July 21, 2012 |
Q: Why is a viola bigger than a violin? A: They are the same size. It's just that violinists have bigger heads. It's probably safe to say that there are fewer jokes about violinists than 7-Elevens or mothers-in-law. Still, Los Angeles Philharmonic principal concertmaster Martin Chalifour was game to throw this one out at his San Marino home, looking forward to Tuesday's performance of the Julius Conus Violin Concerto at Hollywood Bowl with guest conductor Stéphane Denève. Chalifour calls the Conus piece "a gem of the Romantic repertory," adding: "I have made a point of learning a new piece for every solo that I do. I've done it more than 30 times in L.A. " The occasion for the joke was trying to coax a smile out of Chalifour for a photo.
May 24, 2012 |
Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than 30 years, will be leaving the venerated orchestra and joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. Dicterow, 63, will begin his new job at USC in fall 2013, the school announced Thursday. The New York Philharmonic said he is planning to step down from his role as concertmaster at the end of the 2013-14 season. During the overlapping period, Dicterow is expected to lead some master classes at USC on a part-time basis.
May 9, 2012 |
The name Da Camera Players is familiar to Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College's Chamber Music In Historic Sites devotees who heard the original group's performances in the 1980s and '90s. Likewise, the Park Plaza's elegant Grand Ballroom overlooking MacArthur Park will resonate with some who remember its amazing acoustics and wonder why it isn't used for music more often. Tuesday night, the two came together - a new incarnation of Da Camera Players making its “formal debut” in the Grand Ballroom, which is uncannily suited for string music.
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January 9, 2012 |
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins that accompanies the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film's chilling shower scene. He "was a renowned violinist and concertmaster in the Hollywood studio system" and was heard on dozens of movie scores, said Jon Burlingame, a film and music historian.
August 9, 2002 |
The choice of a first violinist is the most important appointment that any orchestra's music director can make, for the position requires not only superb playing ability and broad musicianship, but also grace under pressure, the optimism of a cheerleader and the finesse of an ambassador. In the United States, the artist who assumes these duties is known as the concertmaster. Europeans state it more directly. The first violinist is called, simply, the leader.
February 9, 2001 |
Yes, Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote wonderful film scores. No, Korngold's Violin Concerto is not merely warmed-over movie music. Soloist Raymond Kobler proved that when he played an expansive, melancholic but otherwise unsentimental performance of the piece on a four-part program by the Pacific Symphony led by Carl St.Clair on Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.