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June 28, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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January 6, 2012
Deal's music to their ears The Pasadena Symphony and Pops said Thursday that it had negotiated a new four-year contract with its musicians that would see their base wages rise by 5% over the course of the contract term. In recent years, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops has experienced financial difficulties and internal unrest. The organization has seen the abrupt departures of two of its lead conductors — Jorge Mester and Rachael Worby — and has been working to pay down a debt that at one point stood at $1.2 million.
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January 31, 1993 | NANCY NUSSBAUM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rachael Worby is West Virginia's first lady. She's also its maestro, as conductor and music director of the Wheeling Symphony. And in both roles, she's controversial. It didn't help that she kept her own name when she married Democratic Gov. Gaston Caperton in 1990, that she is a woman in what has traditionally been a man's profession, or that she came from New York. Some people complained about a superior attitude and started talking about her clothes, her taste, even her hair.
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July 27, 2011
Muse/ique What: Rachael Worby conducts, with soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Julia Greer When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Beckman Mall, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Tickets: $75 Information: (818) 732-1712 or http://www.muse-ique.com
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July 27, 2011
Muse/ique What: Rachael Worby conducts, with soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Julia Greer When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Beckman Mall, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Tickets: $75 Information: (818) 732-1712 or http://www.muse-ique.com
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June 6, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
Rachael Worby, youth concerts conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been named music director of the Wheeling (W. Va.) Symphony. Worby, who said she will continue to lead youth concerts in Los Angeles "for at least next year," reportedly becomes the only woman to head a major symphony orchestra in the United States. In addition to her connections with the L.A. Philharmonic (where she will lead a Symphonies-for-Youth program on Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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August 28, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012
Deal's music to their ears The Pasadena Symphony and Pops said Thursday that it had negotiated a new four-year contract with its musicians that would see their base wages rise by 5% over the course of the contract term. In recent years, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops has experienced financial difficulties and internal unrest. The organization has seen the abrupt departures of two of its lead conductors — Jorge Mester and Rachael Worby — and has been working to pay down a debt that at one point stood at $1.2 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2000 | ELAINE DUTKA, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2000 | ELAINE DUTKA, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 31, 1993 | NANCY NUSSBAUM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rachael Worby is West Virginia's first lady. She's also its maestro, as conductor and music director of the Wheeling Symphony. And in both roles, she's controversial. It didn't help that she kept her own name when she married Democratic Gov. Gaston Caperton in 1990, that she is a woman in what has traditionally been a man's profession, or that she came from New York. Some people complained about a superior attitude and started talking about her clothes, her taste, even her hair.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
Rachael Worby, youth concerts conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been named music director of the Wheeling (W. Va.) Symphony. Worby, who said she will continue to lead youth concerts in Los Angeles "for at least next year," reportedly becomes the only woman to head a major symphony orchestra in the United States. In addition to her connections with the L.A. Philharmonic (where she will lead a Symphonies-for-Youth program on Jan.
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