April 8, 1986 |
With a 22-year-old conductor, a 13-year-old violin soloist and an orchestra composed of 14- to 23-year-olds, the concert Sunday by the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra was a feast of technically assured, rich-sounding performances--but a famine of probity, reflection and/or forethought. The concert, in Royce Hall, UCLA, was a cause celebre for Lucas Richman, the conductor/composer who is serving as the conductor-in-training with the ensemble.
October 17, 1988 |
Lucas Richman took the podium for the first time as new assistant conductor of the Pacific Symphony on Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The results were reason for only cautious optimism. Admittedly, Richman, 24, had a number of strikes against him. The orchestra had just come off two straight days of subscription concerts and, doubtless, rehearsal time available to him must have been limited.
January 13, 1985 |
The conductor of the first work on the first concert of the Gold Medal series--which presents young artists--at Ambassador Auditorium Monday night will be, appropriately enough, a 20-year-old musician of multiple gifts. Leading the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in the overture to Mozart's "Don Giovanni" will be Lucas Richman, recipient of the 1984 conductor-in-training grant from YMF.
October 22, 1985 |
A bright overture, a serious centerpiece, a flashy closing and solid weight in between--what more can one ask of good programming? And when every item on an agenda is being heard for the first time, a program thus described can be very satisfying, indeed. The union of seven composers and 25 instrumentalists that calls itself Lo-Cal Composers gave such a program, beginning its second season, Sunday night in Gindi Auditorium at the University of Judaism.