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December 19, 1988 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
"This isn't a concert," confided a cheery John Currie to the audience Saturday afternoon at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, "it's a party." "Bah, humbug!" thought some skeptics, clearly seeing the Los Angeles Master Chorale, members of its Sinfonia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and a grand piano crowded onstage behind the conductor. But "Christmas With John Currie," designed to dismantle barriers, uplift, even educate, indeed went beyond customary concert format.
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April 23, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Call it the end of a mini-era: Less than five years after his arrival here, John Currie conducted his final concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Not all of the musical memories Currie will have left, when he quits the city, and our musical life, this summer, are necessarily wonderful.
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September 19, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
John Currie, for 17 years conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and since 1983 music director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, has been appointed conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Currie, 51, will succeed Roger Wagner, who, with the late Z. Wayne Griffin and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, founded the Master Chorale in 1964.
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March 4, 1991 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
John Currie may be on his way out as music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale but that didn't stop him from putting together an ambitious program for his penultimate concert Saturday night at the Music Center. Seldom-encountered works by Kodaly and Bruckner and the West Coast premiere of a new work by Stephen Paulus made up his adventurous agenda. Currie's reward: a more-than-usual amount of empty seats in the auditorium.
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March 21, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
Bach's "St. Matthew" Passion became a kind of endurance test as interpreted by John Currie and the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday. Bowing in the direction of authenticity, Currie conducted reduced vocal forces--two choirs of 19 and 18 singers, respectively--and two orchestras, numbering 13 and 15 instrumentalists. But, for all that, he did not make contrapuntal lines necessarily clearer, better balanced or more expressive.
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November 10, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
It wasn't just another performance of the Verdi Requiem Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It certainly wasn't just another concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its adjunct, the so-called Sinfonia Orchestra. It wasn't even the Master Chorale and Sinfonia as we have known them lo these many years. This was the inaugural concert of a new regime. Goodby, Roger Wagner. Hello, John Currie.
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October 13, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 27th season of the Los Angeles Master Chorale opens tonight with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. A challenging monument to hope and transcendence, shot through with fears and intimations of war, Beethoven's Mass will be sung tonight in a world on the brink of battle--and by a chorus at a crossroads. The season will be John Currie's last as music director.
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February 1, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The search took over a year, and brought up names from across the United States and Europe. But in the end, the Los Angeles Master Chorale turned to its roots for a new music director, naming Paul Salamunovich to the post. "I'm sort of like the prodigal son, come back," Salamunovich said Thursday just before a press conference at the Music Center where he was publicly introduced. "My choral heritage is this group."
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October 19, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanted: Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia. Pays $100,000 a year. The job ad ran 38 fine-print lines in the Daily Variety classifieds, less than four weeks before the opening concert of the 26th Master Chorale season. There is a catch, of course. The position is already filled. Veteran Scottish chorus master and conductor John Currie was appointed in 1985, following the much debated retirement/ouster of Master Chorale founder Roger Wagner.
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November 9, 1986
Reading Donna Perlmutter's interview with John Currie, the new director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale ("Currie Puts His Stamp on L.A. Chorale," Nov. 2), reminded me of an interview held many years ago with the Russian pianist, Vladimir de Pachmann. When asked about his opinion regarding some of his colleagues, De Pachmann replied, "There are only two great pianists. The other one is Leopold Godowsky." KENNETH LEAVENS Fullerton
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February 4, 1991 | RICHARD S. GINELL
The John Currie era at the Los Angeles Master Chorale is drawing rapidly to its coda, with his successor as of Sept. 1, Paul Salamunovich, announced on Friday. Currie's achievement here is bound to be a subject for debate, as he essentially dismantled Roger Wagner's robust, clearly delineated choral blend and installed a softer-focused, rather amorphous sound of his own.
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February 1, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The search took over a year, and brought up names from across the United States and Europe. But in the end, the Los Angeles Master Chorale turned to its roots for a new music director, naming Paul Salamunovich to the post. "I'm sort of like the prodigal son, come back," Salamunovich said Thursday just before a press conference at the Music Center where he was publicly introduced. "My choral heritage is this group."
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December 20, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Master for the Chorale? William Hall, Simon Halsey, Paul Salamunovich and Thomas Somerville will each rehearse the Los Angeles Master Chorale next month in an audition for the post of music director, which John Currie leaves vacant at the end of this season. Somerville, professor of music at Occidental College, is a new name in the search launched a year ago, when Currie announced he would not seek renewal of his contract.
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October 13, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 27th season of the Los Angeles Master Chorale opens tonight with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. A challenging monument to hope and transcendence, shot through with fears and intimations of war, Beethoven's Mass will be sung tonight in a world on the brink of battle--and by a chorus at a crossroads. The season will be John Currie's last as music director.
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January 16, 1990
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November 21, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Currie Calls It Quits: John Currie, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, announced Monday that he will not seek renewal of his contract when it expires at the end of the 1990-91 season. "It's a purely personal decision," Currie said in a prepared statement. "By 1991, I shall have accomplished the goals I set for myself and the Chorale when I came here three years ago."
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December 20, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Master for the Chorale? William Hall, Simon Halsey, Paul Salamunovich and Thomas Somerville will each rehearse the Los Angeles Master Chorale next month in an audition for the post of music director, which John Currie leaves vacant at the end of this season. Somerville, professor of music at Occidental College, is a new name in the search launched a year ago, when Currie announced he would not seek renewal of his contract.
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November 21, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Currie Calls It Quits: John Currie, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, announced Monday that he will not seek renewal of his contract when it expires at the end of the 1990-91 season. "It's a purely personal decision," Currie said in a prepared statement. "By 1991, I shall have accomplished the goals I set for myself and the Chorale when I came here three years ago."
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October 26, 1989 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES SOCIETY WRITER
When John Currie moved to Los Angeles to become the music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1986 it didn't mean an end to his favored activity, hill walking. Here it's called hiking , but Currie trained vigorously for years in the lush hills of his native Scotland, bounding up peaks and around lochs. Traveling throughout the world has allowed him to hill walk in some exotic locales, from the Austrian Alps to Israel's desolate Judean hills .
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October 19, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wanted: Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia. Pays $100,000 a year. The job ad ran 38 fine-print lines in the Daily Variety classifieds, less than four weeks before the opening concert of the 26th Master Chorale season. There is a catch, of course. The position is already filled. Veteran Scottish chorus master and conductor John Currie was appointed in 1985, following the much debated retirement/ouster of Master Chorale founder Roger Wagner.
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