September 4, 2001 |
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.
October 16, 2000 |
Although a prolific composer in most of the standard genres (and the innovator of a few new ones), Philip Glass didn't write a symphony until he was past 50, older even than such late symphonic starters as Brahms or Bruckner. That first one in 1993, the "Low" Symphony, was also a new invention, a symphonic metamorphosis on an iconic '70s art-rock album by David Bowie and Brian Eno. Since then, however, symphonies have flowed extravagantly from Glass.
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July 26, 2000 |
The Pacific Symphony Orchestra will play its second annual free summer concert complete with a fireworks display from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Centennial Park. The park is at Fairview Street and Edinger Avenue.
May 26, 2000 |
There have been larger, more ambitious, more ceremonial pieces of music written than Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. But when the occasion is an especially important one, solemn or celebratory, when the need to instill a genuine sense of hope and promise is crucial, the Ninth is the inevitable choice. The wall in Berlin falls, and Bernstein is right there with the Ninth.
August 30, 1999 |
An enthusiastic crowd packed the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night to hear the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, led by Carl St.Clair, perform a lively mix of music by composer John Williams, including his most famous film scores and the fanfare he wrote for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. St.Clair, who was making his first Orange County appearance since the death of his son last month, leaned into the music, seeking to draw the utmost from each instrument in the orchestra. St.
August 27, 1999 |
When Pacific Symphony Orchestra conductor Carl St.Clair steps onto an Irvine stage Saturday night, barely a month into mourning the death of his 18-month-old son, he intends to project a welter of emotions, not least of them a sense of celebration. In part, his professional ethic guided his decision to lead the orchestra so early in his bereavement for Cole Carsan St.Clair, who drowned July 26. "If I could do it, I should do it," the orchestra's musical director said this week in an interview.