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August 25, 2012 | By Donna Perlmutter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Insider jokes are not just for White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinners or ESPN kibitzers or Academy Awards emcees. They also crop up in discussions about symphony orchestra musicians - a society unto itself. There are jibes and even sober-minded studies that characterize personality types according to the instruments they play. Who are the string players? The divas. What do you call oboists? The orchestra neurotics. And the brass? Drunken bullies. Concert hall audiences tend to believe that those hundred or so musicians onstage - all of them remarkable virtuosos - are never less than unified in their pursuit of artistic perfection.
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September 4, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian conductor Dmitri Liss, who leads the Pacific Symphony's final summer concert Saturday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, has racked up successes in Kuzbass, Omsk, the Ural area--places that are not household names for most Southern Californians. "Dmitri, simply by a matter of geography, doesn't have the wide reputation that he deserves," Pacific Symphony assistant conductor Mark Mandarano said recently from his home in Long Beach. "He's working in Russia.
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