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November 15, 1988
Lev Aronson, 76, a renowned cellist and teacher whose career was interrupted by internment in a series of German concentration camps during World War II. He began playing cello professionally at age 13 in Riga, Latvia, where he was raised, and studied with Gregor Piatigorsky in Berlin between the two world wars. Aronson came to the United States in 1948 and became principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony, a post he held for 20 years.
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May 31, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Soviet Prosecutor General Nikolai Trubin ordered criminal proceedings against so-called black beret troops who attacked customs checkpoints in the secessionist republics of Latvia and Lithuania. It was the first public attempt by national authorities to rein in the special Soviet Interior Ministry troops based in Riga, Latvia.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Micah Levy, founding music director of the 6-year-old Orange County Chamber Orchestra, will go to the Soviet Union to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of the State Symphony of Riga, Latvia, on May 22. Levy will lead the 25-member ensemble in works by Samuel Barber, Ernst Bloch, Aaron Copland and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The concert will be seen on Soviet television. During his visit, which begins May 9, Levy also plans to meet with Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and to bring back cassette tapes and scores of his music for performance by the Orange County Chamber Orchestra.
NEWS
December 18, 1994
Four USC faculty members have been named Fulbright scholars to conduct their research abroad next year. The recipients are Doe Mayer of the School of Cinema, William Meezan of the School of Social Work, Harry Richardson of Urban and Regional Planning, and Arnis Richters of the School of Medicine.
NEWS
August 22, 1988 | United Press International
The U.S. attorney's office said today that it is suing to revoke the citizenship of an elderly Minneapolis man it accuses of participating in Nazi war crimes during World War II, and then deport him. Edgars Inde, 79, allegedly belonged to a commando unit known as the Latvian Auxiliary Police. The organization assisted the Nazis in the persecution and killing of unarmed Jews and other civilians.
NEWS
July 17, 1992
Mikhail N. Tal, 55, the Soviet chess grandmaster and former world champion who was dubbed the "Riga Magician" for his surprise moves. Although not considered the best player from the former Soviet Union, Tal was "indisputably the most popular" in the country where chess is a national pastime, the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta said. Tal, born in Riga, Latvia, won world titles in 1957 and 1958 and remained a formidable figure on the world circuit almost until his death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1989
The Bush-Gorbachev meeting presents President Bush an ideal opportunity to reaffirm America's non-recognition policy concerning the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. It is also a chance for America to pursue the corollary of the non-recognition policy, namely, that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania must have their independence restored. The December conference should be used by President Bush to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states, patterned on the Austrian experience, whereby Soviet troops are withdrawn and all of the Baltic states resume their status as neutral, independent nations.
NEWS
April 10, 1995
Ron Richardson, 43, a singer and actor who won a Tony for his performance in "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Richardson was praised for his powerful singing and the tragic resonance of his acting as the runaway slave Jim in the Broadway musical adapted from Mark Twain's book. The singer's stage presence was often described as majestic. He won the Tony in 1985 as best supporting actor in a musical, and also won a Drama Desk award. Richardson was born in West Philadelphia in 1952.
NEWS
September 26, 1985
Exit visas have been issued to a Soviet Jewish family featured in an article June 9 in the Southeast/Long Beach sections of The Times. Four members of the Solovei family were among 29 Soviet Jews granted permission last month to emigrate to Israel, said Nancy Albrecht, public information director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. The family had waited 12 years to leave their home in Riga, Latvia, and join relatives in Israel.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan soon will name veteran Foreign Service officer Jack F. Matlock Jr. to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, officials said Monday. The officials said the Soviet government has notified Washington that it accepts the ambassadorial nomination of Matlock, who is fluent in Russian and formerly was deputy director of the National Security Council staff.
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