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October 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been embroiled in a labor dispute for the past 12 months, has lost its music director, Osmo Vänskä. The Finnish conductor announced his resignation Tuesday morning as hopes for a resolution between management and musicians fell through once again. Vänskä, who joined the orchestra in 2003 and whose contract was set to expire in 2015, said in a statement that it was a "very sad day" and that he sends his "deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together.
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March 12, 2014
Wendy Hughes Australian actress dies at 61 Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said. Hughes began her rise to stardom during a renaissance in the Australian film industry in the 1970s and '80s, beginning with "My Brilliant Career," in which she played Aunt Helen to the headstrong heroine portrayed by Judy Davis. The film swept the Australian Film Institute awards and in the U.S. was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
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August 8, 2003 | Chris Pasles
Mark Thallander, formerly assistant organist at the Crystal Cathedral and director of music at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, suffered serious injuries in a car accident Sunday evening on the Maine Turnpike, near Ogunquit. According to colleague John West, artist in residence at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Thallander was returning alone to a friend's house from a church service in Worcester, Mass., when, during a heavy rainstorm, he ran off the road.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the Russian composer's six symphonies along with other orchestral and chamber works. But unlike other festivals - and especially the Mahler Project, Dudamel's concentrated traversal through nine symphonies with the L.A. Phil and his Bolívars two years ago - the TchaikovskyFest has no musical frame.
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May 30, 2010 | By Chloe Veltman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
George Benjamin undertook his first visit to Ojai last January, but in some ways, the trip must have seemed like a homecoming for the celebrated British composer, conductor, pianist and teacher. The freak storms that pounded the normally bucolic Southern Californian landscape throughout the length of his stay made Benjamin, who was in town in his capacity as the music director of this year's Ojai Music Festival, feel as if he'd never left wet and windy England behind. More significantly, though, the journey to Ojai served as a spiritual homecoming for the 50-year-old composer, who has been closely associated with many key figures in the music festival's 63-year history.
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April 9, 2003 | Scott Timberg
The San Diego Symphony isn't commenting, but word is that the orchestra has named Jahja Ling, a 51-year-old Indonesian-born conductor, as its next music director. "We don't have anything to announce at this time," symphony spokesman Stephen Kougias said Tuesday, declining to speculate when an announcement might come. Would he deny the rumors? "No comment." Kougias was responding to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune that in careful terms reported Ling's imminent hire.
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May 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Metropolitan Opera says it has extended by five years the contract of music director James Levine. "Nothing could make me happier than to continue my long association with this great company and to build on all the artistic accomplishments we have made," Levine said. Joseph Volpe, the Met's general manager, said the contract had been extended from 2006-07 through the 2010-11 season.
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October 1, 1999
Kenneth Wayne Robertson, music director, died Sunday at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. He was 53. He was born Jan. 14, 1946, in Greenwood, Miss., to Annette and Rev. O.B. Robertson. Robertson attended high school in Bakersfield and then went to Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., where he received a bachelor's degree in music. He went on to Cal Lutheran University and received a master's. Robertson was a soloist and choral music director for more than 35 years.
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August 13, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has been chosen to succeed Andre Previn as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Times has learned. The appointment of Salonen, 31, is to be announced to members of the orchestra at a Hollywood Bowl rehearsal Monday morning, with a press conference to follow.
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August 14, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic can breathe easy again. The audience can relax. We have a music director. The envelope, please. The winner is. . . (dramatic pause) . . . Esa-Pekka Salonen. If all goes as planned, the appointment will become official this morning. Surprise? Not really. He was a likely choice. Also a lucky choice, and a good choice. This man looks like the right man in the right place at the right time. Actually, he doesn't look like a man. He looks like a boy.
