CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1999 |
Violinist Isabella Lippi was 21 when we first saw her, making her Orange County debut with the Pacific Symphony led by Kate Tamarkin at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in 1990. Since then, her local appearances have been few. She served as a guest concertmaster for the Pacific in 1996 when the orchestra was engaged in a search to fill the job (later taken by Kevin Connolly, who resigned after one season). She also played that year with the Glendale Symphony.
August 15, 1990 |
In what is turning out to be a golden age of young violinists, critics and audiences are expressing enthusiasm over Isabella Lippi, 21, who will make her county debut with the Pacific Symphony in a Mozart program led by Kate Tamarkin on Saturday at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Born in Chicago, Lippi started studying violin when she was 6. "I guess my parents noticed that I loved listening to music on the radio," she said on the phone last week from the Encore Music Camp in Hudson, Ohio, where she was finishing six weeks of classes and workshops.
May 10, 1989 |
Anyone looking for musical fire would have found it at Royce Hall, where violinist Isabella Lippi and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra gave a sizzling account of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. With almost frenzied determination, the 20-year-old USC student brought burning intensity and fervent passion to the familiar work Sunday afternoon. She exhibited flawless bow control, dazzling listeners with her technical polish and her clean, articulate playing. Her sound, vibrant and penetrating, easily filled the hall, yet she could also produce spellbinding pianissimos.
January 15, 1996 |
Imperiled orchestras are nothing new these days, as anyone who has followed the travails of San Diego's orchestra knows. In a tough era for the symphonic muse, we're understanding about veering away from protocol, as when the Glendale Symphony showed up with reduced orchestral forces, and made an unabashed plea for cash from the stage before intermission Saturday at the Glendale's Alex Theatre.
May 19, 1997 |
The chirping of a wayward cricket added perky accompaniment Saturday night when Canadian pianist Bernadene Blaha and violinist Isabella Lippi joined principal members of the Pacific Symphony to finish this season's Chamber Music Series at Laguna Beach High School. During the opening work, Mozart's Oboe Quartet, K. 370, the cricket conveyed more energy than the performers.
February 24, 1997 |
Figuratively speaking, pianist John Novacek assumed center stage for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A on Saturday for the second concert of this season's Pacific Symphony Chamber Music Series. Literally, however, he sat to the rear of center in Laguna Beach High School's Artists' Theatre, behind his five accompanists.