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May 30, 2013 |
Donald J. Para, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cal State Long Beach, was appointed Thursday as interim president while the college searches for a successor to the departing F. King Alexander. During 26 years at the Long Beach campus, Para has served in several positions including dean of the College of Arts. Para also previously served as chair of the department of music at Cal State Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education and master's in music composition at Western Michigan University and a doctorate in music composition from Michigan State University.
March 19, 2013 |
LONDON - Downing a lunch of fish and chips just before going onstage Friday at the Barbican Centre here, 10 upbeat teenagers from Los Angeles acted, like teens everywhere, as if they were casually taking it all in. They weren't. For most of these high-schoolers, this was their first trip away from home, and it didn't take long for them to admit that everything, from flying in an airplane to witnessing a snowstorm just after they landed last Wednesday, was a gleeful new experience.
March 8, 2013
Princess Leia is onboard Carrie Fisher has said "yes," she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in "Episode VII" of the "Star Wars" franchise. Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford may be close behind. George Lucas says that three stars of the first trio of "Star Wars" films were in "final negotiations" months ago to appear in the film that Disney is preparing. They'd "already signed," he told Bloomberg in an article published Thursday, or were "pretty much in final stages" of negotiations.
March 7, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel will fly to Caracas, Venezuela for the funeral Friday of President Hugo Chavez, and the L.A. Philharmonic music director might lead a concert tied to the Chavez events. The Venezuelan-born conductor is expected to head to Caracas directly after the Thursday evening performance of "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grant Gershon, the artistic director of the L.A. Master Chorale, will conduct the Friday evening performance of the piece.
February 7, 2013 |
Staples Center is bustling with activity ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards. Red carpets are being rolled out, producers are going over the run of the show, and chart-topping artists are polishing their performances. Just two miles away, in USC's Grand Ballroom, another type of Grammy-related rehearsal is taking place. The music director for Latin superstar Juanes stands in the middle of a seven-piece band giving its members pointers on how to play "Me Enamora. " However, the musicians intently running through the track aren't employed by the Grammy-winning singer.
June 28, 2012 |
Gustavo Dudamel, 31, seems practically middle-aged compared to Jose Angel Salazar, a 14-year-old El Sistema student who has gained attention recently for his talent as a conductor. Salazar is the subject of a recent profile by Reuters that recounts his training in El Sistema,Venezuela's state-funded program that provides free music education to disadvantaged youth. The report states that Salazar is the youngest conductor in the country. Dudamel, who was also trained in El Sistema and is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was in his early 20s when he started attracting international attention.