John Arnholt Smith Hacienda, with its classic walled courtyard design, an olive orchard and an aviary, sits on what was once part of an early ranch. Handcrafted masonry, heavy timbers and wide corridors evoke the look of the California missions. Location: 760 Via Miguel, La Habra Heights 90631 Asking price: $3 million Year built: 1936 Architect: Cliff May House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,664 square feet Lot size: 2.4 acres Features: Library/study, wine cellar, breakfast area, service entrance, detached four-car garage, lawn, gardens, patios, swimming pool, mountain, city and ocean views About the area: Last year, 554 single-family homes sold in the 90631 ZIP Code at a median price of $425,000, according to DataQuick.
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