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March 19, 2010 | By ANN POWERS, Pop Music Critic
I was supposed to go out and hear some music. I didn't know if it would be some clanging revelation, a sound I'd never heard before, or a blast from the past given new oomph by some young punks so in love with the big, crazy history of American music that they have to rip it open and devour it. I'm at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, the biggest, wildest annual gathering of melodic music-makers this nation knows, where old and new collide in an...
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March 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
At just 21, a kid from the San Fernando Valley named Jim Berk began work as a music teacher at Carson High School. Within a couple of years, the teacher, not much older than some of his students, had turned a woebegone marching band into one of the best in Southern California. Then Berk moved to struggling Hamilton High School to launch a music magnet program. It gained national acclaim and so many new students that officials reversed their threat to close the Westside campus. "The Wunderkind of education" the Times dubbed him in 1992.
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February 1, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds
Sum Forty Tales From the Afterlives David Eagleman Pantheon: 128 pp., $20 Something interesting almost always happens when thinkers with a scientific bent write fiction. (Jonah Lehrer discusses this in "Proust Was a Neuroscientist.") But David Eagleman really is a neuroscientist, and each vignette here describes a possible afterlife. "There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave.
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September 20, 2013 | By David Ng
When plans commenced in 1987 to build Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., architect Frank Gehry was a relatively youthful 58 years old. By the time the hall was completed, after a number of delays and setbacks - not to mention some acrimonious bickering among its key players - the architect had become a 74-year-old eminence grise . Gehry, now 84, recently sat down for a conversation at Disney Hall with Times music critic Mark Swed and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1996
Re "Called Back for an Encore," March 12: This is a story that has warmed many hearts. The millions of parents out there whose children have been motivated to care about school as the result of music instruction will all have a very emotional reaction to this story. Three cheers for Harry Hammerstedt for being someone who has the skills and sensitivity to make his students love and respect him, and three cheers for all those parents and students who stuck to their guns and publicly demanded the reinstatement of music classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
After this week's arrest of a teacher for alleged lewd conduct with 23 students, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy is moving swiftly on a separate case, seeking the dismissal of a popular music teacher at Hamilton High School who allegedly had sexual relationships with students. Two former students, now adults, accuse Vance Miller, 59, of having sex with them while they were in high school. An attorney representing the students has filed one lawsuit for damages and said he is poised to file a second.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1994
I would like to express my gratitude for the article about Bob Wiles' retirement from Thousand Oaks High School. I was one of Mr. Wiles' students and choir members from 1972 until 1976. Bob Wiles always had a lot to share with his students. He spent quite a bit of his own personal time and money on the students in his various groups. I feel that I was fortunate to have been able to sing under his tutelage. Bob devoted himself to his vocal groups. He was always working on some new place for us to sing, setting up trips, ticket sales and anything else that would keep us busy.
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April 30, 1992
Michael Reynolds, a music teacher at San Gabriel High School, has been awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the 1992 program of Summer Seminars for School Teachers. Reynolds will be a fellow in a four-week seminar on Mozart to be held in Vienna. He will receive a stipend to cover transportation, housing and meals.
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December 8, 2002 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Sue Okabe, an influential music teacher and vocalist whose earliest performances are part of the history of Japanese Americans' involvement in popular American music during World War II, died of lung cancer Nov. 28 at her Gardena home. She was 74. Okabe was a classically trained vocalist who was interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center in central Idaho during the war.
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November 19, 2000
Elizabeth Ivanoff Holborn, 78, a highly regarded teacher of the violin. Born Elizabeth Ivanoff in Ann Arbor, Mich., Holborn earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in violin at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Feri Roth and Gilbert Ross. After graduation, she taught at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. She moved to California in 1960 with her husband, the Rev. Hans L. Holborn, and settled in Redondo Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
“How will I ever have a career if I don't sound like everyone else?” doubts young tenor Roland Hayes at a supremely ironic point in “Breath and Imagination,” Daniel Beaty's musical biography that opens the Colony Theatre's 39th season on a high note. Rather than sounding like everyone else, it was Hayes' unique vocal style - infusing classical precision with the passion and devotion of Negro spirituals - that brought him international renown and set a trailblazing precedent for African Americans in the performing arts during the early 1900s.
