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May 25, 2013 |
Leonard Marsh, a window washer from Brooklyn who struck it rich after he and two of his boyhood pals created a soft drink called Snapple, has died. He was 80. Marsh, Snapple's former chief executive, died Tuesday at his home in Manhasset, N.Y., his family announced. The cause was not disclosed. He and his partners - brother-in-law Hyman Golden and longtime friend Arnold Greenberg - grew up in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood without much beyond their ambitions. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Born Jan. 5, 1933, Marsh was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia.
December 20, 1987 |
'I can make any student violin sound like a Stradivarius.' --Alfredo Galea Alfredo Galea has a subversive idea. In the world of violins, he says, older is not necessarily better. When one listens to a truly great instrument, he says, "what they hear is . . . not the age" but the varnish. It is a simple concept, yet one that has made the spectacled, balding gentleman a controversial figure among area musicians and the recipient of both lavish praise and bitter scorn.
November 3, 1990 |
The Southwest Chamber Music Society apparently doesn't want to know about the word routine. That was the impression left by its refreshingly eclectic program Thursday night in Chapman College's Salmon Recital Hall (and repeated Friday at the Pasadena Library). Unusual instrumental combinations dominated this outing, beginning with Max Reger's delightful Serenade for flute, violin and viola, Opus 141a, a dashing, rambunctious, richly harmonized piece that ought to be better known.
September 19, 1992 |
Enthusiasm can make up for much in a faulty musical performance, but it cannot make those faults disappear. Thursday night's season-opening program of the Southwest Chamber Music Society was delivered, as is usual for this ensemble, with obvious and visceral enthusiasm. There seems never a dull moment with this always-adventuresome group, now in its sixth season. But in this concert at Chapman University in Orange, the rough edges were more apparent, and irksome, than usual.
December 1, 1990 |
In 1976, Luigi Nono wrote a funereal work prompted by a series of deaths that had swept his family and that of his friend, pianist Maurizio Pollini. Thursday night, at Salmon Recital Hall on the campus of Chapman College, the Southwest Chamber Music Society offered " . . . sofferte onde serene . . . " as a tribute to its composer, who died last May.
October 5, 1991 |
Gyorgy Ligeti's Trio ("Hommage a Brahms") for horn, violin and piano served as the emotionally wrenching core of a program that opened the Southwest Chamber Music Society's fifth season Thursday at Bertea Hall at Chapman University. Even without the helpful introductory comments by Jeff von der Schmidt, horn player and artistic director of the society, the impact of this work, composed in 1982, surely would have been felt.
June 14, 1988 |
A number of nervous moments marked the first half of the final concert at the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival. By intermission, the worst was over, and the second half went smoothly. More than smoothly, splendidly.
November 15, 1988 |
You've heard the one about the silk purse and the sow's ear. Sunday afternoon, Ami Porat and the strings of the Mozart Camerata neatly transformed the decidedly non-glamorous auditorium at Santa Ana High School from the latter into the former. These accomplished musicians vanquished negative effects of unlikely surroundings and attendant acoustical anomalies via the most straightforward means: glowing, stylistically elegant, splendidly accurate playing from first note to last.
April 2, 1987 |
The Sequoia String Quartet & Friends series at the Japan America Theatre has, in the half-dozen years of its existence, become a vital, sometimes unpredictable (part of its appeal) ingredient of Los Angeles musical life, playing to a dedicated, perceptive audience.