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February 14, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA
"Music soothes, refreshes, heals. It takes place in a spiritual dimension," says Robert Duerr. "But we as musicians have an obligation to the world, as well as an obligation to our gifts. We have to protect the mystery of the art and the uplift it can give. We have to use the power of music for the benefit of others." Duerr is no minister, though at one time he seriously considered following that calling.
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February 14, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA
"Music soothes, refreshes, heals. It takes place in a spiritual dimension," says Robert Duerr. "But we as musicians have an obligation to the world, as well as an obligation to our gifts. We have to protect the mystery of the art and the uplift it can give. We have to use the power of music for the benefit of others." Duerr is no minister, though at one time he seriously considered following that calling.
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June 15, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
Robert Duerr is understandably pleased about his appointment as associate conductor of the fledgling Music Center Opera (MCO). For one thing, it saves him the cost of a round-trip ticket to Europe. "I was all set to move there for the summer, so I could work on developing my opera conducting," said Duerr, music director of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. "Peter (Hemmings, artistic director of MCO) literally called me at the 12th hour."
NEWS
September 28, 1986 | SUE AVERY, Times Staff Writer
The abrupt decision to cancel the 1986-87 season of the highly acclaimed Pasadena Chamber Orchestra has led to charges by the group's conductor and some of his supporters that the board of directors overreacted to projected deficits. The board canceled the season Sept.
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September 16, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
A $100,000 deficit has led to the suspension of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra's 1986-87 season and the resignation of its founding music director Robert Duerr. "We had no recourse but to postpone," said general manager Shelley Alexander of the board's decision in face of a mounting deficit. With Duerr leaving the decade-old ensemble, its future remains uncertain both artistically and financially, Alexander acknowledged on Monday. "This orchestra was based on Robert Duerr," she said.
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October 23, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
With so many musical anniversaries occurring this year, giving them all their due can be problematic. Robert Duerr, founder and conductor of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, solved the problem neatly at the opening concert in a new season by his ensemble at Ambassador Auditorium on Monday night. He constructed a sampler of music by five composers whose anniversaries fall in this year.
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May 30, 1985 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
With "The Seasons," Haydn has daunted many an organization better endowed and more powerful than the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. The sprawling oratorio represents a fragile fusion of the sophisticated and the simplistic, the intimate and the grandiose, the innocently lyrical and the naively dramatic. To make its wonted impact, the work requires a conductor especially sensitive to matters of period style and to matters of expressive illumination.
NEWS
September 28, 1986 | SUE AVERY, Times Staff Writer
The abrupt decision to cancel the 1986-87 season of the highly acclaimed Pasadena Chamber Orchestra has led to charges by the group's conductor and some of his supporters that the board of directors overreacted to projected deficits. The board canceled the season Sept.
NEWS
June 5, 1986
The Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Duerr, has been given an award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for creative programming of contemporary music. The orchestra was founded in 1977 and has recieved five previous awards from ASCAP.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1987 | JOHN HENKEN
When Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" plays before students and senior citizens next month--courtesy of Music Center Opera and the Music Center Education Division--it will be as "Cinderella" and sung in English. The outreach tour will begin Oct. 19 with 10 performances in Shrine Auditorium. It will continue with four performances at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, starting Nov. 3, and end with three performances at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, opening Nov. 10.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
A $100,000 deficit has led to the suspension of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra's 1986-87 season and the resignation of its founding music director Robert Duerr. "We had no recourse but to postpone," said general manager Shelley Alexander of the board's decision in face of a mounting deficit. With Duerr leaving the decade-old ensemble, its future remains uncertain both artistically and financially, Alexander acknowledged on Monday. "This orchestra was based on Robert Duerr," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
Robert Duerr is understandably pleased about his appointment as associate conductor of the fledgling Music Center Opera (MCO). For one thing, it saves him the cost of a round-trip ticket to Europe. "I was all set to move there for the summer, so I could work on developing my opera conducting," said Duerr, music director of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. "Peter (Hemmings, artistic director of MCO) literally called me at the 12th hour."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1985 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
With so many musical anniversaries occurring this year, giving them all their due can be problematic. Robert Duerr, founder and conductor of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, solved the problem neatly at the opening concert in a new season by his ensemble at Ambassador Auditorium on Monday night. He constructed a sampler of music by five composers whose anniversaries fall in this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1985 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
With "The Seasons," Haydn has daunted many an organization better endowed and more powerful than the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. The sprawling oratorio represents a fragile fusion of the sophisticated and the simplistic, the intimate and the grandiose, the innocently lyrical and the naively dramatic. To make its wonted impact, the work requires a conductor especially sensitive to matters of period style and to matters of expressive illumination.
NEWS
June 18, 1987
The board of directors of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra has been unsuccessful in its efforts to raise enough funds for a 1987-88 season, said Raymond Stults, who had been hired as a full-time consultant to help the ensemble get back on its fiscal feet. There now appears to be little chance that the orchestra will be revived in the immediate future.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1986 | JOHN HENKEN
The "American" concert offered by the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra proved a quirky, stimulating and ultimately very satisfying affair. In other words, a typical effort by conductor Robert Duerr and his ensemble. It began with the world premiere of "Fantasia: Federico Garcia Lorca," a commissioned work by USC-trained composer Ian Krouse. The four-movement work draws on Spanish tunes used by Lorca and Falla, deftly orchestrated in an appealing popular vein.
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