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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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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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December 9, 2008 | Mike Boehm
Although the fundraising drive to save the remaining concerts in the Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops' recession-threatened 2008-09 season barely has begun, one of the jeopardized dates, the Jan. 10 symphony performance at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, has been rescued and reprogrammed to include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Fundraising is just a shade above $100,000 at this point, plus an additional $100,000 in pledges, out of the $3 million to $4 million needed to play the scheduled season, apart from the one classical concert and the three pops holiday shows that already have succumbed, said Jean Horton, the orchestras' interim executive director.
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March 4, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Scratch the Orchestras of Pasadena. No, the financially up-against-it Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops have not gone belly up, but their new management has determined that the name the formerly independent organizations had adopted when they merged in 2007 was a flop. The new/old name is the Pasadena Symphony Assn. -- the longtime legal name of the Pasadena Symphony. The change "has been met by a sigh of relief by everybody," says Paul Jan Zdunek, the chief executive who recently arrived from the Modesto Symphony after engineering a fiscal turnaround there.
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November 5, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Boehm is a Times staff writer.
Caught in a budget crisis, the Orchestras of Pasadena have laid off their two top executives, canceled two more concerts by the Pasadena Pops and issued an emergency fundraising appeal to save three remaining classical concerts and an 11-show outdoor summer pops series. "We're wounded, but planning on fighting the fight," said Jean Horton, a board member and financial consultant who stepped in Monday as interim executive director. "Every member of the board is going to be dialing the phone.
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November 7, 2008 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
It's been a momentous week. Monday morning at the Music Center, Los Angeles Opera announced a monumental citywide "Ring" festival. As many as 50 organizations around town have expressed willingness to help the company promote its first attempt at Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung" cycle in 2010.
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