October 15, 1990 |
A $1-million donation by the Skirball Foundation to the Los Angeles Music Center Opera will be announced today. The gift, in four annual installments beginning in February, will be earmarked for the MCO's Resident Artists Program, which supports local singers at the beginning of their careers.
May 7, 1987
A Downey man helped police apprehend two bank robbery suspects when he blocked their path with his pickup truck and forced their car to stop. David June Shaw, 29, and John Wayne Atkins, 33, both of Los Angeles, were booked Monday for investigation of robbing $7,500 from the Bank of America branch at 10010 Paramount Blvd., police Detective David Kelly said. Shaw and Atkins were in custody Wednesday in lieu of $6,000 bail each.
February 13, 1985 |
Carlisle Floyd's "Of Mice and Men,' based on the novel and play of John Steinbeck, always seems a bit incongruous in a big, high-falutin opera house. The Salinas Valley ranch hands and vagrants tend to look arch and sound pretentious when framed by an ornate proscenium and flanked by the glitter of a golden horseshoe. Floyd's homespun music, moreover, tends to cloy when projected with pomp and grandeur in the wide open operatic spaces.
March 27, 2013 |
We may look these days at Mexico as a place of peril, what with drug trafficking, kidnapping and wanton murder. But we ignore Mexico as an arts center at our own peril. When it comes to classical music, we might not recognize our own music had we not once had inspiration and help from south of the border. Do we need now to be reminded that Mexico City has been an opera center a lot longer than Southern California has been - and that it still is one? We do. Fortunately, Long Beach Opera has done the reminding with its most gratifyingly ambitious undertaking in quite a while: what it is calling the U.S. premiere of what it is calling Gabriella Ortiz's "Camelia la Tejana: Only the Truth.
May 8, 1992 |
Strange things happened Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Pacific Symphony held the stage, but there wasn't anything remotely like a symphony within earshot. The unifying theme was theatrical composition for and/or about children. Carl St. Clair, the would-be savior of the local orchestra, didn't just devote the first half of the evening to ballet music.
July 23, 1991 |
The "Mozart Akademie" presented in Hollywood Bowl by members of the class of 1991 at the L.A. Philharmonic Institute, plus seven conductors, was not the final word on Mozart this summer. Still to come in Cahuenga Pass: four Mozart evenings, Aug. 20-29, when 14 more works by this year's most feted composer are scheduled at regular Tuesday-Thursday L.A. Philharmonic concerts, outdoors.
August 22, 1988 |
Leonard Bernstein, the erstwhile Wunderkind of American music, turns 70 this week. It hardly seems possible. The world has seen many Lennys since that fateful day in 1943 when, as a late replacement for the ailing Bruno Walter, he assumed--some might say seized --his rightful place in the symphonic sun. We have experienced the comings and goings of Lenny the conductor, the pianist and the composer, not to mention Lenny the raconteur, the educator and, simply, the persona.
October 7, 1989 |
The South Coast Symphony, which last year called off several concerts because of financial troubles, will launch a new season tonight and is "on the road to recovery," manager Doreen Hardy reports. Hardy said there is new corporate support for the orchestra and that subscriptions, which had been dwindling, are up 32% over last year, from 356 to 470. Meanwhile, musicians who had waited three months for payment have been paid, and bill collectors are at bay.
January 20, 1992 |
A funny thing happened at that moment when Tosca attempts to save her honor by stabbing Scarpia--in Act II of Puccini's melodrama as presented by Opera Pacific in Segerstrom Hall on Friday. Diana Soviero, a passionate and gorgeous (if short) heroine, dropped the knife and made her first pass at Harry Dworchak's stolid Scarpia with only an empty hand.
October 1, 1991 |
Sunday afternoon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Music Center offered the sixth and final performance of its controversial new version of "Madama Butterfly." An hour before curtain time, opera lovers clogged the box office in vain hope of last-minute tickets. Never underestimate the attraction of Puccini's lofty tear-jerker. The production has undergone substantive changes since the Sept. 12 premiere. Some of them represent changes for the better.