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.
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May 25, 1989
An honor orchestra made up of 67 elementary school students in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District will perform today at 7:30 p.m. in the Norris Theatre, Crossfield Drive and Indian Peak Road, Rolling Hills Estates. The program will range from baroque to contemporary music. Youngsters were chosen for this year's orchestra--the 14th since the program started--during auditions in February.
April 13, 1996
Regarding John Roos' review of Bobby Caldwell (March 25): "Schmaltz, adult contemporary music, nonthreatening, pleasantly soothing"--thank God for adult music! John, if you want raw energy and someone to "risk," I suggest you go review kid stuff--adolescent angst; flannel-shirted, three-chord power strummers. I guess it's a question of taste. And there is no good taste in a Spinal Tap-like performance of loud, raucous, teenage screaming and anger. Grow up, John! BRUCE KING Brea
September 25, 2009 |
It may be too soon and too hyperbolic to declare Carlsbad a new hotbed of contemporary classical music action. But as the sixth annual Carlsbad Music Festival unfolds this weekend featuring new music notables the Calder Quartet, the California E.A.R. Unit and guitarist-composer-conceptualist Fred Frith, clearly something is abuzz in the seaside town, at least for one weekend each year. Founded and nimbly run by young composer-violinist Matt McBane, the festival provides a fresh West Coast forum for new music, commissioned, performed and served up with seriousness as well as audience accessibility.
May 11, 1997 |
One night last June, at 3 a.m., Gloria Cheng-Cochran's fax machine stirred to life. On the other end, in another time zone, Pierre Boulez fed paper into his. Nothing unusual there. Avant-garde composers are always calling up the 42-year-old pianist, a specialist in new music, the harder the better. Esa-Pekka Salonen has done it. Gyorgy Ligeti has done it. So have Witold Lutoslawski and countless others, including Boulez on many occasions.
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June 22, 2000 |
Richard Dufallo, one of America's significant champions of contemporary music, died Friday at his home in Denton, Texas. He was 67. The cause of death was stomach cancer. Although best known as a conductor and educator, Dufallo began his career as a clarinetist. When he enrolled at UCLA in the 1950s, he was thought such an exceptional talent that composer and conductor Lukas Foss immediately invited Dufallo to join his cutting-edge Improvisation Chamber Ensemble.
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February 8, 1995 |
The Dung Huang ensemble will present traditional and contemporary music of China on Tuesday at the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library as part of a multicultural arts series. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Seating is limited. The group, which is based in the Bay Area, has an extensive repertoire, including some of the earliest written music of the Sui and Tang dynasties, between the years 589 and 907.