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March 19, 1997 |
To earn his living, Rich Smith totes out a white upright piano in a '79 Chevy van that shakes and rattles at every bump. Arriving at his most frequent venue, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, he pulls out two planks he stores on the floor and wheels his upright onto the street. Often he spends more time toting and tuning the piano than actually playing it. But when he plays, even in a noisy venue filled with competing performers, the effect is often electric.
August 31, 1997 |
Merrill Moore, 73, pulls a bench up to the piano at Mr. A's, a popular dining room and lounge where he has been a fixture for years. He stretches his big, beefy hands and knits his brow and proceeds through a series of standards, show tunes and jazz. The crowd applauds politely; Moore beams back a warm smile.
September 21, 1997 |
Ask Christopher O'Riley, recently relocated to L.A. from New York, why he moved and this thoughtful and individual American pianist goes all Hollywood. "Love," he replies simply. "My fiancee is an actress and writer, and she has lived out here. She needs to be here for her career, while I'm pretty good anywhere as long as there is a decent airport nearby." O'Riley will certainly get to know LAX well this season.
November 3, 2000 |
Like stately ocean liners about to set sail, the grand pianos roll down an assembly line of craftsmen, black, elegant and silent. The instruments, a marriage of ancient wood and high-tech engineering, have a mission: Prove that Japan can make a world-class, luxury piano fine enough to challenge the gold standard of the music industry--the Steinway grand piano. It is an audacious gambit for their maker, the Kawai Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co.
October 27, 2013
Re "Scrap the iPads, keep the pianos," Opinion, Oct. 25 Not only does Jeff Lantos speak truth to iPads, he knows that a classroom is a hollow experience without an effective, creative and keenly devoted teacher - you know, like Lantos, whose article should be distributed to all teachers and parents. I bet they will smile and nod at the mention of dance, drama, art and music effectively used in the classrooms they may remember. As a recently retired teacher of 38 years, I am still excited to see the wondrous things that happen when children are in the classroom of an exciting educator.
September 3, 2006 |
UNTIL just recently, a violin soloist took for granted that she could carry her fiddle with her on an airplane. A concert cellist was able to buy a seat for his instrument whenever he flew. But even before heightened airline security, concert pianists were not so lucky: Almost all of them must leave their humongous, beloved instrument at home and make do with one they've quite likely never played before.
April 15, 1989
Andree Juliette Brun, a concert pianist familiar to Southland audiences in the 1950s, has died in Miami, it was learned this week. Orlin Witcraft, an operatic tenor, said his former wife, once artist in residence at Pepperdine University, died of lung cancer March 23. She was 65 and had left Southern California for Florida several years ago. Born in Paris, she and her sister, Alberte, were trained to be concert pianists. They grew up to play twin pianos in concert halls in Boston, New York and Miami, and Andree Brun later appeared as a solo artist at Carnegie and Alice Tully halls in New York.
April 19, 1989
Andree Juliette Brun, a concert pianist familiar to Southland audiences in the 1950s, has died in Miami, it was learned last week. Orlin Witcraft, an operatic tenor, said his former wife, once artist in residence at Pepperdine University, died of lung cancer March 23. She was 65 and had left Southern California for Florida several years ago. Born in Paris, she and her sister, Alberte, were trained to be concert pianists. They grew up to play twin pianos in concert halls in Boston, New York and Miami, and Andree Brun later appeared as a solo artist at Carnegie and Alice Tully halls in New York.
December 24, 2012 |
This story has been updated. See below. Few things are more carefully choreographed than a movie musical, but director Tom Hooper wanted to steep his big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" in some gritty reality. So he took a page from Ridley Scott's war film "Black Hawk Down. " At Pinewood Studios outside London, he set up a scene in which 30 student revolutionaries and scores of background players construct a blockade to stave off the French army in 19th century Paris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2004 |
The Tishkoffs' rent-a-piano business is ending on a wistful note. For more than 75 years, a parade of old-time Hollywood stars passed through its doors. Then a celebrity parade of a different kind sent it packing. That's the bagatelle version -- the short description -- of why the family-owned Hollywood Piano Rental Co. is shutting its doors June 30.