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July 3, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Conductor John Koshak and the Orange County Youth Symphony are already veteran travelers. In 1983, they were the first American youth orchestra ever invited to play at the Bad Neuenahr International Music Festival in Germany; from there, they went onto Italy and Switzerland. In 1987, they went to China, Japan and Hong Kong. Still, a trip beginning today, to New York City, is something special.
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July 25, 1991 | MELISSA BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Melissa Byrne will be a junior at Capistrano Valley High this fall. A cellist, this was her first year with the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. and
"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice, practice." By doing just that, 68 high school musicians from the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra made it to New York City this month to perform as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial celebration. The youth orchestra, which was formed in 1970, has been under the direction of John Koshak since 1974. From September through May, its members rehearse weekly at Chapman College in Orange, where Koshak teaches conducting.
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December 1, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Koshak--holds some heavy conducting credentials, having studied at Columbia University and the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg. But he decided to make his career primarily teaching young musicians, and he's never regretted it. "I just found that I liked working with young people and I liked the academic environment and I liked teaching and I could still conduct," Koshak said in a recent phone interview from his home in Orange. "It seemed to me the right kind of choice."
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January 11, 1996 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Youth Symphony's rendition of the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony elicited polite applause among the tough crowd of about 3,000 fifth-graders. But when the theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" wafted through the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the youthful audience at Wednesday's concert quickly perked up and eyed their neighbors to see if they too recognized the familiar score.
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May 3, 2001
IRVINE 1pm Pop Music Consort with Counting Crows, dish with the Go-Go's, cop some chords from Third Eye Blind, hang with Uncle Kracker and the Wallflowers. The Fan Nation tour is designed to add some intimacy and interaction to the festival experience, bringing its headliners into the cozy confines of autograph tents, acoustic lounges and Q-and-A sessions. * Fan Nation at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 1 p.m. $28.50 to $53.50. (949) 855-2863.
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December 1, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Koshak--holds some heavy conducting credentials, having studied at Columbia University and the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg. But he decided to make his career primarily teaching young musicians, and he's never regretted it. "I just found that I liked working with young people and I liked the academic environment and I liked teaching and I could still conduct," Koshak said in a recent phone interview from his home in Orange. "It seemed to me the right kind of choice."
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May 8, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When conductor John Koshak arrived in Orange County in 1971, Chapman University in Orange boasted two instrumental-music students, and the fledgling Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra was tackling high school-level arrangements. Today, the youth group is one of three orchestras based at the university, plays only legitimate symphonic repertory, and has done so in Europe and Asia and at Carnegie Hall.
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May 5, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, comprised of ninth- through 12th-graders, presents its final concert of the season at 4 p.m. Sunday in Chapman Auditorium, One University Drive. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. Information: (714) 997-6914.
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May 8, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When conductor John Koshak arrived in Orange County in 1971, Chapman University in Orange boasted two instrumental-music students, and the fledgling Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra was tackling high school-level arrangements. Today, the youth group is one of three orchestras based at the university, plays only legitimate symphonic repertory, and has done so in Europe and Asia and at Carnegie Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Youth Symphony's rendition of the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony elicited polite applause among the tough crowd of about 3,000 fifth-graders. But when the theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" wafted through the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the youthful audience at Wednesday's concert quickly perked up and eyed their neighbors to see if they too recognized the familiar score.
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July 25, 1991 | MELISSA BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Melissa Byrne will be a junior at Capistrano Valley High this fall. A cellist, this was her first year with the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. and
"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice, practice." By doing just that, 68 high school musicians from the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra made it to New York City this month to perform as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial celebration. The youth orchestra, which was formed in 1970, has been under the direction of John Koshak since 1974. From September through May, its members rehearse weekly at Chapman College in Orange, where Koshak teaches conducting.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Conductor John Koshak and the Orange County Youth Symphony are already veteran travelers. In 1983, they were the first American youth orchestra ever invited to play at the Bad Neuenahr International Music Festival in Germany; from there, they went onto Italy and Switzerland. In 1987, they went to China, Japan and Hong Kong. Still, a trip beginning today, to New York City, is something special.
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November 25, 1993
Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra will present the first concert of its 24th season at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Chapman University, 333 N. Glassell, Orange. The orchestra is composed of high school and college musicians. Tickets are available at the auditorium door. General admission is $5; $3 for students and seniors. Call (714) 997-6914.
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