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March 9, 1990 | LEAH OLLMAN
"Through extended, long, drawn-out, somewhat expressionless, unsympathetic tones of a bassoon, resounding in the empty depths, everything became green," wrote Wassily Kandinsky, probing the affinity between music and art, between intangible sounds and abstract forms, colors and shapes. Miriam Sievers, a San Diego artist, gracefully extends this dialogue between sister tongues. In her current show at Palomar College's Boehm Gallery (1140 W.
Eddie Montana knows how aging baby boomers feel when they walk into his vintage musical instrument shop in Huntington Beach and set their eyes upon the Silvertone, Harmony and Kay guitars that helped define their youth. "All of a sudden, the blood begins to boil again and you see the return of the couch guitarists--guys who get to my age who want to experience that feeling they got when they were young," said Montana, 46, a musician and co-owner of Montana & Lace Vintage Musical Instruments.
October 17, 1999 | Associated Press
It was the day the music almost disappeared. Musician Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5-million, 266-year-old cello in the trunk of a taxi Saturday, but police tracked it down at a garage in Queens in time for his evening concert. "I did something really stupid," Ma said sheepishly after he got the instrument back. "I was in such a rush, I was so exhausted, I'd given a concert at Carnegie Hall last night. I just forgot."
August 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Vito Pascucci, founder and chairman of G. Leblanc Corp., which manufactures musical instruments, died Monday in Kenosha, Wis. He was 80. Pascucci learned to play trumpet as a student in Kenosha's public schools and, while serving in the Army during World War II, was assigned to care for and maintain the musical instruments for the Glenn Miller Army Air Corps Band. While serving in France, Pascucci befriended Leon Leblanc, head of an instrument-making company dating to 1750.
December 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
The sound of music just got a little sweeter for the orchestras and bands of Agoura High School, the recipients of a $40,000 trove of new musical instruments donated by a cable music channel and a local cable provider. The gift of oboes, trombones, violins and other instruments will revitalize a music program that depends heavily on donations from corporations and booster groups, said Donald Zimring, the deputy superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
March 30, 2012
Frank Javorsek Bluegrass player co-owned music store Frank Javorsek, 70, a bluegrass musician who co-owned the now-closed Blue Ridge Pickin' Parlor music shop in the San Fernando Valley and hosted a bluegrass radio show on KCSN-FM, died March 22 of a heart attack while giving a mandolin lesson in Encino, said his wife, Tammy. Javorsek, a Palmdale resident who played banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar, was a well-known bluegrass instructor in the Los Angeles area and had been teaching for some time at the California Traditional Music Society's Center for Folk Music in Encino.
More than two years after the death of Leo Fender, his glasses are still where he left them on his desk at G&L Guitars. So are his coffee cup and his last few notes; and the calendar hasn't been changed from March, 1991. A little strange? Maybe. But Fender, after all, is nothing less than an icon. A Japanese film crew was through the workshop not long ago to shoot a documentary. A British crew has been there since to film another.
April 8, 2012 | By Rick Schultz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The score for Oscar Bettison's chamber concerto "Livre des Sauvages" ("The Book of Savages") should come with an IKEA-like warning: Some Assembly Required. The half-hour work, which will be given its premiere Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella new music series, employs a toy piano, hotel desk bells, melodicas (with foot pumps), tuned cowbells, tuning forks, conch shells and a "wrenchophone. " The concert, to be conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, also will feature works by Stockhausen and Cage.
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