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May 14, 1992 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura composer John Biggs has long wrestled with the problem of public perception of music written by living, breathing composers. "People don't know that symphonic music is still being written," the composer said, half-bemused, "because there's so much overkill, so much overemphasis on Mozart and doing the Handel 'Messiah' every year. We're in 18th and 19th Century ruts." And Biggs is doing his part to guide us out of those ruts. Classical composers need love too, not to mention performances.
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August 4, 2006 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
John Biggs, chairman of the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, will resign his post by the end of October, more than eight months before his term was due to end, the trust is expected to announce today.
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October 13, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years ago, composer John Biggs, one of Ventura's illustrious musical residents, put on what could reasonably be called the musical event of the summer, a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest" called "Ernest Worthing." Especially in Ventura, where opera is still a medium in search of an outlet, the production, put on by the Ventura College Opera Workshop, made news and drew plenty of avid fans.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former FBI and CIA Director William H. Webster has been tapped to lead the new accounting oversight board designed to clean up the epidemic of accounting scandals, sources said. With the selection of Webster, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey L. Pitt hopes to close a clumsy selection process that already has brought criticism over the public consideration, then rejection, of retiring TIAA-CREF Chairman John Biggs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may be too early for such a declaration, but Ventura-based composer John Biggs may now have earned the title of court composer for the New West Symphony. His "Ballad of William Sycamore" had its world premiere during New West's inaugural concert in September 1995. And this weekend, the symphony will premiere Biggs' new Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra for its first concert of 1997. Two premieres in a year and a half--not a bad track record.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one said it would be easy, the life of the independent composer in America. Hurdles exist on many fronts, including the reluctance of musical institutions to play new music, and the shrugs of indifference--if not sneers--from the general classical music audience. But composers compose, by force of instinct and artistic urge, and hope for the best. Sometimes, they even conquer apathy and make a name for themselves, regionally and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
One of the forgotten musical pioneers in the California Mission movement was Padre Narciso Duran, who composed church music for an Indian choir and orchestra that he created and trained in the early 1800s. Duran's name fails to appear in any of the standard reference works, but some of his ecclesiastical music survives thanks to a suite called "California Mission Music," fashioned from his original manuscripts.
NEWS
May 14, 1992
The Ventura County Master Chorale will conclude its 10th anniversary season with performances Saturday and Sunday at different venues. The 1991-92 season comes to a close on a local note, featuring the works of Ventura composer John Biggs, who will premiere his "Cantata Rustica"--a five-part work for mixed chorus, strings and percussion.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sizable throng of music lovers descended on City Hall last Sunday afternoon. The occasion was a party of sorts. John Biggs, Ventura's most celebrated composer, turned 60, and he celebrated The Big 6-0 by throwing a bash for himself. The afternoon's long concert of works from Biggs' catalogue proved to be the best kind of acknowledgment of a composer's milestone. To date, a fine lot of musicians have navigated a very selective tour through Biggs' music.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer John Biggs has written a wide variety of music in his day, but last week he officially began the operatic chapter of his catalog, when the Ventura College Opera Workshop premiered his comic opera "Ernest Worthing." It turned out to be a highly worthy event, for Venturan theater and in terms of Biggs' output. Performances continue through this weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years ago, composer John Biggs, one of Ventura's illustrious musical residents, put on what could reasonably be called the musical event of the summer, a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest" called "Ernest Worthing." Especially in Ventura, where opera is still a medium in search of an outlet, the production, put on by the Ventura College Opera Workshop, made news and drew plenty of avid fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer John Biggs has written a wide variety of music in his day, but last week he officially began the operatic chapter of his catalog, when the Ventura College Opera Workshop premiered his comic opera "Ernest Worthing." It turned out to be a highly worthy event, for Venturan theater and in terms of Biggs' output. Performances continue through this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Opera has been a stranger in Ventura long enough that its sudden appearance in the area, twice in three months, makes you wonder: Is there a trend afoot? A conspiracy? Are there forces trying to make Ventura County safe for the cultural reality of opera? In May, composer Miguel del Aguila's gonzo musical theater piece "Composer Missing," a chamber opera, was brought to life by the Ojai Camerata. This weekend, a different kind of comic operatic effort is being unveiled at Ventura College.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With all due respect to Bach, Handel and Telemann, whose timeless and inspiring works were nicely played during the New West Symphony's "Basically Baroque" program last weekend, the most memorable music went beyond baroque basics. The long and satisfying evening closed with the Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart, a prodigious upstart who arrived on the scene as the baroque period was fading.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may be too early for such a declaration, but Ventura-based composer John Biggs may now have earned the title of court composer for the New West Symphony. His "Ballad of William Sycamore" had its world premiere during New West's inaugural concert in September 1995. And this weekend, the symphony will premiere Biggs' new Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra for its first concert of 1997. Two premieres in a year and a half--not a bad track record.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one said it would be easy, the life of the independent composer in America. Hurdles exist on many fronts, including the reluctance of musical institutions to play new music, and the shrugs of indifference--if not sneers--from the general classical music audience. But composers compose, by force of instinct and artistic urge, and hope for the best. Sometimes, they even conquer apathy and make a name for themselves, regionally and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With all due respect to Bach, Handel and Telemann, whose timeless and inspiring works were nicely played during the New West Symphony's "Basically Baroque" program last weekend, the most memorable music went beyond baroque basics. The long and satisfying evening closed with the Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart, a prodigious upstart who arrived on the scene as the baroque period was fading.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Opera has been a stranger in Ventura long enough that its sudden appearance in the area, twice in three months, makes you wonder: Is there a trend afoot? A conspiracy? Are there forces trying to make Ventura County safe for the cultural reality of opera? In May, composer Miguel del Aguila's gonzo musical theater piece "Composer Missing," a chamber opera, was brought to life by the Ojai Camerata. This weekend, a different kind of comic operatic effort is being unveiled at Ventura College.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sizable throng of music lovers descended on City Hall last Sunday afternoon. The occasion was a party of sorts. John Biggs, Ventura's most celebrated composer, turned 60, and he celebrated The Big 6-0 by throwing a bash for himself. The afternoon's long concert of works from Biggs' catalogue proved to be the best kind of acknowledgment of a composer's milestone. To date, a fine lot of musicians have navigated a very selective tour through Biggs' music.
NEWS
May 14, 1992
The Ventura County Master Chorale will conclude its 10th anniversary season with performances Saturday and Sunday at different venues. The 1991-92 season comes to a close on a local note, featuring the works of Ventura composer John Biggs, who will premiere his "Cantata Rustica"--a five-part work for mixed chorus, strings and percussion.
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