October 18, 2009
I was pleased to read Laurie Winer's excellent article in Sunday's Calendar section ("At USC, Classes Beyond Canons," Oct. 11). There have been a number of articles this year in praise of the distinguished faculty that taught at the school, but so far one of the most important members has not, to my knowledge, been recognized for his singular efforts to bring so many of these artists to the school. The late Raymond Kendall was a dynamic and persuasive professor and administrator whose almost single-handed efforts brought Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose, among others, to the faculty.
November 8, 1988 |
For someone who claims that fear is the story of her life, Jacqueline Piatigorsky seems unintimidated by the incredibly heavy Carrara marble sculpture that needs to be moved. "Don't touch it," says the 77-year-old white-haired woman curtly as she eases her cumbersome, dusty work in progress from one platform to another. "You don't know how to handle it."
April 11, 1993 |
While one didn't necessary love Jascha Heifetz, who with cellist Gregor Piatigorsky formed the putative modern untouchables of string playing, there could be no denying Heifetz his sovereign technique, even in his last years before the public. What one heard from Piatigorsky during his last decade or so (he died in 1976) was a good deal of harsh noise and a seeming obliviousness to the niceties of intonation--which one might even call an indifference to the notes.
April 4, 1986 |
Sitting and chatting with cellist Peter Rejto, one sees an affable, quick-smiling, youngish man who, in his cramped Cal State Northridge studio, always seems to have some musical artifact--an instrument or a score he's rehearsing--within easy reach. Rejto, who will appear tonight at 8 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at Orange Coast College, has been performing nationally since age 7 in solo recital, chamber ensembles and concerto appearances.
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June 28, 2008 |
Pianist Leonard Pennario, a best-selling recording artist who made his concert debut with the Dallas Symphony at age 12 after learning Grieg's Piano Concerto in a week so he could play it from memory, has died. He was 83. Pennario died Friday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, according to his biographer, music critic Mary Kunz Goldman. He had been battling Parkinson's disease, she said. "Playing with this musician has been one of the joys of my life," Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos once said of Pennario.
May 28, 1993 |
Piatigorsky Appointment: Already gearing up for his 19th season as principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ronald Leonard, 59, has been appointed to the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at USC, beginning this fall.