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July 21, 2012 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
The violins of Antonio Stradivari are revered for being not only superb instruments but works of art. "They combine this magical quality of sound with spectacular craftsmanship," says Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Each of these wooden wonders also possesses an individual, inner beauty, what she calls "their own magnificent souls. " LACO hopes to help audiences experience the soul of Stradivari by providing the rare chance to hear eight of the Italian master's creations in a variety of settings.
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May 24, 2012 | David Ng
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.
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February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen last month from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been recovered by authorities, according to a Thursday report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [Updated: Milwaukee police confirmed the recovery of the violin on Thursday.] Milwaukee police said Wednesday that three suspects -- two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 -- were arrested in connection with the crime and remained in police custody. The violin -- which is valued at $5 million -- was taken from Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery on Jan. 27. Robbers used a stun gun on the violinist after a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College in suburban Milwaukee, according to reports.
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April 28, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
"It will be a catastroph'!" exclaimed Gerhard Hetzel the moment he answered the telephone Saturday morning at the Salisbury Hotel in Manhattan. The founder and first violinist of the Vienna Chamber Ensemble was not feeling some kind of presentiment regarding the group's performance tonight (under the aegis of the Orange County Philharmonic Society) at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Nothing of the sort. Rather, convinced that his English would not suffice for an interview, Hetzel had decided he ought not try to speak at all unless a colleague he had asked to interpret showed up. After linguistic inhibitions had been tempered by a bit of friendly generic palaver and the assurance that he could lapse into German when necessary, it became clear that Hetzel is unassuming about anything having to do with himself.
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January 9, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 6, 2014 | By David Ng
A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen last month from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been recovered by authorities, according to a Thursday report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. [Updated: Milwaukee police confirmed the recovery of the violin on Thursday.] Milwaukee police said Wednesday that three suspects -- two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 -- were arrested in connection with the crime and remained in police custody. The violin -- which is valued at $5 million -- was taken from Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery on Jan. 27. Robbers used a stun gun on the violinist after a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College in suburban Milwaukee, according to reports.
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September 19, 1986 | United Press International
San Diego Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes was one of six violinists named Wednesday as finalists in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis by jury president Josef Gingold. The group includes Leonidas Kavakos of Greece, Sungsic Yang and Chin Kim of Korea, Annick Roussin of France and Kyoko Takezawa of Japan. They were chosen from among 16 semifinalists in a field of 43 violinists from 20 nations. The three-day final round began Thursday.
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June 6, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
David Atherton has an enviable reputation as a recruiter. When the former music director of the San Diego Symphony was in the market for a new concertmaster, he lured Andres Cardenes to San Diego from his concertmaster post at the Utah Symphony while Atherton was guest conducting in Salt Lake City. When he needed to staff his inaugural Mainly Mozart Festival with a concertmaster and violin soloist, he borrowed another concertmaster he had encountered while guest conducting stateside.
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March 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
The violins of Antonio Stradivari are revered for being not only superb instruments but works of art. "They combine this magical quality of sound with spectacular craftsmanship," says Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Each of these wooden wonders also possesses an individual, inner beauty, what she calls "their own magnificent souls. " LACO hopes to help audiences experience the soul of Stradivari by providing the rare chance to hear eight of the Italian master's creations in a variety of settings.
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July 21, 2012 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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May 24, 2012 | David Ng
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.
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May 9, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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August 9, 2002 | TIM PAGE, WASHINGTON POST
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.
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February 9, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 9, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
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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May 26, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony has named Raymond Kobler its new concertmaster, effective today. He succeeds Kevin Connolly, who resigned in October after only one season. Kobler, 53, has served as guest concertmaster for most of the Pacific's concerts since February. He was concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony from 1980 to 1998 and associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1974 to '80. Since 1991, Kobler has been concertmaster of the Sun Valley Symphony in Idaho.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2000 | JACK ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his local recital debut Wednesday, the Pacific Symphony's concertmaster distinguished himself with a smart and muscular performance of works challenging not only for the violin but for the Irvine Barclay Theatre audience as well. Raymond Kobler, who joined the orchestra last season after 18 years in the same post with the San Francisco Symphony, tore through a mountain of great music before a nearly full house.
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November 24, 2000
Raymond Kobler, concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony, will give a recital with pianist Jon Nakamatsu at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Together, the musicians will be heard in the Partita by Witold Lutoslawski, Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata and the Sonata No. 1 by Saint-Saens. Alone, Kobler will play the Solo Sonata No. 3 ("Ballade") by Eugene Ysaye. Information: (714) 755-5799.
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