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November 3, 1992 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What can one reasonably expect from the part-time assemblage of musicians that is the Orange County Chamber Orchestra? That is the question that one listener had to ask after the group's disappointing 10th season opener Sunday afternoon at Irvine Barclay Theatre. It is also a question that founder and music director Micah Levy might have profitably asked himself-- before the concert.
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October 4, 1994 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the departure of founder-music director Micah Levy--who is off furthering his conducting studies--the Orange County Chamber Orchestra has looked into its ranks to fill the gap. Concertmaster Diana Halprin has stepped up to the podium and directorship of the group; Sunday afternoon at Irvine Barclay Theatre, she got its 12th season underway.
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November 7, 1990 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the eighth season of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra began Monday night, music director Micah Levy prefaced the Beethoven program with a reference to Goethe's description of the composer as a completely untamed person. And it was with that personality in mind--the man of extremes--that Levy seemed to base his fiery interpretations during the concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
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August 9, 1994
To initiate her new duties as music director of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra, Diana Halprin will open with an autumn program of Mozart, Beethoven and Donizetti. Concertmaster of the chamber orchestra since 1987, Halprin took over as director in May, 19, after founding music director Micah Levy announced he would pursue graduate studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Halprin will lead all programs except one (Jan. 22), which Levy will conduct.
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January 16, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Micah Levy and his Orange County Chamber Orchestra have evolved a particular way of giving concerts. From the stage, conductor Levy offers modest, sometimes wry introductions to the selections. Informality reigns. Humor is a possibility. His programming tends to be eclectic--even if, as on Thursday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, it runs to a piquant recklessness. On Thursday, Levy and his handful of musicians ventured a program devoted to harpsichord concertos. That's right.
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May 1, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Micah Levy, founding music director of the 6-year-old Orange County Chamber Orchestra, will go to the Soviet Union to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of the State Symphony of Riga, Latvia, on May 22. Levy will lead the 25-member ensemble in works by Samuel Barber, Ernst Bloch, Aaron Copland and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The concert will be seen on Soviet television. During his visit, which begins May 9, Levy also plans to meet with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and to bring back cassette tapes and scores of his music for performance by the Orange County Chamber Orchestra.
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January 1, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
Micah Levy, founding music director of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra, will be severely challenged in the coming year by continuing financial pressures. In September, Levy had to cancel half the 1991-92 season--the orchestra's ninth--because of falling ticket sales and donations. It's been a long haul since 1983 when Levy, then 31 and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, launched the chamber orchestra with a concert at the Santa Ana Civic Center Auditorium.
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May 24, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Micah Levy, founder of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra and music director throughout its 11-year history, will leave his post to pursue a musical arts doctorate, the orchestra announced Monday. Levy will be replaced as music director and conductor by Diana Halprin, the orchestra's concertmaster since 1987. Halprin becomes the only woman to hold the music director post for a professional orchestra in Orange County.
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June 3, 1986 | JOHN HENKEN
Musically, the concert Sunday afternoon by the Orange County Chamber Orchestra resembled a before-and-after advertisement; the presence of mezzo-soprano Kimball Wheeler in the second half seemed to greatly inspire the orchestra after a rocky start. The ensemble that began the concert sounded like nothing more than a reasonably competent regional band.
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November 2, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the slashing strains of "Psycho," the conductor rushed onstage in a black cape, hunched over, menace in his eyes. Hardly an auspicious sign of serious music-making to come. But Micah Levy, the man in the cape, apparently wants to be more than just a serious musician; he wants to be a comedian, a breezy host, your genial guide to the classics. In short, he likes to talk.
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May 24, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Micah Levy, founder of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra and music director throughout its 11-year history, will leave his post to pursue a musical arts doctorate, the orchestra announced Monday. Levy will be replaced as music director and conductor by Diana Halprin, the orchestra's concertmaster since 1987. Halprin becomes the only woman to hold the music director post for a professional orchestra in Orange County.
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November 2, 1993 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the slashing strains of "Psycho," the conductor rushed onstage in a black cape, hunched over, menace in his eyes. Hardly an auspicious sign of serious music-making to come. But Micah Levy, the man in the cape, apparently wants to be more than just a serious musician; he wants to be a comedian, a breezy host, your genial guide to the classics. In short, he likes to talk.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Micah Levy and his Orange County Chamber Orchestra have evolved a particular way of giving concerts. From the stage, conductor Levy offers modest, sometimes wry introductions to the selections. Informality reigns. Humor is a possibility. His programming tends to be eclectic--even if, as on Thursday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, it runs to a piquant recklessness. On Thursday, Levy and his handful of musicians ventured a program devoted to harpsichord concertos. That's right.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1992 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What can one reasonably expect from the part-time assemblage of musicians that is the Orange County Chamber Orchestra? That is the question that one listener had to ask after the group's disappointing 10th season opener Sunday afternoon at Irvine Barclay Theatre. It is also a question that founder and music director Micah Levy might have profitably asked himself-- before the concert.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
Micah Levy, founding music director of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra, will be severely challenged in the coming year by continuing financial pressures. In September, Levy had to cancel half the 1991-92 season--the orchestra's ninth--because of falling ticket sales and donations. It's been a long haul since 1983 when Levy, then 31 and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, launched the chamber orchestra with a concert at the Santa Ana Civic Center Auditorium.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1990 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the eighth season of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra began Monday night, music director Micah Levy prefaced the Beethoven program with a reference to Goethe's description of the composer as a completely untamed person. And it was with that personality in mind--the man of extremes--that Levy seemed to base his fiery interpretations during the concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1994 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the departure of founder-music director Micah Levy--who is off furthering his conducting studies--the Orange County Chamber Orchestra has looked into its ranks to fill the gap. Concertmaster Diana Halprin has stepped up to the podium and directorship of the group; Sunday afternoon at Irvine Barclay Theatre, she got its 12th season underway.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1994
To initiate her new duties as music director of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra, Diana Halprin will open with an autumn program of Mozart, Beethoven and Donizetti. Concertmaster of the chamber orchestra since 1987, Halprin took over as director in May, 19, after founding music director Micah Levy announced he would pursue graduate studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Halprin will lead all programs except one (Jan. 22), which Levy will conduct.
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July 19, 1989 | Chris Pasles
You would think that concert tickets that cost less than a Pepsi might draw a big crowd. But that isn't always the case, as Micah Levy, founding music director of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra, discovered during his recent 10-day stay in Riga, Latvia. Levy traveled to the Soviet Union in May to meet with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and to conduct a chamber orchestra made up of members of the Latvian State Symphony.
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May 2, 1989 | SUSAN BLISS
In the concluding program of the Orange County Chamber Orchestra season Sunday afternoon at the St. Joseph Center in Orange, the elegant playing of the ensemble overshadowed its conservative soloist. Jennifer Paul's stylish articulation and reliable technique could not satisfy the expressive requirements of Bach's Harpsichord Concertos in A and F-minor, despite brave direction by conductor Micah Levy. Avoiding risks at every turn, Paul chose straightforward interpretations that were occasionally successful, as in the first movement of the Concerto in A. Too often, however, the results were discouragingly dry, avoiding even the characteristic baroque pathos inherent in the largo of that concerto.
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