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March 31, 1995
The 15th annual Corona del Mar Baroque Festival--which will begin June 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive--will emphasize the music of Henry Purcell, in observance of the 300th anniversary of the British composer's death. Purcell's music will be played at each of the series' five concerts. The opening concert also will include a Concerto for Archlute and String orchestra by Michael Eagan, which was commissioned by the festival.
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November 13, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Amid the flurry of round-numbered commemorations this year, Henry Purcell -- born 350 years ago -- finally had his day in the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. Nicholas McGegan, the jolly elf of the period performance scene, brought his crack Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale down from the Bay Area as part of a West Coast tour. He also brought the tall, Texas-raised star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for her Disney Hall debut and a first-class cast of singers.
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November 13, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Amid the flurry of round-numbered commemorations this year, Henry Purcell -- born 350 years ago -- finally had his day in the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. Nicholas McGegan, the jolly elf of the period performance scene, brought his crack Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale down from the Bay Area as part of a West Coast tour. He also brought the tall, Texas-raised star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for her Disney Hall debut and a first-class cast of singers.
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November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.
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February 17, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
Henry Purcell's life was short. He died in 1695, two months after his 36th birthday. Legend has it he got a fatal chill when his wife, angered at his carousing, locked him out on a cold November night in London: brought low by a scold and a cold, as the Purcell scholar Curtis Price put it. He is still, this 350th anniversary of his birth, brought low, but now by history and his musical carousing. After three centuries, he retains the label Orpheus Britannicus. He has inspired English composers -- particularly unconventional ones -- right up to Pete Townshend of the Who. But this quirky Orpheus travels surprisingly poorly.
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November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.
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April 10, 1989 | GREG HETTMANSBERGER
Blame the earthquake for a sparse turnout at the Newport Harbor Art Museum on Saturday night. Those few without fear of aftershocks were rewarded with string playing of a high order from members of the Southwest Chamber Music Society. The ambitious and adventurous program provided tremors of a musical sort in Wuorinen's String Quartet No. 3 (1987). This knotty yet cohesive work may well daunt those accustomed to a modern diet of saccharine minimalism. It may have daunted the players a bit too, from the look of it: Erstwhile horn player Jeff von der Schmidt essayed the role of conductor.
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March 28, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 15th annual Corona del Mar Baroque Festival--which will begin June 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive--will emphasize the music of Henry Purcell in observance of the 300th anniversary of the British composer's death. Purcell's music will be played at each of the series' five concerts. The opening concert also will include a concerto for archlute and string orchestra by Michael Eagan, which was commissioned by the festival.
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March 20, 1995 | HERBERT GLASS
In what might be considered a down payment on the kind of Henry Purcell commemoration we deserve--the English composer died in 1695--the singers and period instrumentalists of Musica Angelica, under the direction of lutenist Michael Eagan, offered an ambitious program of his music in Pasadena's handsome United Methodist Church on Friday.
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January 7, 1996 | Herbert Glass, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar
Henry Purcell--"the matchless man, alas too soon retir'd," to quote from the funeral ode by his friend John Dryden--lived only to the age of 35, from 1659 to 1695. He had 15 productive years as a composer when an unspecified illness ended his life at the peak of his fame. The importance and originality of what Purcell composed in those years was brought home spectacularly by the recording industry during his just-concluded tricentennial year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
Henry Purcell's life was short. He died in 1695, two months after his 36th birthday. Legend has it he got a fatal chill when his wife, angered at his carousing, locked him out on a cold November night in London: brought low by a scold and a cold, as the Purcell scholar Curtis Price put it. He is still, this 350th anniversary of his birth, brought low, but now by history and his musical carousing. After three centuries, he retains the label Orpheus Britannicus. He has inspired English composers -- particularly unconventional ones -- right up to Pete Townshend of the Who. But this quirky Orpheus travels surprisingly poorly.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1996 | Herbert Glass, Herbert Glass is a regular contributor to Calendar
Henry Purcell--"the matchless man, alas too soon retir'd," to quote from the funeral ode by his friend John Dryden--lived only to the age of 35, from 1659 to 1695. He had 15 productive years as a composer when an unspecified illness ended his life at the peak of his fame. The importance and originality of what Purcell composed in those years was brought home spectacularly by the recording industry during his just-concluded tricentennial year.
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June 7, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fact that Henry Purcell's music is so underappreciated has nothing to do with the quality of his compositions and everything to do with his nationality, according to Burton Karson, director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival. "The 17th Century in England has not been made as interesting to the general public as, say, the 18th Century in Austria," Karson said. "London is not considered as musical as Vienna, which has the reputation as the capital of Western music, and it's wrong.
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June 1, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who contributes frequently to the Times Orange County Edition.
When the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death was marked in 1991, there was a recording and marketing blitz the likes of which had never been seen before. The 300th anniversary of Henry Purcell's death is being commemorated this year, and there's been nary a peep. Well, almost nary. "Purcell hasn't been performed as much; nobody's made movies about him," agreed Burton Karson, director of the weeklong Corona del Mar Baroque Musical Festival, which begins Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1995
The 15th annual Corona del Mar Baroque Festival--which will begin June 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive--will emphasize the music of Henry Purcell, in observance of the 300th anniversary of the British composer's death. Purcell's music will be played at each of the series' five concerts. The opening concert also will include a Concerto for Archlute and String orchestra by Michael Eagan, which was commissioned by the festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 15th annual Corona del Mar Baroque Festival--which will begin June 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive--will emphasize the music of Henry Purcell in observance of the 300th anniversary of the British composer's death. Purcell's music will be played at each of the series' five concerts. The opening concert also will include a concerto for archlute and string orchestra by Michael Eagan, which was commissioned by the festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fact that Henry Purcell's music is so underappreciated has nothing to do with the quality of his compositions and everything to do with his nationality, according to Burton Karson, director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival. "The 17th Century in England has not been made as interesting to the general public as, say, the 18th Century in Austria," Karson said. "London is not considered as musical as Vienna, which has the reputation as the capital of Western music, and it's wrong.
NEWS
June 1, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who contributes frequently to the Times Orange County Edition.
When the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death was marked in 1991, there was a recording and marketing blitz the likes of which had never been seen before. The 300th anniversary of Henry Purcell's death is being commemorated this year, and there's been nary a peep. Well, almost nary. "Purcell hasn't been performed as much; nobody's made movies about him," agreed Burton Karson, director of the weeklong Corona del Mar Baroque Musical Festival, which begins Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1995 | HERBERT GLASS
In what might be considered a down payment on the kind of Henry Purcell commemoration we deserve--the English composer died in 1695--the singers and period instrumentalists of Musica Angelica, under the direction of lutenist Michael Eagan, offered an ambitious program of his music in Pasadena's handsome United Methodist Church on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1989 | GREG HETTMANSBERGER
Blame the earthquake for a sparse turnout at the Newport Harbor Art Museum on Saturday night. Those few without fear of aftershocks were rewarded with string playing of a high order from members of the Southwest Chamber Music Society. The ambitious and adventurous program provided tremors of a musical sort in Wuorinen's String Quartet No. 3 (1987). This knotty yet cohesive work may well daunt those accustomed to a modern diet of saccharine minimalism. It may have daunted the players a bit too, from the look of it: Erstwhile horn player Jeff von der Schmidt essayed the role of conductor.
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