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October 11, 1999
Miguel del Aguila, a retired adult school teacher's aide and father of renowned Oxnard-based composer Miguel Alfredo del Aguila, died of heart failure Thursday. He was 84. Del Aguila was born in 1915 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the youngest of four children. His father, a shoe repairman, had emigrated from Spain. At age 12, Del Aguila began training to become a barber and studied the violin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a time, a few years back, when the name Miguel del Aguila was ubiquitous on the Ventura County music scene. After all, the gifted Uruguayan-born composer, who won the coveted Kennedy Friedheim Prize in 1995, had called Oxnard home for several years by then. Last June, his music made a brief appearance on the scene, when the Ventura Master Chorale premiered his piece "Trobodours," but that was nothing compared to busier seasons here.
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May 27, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1957, pianist-turned-composer Miguel del Aguila has been a world traveler ever since his family fled their troubled homeland in 1978. "When you live all over the world and you speak five languages and get used to many cultures, then you start feeling 'what am I up to?' " del Aguila said during a recent interview. "Music made my identity stronger as an American. When you hear my music, you know I'm not European."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1999
Miguel del Aguila, a retired adult school teacher's aide and father of renowned Oxnard-based composer Miguel Alfredo del Aguila, died of heart failure Thursday. He was 84. Del Aguila was born in 1915 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the youngest of four children. His father, a shoe repairman, had emigrated from Spain. At age 12, Del Aguila began training to become a barber and studied the violin.
NEWS
October 6, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Miguel del Aguila, the Oxnard-based and increasingly internationally renowned composer, this autumn is shaping up to be the season of the conga. When the Ventura County Symphony hits the stage of the Oxnard Civic Auditorium on Saturday to kick off its 33rd season, it will be to the tune of "Conga," a premiere of del Aguila's. His association with the symphony began when his undulant and somewhat subversive "Toccata" was performed last February.
NEWS
February 10, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This will be a big week for the Ventura County Symphony. The comfortable midsection of its current season brings a romantic program of Dvorak's tuneful old standby, the New World Symphony, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. Nothing new there. But all ears should be trained on the opening piece, the first local performance of a work by the young, internationally recognized composer Miguel del Aguila, who calls Oxnard home but whose commissions and performances often take place in Europe.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When composer-pianist Miguel del Aguila takes the stage for an evening of his music at Ventura College tonight, the program might well be viewed as a micro-retrospective. It's true: 38-year-old artists are rarely granted hindsight surveys. Consider it, then, a condensed version of the saga thus far. It's a saga that has included musical coups, a steadily ascending career and international recognition, and a recent bureaucratic fracas.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1998 | DANIEL CARIAGA
The 11-day Ventura Chamber Music Festival, which concluded Sunday, presented the fourth and final performance by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano on Saturday with a genuine matinee performance--at 10 o'clock in the morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a time, a few years back, when the name Miguel del Aguila was ubiquitous on the Ventura County music scene. After all, the gifted Uruguayan-born composer, who won the coveted Kennedy Friedheim Prize in 1995, had called Oxnard home for several years by then. Last June, his music made a brief appearance on the scene, when the Ventura Master Chorale premiered his piece "Trobodours," but that was nothing compared to busier seasons here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inspiration is fickle and fleeting, as many an artist will attest. But it is a rare day indeed when a renowned composer can find musical fodder in the petty bickering of an Oxnard advisory committee. That is just what happened to Miguel del Aguila, an Oxnard-based pianist/composer whose operas and chamber music have been performed from Vienna to Moscow to New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1998 | DANIEL CARIAGA
The 11-day Ventura Chamber Music Festival, which concluded Sunday, presented the fourth and final performance by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano on Saturday with a genuine matinee performance--at 10 o'clock in the morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1998 | Josef Woodard, Josef Woodard is an occasional contributor to Calendar
To find one of the West Coast's most promising, and enterprising, young composers, drive to Oxnard and hang a left. Proceed toward the ocean, and keep going until the road runs out. There on a beachfront street in the area called Channel Islands is Miguel del Aguila's neat townhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the five years that Uruguayan-born-and-bred composer Miguel del Aguila has called Oxnard home, he has made a strong name for himself, locally and beyond. His status in the region was demonstrated by the ovation that reflexively erupted when New West conductor Boris Brott mentioned del Aguila's name last Friday at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Brott was there to guide the orchestra through another del Aguila premiere, his Piano Concerto, Opus 57, with the composer at the piano.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer Miguel del Aguila is, by now, a familiar face with a familiar enough sound--around the Ventura County classical music scene. Since moving to Oxnard four years ago, del Aguila has had numerous works performed by ensembles based throughout Southern California, in addition to having performances of his music in Europe, and earning such accolades as last year's Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for his Wind Quintet No. 2.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another concert, another Miguel del Aguila piece. When the New West Symphony continued the saga of its inaugural season recently, the ostensible, advertised theme was Russian Romanticism. Conductor Boris Brott summoned up suitably heroic collective bluster for the landscape of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1996 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of the city's Cultural and Fine Arts Commission could have tried to work in concert. Instead, they opted for an indefinite intermission. The advisory committee, created to assist the Oxnard arts, has not met since last February because of a personality clash: Chairwoman Mona Broyles does not like renowned pianist/composer Miguel del Aguila and refuses to convene meetings until he is removed from the panel.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the five years that Uruguayan-born-and-bred composer Miguel del Aguila has called Oxnard home, he has made a strong name for himself, locally and beyond. His status in the region was demonstrated by the ovation that reflexively erupted when New West conductor Boris Brott mentioned del Aguila's name last Friday at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Brott was there to guide the orchestra through another del Aguila premiere, his Piano Concerto, Opus 57, with the composer at the piano.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another concert, another Miguel del Aguila piece. When the New West Symphony continued the saga of its inaugural season recently, the ostensible, advertised theme was Russian Romanticism. Conductor Boris Brott summoned up suitably heroic collective bluster for the landscape of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When composer-pianist Miguel del Aguila takes the stage for an evening of his music at Ventura College tonight, the program might well be viewed as a micro-retrospective. It's true: 38-year-old artists are rarely granted hindsight surveys. Consider it, then, a condensed version of the saga thus far. It's a saga that has included musical coups, a steadily ascending career and international recognition, and a recent bureaucratic fracas.
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