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April 15, 1996 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Violinist Linda Case, one of the contenders for the position of concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony, joined pianist John Novacek and principal players of the orchestra Friday as part of the 1996 chamber music series at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Case brought an obvious intelligence to her ensemble playing, with faithful dovetailing and rhythmic anchoring. Nevertheless, she proved the weak link in her collaborations here.
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April 15, 1996 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Violinist Linda Case, one of the contenders for the position of concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony, joined pianist John Novacek and principal players of the orchestra Friday as part of the 1996 chamber music series at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Case brought an obvious intelligence to her ensemble playing, with faithful dovetailing and rhythmic anchoring. Nevertheless, she proved the weak link in her collaborations here.
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April 22, 1987 | MARC SHULGOLD
The powers that be at the Pacific Symphony must have spent hours coming up with "ConnoiSCR Concerts" as a title for their chamber series, the latest installment of which took place Monday night. Nevertheless, the events presented amid the often gaudy, unwieldy play sets on the stage of South Coast Repertory--that's where the SCR comes from--gave Orange County residents numerous opportunities to hear great chamber music played by professional musicians in a small hall.
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May 27, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the music of Aaron Copland that the most American of 20th Century composers was much taken with jazz, that quintessentially American form. So when one of the greatest jazz instrumentalists of all, Benny Goodman, commissioned Copland to write a new work for him in 1947, Copland had the perfect opportunity to translate his fascination into music of his own. It wasn't the first time Goodman had asked a major composer to write something for him.
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May 27, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the music of Aaron Copland that the most American of 20th Century composers was much taken with jazz, that quintessentially American form. So when one of the greatest jazz instrumentalists of all, Benny Goodman, commissioned Copland to write a new work for him in 1947, Copland had the perfect opportunity to translate his fascination into music of his own. It wasn't the first time Goodman had asked a major composer to write something for him.
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January 10, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony will present two pairs of chamber-music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, continuing the series started at the museum in 1993. Each program will be given twice. The first pair of concerts, Feb. 17 and 19, will include works by Bruch, Ravel and Mozart played by clarinetist James Kanter, pianist John Novacek, violinists Sheryl Staples and Amy Sims, violist Robert Becker and cellist Timothy Landauer.
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January 21, 1994
Pacific Symphony has announced two pairs of chamber-music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, continuing the chamber-music program the orchestra revived last year after a four-year hiatus. Each program will be given twice, and the $50 concert ticket will include a dinner at the museum's Topaz Cafe. Dinners begin at 6 p.m., concerts at 8 p.m. The first pair of programs Feb.
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January 20, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES
The Pacific Symphony has announced two pairs of chamber music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, continuing the chamber music program the orchestra revived last year after a four-year hiatus. Each program will be given twice, and the $50 per-concert price tag will include a dinner at the museum's Topaz Cafe. The dinners begin at 6 p.m., concerts at 8. The first pair of concerts will be Feb.
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November 13, 1990 | RICHARD S. GINELL
Croissants, coffee and chamber music at the Taper remains one of the more endearing traditions in town, with its unorthodox yet civilized starting time--10:45 a.m.--and free refreshments on the Music Center plaza. Sunday morning's edition at the Mark Taper Forum featured just a pair of cornerstones of the clarinet literature--the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms. In the wrong hands, this could have meant a morning of routine languor.
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April 22, 1987 | MARC SHULGOLD
The powers that be at the Pacific Symphony must have spent hours coming up with "ConnoiSCR Concerts" as a title for their chamber series, the latest installment of which took place Monday night. Nevertheless, the events presented amid the often gaudy, unwieldy play sets on the stage of South Coast Repertory--that's where the SCR comes from--gave Orange County residents numerous opportunities to hear great chamber music played by professional musicians in a small hall.
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February 20, 1995 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The third annual Chamber Music Series at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art opened Friday with a stimulating and frequently frustrating program. Five principal players of the Pacific Symphony, along with pianist John Novacek, presented energetic readings of works by Bruch, Ravel and Mozart, though they could not always agree on appropriate sound or musical intent. Instead, they often battled for leadership.
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February 3, 1995 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A heroic struggle took place during Wednesday night's performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. Unfortunately, the conflict did not seem to involve like minds grappling with musical concepts. Instead, a clash of interpretations thundered inside the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Conductor Carl St.Clair led the Pacific Symphony in a lush, Romantic reading, full of large dynamic gestures. His forces reveled in harmonic richness. They found a wealth of emotional portent.
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