July 27, 2011 |
With an international career that spans four decades, Jessye Norman is a long way from her childhood in a supportive, education-minded family in Augusta, Ga., singing in the church choir. It's much easier to envision the statuesque star as the reported inspiration for the 1982 French film thriller "Diva," whose title character embodies all the excess the word implies. One reason the stereotype lives on: In recent years, Norman has avoided the press. The reason, she says, is that many who show up to question her might as easily hail from the sports department or the gardening section as the classical music beat.
August 28, 2010 |
Marvin Hamlisch, the celebrated Oscar-, Tony- and Emmy-winning composer, has written some of the most memorable show tunes and movie scores of the last 40 years. Starting next summer, he'll bring his considerable talent to local audiences when he takes on the top artistic position at the Pasadena Pops. Hamlisch's appointment, which was announced Friday, marks the first time that the composer has assumed a leadership role with a Los Angeles-area orchestra. It also represents a major win for the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, a venerated but challenged organization that is working its way out of a budgetary crisis.
July 2, 2006 |
RACHAEL WORBY, music director of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, is hardly alone among female orchestra leaders -- or, as Worby jokingly called them in a 2005 essay she wrote on the subject, "chicks with sticks." According to the American Symphony Orchestra League, of the approximately 350 professional orchestras in the U.S., about 50 have women as music directors or principal conductors.
August 1, 2004
Every obituary of Jerry Goldsmith reminded me of his extraordinary appetite for composition and prolific musical output. But what was missing was a description of his appetite for collegial kindness and his prolific output as a man. He was a teacher of amazing breadth, a good-souled optimist, a man who said "yes" to almost any request, even during his illness, and a gentle and supportive colleague. I will never forget the first invitation I received to conduct an "All Goldsmith" program.
June 28, 2001 |
S tanding aggressively at the intersection of art and ambition are conductor Rachael Worby and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Founded in 1987 and no stranger to growing pains, the Pasadena Pops found an attractive venue at Descanso Gardens in 1994 and last season installed Worby as music director.
July 30, 2000 |
From an early age, Rachael Worby saw herself as an "agent of change," someone destined to make a difference. "I was popular, smart, focused, politically astute, a leader, a voracious reader and a social activist," an amiable Worby recalls of her high school years. In a tone more direct than arrogant, she adds: "I was very full of self-worth." Nowadays, she's channeling that drive into the classical music world, which is taking note of her talent.