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October 6, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching the recent "Civil War" series on public television brought home a realization to South Coast Symphony Music Director Larry Granger. "There are masterpieces of music that have been simply overlooked, not performed--just as people were overlooked in our history for ethnic reasons," Granger said in a recent phone interview. "Look at all the discoveries in terms of the Civil War, such as the service of black Americans.
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July 8, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
The South Coast Symphony's board of directors recently handed conductor Larry Granger a birthday surprise he wishes he could return. Exactly a week after Granger turned 44, the board voted to shut down the whole organization unless at least $80,000 could be raised in six weeks. Nobody expects that the money will found so quickly, least of all Granger. So the conductor, who has led the group since 1973, is effectively out of a job and the Costa Mesa-based orchestra out of existence.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
The South Coast Symphony's board of directors recently handed conductor Larry Granger a birthday surprise he wishes he could return. Exactly a week after Granger turned 44, the board voted to shut down the whole organization unless at least $80,000 could be raised in six weeks. Nobody expects that the money will found so quickly, least of all Granger. So the conductor, who has led the group since 1973, is effectively out of a job and the Costa Mesa-based orchestra out of existence.
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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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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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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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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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October 6, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching the recent "Civil War" series on public television brought home a realization to South Coast Symphony Music Director Larry Granger. "There are masterpieces of music that have been simply overlooked, not performed--just as people were overlooked in our history for ethnic reasons," Granger said in a recent phone interview. "Look at all the discoveries in terms of the Civil War, such as the service of black Americans.
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.
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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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July 2, 1988
Other outdoor Fourth of July concerts with fireworks displays will be held throughout the county Monday. Among them: A "Superstar Rock 'n' Roll" show with Mary Wells, the Coasters, the Del Vikings, Robert & Johnny and others, at the Santa Ana Stadium at 5 p.m. Tickets: $3 to $5. Information: (714) 647-6561. Larry Granger leading the South Coast Symphony in Sousa marches and Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture complete with cannons, at Irvine Heritage Park at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15.
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