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June 20, 2009 | Martha Groves
"Basses, you're all over the place! Tenors, you're too bright! Altos, I'm hearing foreign matter. Sopranos, stop wobbling. I don't want this to sound like Podunk!" For 40 years as choirmaster of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood, James Vail has exhorted his vocalists, often in a vexed high-pitched tone accompanied by loud piano-pounding, to mind their sharps and flats.
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June 20, 2009 | Martha Groves
"Basses, you're all over the place! Tenors, you're too bright! Altos, I'm hearing foreign matter. Sopranos, stop wobbling. I don't want this to sound like Podunk!" For 40 years as choirmaster of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood, James Vail has exhorted his vocalists, often in a vexed high-pitched tone accompanied by loud piano-pounding, to mind their sharps and flats.
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April 2, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Staff Writer
Concluding its three-concert series celebrating the tercentenaries of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti and the 400th anniversary of the birth of Heinrich Schuetz, St. Alban's Church in Westwood on Sunday afternoon presented a lucid and moving performance of Bach's "St. John" Passion. Led with an unflagging sense of continuity by James Vail, it was a performance heavy with textual details but lightened by Baroque textures. The 47-member St.
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March 8, 1988 | JOHN HENKEN
The forces that conductor James Vail gathered Sunday for an afternoon of Bach seemed impressive enough. Vail matched his own well-drilled choir and soloists of St. Alban's Church in Westwood with an orchestra built around concertmaster Gregory Maldonado and members of the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. The continuo contingent included harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton and organist William Beck.
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June 23, 1987 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
It takes enterprise to put on a challenging oratorio such as Handel's rarely heard "Samson," enterprise that rewarded conductor James Vail and his forces at St. Alban's Church in Westwood on Sunday afternoon. A number of factors worked in Vail's favor. The acoustics at this modestly sized place of worship happen to be a solo singer's and chorus' delight. Second, the small scale the conductor opted for--19 instrumentalists using gut strings and baroque bows and St.
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January 3, 1997
* MUSIC: Ami Porat leads his orchestra, the Mozart Camerata, in a Mozart program at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Saturday night at 8, and at St. Andrew's Church in Newport Beach, Sunday at 4 p.m. Daniel Shapiro will be the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 15. The program will also include the symphonies Nos. 1 and 36 ("Linz"). . . . James Vail conducts Bach's "Christmas" Oratorio at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood, Sunday at 3 p.m. . . . Also in Westwood, Sunday at 4 p.m.
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January 3, 1997
* MUSIC: Ami Porat leads his orchestra, the Mozart Camerata, in a Mozart program at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Saturday night at 8, and at St. Andrew's Church in Newport Beach, Sunday at 4 p.m. Soloist is pianist Daniel Shapiro. . . . James Vail conducts Bach's "Christmas" Oratorio at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood, Sunday at 3 p.m. . . . Also in Westwood, Sunday at 4 p.m. at Westwood United Methodist Church, pianist Michael Sellers plays music by Grieg, Villa-Lobos, Chopin and Liszt.
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June 9, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE
A Christian conference aimed at uniting men of faith and encouraging them to be better husbands, fathers and community members is expected to draw more than 5,000 people today in Chino. David Rosales, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley, will lead the conference at the Ontario Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speakers will include Calvary Chapel leaders Chuck Smith, Raul Ries and others.
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July 4, 1987 | KENNETH HERMAN
By the era of Bach and Handel, the organ was known by poet and commoner alike as the "King of Instruments." The pipe organ's contemporary surroundings, however, tend to be anything but royal--small instruments ensconced in modest parish churches. For the most part, the instrument has traded in its Baroque splendor for more utilitarian pursuits. This week the organists of North County will attempt to demonstrate the continuing vitality of their musical craft.
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