May 5, 1987 |
Are two concerts enough to determine that the New American Orchestra's move from the Music Center to the Wadsworth Theater was good for the 9-year-old ensemble's musical health? "We got rid of the 'edifice' complex," said a laughing Jack Elliott, co-founder and conductor of the 60-member orchestra. Indeed, if the Music Center--and its high prices--posed any intimidations to the organization or its patrons, they seemed to have been quelled by the move to the Westside.
December 12, 1989 |
The New American Orchestra needs help. Now into its second decade (the first concert was in April, 1979, at the Chandler Pavilion), it continues to present works that are ambitious and at times adventurous, yet the many empty seats Sunday at Royce Hall showed that it has trouble nowadays filling a large auditorium even with a free-admission policy. Perhaps some listeners stayed home, since the orchestral segment was aired on KKGO.
April 28, 1990 |
The problems involved in keeping a big band together have plagued musicians ever since the swing era ended. Where do you find jobs for 16 men? Whom do you commission to write for them and how do you pay them? Where can you travel, given the huge cost of plane fares? How do you keep the ensemble racially integrated?
August 24, 1986
Bernheimer's criticism of Domingo 's microphone technique while ignoring his obvious musicianship was petty, trivial and completely uncalled for. As violinist in the orchestra that accompanied Domingo at the Aug. 12 benefit concert for the homeless in Mexico City, I can attest to the fact that his large voice requires no amplification to project in a large hall. Perhaps Bernheimer didn't notice that every single instrument in the New American Orchestra had a microphone attached to it and was amplified.
April 26, 1989 |
Duke Ellington, who died on May 24, 1974, would have been 90 this Saturday and in memory of his birthday, numerous celebrations are scheduled that day around the Southland. KUSC-FM (91.5) interrupts its usual 24-hour classical format to present "My Sparkling Parade," a 90-minute audio portrait of the great composer-bandleader-pianist. Airing at 6 p.m., the program includes interviews with Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Andre Previn, composer-author Gunther Schuller and Ellington collaborator Maurice Peress.
November 11, 1987 |
Violist Karen Sanders, just appointed San Diego Symphony's acting principal viola, is also the orchestra's youngest member. The 21-year-old musician returned to the city after two years' study at Philadelphia's noted Curtiss Institute of Music and performing last season with the New American Chamber Orchestra in Detroit. A San Diego native, Sanders graduated from O'Farrell High's School of Performing Arts. Her early orchestral training was with the local Civic Youth Orchestra under Marlin Owen.