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March 6, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
On announcing the death last week of composer Robert Ashley in New York at 83, the composer and critic Kyle Gann wrote on his blog that Ashley was "the greatest genius of 20th-century opera. I don't know how long it's going to take the world to recognize that. " I think I do. A little while, but not too much longer. Let's not argue about the greatest genius of opera in the 20th century. It's enough that Ashley was one of the greats and a true pioneer. Some might even want to argue about Ashley's lack of recognition.
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March 7, 2014
Sheila MacRae Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners' Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late '60s revival of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well...
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March 7, 2014
Sheila MacRae Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners' Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late '60s revival of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well...
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March 6, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
On announcing the death last week of composer Robert Ashley in New York at 83, the composer and critic Kyle Gann wrote on his blog that Ashley was "the greatest genius of 20th-century opera. I don't know how long it's going to take the world to recognize that. " I think I do. A little while, but not too much longer. Let's not argue about the greatest genius of opera in the 20th century. It's enough that Ashley was one of the greats and a true pioneer. Some might even want to argue about Ashley's lack of recognition.
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March 22, 1992 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is a free - lance writer based in New York
One of the most offbeat incidents in American opera occurred a dozen years ago when the city of Chicago hosted the now-defunct annual New Music America Festival and presented a complete performance of Robert Ashley's radically innovative seven-part opera "Perfect Lives." The incident was the unwitting involvement of then-Mayor Jane Byrne.
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June 24, 2002 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Iconoclastic composer Robert Ashley has a fiendish way with words. His experimental operas are densely packed with them, snatched from high and low culture and set into tightly choreographed blends of speech, song, meaning and textural wizardry. Starting with his epic 1980s "television opera" project "Perfect Lives," Ashley has been creating hypnotic, James Joyce-like maximalist works, which seem like studies in free association but are more structure-conscious than they let on.
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March 18, 1998 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Crossover is a well-known phenomenon in music, the journeying from classical into pop or vice versa. But at the CalArts Spring Music Festival on Monday afternoon, one heard, for the first time in these parts, about the Crossover Factor. It is the side effect of applying Youth Salve, developed by the Fountain of Eternal Youth Foundation, to make an organism live forever. Every day, that organism will become something different.
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August 30, 1987
Valid Logic Systems Inc., San Jose, named Robert L. Ashley, 61, a director. Ashley recently retired as vice president of the Electronics & Defense Sector of TRW Inc. in Redondo Beach.
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May 16, 2000 | Rebecca Harris, (949) 248-2157
The Dana Hills High School vocal jazz ensemble won first place in the Heritage Festival International Competition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Students in the ensemble are Robert Ashley, Sean Bogseth, Jeff Brubaker, Julianna Danner, Elina Fisher, Mike LaMasa, Brittany Longdon, Megan Peo, Bennett Smith, Veronica Steele, Matt Swan and Janice Yamamoto. Three other choirs from the Dana Point schools also participated in the contest.
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May 3, 1989
A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday night in connection with the slaying of Robert Ashley Moon, who was found suffering from a gunshot wound at 8 a.m. April 15 in an alley in the 4100 block of 36th Street, said police spokesman Bill Robinson. Moon died that afternoon in a hospital. Arrested in connection with the killing was Clarence Marshall Spurlock, 19. He and Moon lived in a garage behind a home in the 4100 block of 36th Street. Spurlock was booked into County Jail, where he is being held without bail.
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June 24, 2002 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Iconoclastic composer Robert Ashley has a fiendish way with words. His experimental operas are densely packed with them, snatched from high and low culture and set into tightly choreographed blends of speech, song, meaning and textural wizardry. Starting with his epic 1980s "television opera" project "Perfect Lives," Ashley has been creating hypnotic, James Joyce-like maximalist works, which seem like studies in free association but are more structure-conscious than they let on.
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March 18, 1998 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Crossover is a well-known phenomenon in music, the journeying from classical into pop or vice versa. But at the CalArts Spring Music Festival on Monday afternoon, one heard, for the first time in these parts, about the Crossover Factor. It is the side effect of applying Youth Salve, developed by the Fountain of Eternal Youth Foundation, to make an organism live forever. Every day, that organism will become something different.
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March 22, 1992 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is a free - lance writer based in New York
One of the most offbeat incidents in American opera occurred a dozen years ago when the city of Chicago hosted the now-defunct annual New Music America Festival and presented a complete performance of Robert Ashley's radically innovative seven-part opera "Perfect Lives." The incident was the unwitting involvement of then-Mayor Jane Byrne.
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November 18, 1988
Every now and then a situation occurs in America which causes one to marvel anew at the uncanny foresight and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. A case in point--the much-maligned Electoral College which provides the mechanism for correcting President-elect George Bush's gravest mistake by allowing the selection of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) as vice president on Dec. 19. Electors, please, make this courageous choice. ROBERT E. ASHLEY Simi Valley
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November 1, 1985 | MARC SHULGOLD
Rock videos notwithstanding, televised musical performances have always suffered from a built-in contradiction: music is basically aural; television is basically visual. For a musicial performance to hold the viewer's attention, to quote D.W. Griffith, "It's gotta move."
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