CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 |
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins that accompanies the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film's chilling shower scene. He "was a renowned violinist and concertmaster in the Hollywood studio system" and was heard on dozens of movie scores, said Jon Burlingame, a film and music historian.
October 18, 2009
I was pleased to read Laurie Winer's excellent article in Sunday's Calendar section ("At USC, Classes Beyond Canons," Oct. 11). There have been a number of articles this year in praise of the distinguished faculty that taught at the school, but so far one of the most important members has not, to my knowledge, been recognized for his singular efforts to bring so many of these artists to the school. The late Raymond Kendall was a dynamic and persuasive professor and administrator whose almost single-handed efforts brought Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose, among others, to the faculty.
February 12, 2006 |
ON a brisk morning a few weeks ago inside downtown L.A.'s Colburn School of Performing Arts, Claire Hodgkins, 76, an Oregon-born violinist, teacher and former assistant to the late violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz (1901-87), entered the free-standing Lloyd Wright studio that once sat on her mentor's Beverly Hills property and before long made a confession.
November 1, 2005 |
Could there be a more appropriate Web address for the young philanthropist of the violin, Midori, than the one she has chosen, gotomidori.com? After more than 20 years onstage, she isn't just her generation's most giving, selfless musical figure, continually spawning successful outreach programs and teaching on both coasts (at the Manhattan School of Music and, more recently, at USC, where she holds the Jascha Heifetz chair).
December 16, 2001 |
Jascha Heifetz presents a frustrating challenge to would-be biographers. Although one of the most widely celebrated and recorded musicians of the 20th century, he was also intensely private, not to say secretive and even paranoid. The violinist bowed out of public life at the top of his form, with a final concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1972, and spent the remaining 15 years of his life in growing isolation at his Los Angeles home.
August 4, 2001 |
Nearing the close of their annual summer residency in the L.A. area, Eduard Schmieder and the young, multinational, highly accomplished I Palpiti Chamber Orchestra observed the Jascha Heifetz centenary with an out-of-the-ordinary program--some of which referred directly to Heifetz. There was some unplanned drama at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Thursday.