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July 6, 2000 | DONALD DIETZ and ROBIN RAUZI
* The conductor leads his 200th concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on Saturday. Work and Play: My favorite weekend is when I'm conducting with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. It's absolutely my favorite thing--what I would do every weekend if I could. The Bowl is one of the great places and things that the city gives to its people. New York or Chicago has nothing like it. For me, it's kind of a sacred place. A thousand years from now when people talk about L.A.
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February 23, 2013 | By John Mauceri, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When the Academy Award for original score is announced Sunday night, there will be joy and disappointment - and Monday morning quarterbacking. Some years the most important score is recognized, as in 1946 when Miklos Rozsa won for "Spellbound. " Or consider when the most important pre-"Star Wars" score, Max Steiner's epic "Gone With the Wind," did not, in fact, win. That statuette went to Herbert Stothart for the underscoring to "The Wizard of Oz. " (Then again, who today could even choose between those two, not to mention the amazing group of 1939 films whose scores were nominated?
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July 7, 2001
As someone who prefers the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and its set lists 10 to 1 over the L.A. Philharmonic's, I was disappointed to read about its second-class-citizen status designation by Phil management, the squabbles with said management and Phil management's perceived lack of appreciation for this world-class group ("Second Fiddle Doesn't Suit," by Elaine Dutka, June 28). And it must be noted that John Mauceri is The Man! Without Mauceri, there would be no HB Orchestra. His vision, his set lists and his approach and style are the orchestra's.
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August 18, 2011
MUSIC Conductor John Mauceri will pick up his baton while Mickey dons his sorcerer's cap for three screenings of the Disney classic "Fantasia," complete with live accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The shows will also include glimpses of unfinished segments of the film and will conclude with fireworks. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun. $11-$158. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
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July 4, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Patriotism," Samuel Johnson said, "is the last refuge of a scoundrel." He didn't add, "and aging mezzo-sopranos." But then Johnson wasn't at Hollywood Bowl Sunday night for the first of three presentations of the "America the Beautiful" program featuring John Mauceri, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, fireworks and mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne in the role of Kate Smith. Those in search of genuine musical moments (they are possible at the Bowl) had to look elsewhere.
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June 25, 1995 | Chris Pasles, Chris Pasles is a Times staff writer. and
In a big marketing push, Philips Classics created the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in 1991 to fill the gap left by the Boston Pops' moving to a new label. At the same time, the Los Angeles Philharmonic wanted more summertime freedom to pursue European tours. A new orchestra could take over some of their dates at the Bowl. Everybody would come out a winner. Especially conductor John Mauceri, who was handpicked by Philips to lead the group. His mandate?
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August 23, 1992 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer
It was ballet night at the vast, 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl. The enormous movie screens at either edge of the stage were hardly necessary for the folks up front, conductor John Mauceri quipped, but they would be indispensable to "you people back there in another area code." Actually, the film-land technology was a flop--everything was too red, dancers were cut off at the knees, cameras were too often on the wrong dancer.
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May 20, 2006
I was sorry to read that Hollywood Bowl Orchestra director John Mauceri is leaving to become the new chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts [Quick Takes, May 13]. With his pleasant smile, cheerful attitude and clear enjoyment of the music, Mauceri was a pleasant change from the traditional "gloom and doom" school of music conducting and performing. KENNETH LARSON Los Angeles
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July 21, 2001
Mark Swed's practice of the art of criticism ("An Amped-Up 'Aida' at the Bowl," July 10) leaves me with the simultaneous feelings of actually having been at the performance, and relief that I was not. JUDY SOLOSKI Pacific Palisades Placido Domingo could take some pointers from John Mauceri on how to conduct "Aida." The Bowl performance was magnificent. Perhaps Swed was sitting too close to the speakers. If he were part of the main audience, as I was, he might have enjoyed the performance, as I did. Being a critic doesn't mean you have to criticize, just give an honest review.
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October 18, 2009 | Jon Burlingame
Disney music at Disney Hall? Some might say: What took so long? On Tuesday night, Walt Disney Concert Hall will host "The Disney Symphonic Legacy," the first time a program of all-Disney music has been offered since the venue opened in 2003. And it will mark the Disney Hall debut of longtime Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri. The concert will draw from more than 70 years of orchestral music written for Disney-produced movies, from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
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July 21, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
A concert performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic of "Porgy and Bess" began at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night as the opera always does, with "Summertime." Nicole Cabell sang the lullaby with full voice and fine emotion. The living, as it so often is in this amphitheater, was easy. The evening was early; the light, gently fading; the air, soft and warm. "Porgy" and its composer, George Gershwin, have long belonged at the Bowl. The most ambitious memorial to Gershwin was an L.A. Philharmonic benefit 72 years ago, after the 38-year-old composer succumbed to a brain tumor at Cedars of Lebanon hospital five miles away.
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September 15, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
After 16 years as one of Hollywood's best tale-tellers and most versatile conductors, John Mauceri is moving on. This weekend, he leads his last concerts as music director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the band created for him in 1991. Then he's off to become chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. Mauceri is known for his popular and eclectic programming, which shifts easily among classical, Broadway, movie, opera, rock and even country music.
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May 20, 2006
I was sorry to read that Hollywood Bowl Orchestra director John Mauceri is leaving to become the new chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts [Quick Takes, May 13]. With his pleasant smile, cheerful attitude and clear enjoyment of the music, Mauceri was a pleasant change from the traditional "gloom and doom" school of music conducting and performing. KENNETH LARSON Los Angeles
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May 13, 2006 | Chris Pasles
John Mauceri, music director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has been named chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., the school announced Friday. He will assume his new post July 1. Mauceri, 60, will conclude his 16th season at the helm of the Bowl orchestra this summer with a fireworks program Sept. 15-17. He will then assume the new title of founding director and conduct the orchestra for selected concerts in coming seasons.
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July 12, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
First there was a small bonfire in front of the stage, just right for roasting marshmallows if you happened to be seated in the pool circle. Then came a couple of ominous smoke bombs in the crown above the stage. Finally, substantial flames burst out of the tops of the speaker towers. The Hollywood Bowl, though, withstood it all Sunday night. This was nothing more than its idea of a "Gotterdammerung" good time.
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May 13, 2006 | Chris Pasles
John Mauceri, music director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has been named chancellor of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., the school announced Friday. He will assume his new post July 1. Mauceri, 60, will conclude his 16th season at the helm of the Bowl orchestra this summer with a fireworks program Sept. 15-17. He will then assume the new title of founding director and conduct the orchestra for selected concerts in coming seasons.
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August 17, 2004 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Hollywood Bowl, it goes without saying, is no place for subtlety. John Mauceri, the conductor who presides over the Bowl more than any other, knows that and operates his Hollywood Bowl Orchestra accordingly. I mean that not as complaint but as compliment for a musician attuned to his environment and his audience. His concert performance of Puccini's "Turandot" on Sunday night attempted neither subtlety nor theatricality. But it wasn't without drama. It worked.
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November 16, 2003 | Chris Pasles
In yet another instance of the classical music/motion picture connection, fans of "The Lord of the Rings" movies can look forward to a symphonic version of Howard Shore's music for the trilogy. The Oscar-winning composer is putting the finishing touches on a six-movement score that he will premiere Dec. 1 in Wellington, New Zealand, in conjunction with the debut there of the final film in the series, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
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