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September 3, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Conductor Vasily Petrenko has caused a stir in the classical music world, telling a Norwegian newspaper that orchestras "react better when they have a man in front of them" and a woman wielding the baton could make for a sexual distraction. "A cute girl on a podium means that musicians think about other things," Petrenko, the principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, told Aftenposten. He added that "when women have families, it becomes difficult to be as dedicated as is demanded in the business.
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April 27, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
There was a sense of occasion at the Alex Theater in Glendale on Saturday night when Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Hannah Lash, Chopin and Haydn. The day before, Kahane announced he would be leaving his post after the 2016-17 season, making his run as music director an even 20 years, the longest in the ensemble's history. The farewells began after intermission when the orchestra's executive director, Rachel Fine, announced that at the end of his tenure he would be named the orchestra's first conductor laureate.
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June 26, 2005 | Chris Pasles
Signaling their increasing importance in contemporary music, California orchestras dominated the 2004-05 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers/American Symphony Orchestra League Awards for Adventurous Programming, announced this month in Washington, D.C. Ensembles from the state took honors in all but two of the eight categories for programming contemporary music, for a total of seven awards.
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April 23, 2014 | By David Ng
Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday. Kahane will be named music director laureate at the end of his tenure, which will be the longest of any music director in the ensemble's history. No successor has been announced. Leaders said that the board of directors will be launching a search to find a new music director.
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May 10, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Elementary school children from the Santa Ana Unified School District performed Tuesday with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, beginning a three-day series of youth concerts aimed at protecting an endangered species--the orchestra. About 18,000 students from throughout Orange County are expected to attend the free "Ode to Peace" concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Taco Bell.
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July 2, 2006 | Chris Pasles
YOU still have two days to buy the Beethoven Academie. This is not a joke. The Belgian chamber orchestra decided to put itself up for sale on EBay after learning that Flemish Cultural Minister Bert Anciaux was not renewing its government funding for the next three years. "As we cannot survive without any subsidy we are forced to sell the orchestra to the highest bidder," the group writes on EBay.
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May 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Vladimir Jurowski, a fast-rising 34-year-old conductor, has been appointed principal conductor of the London Philharmonic beginning in the 2007-08 season, succeeding Kurt Masur. The Russian maestro will be the orchestra's 12th principal conductor since it was formed in 1932, the company said. Jurowski said he was "thrilled" to gain a position previously held by Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Masur, who became principal conductor in the fall of 2000.
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August 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A German orchestra will play Beethoven and Brahms in Tehran in a rare visit by a European ensemble amid tension between Iran and the West. The 60-member Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Hermann Baeumer, will perform Wednesday and Thursday as part of an exchange that saw the Tehran Symphony Orchestra perform to a packed hall last year in Osnabrueck.
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November 24, 2008 | Diane Haithman, Haithman is a Times staff writer.
The financially strapped Orchestras of Pasadena -- created last year from a merger of Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops -- has named Paul Jan Zdunek to the position of chief executive. Zdunek, a veteran arts manager, is president and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Assn. and is credited with leading that organization, as well as the city's State Theatre, out of financial difficulties. He also trained as a conductor. Zdunek's appointment, announced Friday by Orchestras of Pasadena, grew out of a crisis-management relationship with the organization, said board member Jean Horton, who has served for the last few weeks as acting chief executive.
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May 23, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An official of the Garden Grove Symphony reacted with anger to the reported comments of a California Arts Council advisory panel that last week characterized the orchestra as "very poor." "I feel slapped on the face for something we did two or three years ago," general manager Yaakov Dvir-Djerassi said Monday. The panel, whose ratings provide the basis for arts council grants, had complained that the orchestra's programming "tends to be very light and popular in orientation.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Minimalism, the musical version, has always been a numbers game. It began with extended tones, with beats added and subtracted to phrases at will and with simple rhythms played in and out of phase to create complex patterns. So let's have some numbers for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's extraordinary Green Umbrella marathon Tuesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the orchestra's Minimalist Jukebox Festival. The concert lasted five hours if you count a pre-concert discussion and a pre-concert performance.
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March 14, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
CHICAGO - When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend. She had fun doing it, she remembers, but "I never thought I would become a composer. " These days, there is no longer any doubt on her part or anyone else's. Her idiosyncratic music has been performed not only at Symphony Center in Chicago but also in Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Barbican Centre.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multifaceted TchaikovskyFest has thus far weathered political incident. That is to say, nothing happened Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall to land performances of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Second Symphony on the front page or in the international spotlight. The concert, performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (sharing the festival with the L.A. Phil) and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, did draw an assembly of demonstrators in front of Disney.
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February 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Venezuela's state-supported music education marvel, El Sistema, offering free instruction to nearly 600,000 young people in all corners of the country, is not without controversy. With an increasingly restive Venezuelan public protesting human rights violations and economic dysfunction, El Sistema, an agency in the executive branch of the government, cannot escape its association with the administration of President Nicolàs Maduro. But those who argue that El Sistema has always been a program above politics and an example of positive social action that is catching on around the world had powerful evidence with the exceptional Los Angeles debut Wednesday night of the Bahia Orchestra Project.
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February 6, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Philippe Jaroussky is one suave countertenor. Were there an early music Rat Pack, he could lead it. Appearing with the Venice Baroque Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, Jaroussky, who turns 36 next week, looked the part of a Handelian Harry Connick Jr. Stylishly tuxedo-ed as if for a Las Vegas stage show of a time when class still mattered, his presence was smooth as silk. His voice is sweet as honey yet far more fluid. He left little wonder why he has become an unusually big star (for a countertenor, anyway)
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February 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
On Jan. 24, Aydin Palabiyikoglu shot this photo of Maestro Barry Brisk conducting the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra in Redondo Beach. He took the photo  with a Nikon D800 and 400-millimeter lens. Follow Samantha Schaefer on Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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June 26, 1988 | JOHN HENKEN
The much-bruited recent demise of a few orchestras does not mean the other 1,400 American orchestras are dying, according to speakers at the national conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League here. "It's been blown out of proportion," said Henry Fogel, executive director of the host Chicago Symphony. Catherine French, chief executive officer of the league, agreed. "Basically, orchestras in this country refuse to die."
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November 21, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Lovers of Beethoven and Bach won't have to drive Downtown anymore to hear live classical music: Calabasas now has its own chamber orchestra. The newly formed Calabasas Chamber Orchestra will present its first concert Dec. 3 at the Calabasas High School auditorium. The ensemble is the creation of Tony Kissane, music director at Calabasas High School, who will conduct. The orchestra has received a $10,000 grant from the city, which Kissane said will allow it to put on four performances a year.
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January 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Gustavo Dudamel got to conquer another country this week, making his debut in the United Arab Emirates in what was billed as a prelude to the annual Abu Dhabi Festival. Dudamel led the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Monday at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's “The Tempest” and “Romeo and Juliet,” and ending with what the festival's description of the occasion called "a crowd-pleasing signature encore bursting with Latin-American rhythm.” PHOTOS: Faces to watch 2014 | Classical music The UAE's minister of culture conferred a special Abu Dhabi Festival Award on Dudamel after the concert; his mentor, Jose Antonio Abreu also received an award as founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's innovative and influential musical training program for children.
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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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