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December 14, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Westerfield has bartered cigarettes for chickens in Romania and has worked at a major investment banking firm in New York, helping Latin American countries gain access to capital. Not your average background for a conductor. Born in New York City in 1957, Westerfield--who will conduct the Pacific Symphony in Handel's "Messiah" in Costa Mesa on Saturday--grew up in a family that had little interest in serious music. But he did, and he pursued it.
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December 14, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Westerfield has bartered cigarettes for chickens in Romania and has worked at a major investment banking firm in New York, helping Latin American countries gain access to capital. Not your average background for a conductor. Born in New York City in 1957, Westerfield--who will conduct the Pacific Symphony in Handel's "Messiah" in Costa Mesa on Saturday--grew up in a family that had little interest in serious music. But he did, and he pursued it.
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July 21, 1997 | SUSAN BLISS
Soloist Mark O'Connor received an enthusiastic ovation from 6,500-plus Pacific Symphony concert-goers Saturday night at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for his explorations of the relationship between the fiddler and the classical violinist. O'Connor's folk-based nostalgia and jazzy showmanship pack a ready appeal for listeners, particularly those from a generation with spotty public school exposure to classical music who are eager to find some connection between pop music and the concert hall.
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December 16, 1996 | SUSAN BLISS
Inside the concert hall, December is time for Handel's "Messiah" while outside, it is time for winter viruses. Not surprisingly, the audience at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday night was chock full of cold sufferers (including this one), determined to imbibe their yearly dose of Baroque cheer. Forces complied with gallant tolerance of the almost ever-present coughing and, at intermission, with gallons of cider.
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December 19, 1994 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though its first performance (April 13, 1742) and all subsequent performances under Handel's direction had nothing to do with Christmas, his "Messiah" is now considered so de rigueur during the holiday season that some people would no sooner miss the oratorio than their seasonal egg nog. Then, as with the beverage, it's forgotten the rest of the year.
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January 17, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pacific Symphony will mark its 10th annual summer series at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre by adding a sixth concert to the usual five-concert season. The orchestra also has renewed its lease there through 2001 even though the fate of the theater is in dispute. Businessman Harry Shuster, who has subleased the property to Irvine Meadows, has been feuding with his landlord, the Irvine Co., and has threatened to bulldoze the theater when his lease expires Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1997 | JERRY HICKS
From the county's grandest cathedrals down to the small neighborhood churches, there's one common denominator: They all had to start somewhere. And not always with a gabled roof or stained-glass windows. I've attended church services in this county in Holiday Inns, small parks and industrial warehouses. Garden Grove's Crystal Cathedral, you will recall, was born as a drive-in operation. Now comes the Global Christian Center in Newport Beach.
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December 13, 1996
* MOVIES: "Losing Chase" (at the UA Westwood and the Los Feliz) is a graceful, poignant film in which its executive producer, Kyra Sedgwick, beautifully plays a companion to a woman (Helen Mirren, remarkable, as usual) recovering from a mental breakdown. Beau Bridges co-stars as Mirren's well-meaning husband. . . .
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July 18, 1997 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everybody in Nashville knows about Mark O'Connor's fiddling. That's why he had to get out of town. As one of the busiest session players in the country-music capital, O'Connor arguably was the most sought-after hired gun in the business through country's boom years of the late '80s and early '90s. He was named "musician of the year" five consecutive times between 1991-95 by the Country Music Assn. and won the country instrumental Grammy in 1992 for his "New Nashville Cats" album.
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December 12, 1996 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wassail! With the season hard upon us, it's easy to find a Christmas concert or dance performance to help jolly you through the seasonal hustle and bustle. The problem is: which one? To help you on your way, we've assembled this list of Orange County area dance and music offerings for your ho-ho-holiday pleasure. The season's first "Nutcracker" was sighted shortly before Thanksgiving, and the parade of sugarplum fairies and mouse kings has continued unabated ever since.
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