October 14, 1991 |
While about 60 minutes north by freeway fellow Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin made his much-awaited Los Angeles debut at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Vladimir Feltsman was making his first appearance in the not-so-glamorous confines of Don Wash Auditorium. What was Feltsman, the internationally acclaimed, much-recorded, much-filmed former Soviet pianist doing in Garden Grove? He may have asked that himself more than once before the evening was over.
September 5, 1992 |
Orange County arts groups stand to receive nearly 30% less California Arts Council money than last year, partly because of state budget cuts and partly because some organizations have deteriorated in the eyes of the council. According to figures released Friday, CAC advisory panels are recommending 14 local groups for a total of $202,838 this year, down from $285,409 in 1991-92.
June 27, 1992 |
Facing a decline in ticket sales and corporate support, South Coast Symphony will shut down, just two months after announcing its 1992-93 season. The board of directors of the 8-year-old orchestra called an emergency meeting Wednesday and voted to tentatively dissolve the organization. The surprise decision will go to a full board vote Sunday, but compliance is expected, according to board chairwoman Arlene Schafer. "We just couldn't go on with what was happening," Schafer said Friday.
December 28, 1991 |
In a show of holiday generosity, a new arts foundation on Friday awarded a total of nearly $1 million to a dozen Orange County arts groups and programs, including $250,000 to the Grove Shakespeare Festival, the troupe's largest gift ever. The Leo Freedman Foundation, which also gave $250,000 to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, was established by Leo Freedman of Beverly Hills, an arts patron and real estate developer who died in 1989 and whose business ventures mainly were in Anaheim.
June 20, 1991 |
On July 29, 1924, the Ku Klux Klan took over the green patch of Anaheim now known as Pearson Park for a night of pointy-hooded marching. According to historical accounts, more than 10,000 people gathered for that Klan procession and induction ceremony. At the time, Klan members controlled four of the five City Council seats in Anaheim; in a recall election in February, 1925, the citizenry voted the Klan slate out.
December 28, 1992 |
The grim economy of 1991 turned grimmer in 1992, and had it not been for the surprise arrival of a new arts benefactor at the close of last year, the Orange County arts community would have been a few steps closer to a real-life re-enactment of Dickens' "Bleak House." But even with some good news, 1992 fell far short of conjuring up "Great Expectations." Corners that were cut in 1991 were cut off in '92, as several groups reduced or curtailed activities.
August 6, 1997 |
Here is a sampling of other Orange County music and dance groups that have expired or mutated in the last decade: The Orange County Symphony of Garden Grove: Started in 1984 as the Garden Grove Symphony, the orchestra played a mix of classical and pops concerts, mostly at the Don Wash Auditorium in Garden Grove. The 1991 name change was part of the orchestra's attempt to broaden its reach, an effort that also included outreach concerts in Anaheim. At its peak in 1991-92, its budget was $354,000.
June 26, 1992 |
On top of recent financial problems and efforts to recover from a long absence of top administrators, the Newport Harbor Art Museum is now in jeopardy of losing state arts council funding. The Orange County Symphony of Garden Grove also may not receive a California Arts Council grant, and four other prominent local arts groups may get smaller grants this year as a result of lowered rankings by council review panels announced this week.
June 17, 1993 |
Despite the cancellation of its 1993 outdoor summer season, GroveShakespeare received a vote of confidence from the City Council even as the last remnants of the Grove's board of trustees decided to seek protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. At the same time, a dissenting council member has charged that the theater company "mishandled" funds awarded by the city in April.