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February 1, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
The prospect of dredging up adjectives with which to praise the Juilliard String Quartet at the top of its form has become wearying, although "probing, lush-toned, technically masterful" could easily be recycled to describe their playing of the Beethoven Quartet in B flat, Opus 130, on Sunday afternoon at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. What went awry in their encounter with the Second Quartet of Leos Janacek is a good deal easier to describe.
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October 31, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
While driving to Aliso Viejo on Tuesday to hear the Juilliard String Quartet play Bach, Schubert and a young American composer, Jesse Jones, at the Soka Performing Arts Center, I listened to a little early Bob Dylan. It seemed right. But so might have Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, something from Stravinsky's Los Angeles years or Aaron Copland. Anything by Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk would have been equally suitable. All were artists on Columbia Records, and in the '40s, '50s and '60s, all were showing the extraordinary originality of North American music.
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January 31, 1987 | HERBERT GLASS
On Thursday, the Juilliard String Quartet, in the second of three appearances this season at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, demonstrated the art of ensemble playing at its most accomplished and communicative.
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May 22, 2006 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Beethoven Unbound festival -- actually two festivals that formed bookends around the winter season -- ended over the weekend with some reshuffled programs by the orchestra and fresh quartet material. In October, the Juilliard String Quartet was featured in the festival's chamber concerts. So it seemed fitting that its preeminent stylistic heir, the Emerson String Quartet, would pick up the thread in May.
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October 31, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
While driving to Aliso Viejo on Tuesday to hear the Juilliard String Quartet play Bach, Schubert and a young American composer, Jesse Jones, at the Soka Performing Arts Center, I listened to a little early Bob Dylan. It seemed right. But so might have Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, something from Stravinsky's Los Angeles years or Aaron Copland. Anything by Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk would have been equally suitable. All were artists on Columbia Records, and in the '40s, '50s and '60s, all were showing the extraordinary originality of North American music.
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October 11, 2005 | Adam J. Baer, Special to The Times
In the competitive string quartet world, where gifted young groups vie to play just a few cities each season, the storied Juilliard String Quartet flaunts brand-name authority. Unfortunately, however, the original group led by maverick violinist Robert Mann as an emblem of the brash American style no longer exists.
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February 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert Koff, 86, a violinist who was a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, died Tuesday at his home in Lexington, Mass. The cause of death was not reported. A native of Los Angeles, Koff graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory and earned a graduate diploma from Juilliard in 1946. In 1946, he joined with violinist Robert Mann, violist Raphael Hillyer and cellist Arthur Winograd to form the Juilliard String Quartet.
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April 30, 1991 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Who says jazz and classical music make strange bedfellows? Not pianist/composer/educator/Dr. Billy Taylor or the members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Commissioned by the Madison Civic Center in Wisconsin to come up with a piece to celebrate the center's 10th anniversary, the quartet invited Taylor to concoct something.
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April 2, 1994
The second season of KUSC Radio's "In Recital at Ambassador" broadcasts, featuring programs recently recorded in performances at Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium, starts Sunday with a concert by the Juilliard String Quartet. Opera star Beverly Sills hosts the series, which runs for 13 consecutive Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.
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January 18, 2002 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even without founding first violinist and sparkplug Robert Mann, who left in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet keeps on running--and it is here this week for a mini-residency at USC doing its bit for music new, old and in between, with public performances and master classes. The quartet's opening concert at Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday night was followed by an open rehearsal of Ralph Shapey's String Quartet No. 10 on Thursday--and tonight it plays its transcription of J.S.
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October 11, 2005 | Adam J. Baer, Special to The Times
In the competitive string quartet world, where gifted young groups vie to play just a few cities each season, the storied Juilliard String Quartet flaunts brand-name authority. Unfortunately, however, the original group led by maverick violinist Robert Mann as an emblem of the brash American style no longer exists.
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February 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert Koff, 86, a violinist who was a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, died Tuesday at his home in Lexington, Mass. The cause of death was not reported. A native of Los Angeles, Koff graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory and earned a graduate diploma from Juilliard in 1946. In 1946, he joined with violinist Robert Mann, violist Raphael Hillyer and cellist Arthur Winograd to form the Juilliard String Quartet.
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March 14, 2003 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The Juilliard String Quartet is such an eminent and familiar ensemble that musically the players must be given the benefit of the doubt. But in terms of sound, something was very wrong about their three-part program Wednesday at the recently refurbished Bovard Auditorium at USC. Violinists Joel Smirnoff and Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes and cellist Joel Krosnick played in front of a red velvet curtain used to create a more intimate-sized stage.
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January 18, 2002 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even without founding first violinist and sparkplug Robert Mann, who left in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet keeps on running--and it is here this week for a mini-residency at USC doing its bit for music new, old and in between, with public performances and master classes. The quartet's opening concert at Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday night was followed by an open rehearsal of Ralph Shapey's String Quartet No. 10 on Thursday--and tonight it plays its transcription of J.S.
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April 16, 2000 | MARK SWED
If you want to hear Salonen conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic during his sabbatical year, you will have to do it via CD. And that has just gotten easier with three recent releases, and more are on the way (discs of Hindemith, Bach transcriptions and John Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music" are in the can).
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May 3, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Juilliard String Quartet, in any of its incarnations, has never shied from challenge. Saturday it outdid itself in that regard, offering its Carpenter Performing Arts Center audience a demanding agenda of weighty and surpassingly serious works by Mozart, Schoenberg and Beethoven. Confronted with a typically mechanistic analysis of one of his works, Schoenberg once plaintively exclaimed, "But where are the tunes?"
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October 7, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
The Juilliard String Quartet, which appeared at Ambassador Auditorium on Thursday for the first of five season-spanning concerts devoted to the complete quartets of Beethoven, has, in various personnel configurations, been putting on this show for four decades. So the critical pulse hardly races in anticipation of yet another Juilliard go at the canonic 17.
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March 14, 2003 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The Juilliard String Quartet is such an eminent and familiar ensemble that musically the players must be given the benefit of the doubt. But in terms of sound, something was very wrong about their three-part program Wednesday at the recently refurbished Bovard Auditorium at USC. Violinists Joel Smirnoff and Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes and cellist Joel Krosnick played in front of a red velvet curtain used to create a more intimate-sized stage.
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May 26, 1998 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
It was a different Juilliard String Quartet that arrived Sunday at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena, both in personnel and sound. In its first local appearance without founding violinist Robert Mann--Ronald Copes has joined the group as second violin, and former second violinist Joel Smirnoff has taken over for Mann at first--the group showed that it has already cohered tightly as a unit. But there were many things missing.
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March 7, 1998 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is one thing to fantasize about playing on a dream team, and quite another to actually enter the lineup. That's the situation in which Ronald Copes found himself when he joined the legendary Juilliard String Quartet last summer. Founded in 1946, the Juilliard--due here Sunday for a concert at Caltech--transformed an often aloof and patrician genre into something smart, hip, edgy, distinctively American and surprisingly popular.
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