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February 28, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
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.
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
May 10, 2012 | By Josef Woodard
Although its title suggests geo-cultural all-inclusiveness, Southwest Chamber Music's ambitious new LA International New Music Festival - which opened Wednesday at Zipper Hall - arrives with certain GPS parameters in check. As founder/director/conductor Jeff von der Schmidt explains, the festival's perspective grew out of his operation's recent travels and collaborations in Vietnam and Mexico, awakening interest in contemporary music from Asia and Latin America. In a sense, the festival offers an equal time focus, far from the Euro-centric crowd.
December 2, 1996 | LEE DYE
Music, so goes the old saying, hath charms to soothe the savage breast. But is that because of the nature of music itself, or is it because there is something within us that prepares humans to respond emotionally in very different ways to various kinds of music? Why does Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" drive us toward depression, while the rumba makes it hard to sit still? In short, why do some tunes make us sad and others make us happy?
February 8, 1995 | JEFF BEAN
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.
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