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January 29, 2003 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
In 1987, Juilliard music school alum Judith Kogan wrote an unflattering book about her alma mater, describing it as a place of crazy-making pressures and intense rivalries not only among students, but also among teachers. "American Masters: Juilliard" (on PBS tonight) may not be the school's official response, but it might as well be. Producer and director Maro Chermayeff has created a two-hour profile that stops just short of being a glossy marketing tool, as if Juilliard needed it.
The Pasadena Symphony may not be the most progressive organization in the area, but it does seem to be keeping up with its orchestral neighbors. Admirably. Earlier this month, the mighty Los Angeles Philharmonic opened its doors with a telling survey of 20th-Century music under Esa-Pekka Salonen. This was followed a few nights later by a similarly adventurous repertory excursion by Valery Gergiev and his vaunted charges from the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg.
The evening certainly began with a bang. Carl St.Clair, the ever-enterprising music-director of the cautiously adventurous Pacific Symphony, introduced his program Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center with some clangorous riffs and roars. But this was no ordinary event. It could not open with an ordinary fanfare. This was a rare evening devoted exclusively to music of the 20th Century. Even more dangerous, perhaps, it was an evening devoted to American music of the 20th Century.
November 17, 1997 | MARK SWED
Damien Hirst, the young British art star and sensationalist who pots sharks and saws cows, has a new book out in England titled "I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now."
June 6, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The return of German choreographer Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal after eight years; the U.S. premiere of a Scottish military drama about Iraq, "Black Watch"; and composer Stephen Sondheim interviewed by New York Times columnist Frank Rich will be among the notable offerings of the 2007-08 UCLA Live season.
September 24, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
As did most kids, violinist Robert McDuffie hated to practice. "But I enjoyed the applause I got at the (local Georgia) Rotary Club," he says. These days, McDuffie, 34, is getting a lot of applause, and not just at Rotary clubs. He has been soloist with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras. He has recorded with the St.
August 27, 1989 | HANNAH HANANI, Hanani is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
There's a mob scene outside Room 530 at the Juilliard School. A line of students clutching violins snakes down the hall for what looks like a four-hour wait. But at times the line has been longer. Sooner or later, serious student violinists will end up as a pupil of Dorothy DeLay, the instructor who has virtually cornered the violin-teaching market. Her students regularly win top prizes at competitions, get snatched up by major managements and are launched on the high-stakes concert circuit.
March 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
“The Book of Mormon” and “Once,” Broadway musicals that dominated the two most recent Tony Awards, will come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa during the three-venue complex's 2013-14 season. Bernadette Peters (Oct. 11) and Patti LuPone (March 22, 2014) are the season's top Broadway concert divas, each performing in Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis plays Segerstrom Concert Hall (March 14, 2014)
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