HEALTH
June 1, 2013 | By Pamela Chelin
Sean Patrick Flanery plays an ex-cop in the eighth season of TV's "Dexter," starting June 30, and a music teacher in the new film "Broken Horses. " But there's another big role in his life: Flanery, 47, teaches and trains in Brazilian jiujitsu at his own Los Angeles studio, Dynamix . You have trained in various kinds of martial arts. What made you favor Brazilian jiujitsu? The first time I sparred, my sparring partner was 135 pounds soaking wet. I am 170 pounds. I rolled with him, sparring, and he wrapped me up in a knot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013
Henri Dutilleux French composer of modernist music Henri Dutilleux, 97, a highly regarded French composer of modernist music, died Thursday in Paris, said his publisher, Schott Music. The cause was not given. Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century, Dutilleux received international acclaim, and his music is performed regularly by major orchestras. He wasn't a prolific writer, but his style, singular voice and iconoclastic tendencies won him admirers around the world, inviting comparisons to Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen.
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September 25, 2012 | By Amy Reiter
"The Voice" blind auditions Monday brought us hot guys and confident woman, disappointment and redemption, a Christina Aguilera doppelganger (of sorts) and CeeLo Green turning an unsuccessful contestant and devoted fan's frown upside down by dueting with him on "Forget You" in a moment that kid will probably never forget. Here were the contenders who made it through to the battle rounds (along with several others we glimpsed only briefly): Michelle Brooks-Thompson: This 28-year-old Massachusetts mom and bank worker is married to a guy whose play for an NFL career was abruptly intercepted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Did detectives move quickly enough? Did the school drop the ball on earlier complaints? Is Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy helping clean up a terrible mess, or making matters worse? These are all fair questions in the sick and sordid case of Miramonte Elementary School, where two teachers were arrested in the last week and charged with lewd acts involving students. One of the cases, in which a teacher is accused, among other things, of feeding semen to blindfolded students, is about as depraved as it gets.
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February 3, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
After this week's arrest of a teacher for alleged lewd conduct with 23 students, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy is moving swiftly on a separate case, seeking the dismissal of a popular music teacher at Hamilton High School who allegedly had sexual relationships with students. Two former students, now adults, accuse Vance Miller, 59, of having sex with them while they were in high school. An attorney representing the students has filed one lawsuit for damages and said he is poised to file a second.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991
Esther M. Harvey, who taught piano lessons in her Burbank home for about 30 years, has died at her residence. She was 84. Mrs. Harvey died Monday of complications of old age, said her daughter, Sally Ahr of Burbank. Born Esther Munnis in Cohassett, Mass., she came to California in 1936. After settling in Burbank, she began teaching piano lessons at home in the late 1950s. She continued to give lessons, mainly to children, until her retirement in 1985. Mrs.
OPINION
March 16, 2011 | By Daniel J. Levitin
When I was 8, we lived in a small, dusty Northern California town built around pear and walnut orchards. The town had no library and no bookstore but two stores that sold barbed wire and three that sold liquor. Being 8 in that rural, conservative town meant playing football and getting into fistfights because that's what boys did. With a 5-foot-tall mother (and a grandmother at 4 foot 10), I didn't get the brawny, muscle-bound genes that many of my classmates did. I was always the loser in the fistfights, and it had been years since anyone chose me to be on their side for school sports.
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January 17, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
She had hoped by now to be free of terrible things. The mutilated hands of her son that came to her in dreams. The image of the samurai sword police found near his body. Her grandsons' tiny bodies lying so still in their shared bunk bed. More than three years have passed since Jan Williams' son and two grandchildren were killed in their Rowland Heights condo, but the trial of the accused murderer ? her daughter-in-law ? was built on grisly descriptions that haunted her by day, then mutated into ugly nightmares.
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