June 19, 1989 |
Our rare visits to community orchestras are sometimes illuminating, sometimes downbeat. A drop-in at the venerable (in terms of age; it was founded in 1946) San Fernando Valley Symphony Saturday night proved invigorating. Lois Johnson, a young conductor trained in the podium arts at the Manhattan School and at Aspen, has led the Valley orchestra since 1985. Four years later, what had been sagging community interest and diminishing audiences seem to have been revitalized--not least in the handsome and accomplished playing of the instrumental ensemble itself.
September 9, 1986 |
Most of us are resigned to the advent of fall, but the Old Pasadena Arts Society already is looking further ahead. On Sunday, this recently formed umbrella organization sponsored a benefit for a music festival scheduled next summer. The leisurely affair, held in the newly restored Castle Green, included a formal dinner and performances by a fine youth orchestra and strolling mimes in clown costumes.
August 11, 1993 |
Endre Granat resigned his position as concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony last month after 10 seasons to spend more time with his 12-year-old son, who lives in New York. He will continue to live on the West Coast, playing in Hollywood studios and also in Orange County as part of the Opera Pacific orchestra. In an interview published last week, Granat talked about his life. The interview concludes today with Granat explaining his duties as a concertmaster.
April 2, 1988
The Sunday morning concert series "Croissants & Coffee and Chamber Music at the Taper" begins its 8th annual season April 10 at 11 a.m.--croissants served at 10 a.m. This year, artistic director Henri Temianka plans three concerts sponsored by the California Chamber Symphony Society. On April 10, violinist Endre Granat, violist Donald McInnes and cellist Stephen Erdody will perform music by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. The other concerts are scheduled for May 15 and June 5.
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December 21, 1991
A suit by a conductor who alleged he was slandered by former members of his orchestra was dismissed Friday in Orange County Superior Court when, for the second time, the conductor and his attorney failed to appear for a hearing. Mozart Camerata Music Director Ami Porat filed the suit in June against violinists Endre Granat and Alexander Horvath and other unnamed parties, accusing them of "slander, interference with contract, interference with economic relationship and conspiracy."