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April 9, 1990 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
The South Coast Symphony brought its sixth season to an impressive conclusion Saturday night at Orange Coast College. Music director John Larry Granger had chosen a familiar--some might say hackneyed--program for the occasion, but his ensemble played it with untainted enthusiasm and technical assurance. Still problematic is the bone-dry acoustic of the college's Robert B. Moore Theatre, which renders the orchestra's sound boxy and unresonant.
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January 22, 1991 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If one had to choose a single word to describe the conducting of John Larry Granger, it might be "efficient." With his small, tidy gestures and equally neat, generally straightforward music-making, Granger has a businesslike presence on the podium. And it works. Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, he led the South Coast Symphony, now in its seventh season under his directorship, in polished, confident and mostly compelling performances.
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January 22, 1991 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If one had to choose a single word to describe the conducting of John Larry Granger, it might be "efficient." With his small, tidy gestures and equally neat, generally straightforward music-making, Granger has a businesslike presence on the podium. And it works. Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, he led the South Coast Symphony, now in its seventh season under his directorship, in polished, confident and mostly compelling performances.
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July 6, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
John Larry Granger, music director of the South Coast Symphony, has been appointed music director of the Pomona College Orchestra for the 1989-90 season. He succeeds Peter Jaffe, who has accepted a one-year appointment as conductor of the Stanford University Symphony. Granger's duties at Pomona will include conducting five pairs of orchestra concerts and teaching three courses.
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May 13, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
High school instrumentalists from Orange and Los Angeles counties may audition for the South Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra during the last two weeks of May. The Youth Orchestra is a new joint venture between the Orange County High School of the Arts and the South Coast Symphony, directed by John Larry Granger. The new ensemble replaces the South East Youth Symphony Orchestra, the youth arm of the South Coast Symphony.
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September 1, 1987
Joining the musical festivities surrounding Pope John Paul II's first visit to Southern California will be the South Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by music director John Larry Granger. The celebration concert will precede the Pope's Mass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept., 15. "We're very happy," Granger said Monday.
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May 2, 1988 | RICHARD JENSEN
The mood at Orange Coast College was festive Saturday night as the South Coast Symphony closed its concert season with several speeches, a raffle, a post-concert bash and, incidentally, an eclectic program, conducted by John Larry Granger. The most interesting work was Leon Stein's recent Concerto for oboe and string orchestra, which was heard in its West Coast premiere. Although conservative in design, the second movement cannot be accused of dry academicism.
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May 15, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
In 1988, Times reviewer Terry McQuilkin wrote that Mozart Camerata music director Ami Porat "seems to have difficulty maintaining a steady tempo." This spring, reviewer Richard S. Ginell credited him with leading an "impeccably smooth ensemble." An Orange County Register review in February summarized the group's performances as having "moments of excellence and moments of incoherence."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1990 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
The South Coast Symphony brought its sixth season to an impressive conclusion Saturday night at Orange Coast College. Music director John Larry Granger had chosen a familiar--some might say hackneyed--program for the occasion, but his ensemble played it with untainted enthusiasm and technical assurance. Still problematic is the bone-dry acoustic of the college's Robert B. Moore Theatre, which renders the orchestra's sound boxy and unresonant.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
John Larry Granger, music director of the South Coast Symphony, has been appointed music director of the Pomona College Orchestra for the 1989-90 season. He succeeds Peter Jaffe, who has accepted a one-year appointment as conductor of the Stanford University Symphony. Granger's duties at Pomona will include conducting five pairs of orchestra concerts and teaching three courses.
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November 21, 1988 | TERRY McQUILKIN
It is exhilarating to hear an artist play with vitality and virtuosity. But it is particularly satisfying if that artist also brings insight, elegance, wit and charm to the music. At Santa Ana High School on Saturday, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, aided by John Larry Granger and the South Coast Symphony, gave an unusually compelling reading of Saint-Saens' Second Piano Concerto. The young French-born pianist is a virtually flawless technician.
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April 28, 1986 | JOHN HENKEN
Eduardo Delgado has had easier nights at the keyboard than Saturday at Robert B. Moore Theater of Orange Coast College. But he converted trial to triumph in Brahms' First Piano Concerto, and the results ultimately proved satisfying and even cathartic. The occasion was the final concert of the season for the South Coast Symphony. The program began late, after remarks from two orchestra officials.
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