July 13, 1994 |
For most music lovers, the concert experience is the be-all and end-all of their interest. But for the professionals involved, the program is merely the culmination of a long process. Beyond the rehearsals, there are practical problems of running an organization and keeping it alive. Once a year, members of the American Symphony Orchestra League--representing about 850 orchestras--meet to discuss their problems and concerns.
January 28, 1990 |
It's generally agreed that the Pacific Symphony orchestra--just 11 years old and currently without a music director--has a way to go before it can enter the same musical league as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra or the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But when it comes to prices for the best seats, it's ahead of all four. In fact, among major U.S.
February 8, 2012 |
Last December, Glendale's Alex Theatre hosted its first holiday concert with the resident Glendale Pops Orchestra. Less than a year old, the band is still in the process of finding its place in the tight-knit community and reaching out to the larger Southern California audience. But leader Matt Catingub, a skilled music veteran with the ability to see past the score paper, is giving this enterprise a good chance of survival. The show had a healthy attendance (fewer than 300 short of the Alex's 1,400 capacity)
February 4, 1990 |
When an orchestra goes into the recording studio, it isn't just to make music. The Los Angeles Philharmonic makes recordings for artistic quality. The Milwaukee Symphony records because it needs visibility in the face of stiff competition from other regional orchestras. The San Francisco Symphony records to enhance its reputation and build prestige. The Bay Area Women's Philharmonic records for the repertory--works by obscure women composers that would remain unheard otherwise.
April 18, 1996 |
Conductor Jerome Kessler remembers well arriving at his orchestra's first rehearsal. He drove up the hill toward the Community House, rabbits scurrying out of his path. It was a typical summer evening in 1982 in the small, eclectic community of Topanga. Word had spread among the 2,800 residents about the new orchestra: Inside the Community House sat nearly two dozen people with violins--more than Kessler had ever imagined.
January 9, 2005 |
When the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra crashed to the brink of bankruptcy four years ago, local residents opened their wallets wide to keep the music playing. From a $5 bill to a $40-million grant, thousands of patrons gave to rescue the nation's second-oldest orchestra -- one that brought world-class talent to the ornate stage of Powell Symphony Hall. In 3 1/2 years, the community raised $130 million. Last week, it became clear that it wasn't enough.
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March 21, 1994 |
When first confronted with a noisy dispute between Ventura County's two symphony orchestras, Larry Janss labeled it "a clash of titans." But half an hour of bickering later, Janss revised his metaphor, telling the symphony directors that their rivalry resembled "a lot of monkeys" mixing it up "in a small cage." Whatever the analogy, the relationship between Thousand Oaks' Conejo Symphony and the Oxnard-based Ventura County Symphony has hit a sour note.
October 6, 1990 |
Watching the recent "Civil War" series on public television brought home a realization to South Coast Symphony Music Director Larry Granger. "There are masterpieces of music that have been simply overlooked, not performed--just as people were overlooked in our history for ethnic reasons," Granger said in a recent phone interview. "Look at all the discoveries in terms of the Civil War, such as the service of black Americans.
October 15, 1998 |
Children and music are a natural and happy mix, although that may seem a doubtful assertion to any harried parent who has had to exit a concert early with an audibly dissatisfied child. But performing and presenting organizations throughout Southern California have programs that can help bridge that awful gap between Billy and Beethoven and stimulate a relish for the arts that today so many parents want in their children's lives.
December 9, 2003 |
Three years ago, members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra were reduced to subsistence wages, forced by Saddam Hussein's regime to supplement their love of music with jobs as taxi drivers and teachers. Three months ago, they were driven out of their headquarters by the ravages of war, with no electricity.