August 27, 1999 |
For two of the Pacific Symphony leader's close friends, music was the way they could best try to comfort Carl St.Clair and his wife, Susan, after the death of their son last month. Composer Frank Ticheli and concert pianist Alain Lefevre went to the St.Clairs' home in Laguna Beach in the days after Cole St.Clair's drowning. They handed the grieving conductor CDs of music they had composed during the previous 18 months, music they both felt could speak to the St.
May 22, 1999 |
As conductor-in-residence at the Pacific Symphony from 1991 to '97, Frank Ticheli wrote five pieces--short and long--for the Santa Ana-based orchestra. But, for various reasons, he never wrote for its regular choral collaborator--John Alexander's Pacific Chorale. Even when Alexander called Ticheli last May to commission a work, it looked like it might not happen. "Initially, I had to decline it," Ticheli said in a recent interview from his Pasadena home. "He wanted it for [this] May.
April 15, 1998 |
The age-old question in opera is which comes first--the music or the words? In the case of Frank Ticheli's "An American Dream," which receives its premiere today at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, the answer is simple: the words. Actually, the new piece is not an opera. It's subtitled "A Symphony of Songs for Soprano and Orchestra." Still, the principal applies.
April 12, 1998 |
Composer Frank Ticheli has written a serious piece about the Los Angeles riots. But he considers his new work, "An American Dream," his first really dark composition. Subtitled "A Symphony of Songs for Soprano and Orchestra," it will receive its first performances on Wednesday and Thursday by the Pacific Symphony led by Carl St.Clair at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
March 4, 1997 |
The premiere of a symphony by Pacific Symphony composer-in-residence Frank Ticheli and Metropolitan Opera baritone Thomas Hampson's first appearance with the orchestra will highlight its 1997-98 subscription series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Ticheli's "Symphony No. 1: An American Dream" will be scored for soprano and orchestra and will last about 25 minutes.
October 21, 1994 |
Patrons of symphony concerts sometimes resent the inclusion on their programs of choral/ symphonic works, one reason being the secondary role the orchestra would seem to play in such works. That putative reading is seldom true, of course. At the opening of the Pacific Symphony's 16th season Wednesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, two large-scale choral pieces, preceded by an instrumental overture, made up the program. But the orchestra, seated, naturally, center-stage, definitely dominated the aural horizon.