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ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who have been locked out in a contract dispute with management since 2012 have scheduled 10 concerts for 2014 with the possibility of more. The musicians said in an announcement Friday on their website that the concerts would be self-produced with no involvement from orchestra management. The concert series , which begins Jan. 10, will feature prominent soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, and a return visit from conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned as music director of the orchestra in October because of the ongoing dispute.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The San Francisco Symphony's musicians are on strike, leading to the cancellation of Thursday's scheduled performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony and the first in a series of rehearsals for a three-city East Coast tour scheduled to begin March 20 at New York City's Carnegie Hall. The tour, which features soloist Yuja Wang on piano and also includes performances in Newark, N.J., and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is in jeopardy, as are three additional Mahler performances this weekend at the orchestra's own Davies Symphony Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Southern California musicians will gain a new avenue for exposure with the arrival of “Studio A,” a weekly television series spotlighting bands and performers from the region that is set to premiere March 4 at 10 p.m. on independent public TV station KCET and simulcast on KCSN-FM (88.5). Chelsea Wolfe will be profiled in the premiere episode, and Best Coast, Chicano Batman, Aloe Blacc, Run River North, Noah and the Megafauna, the Internet and Deap Valley are due in coming weeks of the series, which aims to showcase the diversity of the Southern California music scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Musicians with the California Philharmonic say the orchestra hasn't paid them for concerts that took place this summer, leading them to take action against management. The union representing the musicians has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board saying that the orchestra has failed to compensate its players and contribute to benefits. The Professional Musicians Local 47 said that the players have not been paid for three sets of concerts this year. A spokesman for the NLRB said that the case, which was filed in August, is being investigated.  In a letter sent to The Times, a group of musicians from the orchestra said that they are still waiting to get paid. "As freelance musicians, we get paid as we work.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
The start of a new season is usually a celebratory time for an orchestra. But for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the past few days have been a major headache for management and ticket holders. Musicians with the orchestra have been on strike since Saturday after contract negotiations fell through. The orchestra said the disagreement centers mostly around wages and employee contributions toward healthcare costs.  Chicago's orchestra joins a number of other classical groups experiencing labor problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
After an unexpected outcry from musicians, Amanda Palmer has backed off on her plan to get free musical help for her Kickstarter-sourced upcoming tour. Palmer, a Bay area-based singer and composer whose work has attracted a devoted following, seemed interested in doing something kind of cool for her musicianly fans a few weeks ago when she wrote a post looking to employ ramshackle orchestras in each city. Her pitch: "We're looking for professional-ish horns and strings for EVERY CITY to hop up on stage with us for a couple of tunes," she wrote.
SCIENCE
August 19, 2013 | Eryn Brown, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.]
Over 20 years or so of competing in classical piano competitions, psychologist Chia-Jung Tsay often noticed that she was more likely to win when she was onstage and audiences could make a visual connection with her.  "I could go into a studio and produce a really clean recording, but it didn't seem to resonate as much," she said. "The type of process seemed to affect the outcome. " So when it came time to write her doctoral thesis at Harvard, the researcher (and Juilliard-trained pianist, and former Miss Long Island)
BUSINESS
July 19, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The light bulb moment for Chris Kantrowitz came in the form of a broken disc drive. Sitting on a bus as it was rolling across Turkey on a concert tour in summer 2009, the 37-year-old Los Angeles entrepreneur watched singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz fire up a disc drive where he had stored a song he had been recording. To their horror, the drive was dead. "I started asking other musicians how they kept copies of their work," Kantrowitz recalled. "They were all on these old tapes and disc drives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
It was the day after Christmas, and Eric Castro, a lawyer who also sings professionally, was warming up his baritone by running through trills and hums. After working hard right up to the holiday, wasn't he eager to have a day off? "To tell you the truth, it's a complete pleasure and honor to do this," said Castro as he prepared to sing arias inside a crowded living room where "jam session" took on a whole new meaning. Each Boxing Day since 1998, the Spanish Colonial Revival house at the end of a cul-de-sac off Los Feliz Boulevard has vibrated with the sounds of Handel's "Messiah," performed by as many as 125 choristers and orchestral musicians.
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