April 4, 1995 |
The Mozart Camerata sandwiched elegant 18th-Century pleasantries between more substantial works by Mozart and Haydn and came up with a satisfying program Sunday afternoon at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The opening selection, the touching Adagio from Mozart's Divertimento in B-flat, K. 287, had its shaky moments--some faulty intonation and strident high notes. Nevertheless, the orchestra persisted in careful phrasing and affecting attention to melodic direction.
August 30, 1989 |
The Mozart Camerata will move to a new venue for its 1989-90 season, founding artistic director Ami Porat has announced. The chamber orchestra, founded in 1980 and reorganized in 1985, will offer five concerts, beginning Nov. 11, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. The Camerata is making the move "in hopes of building an audience," Porat said Monday.
May 17, 1993 |
Music director Ami Porat conducted the Mozart Camerata in a polished and provocative season-ending program Saturday night. The ensemble featured Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto as its centerpiece, but oddly, the orchestra, not the pianist, emerged heroic at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Daniel Pollack had originally been scheduled to play the concerto. Instead, Robert Thies, a recent USC graduate who has studied with Pollack, replaced the more experienced artist.
May 18, 1991 |
Thanks to a little foresight by Franz Joseph Haydn, innumerable scores he'd composed were saved from destruction when a fire broke out in 1779 at the Hungarian palace where Haydn served as court composer and conductor to the noble Esterhazy family. "All the parts were burned to many symphonies and operas, including the Overture to (the opera) 'La Vera Costanza,' " said Mozart Camerata music director Ami Porat, who will conduct the Overture on two concerts this weekend.
March 30, 1991
The Mozart Camerata has averted an immediate threat of blacklisting by the Orange County Musicians Assn., Local No. 7., though the outcome of a dispute between the chamber orchestra and the union is still in question. At issue is a grievance filed by three musicians who say they were barred last month from a Camerata rehearsal. The musicians assert that they had oral agreements to play with the group for the full season.
August 16, 1991 |
Two Orange County musicians being sued for slander by the founding director of the Mozart Camerata denied the charges in responses filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court. Violinists Endre Granat and Alexander Horvath and other, unnamed parties, were charged by Camerata director Ami Porat with "slander, interference with contract, interference with economic relationship and conspiracy" in a suit Porat filed in June.
October 2, 1991 |
In a move characterized by at least one arts official as "kicking a colleague when he is down," the Mozart Camerata announced Tuesday that it will offer 50% discounts to subscribers of the troubled Orange County Chamber Orchestra, which last week canceled half its 1991-92 season because of financial problems. "Obviously, they're trying to steal our subscribers," said Chamber Orchestra director Micah Levy.
September 10, 1991 |
A small-claims court judge has awarded three local musicians more than $1,000 each in their breach-of-contract cases against the Mozart Camerata chamber orchestra, court records show. The Camerata immediately appealed the decision, a move that prevents the musicians from collecting the money until the case is heard in Orange County Superior Court, Camerata attorney and board member Harvey Berman said Monday. Frank Amoss, president of Orange County Musicians Assn.
May 27, 1995 |
As might be expected, reactions were jubilant among beneficiaries of the largest arts pledge of its kind in Orange County history--a total of $6.6 million announced Thursday from Farmers Insurance Group heir William J. Gillespie of Laguna Beach to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, South Coast Repertory and Orange County Philharmonic Society. Reactions from groups left off Gillespie's list were varied.
July 12, 1991 |
For a small chamber group operating on a financial shoestring, the Mozart Camerata continues to generate--along with some well-received music--a good deal of controversy. On Wednesday, Camerata founder Ami Porat found himself embroiled in two more motions filed in Orange County Superior Court, the latest chapter in a tangled tale of jilted lovers, litigation, debts and a musical mutiny over the conductor's artistic competence.