December 11, 1999
The urge to exaggerate the importance of conductors must be as strong as the drive for food or sex. Mark Swed refers to the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, in his Dec. 3 review of its "Messiah" performance ("An Exciting Announcement of the 'Messiah' "), as the orchestra "[conductor Nicholas] McGegan founded in the Bay Area 19 years ago." The orchestra was founded in 1981, but McGegan was not hired to conduct it until 1985, after it was established, thriving and even touring. It came to play concerts in Los Angeles on several occasions in its pre-McGegan days.
October 28, 1990 |
The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in downtown Oakland will end its yearlong moratorium--don't call it a ban--on rap concerts when Los Angeles rapper King T and three local groups appear at the facility on Nov. 21. Security will be tighter than in the past, and officials at other arenas with rap concerts coming up have similar plans. There have been several incidents of violence the last two years at rap concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
June 6, 1986 |
Rachael Worby, youth concerts conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been named music director of the Wheeling (W. Va.) Symphony. Worby, who said she will continue to lead youth concerts in Los Angeles "for at least next year," reportedly becomes the only woman to head a major symphony orchestra in the United States. In addition to her connections with the L.A. Philharmonic (where she will lead a Symphonies-for-Youth program on Jan.
April 15, 2006 |
R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has sued singer Anita Baker for breach of contract, claiming the sultry Grammy-winning songstress owes him at least $250,000 after canceling two concert dates last year and also for producer's royalties owed him on the song "Like You Used to Do."
February 28, 2013 |
San Francisco's Kronos Quartet will play musical chairs this spring. A new cellist, USC graduate Sunny Jungin Yang will replace Jeffrey Zeigler, who is leaving Kronos to pursue solo projects and will join the faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music in New York. Yang, 28, was born in Incheon, South Korea and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum served as a mentor at Manchester, England's Royal Northern Conservatory of Music and USC, where Yang earned a master's degree in music.
January 12, 1994 |
Hearing hefty doses of music by the celebrated but too often neglected American composer Elliott Carter is a rare enough treat, at a time when contemporary music gets token attention at best. Hearing a full plate of Carter works, spanning more than 40 years of the composer's output, and performed by the Carter-friendly California EAR Unit, was a multiple pleasure.
October 25, 1988 |
Czechoslovakia's Talich String Quartet provided a fine opening to the 30th season of chamber concerts presented by the Fullerton Friends of Music on Sunday at Sunny Hills High School. Polish and refinement characterized the quartet's playing, along with solid technical command and sure control. Control, in fact, seemed to be a high priority for the four musicians, who took few risks and approached the music from a rather objective angle.