January 9, 1992 |
On a hectic Monday afternoon recently, violinist Elmar Oliveira motored the 75 miles from his home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., down to pianist Horacio Gutierrez's Manhattan apartment. They were eager to rehearse for one of their rare duo dates Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where they'll grapple with music of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel.
November 30, 1986 |
At 33, Hugh Wolff is one of the youngest music directors of a major U.S. orchestra--the New Jersey Symphony. But Wolff's credentials are in order. He served for three years as an Exxon/Arts Endowment conductor at the National Symphony in Washington, working under Mstislav Rostropovich. Then, in 1982, the red-haired, Paris-born American musician became associate conductor of the orchestra for three years. He has served as guest conductor with the orchestras of Chicago, Houston, St.
May 11, 1997 |
The common heritage of these striking pieces is quite apparent in their shapes and dimensions and in their remarkable combinations of orchestral color and solo verve. Yet so is the distinctive character of each--the intense Violin Concerto, lyrical Flute Concerto, dramatic Piano Concerto and mysterious Clarinet Concerto.
August 28, 2001
The Pasadena Symphony, conducted by music director Jorge Mester, will open its 74th season with a world premiere concert performance of the Erich Korngold arrangement of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Oct. 20 in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. This arrangement, created by Korngold for Max Reinhardt's 1935 film of Shakespeare's play, required more music than Mendelssohn had written.
March 11, 2002 |
Deep into his 17th season as the Pasadena Symphony's music director, Jorge Mester concocted another striking program. Heard Saturday night in Civic Auditorium, this one culminated in Brahms' Violin Concerto, preceded by two striking American ballet scores from the mid-20th century: Stravinsky's "Jeu de Cartes" and Copland's "Billy the Kid." Brahms' main course dominated the evening, yet the two salad courses offered variety and delight.
May 31, 1996
Jorge Mester, music director of the Pasadena Symphony, will lead the orchestra in all five of its 1996-97 season concerts in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The season opens at 8 p.m. (note new time) Oct. 19, when Mester will lead a program consisting of Samuel Barber's "Essay No. 2," the Grieg Piano Concerto with soloist Jorge Federico Osorio and the D-minor Symphony by Cesar Franck. The season will continue Nov.