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August 2, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99. Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. A top oboist and English horn player who joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s and later recorded with legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, Miller wound up his more than seven-decade musical career guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
September 17, 2006
I was listening to "West of the West" when I opened my Sunday Times to find the brief interview with Dave Alvin by Barbara Isenberg ("'West of the West,'" Aug. 27). On every record, Alvin brilliantly captures not only what's been lost in California, but also the great beauty that remains. He elicits thoughtful reflection and pure rock 'n' roll joy. I count him among my musical heroes. That he is a native Californian only reinforces the notion about how cool our state really is. Charlene Ahern Pacific Palisades
January 18, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
"Shrek, the Musical" will launch Aug. 14 to Sept. 21 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre before its Broadway debut in November -- date, venue and cast to be announced. Based on William Steig's book and DreamWorks' first "Shrek" film, the show features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and music by Jeanine Tesori. "I'm very pleased with how it's coming along," says "Avenue Q's" Jason Moore, who will direct. And although critics panned Disney's "The Little Mermaid" after its Broadway bow last week, Moore doesn't think animation-based fare is losing appeal.
March 18, 2004
In response to Steve Hochman's article about the Silverlake Music Conservatory ["The Real School of Rock," March 11], I would like to say that the two public schools that educated Dean Tambling, the student featured in the article, have been unjustly described by Tambling as "run-of-the-mill." During a recent off-track session at North Hollywood High School, where Tambling is a student, my son was enrolled in daily classes for jazz band, marching band, concert band and orchestra, and practiced for the spring musical's orchestra -- at no cost to his parent.
April 15, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
In the performed arts, substance and seriousness are not enough, as listeners at the Thursday night subscription concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center found out, again. With Debussy's languid but demanding "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune" as the curtain-raiser, two large-scale works--contrasting concertos, actually--dominated Andre Previn's latest Philharmonic program (repeated Friday night and Sunday afternoon). Before intermission, the subscribers heard the local premiere of Steven Stucky's recent Concerto for Orchestra; after, Brahms' Second Piano Concerto, with Horacio Gutierrez the soloist.
November 7, 2009 | David Ng
The stage musical "Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara" has been a runaway hit with critics and audiences since opening in Los Angeles more than a year ago. It extended its run seven times at the Geffen Playhouse and is scheduled to go on a national tour next year. But one key person is not happy with the show. The widow of legendary Las Vegas crooner Louis Prima has come out against the biographical musical, saying that the production is "almost 100% falsehoods" and a "totally untrue, disrespectful, hatchet job" of her late husband.
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