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February 11, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
"This is not a date," says Jon Robertson about his guest-conducting engagement with the Long Beach Beach Symphony tonight at the Long Beach Convention Center. "This is courtship for marriage." In the sharply competitive world of conducting, Robertson explains, there is no room, and no time, for casual relationships.
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April 29, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
After five years of fund-raising, wall-scraping, sound system updating and ceiling mural restoration, the Inland Empire now has a rejuvenated hall that it expansively celebrates as "the largest performing arts facility in San Bernardino County." Thursday night Gardiner Spring Auditorium, on the Chaffey High School campus in Ontario, received its figurative magnum of champagne across the bow. The Redlands Symphony, led by its music director, Jon Robertson, inaugurated what the Gardiner Spring Society for the Performing Arts hopes will be a long future as a concert hall for the 50-year-old building.
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February 13, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
For the Long Beach Symphony Saturday evening, Jon Robertson was the maestro of the moment. Fourth in the group of guest-conducting aspirants to the music directorship, he offered a brace of orchestral standards, surrounding Bartok's First Violin Concerto, as his calling card. Robertson's way with Richard Strauss' "Don Juan" was fiercely dramatic and almost angular at times. When the passions turned introspective, however, the performance deflated. In Dvorak's Symphony No.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1989 | JOHN HENKEN
For the Long Beach Symphony Saturday evening, Jon Robertson was the maestro of the moment. Fourth in the group of guest-conducting aspirants to the music directorship, he offered a brace of orchestral standards, surrounding Bartok's First Violin Concerto, as his calling card. Robertson's way with Richard Strauss' "Don Juan" was fiercely dramatic and almost angular at times. When the passions turned introspective, however, the performance deflated. In Dvorak's Symphony No.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
After five years of fund-raising, wall-scraping, sound system updating and ceiling mural restoration, the Inland Empire now has a rejuvenated hall that it expansively celebrates as "the largest performing arts facility in San Bernardino County." Thursday night Gardiner Spring Auditorium, on the Chaffey High School campus in Ontario, received its figurative magnum of champagne across the bow. The Redlands Symphony, led by its music director, Jon Robertson, inaugurated what the Gardiner Spring Society for the Performing Arts hopes will be a long future as a concert hall for the 50-year-old building.
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April 29, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
Five candidates for the post of music director of the Long Beach Symphony will lead the orchestra in its 1988-89 season, the orchestra's management announced Thursday. These conductors--Paul Polivnick, David Alan Miller, Kenneth Kiesler, Jon Robertson and JoAnn Falletta--were chosen from a field of 250 applicants by a search committee of musicians and arts and community leaders from the greater Los Angeles area.
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April 6, 1989 | FRANK A. FISHER
The 11th annual Joanna Hodges Piano Conference and Competition draws to a close this week at the Bob Hope Cultural Center in Palm Desert. Concerto competition finals (junior, intermediate and senior divisions) take place at 8 tonight and will be followed Friday by both the New York and London competitions finals, which run concurrently from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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November 2, 2000 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One thing--perhaps the most important thing--you can expect from a young orchestra is enthusiasm, which the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra has in abundance. Conductor Jon Robertson doesn't have to go much beyond a repertory of restrained, even minute gestures to summon this energy; it just bubbles over like a natural force.
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November 9, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Residents of some neighborhoods near the site proposed for a major retail center say they are worried that the project will bring traffic and parking problems, and they are taking their concerns to the Planning Commission. The 105,000-square-foot Irvine Co. project near MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway would contain large general merchandise, apparel and food stores, as well as fast-food outlets. At completion, the center would generate a projected $360,000 a year in tax revenue.
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December 8, 2000 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Writing a guitar concerto is tricky business, particularly for a nonguitarist.American composer Paul Chihara made his effectively musing but not entirely idiomatic contribution to this not-at-all crowded field in 1974. When Peter Yates revived it, Tuesday at Schoenberg Hall with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra under music director Jon Robertson, it was with his own, composer-sanctioned revisions to the solo part.
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February 11, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
"This is not a date," says Jon Robertson about his guest-conducting engagement with the Long Beach Beach Symphony tonight at the Long Beach Convention Center. "This is courtship for marriage." In the sharply competitive world of conducting, Robertson explains, there is no room, and no time, for casual relationships.
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November 18, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
After delays, disappointments and the near-devastation caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Skinner organ in UCLA's Royce Hall is whole again and has been re-inaugurated. Tuesday night, university organist Thomas Harmon introduced the restored and enlarged instrument to an avid, large audience in the historic auditorium, itself recently restored and reconfigured.
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April 18, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
JoAnn Falletta has been named the new music director of the Long Beach Symphony. The 35-year-old conductor, a native New Yorker who will soon hold three degrees from the Juilliard School, was chosen over four other candidates for the post, vacated last year when Murry Sidlin's contract was not renewed by the orchestra's board of directors. Each of the five contenders--including Paul Polivnick, Kenneth Kiesler, David Alan Miller and Jon Robertson--led a Long Beach Symphony concert during the 1988-89 season.
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