December 22, 2004 |
The New York-based Eos Orchestra has abruptly disbanded, leading to the cancellation of an upcoming performance at UCLA's Royce Hall. The performance, "The Bernstein/Sondheim Project," was to have received its West Coast premiere Feb. 24 as part of the UCLA Live season. Eos is a chamber orchestra that recorded Aaron Copland's film music and put out books on Minimalism and the music of Paul Bowles.
August 9, 2002 |
The choice of a first violinist is the most important appointment that any orchestra's music director can make, for the position requires not only superb playing ability and broad musicianship, but also grace under pressure, the optimism of a cheerleader and the finesse of an ambassador. In the United States, the artist who assumes these duties is known as the concertmaster. Europeans state it more directly. The first violinist is called, simply, the leader.
June 26, 1988 |
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1995 |
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.
March 25, 1989 |
Opera Pacific of Costa Mesa has signed a 3-year contract with the Opera Pacific Orchestra covering musicians hired to play in the pit orchestra for the company's productions. The contract sets labor guidelines and wage levels for the orchestra through 1991. The contract is expected to help establish a stronger identity for the group, whose members include many of the musicians who belong to the Santa Ana-based Pacific Symphony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 |
Music from the Cypress Pops Orchestra will once again waft across the Civic Center green, on Sept. 20, thanks in part to the City Council's additional financial support. Council members voted 4 to 1 to provide the orchestra with an additional $2,000 for its last concert of the year, which was on the brink of being canceled. The city routinely provides the orchestra with $1,000 for each performance and contributes free services. Each performance costs about $10,000.
November 6, 1990 |
Music is the art of time. And it usually takes time for any conductor, even an eccentric one, to establish an interpretation. A downbeat must be given, a tempo suggested, momentum established, guidelines set, so that the players get off together. It always takes a few bars. But not for Yuri Temirkanov.
September 23, 2007 |
Orchestra conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat tapped his music stand impatiently, and the violin tuning and friendly jabbering finally eased to a rest. He raised his baton, and in that split second before the first note a remarkable thing happened: silence. It was a rare moment in a city blasted by the oppressive noise of generators, air conditioners, helicopters, gunfire, shouts and explosions.
January 10, 2004 |
In a striking departure for an American orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has eliminated the position of music director. Beginning with the 2004-05 season, it will rely for leadership on a team of orchestra musicians and five outside artistic partners. "In Europe, this would not be big news at all," orchestra managing director Bruce Coppock said Thursday. "The Vienna Philharmonic musicians vote on every single item concerning the orchestra.
January 24, 1990 |
The Pacific Symphony was still waiting Tuesday for $37,000 it is owed by the Orange County Master Chorale for having played in the chorale's Oct. 27 and Dec. 3 concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The orchestra was to have been paid in full on Monday, according to statements reaffirmed by John Rhynerson, chairman of the Costa Mesa-based chorale, last week when it was learned that the Pacific had pulled out of a Feb. 9 concert with the chorale because of the debt.