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November 20, 2013 | By Susan King
The Boston Pops Orchestra, founded in 1885, gained national recognition during the substantial tenure of Arthur Fiedler, who was its music director from 1930 through 1979. John Williams left his own legacy conducting the so-called America's Orchestra from 1980 to 1993. That left big shoes to fill when the Boston baton was passed to Keith Lockhart, in 1995. Lockhart, 54, has conducted some 1,500 Boston Pops concerts, appeared in more than 70 TV shows with the orchestra, including the annual "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" on CBS. He and the Pops have released eight albums with RCA Victor and four self-produced albums including the new "A Boston Pops Christmas - Live From Symphony Hall.
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November 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Pasadena has changed little over the past half-century. What's new, of course, is Old Pasadena. But much of the city remains recognizably old Pasadena. That has certainly been true of the Pasadena Symphony as a bastion of tradition. It was founded in 1928, and between 1936 and 2010 it had only three music directors. All arrived having had distinguished careers and remained for a long time. Even the orchestra's home throughout those years, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, maintained its old-Pasadena feel.
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November 2, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
David Lockington will debut Saturday as the Pasadena Symphony's music director, attended by the usual glowing sentiments that come with arrivals and beginnings. But in a 30-year career as a conductor that has been full of comings and goings crisscrossing the United States, it's noteworthy that some of the London-raised Lockington's biggest raves have come as he took a final bow and walked out the door. He's taking over the Pasadena Symphony after what amounted to 21/2 years of serial dating by the orchestra as it brought in a series of guest conductors after a messy parting with longtime music director Jorge Mester in mid-2010.
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October 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's monthlong 10th-anniversary celebration of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall entered Phase 2 on Friday night. Esa-Pekka Salonen was back. And it was old-home week. The former music director's old Finnish friends were on hand for the premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Cello Concerto No. 2, written for soloist Anssi Karttunen. There were other old friends as well - Debussy and Bartók. Both composers were mainstays of Salonen's 17 years leading the L.A. Phil.
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October 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been embroiled in a labor dispute for the past 12 months, has lost its music director, Osmo Vänskä. The Finnish conductor announced his resignation Tuesday morning as hopes for a resolution between management and musicians fell through once again. Vänskä, who joined the orchestra in 2003 and whose contract was set to expire in 2015, said in a statement that it was a "very sad day" and that he sends his "deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together.
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September 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Carl St. Clair, coming up on 25 seasons as music director of the Pacific Symphony, is headed to Costa Rica -- again. St. Clair is taking a one-year appointment as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica starting in 2014. Over the last three years, he's guest-conducted the NSO three times. During his upcoming tenure there - which has him conducting six concerts as well as tours throughout the country -- he'll continue to man his post at the Pacific Symphony for the 2014-2015 season.
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July 13, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Dorrance Stalvey, a composer and award-winning music director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has died. He was 74. Stalvey died in his sleep early Sunday at his home in Park La Brea. The cause of death was lung cancer, his wife, Valerie Stalvey, said. The death followed the recent news that LACMA was drastically cutting back its sponsorship of classical music.
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January 9, 1991 | From United Press International
German conductor Christof Perick was named today as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the 1992 season. The orchestra's current director, Iona Brown, will continue through the 1991-92 season. She was appointed to the post in February, 1987, and has been invited to continue her association with the ensemble by performing two weeks of concerts in subsequent seasons.
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September 14, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Accolades aren't all Gustavo Dudamel has reaped as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A recently filed public tax return for the L.A. Phil provides the latest glimpse of the financial dimension of being a classical music sensation. It also reflects the orchestra's continuing financial strength during the 2011-12 fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30. Dudamel's compensation for the 2011 calendar year, his second full year as the Phil's music director, was $1,425,088 including benefits - up 44.6%.
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August 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
LA JOLLA - SummerFest, one of the country's most significant chamber music festivals, devoted its annual program of new work Friday night at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art here to three American masters. The composers - Steven Stucky, David Del Tredici and John Harbison - are major figures and had never before appeared together on a program. Their works had something to say. But the one thing the evening wasn't happened to be what it was called: "Musical Crossroads.
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