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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The Junior Philharmonic Orchestra of California, which recently celebrated its 62nd anniversay under the direction of founder Ernst Katz, will host a concert today for students at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Billed as its Second Annual Community Benefit Concert, the orchestra hopes to expose the students to inspiring music, Katz said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The Junior Philharmonic Orchestra of California, which recently celebrated its 62nd anniversay under the direction of founder Ernst Katz, will host a concert today for students at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Billed as its Second Annual Community Benefit Concert, the orchestra hopes to expose the students to inspiring music, Katz said.
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NEWS
June 2, 1994
Call it continuity. For 57 years, Ernst Katz has conducted the Junior Philharmonic of California, touted as the oldest young people's symphony in the West. And Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Katz, one of the orchestra's founders, will wield the baton at its 57th Anniversary Concert Gala at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Highlighting the festivities will be the annual celebrity "Battle of the Batons."
NEWS
March 22, 1987
The Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, which is celebrating 50 years under one conductor, is holding auditions for Southern California musicians between the ages of 12 and 25. The orchestra also is mobilizing former members for an all-alumni orchestra to perform during its golden jubilee week in May. Many former members are with major symphonies throughout the United States, Israel and Japan. They will be joined by graduates who have gone on to other fields.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2001
Carol Lawrence and George Chakiris, who starred in the Broadway and film versions, respectively, of "West Side Story," will be on hand when the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra of California performs music from the Leonard Bernstein musical at a free concert in downtown L.A. tonight. The 125-member orchestra of young people, under the baton of founder Ernst Katz, also will play music from "The Barber of Seville" and "Phantom of the Opera" beginning at 7:30 p.m.
NEWS
May 30, 1999 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
The maestro gives the downbeat, and the concertmaster--the maestro's nephew--raises his bow. The principal cellist--another nephew--raises his bow. The stage manager and violinist--the maestro's great-niece--raises her bow, and the harpist--the maestro's niece--positions her fingers. This is no mere orchestra. It's a dynasty.
NEWS
December 8, 1996 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ernst Katz shakes hands, introduces himself and says, "You're looking at a dinosaur." A dinosaur in overdrive, perhaps. In a few hours, he'll be on the podium, wielding his baton, telling his stories--and coaxing beautiful music out of his Junior Philharmonic of California, just as he has at every rehearsal, every concert, since founding the orchestra almost 60 years ago. Our meeting was to have been an interview, but one doesn't interview Katz. One listens.
NEWS
March 5, 1989
The steps, in turn, were maundering, menacing, mincing. The facial expression switched from snort to smirk with the rise or fall of a painted eyebrow. It was a mini-tour of the recondite world of Kabuki, Japan's popular theater, and with Leonard Pronko as guide, the lecturees at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena last week were not only instructed but enthralled.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2007 | Karen Wada, Special to The Times
Ever the rebel, Esa-Pekka Salonen balked at his mother's request that he take piano lessons when he was a boy. Ultimately, though, he learned to play the French horn and then studied conducting and composing at Finland's Sibelius Academy, where he enjoyed the freedom to pursue his passion for the avant-garde. Gustavo Dudamel was 4 when he joined El Sistema (the System), the Venezuelan orchestral training program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
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