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December 28, 2003 | Chris Pasles
So its full name is Pacific Symphony Orchestra after all. When the term "Orange County's Pacific Symphony" showed up recently in official announcements and as part of the orchestra's new, 25th-anniversary season logo, some people began wondering. To answer inquiries, management sent out a note saying the board had changed the name "to make a closer connection with Orange County residents to thank them for 25 years of support." But that's not entirely true. Or false.
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February 25, 1990 | From a Times staff writer
After a search process marred by public discord, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra is expected to announce its new conductor and music director in a press conference Monday morning. Carl St. Clair, one of two assistant conductors of the Boston Symphony, has been a leading contender for the position, but officials would not confirm Saturday that he would be named. St. Clair emerged as a top contender after leading a pair of critically and publicly well-received subscription concerts Jan. 31 and Feb.
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October 5, 1988 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Representatives of the Pacific Symphony's board of directors and its musicians signed a three-year contract Tuesday giving veteran orchestra members lifetime job security and an increased decision-making role in exchange for minimal wage increases. The early morning signing ceremony, at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, was extremely harmonious.
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January 7, 1988 | ANN CONWAY Ann Conway..BD: Times Staff Writer
Hold onto your party hat: After enjoying a concert by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, more than 2,000 guests herded into the Westin South Coast Plaza ballroom to ring in the new year. Starving after a 90-minute, no-intermission performance, guests were asked to flash their ticket stubs before they received paper tiaras, plastic leis and buffet-style party fare. "It's horribly crowded," said Pacific Symphony board president John Evans, attending with his wife, Ruth Ann.
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November 15, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
NBC Stations President John Rohrbeck and wife Sonnai welcomed Pacific Symphony Orchestra donors to their midtown Manhattan brownstone on Saturday night to celebrate maestro Carl St.Clair's debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Sweeping into the five-story dwelling in a neighborhood that is shared by Brooke Shields, Joan Rivers, Bob Mackie and Tom Wolfe, party-goers sipped Cristal champagne and sampled Osetra caviar while they waited for their beloved conductor to arrive.
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September 1, 1994 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At an emotional gathering full of sadness and pride, Vietnam veterans Wednesday night told their stories to a composer writing a symphony about the Vietnam War. Some made what amounted to political speeches decrying the politicians who had sent them to war. Several read poems or told stories about fallen comrades. And one played a tape reproducing the screams of a helicopter crew as their craft went down in the jungles of Vietnam.
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March 28, 1997 | KEN WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nimble, commanding fingers of Derrick Van have played upon the keys of the Independence piano at the White House, following those of Presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon who have played it before. Playing for an audience of ambassadors and congressmen is intimidating enough, but Derrick could not fall back upon years of experience to calm his nerves. He is just 15 years old.
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February 5, 1991 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Pacific Symphony Orchestra turned back the clock on a hazy Sunday afternoon, moving from the plush maroon comforts of Segerstrom Hall to the cramped old Santa Ana High School Auditorium that the orchestra used to call home not long ago. The occasion was another informal, generous mixed blessing known as a Hispanic Community Concert, where the doors were opened free to any and all.
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February 4, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Some children fidgeted in their seats and others on the hard floor. Some sat stock still, paying rapt attention to their first look at a live performance by a string quintet. Still others played "air violin." Friday morning's concert at Victoria Elementary School was a change of pace for the kindergarten through fifth-graders who said they hear mostly country, rock 'n' roll or gospel music at home.
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July 28, 1999 | TINI TRAN and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's close-knit classical-music world was in mourning Tuesday over news that the toddler son of Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St.Clair drowned in a swimming pool after his mother was incapacitated by a seizure. Cole St.Clair, 18 months, apparently slipped into a neighbor's pool late Monday afternoon after Susan St.Clair fell unconscious after suffering a diabetic seizure in an adjacent hot tub, authorities said.
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