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January 16, 1992 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
The most satisfying playing in a splendid evening with violinist Robert McDuffie and pianist Patricia Michaelian, Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, came after intermission. First, McDuffie revived a largely neglected little showpiece, Prokofiev's Sonata for solo violin, Opus 115, handsomely, and with most of its wit and mordancy in full aural view. The 33-year-old American musician did this, not incidentally, playing from memory.
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March 26, 2000 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
The concerto, in which the individual (a soloist) is pitted against the mob (the orchestra), is absolute music at its most theatrical. We speak politely of a soloist's dialogue with the orchestra or collaboration with a conductor. We expect the orchestra to be supportive. Yet what we really anticipate is temperament, conflict, high drama.
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March 1, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN
If the essence of Romantic music is the emotional contrast of light and dark, muscular and lyrical, then JoAnn Falletta's Long Beach Symphony program Saturday at the Terrace Theater was Romanticism cubed. Never mind that the concerto brought us well into this century; this was gutsy, passionate stuff all, and not coincidentally a selection of splendid vehicles for a sleek orchestral machine. As was the concerto for its equally accomplished protagonist.
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March 1, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN
If the essence of Romantic music is the emotional contrast of light and dark, muscular and lyrical, then JoAnn Falletta's Long Beach Symphony program Saturday at the Terrace Theater was Romanticism cubed. Never mind that the concerto brought us well into this century; this was gutsy, passionate stuff all, and not coincidentally a selection of splendid vehicles for a sleek orchestral machine. As was the concerto for its equally accomplished protagonist.
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September 23, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
Few artists are up to admitting their failures, but candor seems to be part of violinist Robert McDuffie's Georgia upbringing. The 34-year-old doesn't hesitate to discuss bombing in a prestigious music competition or getting chewed out by a well-known conductor. Of course, McDuffie hasn't bombed in a long time, and conductors don't chew him out any more. But things were different in 1981 when he reached the finals of the prestigious Naumberg Competition in New York.
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March 26, 2000 | MARK SWED, Mark Swed is The Times' music critic
The concerto, in which the individual (a soloist) is pitted against the mob (the orchestra), is absolute music at its most theatrical. We speak politely of a soloist's dialogue with the orchestra or collaboration with a conductor. We expect the orchestra to be supportive. Yet what we really anticipate is temperament, conflict, high drama.
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August 26, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from the Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Unpack the Bags: The Vancouver Symphony's West Coast tour has been called off because of financial problems. The orchestra was to have played Sept. 26 at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Sept. 28 in the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara and Sept. 30 at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. Replacing the orchestra on all dates will be the Prague Chamber Orchestra, with violinist Robert McDuffie as soloist.
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October 2, 1998
Expanding its season in 1998-99 to nine concerts (from eight) in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the Pasadena Symphony will inaugurate a three-concert Explorer series this year devoted to music of Mozart. Music Director Jorge Mester will conduct all of the season's concerts, beginning Oct.
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April 1, 1995 | HERBERT GLASS
For their final program of the season, presented on Thursday at the Veterans Wadsworth Theater and to be repeated tonight at Ambassador Auditorium, Christof Perick and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra honored and refreshed two repertory blockbusters: Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Robert McDuffie the compatible soloist, and the "Great" C-major Symphony of Schubert.
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September 23, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
Few artists are up to admitting their failures, but candor seems to be part of violinist Robert McDuffie's Georgia upbringing. The 34-year-old doesn't hesitate to discuss bombing in a prestigious music competition or getting chewed out by a well-known conductor. Of course, McDuffie hasn't bombed in a long time, and conductors don't chew him out any more. But things were different in 1981 when he reached the finals of the prestigious Naumberg Competition in New York.
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January 17, 1992 | DANIEL CARIAGA
The most satisfying playing in a splendid evening with violinist Robert McDuffie and pianist Patricia Michaelian, Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, came after intermission. First, McDuffie revived a largely neglected showpiece, Prokofiev's Sonata for solo violin, Opus 115, handsomely, and with most of its wit and mordancy in full aural view. The 33-year-old American musician did this, not incidentally, playing from memory.
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May 13, 1996 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Just to be different, perhaps, Jorge Mester chose to end his Pasadena Symphony's 1995-96 season--its 68th season--with a pops program consisting of Puccini's "Crisantemi," the Violin Concerto by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Experienced observers may have had to rack their brains to remember the last time they heard the familiar Fifth indoors.
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