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January 12, 1997 | Stuart Cohn, Stuart Cohn is an occasional contributor to Calendar
In High Concept terms, you might call it "Early Music Meets Andrew Lloyd Webber." "Daniel and the Lions," one of the most dramatic surviving examples of the liturgical dramas that flourished in medieval Europe, comes to the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles next Saturday afternoon as part of the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series.
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January 12, 1997 | Stuart Cohn, Stuart Cohn is an occasional contributor to Calendar
In High Concept terms, you might call it "Early Music Meets Andrew Lloyd Webber." "Daniel and the Lions," one of the most dramatic surviving examples of the liturgical dramas that flourished in medieval Europe, comes to the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles next Saturday afternoon as part of the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series.
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December 7, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Can music drama from the 12th Century have the emotional tug of verismo opera and the dramatic punch of Brechtian theater? At St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday night, Frederick Renz's Ensemble for Early Music gave that unlikely theoretical question a decidedly affirmative answer.
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January 20, 1997 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
"Daniel and the Lions," a liturgical play from the 13th century, is a work of considerable historical interest: It is from works like this that our sense of musical theater emerged.
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December 5, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Most adults can recall the Christmas pageants of their youth, complete with bathrobed Wise Men and shepherds. These low-budget rituals based on the Nativity story were common even in public schools before various Supreme Court rulings over the last decade deemed them too sectarian for a strict interpretation of the First Amendment. Few people realize, however, that these pageants are rooted in medieval drama originally performed not by children, but by clerics and trained musicians.
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December 6, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
Liturgical drama has not been a really hot ticket since the Middle Ages, so the sparse audience at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena on Monday evening was perhaps understandable. There, New York's Ensemble for Early Music, pretender to the sadly vacant throne of Noah Greenberg and the New York Pro Musica, offered director Frederick Renz's view of "Herod and the Innocents."
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June 28, 1989
The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation will present more than 125 performances in 1989-90, the organization's 15th subscription season. Of the 30 subscription series, all but one will be given at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. Soprano Jessye Norman will open the classical portion of the season, Sept. 27. Other "Stars of Opera" events are appearances by Soviet basso Paata Burchuladze, Nov. 4; soprano Kathleen Battle, Jan. 11; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, March 6, and baritone Thomas Hampson, April 26. The "Great Performers" series features the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, Oct. 4; Sir Neville Marriner with the 54-member Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Nov. 20, and the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin, Feb. 15. British stage, film and television star Claire Bloom is seen in her one-woman show, "Shakespeare's Women," Sept.
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April 14, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA
When the Ensemble for Early Music last appeared here (in late 1976), it did so to considerable rejoicing from connoisseurs. Frederick Renz's touring group--founded just two years before, and performing here Renz's adaptation of a medieval French theater-piece, "Roman de Fauvel"--seemed to combine authenticity and scholarship with strong musical sense, considerable accessibility and good showmanship. Finally, this week, the ensemble returns to Los Angeles.
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November 30, 1989 | KENNETH HERMAN
Maestro Robert Shaw will unwrap the Christmas season's first musical gift at 8 p.m. Friday when he conducts the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Master Chorale in a concert of three different settings of the "Gloria" by Vivaldi, Beethoven and Poulenc. But the Symphony Hall show is just one of many this season, which spans the familiar (Handel and Bach) to the not-so-familiar (a 13th-Century mystery play).
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January 17, 1997
MOVIES: Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis are wonderful as a pair of octogenarians coming to a grudging mutual admiration in "I'm Not Rappaport" (at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Town Center 4 at the South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa), Herb Gardner's adaptation of his own Broadway play. . . . "Jackie Chan's First Strike" (in general release) is an amusing action comedy, actually No. 4 in Chan's popular "Police Story" series.
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