April 19, 1993 |
The Japan America Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles is definitely an ensemble on its way up in the local musical firmament, as its concert under music director Heiichiro Ohyama at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Friday night once again demonstrated. That this part-time group is capable of offering such a polished and seasoned interpretation of Brahms' Fourth Symphony is little short of amazing and tribute to Ohyama's much-admired (at least, in knowledgeable circles) conducting gifts.
December 9, 1991 |
There was much that was new at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday evening, including a debut of sorts. The Japan America Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles gave its first performance, with a program that featured the U.S. premiere of Maki Ishii's "Gedatsu." Formerly the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles, the ensemble changed its name to better reflect the mixed composition of the group and to avoid confusion with the Japanese Philharmonic in Tokyo.
October 21, 1993 |
First, a couple of musical notes. Essa-Pekka Salonen and his Los Angeles Philharmonic will open the Community Arts Music Assn.'s 75th season Saturday at the Arlington Theater. The program will include Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major and David Soley's "Relieves." CAMA presents classical concerts performed by groups from throughout the world.
April 8, 1993 |
Don't forget the return tonight of Santa Barbara's Victoria Street Theater (a.k.a. The New Vic Theater). The Vic has been quiet since leaving its West Victoria Street address last November. But this evening the folks who run it will present a documentary double bill--"Innocents Abroad" and "Marc and Ann," both by filmmaker Les Blank--at the Bluebird Cafe. The former follows an American tour group through Europe, the latter focuses on a Cajun couple. Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
October 7, 1994 |
When he made his Hollywood Bowl choral debut in the '70s, singer Stephen Gothold was pretty impressed with the sound of 120 voices participating in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It was, however, no big deal compared with his Japanese choral debut in February singing the same piece at Tokyo's National Sports Arena. There, his was one of 5,200 voices for Beethoven's Ninth.
December 10, 1995 |
Jimmy's parking garage in Beverly Hills, with masses of white lights overhead, was a wonderland for John Wayne Cancer Institute's holiday-spirited dinner dance honoring its benefactors. And there were lots of wonders to behold--including zillions, it seemed, of Waynes, all dedicated to finding a cure in memory of actor John Wayne, who died of cancer in 1979. The family's persistence in finding benefactors, coupled with institute leadership by President Dr.