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July 28, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
The Orange County Symphony of Garden Grove Sept. 25, 8 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 201 E. Broadway, Anaheim: Philippe Bender, conductor; Eugenia Zukerman, flute: Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2; Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique"; Debussy's "Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune." Nov. 14, 8 p.m. at the Don Wash Auditorium, 11271 Stanford Ave.
October 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Petr Eben, 78, a Czech composer whose wide variety of music has been performed around the globe, died Wednesday at his home in Prague, said his son, Marek. He was battling an unspecified long-term illness. Born Jan. 22, 1929, Eben showed a musical talent at an early age. He was able to play piano at age 6 and organ when he was 9. A year later, he composed his first musical pieces. During World War II he was interned by the Nazis in the Buchenwald concentration camp.
April 22, 1993 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who contributes often to The Times Orange County Edition.
Is there some metaphysical connection between guitar strings and fishing line? When the question was posed at a lighthearted moment during a recent phone interview, virtuoso fly-fisher Christopher Parkening chuckled, then said there is. "It takes a great amount of discipline and hard work to play a musical instrument well, and the same applies to casting a rod," said Parkening, who appears as guitar soloist with the Academy of St.
June 30, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Royal Festival Hall, London's first major public building erected after World War II and an iconic structure in British Modernist architecture, has long been a royal pain. "An expression of a way of life in which we believe" was how one official in 1951 described what the 3,000-seat concert venue was meant to be. Designed with the goal of making all seats equally good (despite the inclusion of a royal box), it proved a magnificent symbol of Britain emerging from postwar austerity.
October 4, 1990 | DIRK SUTRO
Seven months ago, John McLaughlin didn't know whether he'd ever play guitar again. A day before leaving on tour, he caught the tip of his left index finger in the sliding track under a television set and nearly severed it. "It was hanging by a piece of skin," he recalled by phone from Denver, where he opened a U.S. tour Tuesday night. McLaughlin's finger was successfully sewn back together, and he brings the rehabilitated digit to the Bacchanal for a show tonight at 8:30.
August 31, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
We ask a great deal of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony these days. Last month at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Asia America Symphony performed it with nearly 400 choristers singing the last movement's German text of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy." Two weeks ago at London's Proms, the eight-member Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, accompanied by a thousand ukes in the audience, heroically strummed through bits of the Ninth. A tour of YouTube offers the "Ode to Joy" sweetly hammered on a dulcimer, eerily squealed on wine glasses and apocalyptically screeched on wailing heavy metal guitars, along with the inevitable Ninth kitsch.
December 30, 2007 | Diane Haithman
TRACY LETTS Playwright who might catch pulitzer's eye Despite delays caused by the stagehands strike in New York, Letts' tragicomedy "August: Osage County" finally opened on Broadway this month to some especially favorable reviews. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood called the portrait of a dysfunctional Oklahoma family "probably the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years," adding: "Oh, forget probably: It is."
February 1, 1995 | ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
In the context of an ongoing discourse about issues facing arts leaders today, Calendar invited conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to write about his thoughts on the culture of Los Angeles. He chose to focus on Disney Hall, the showpiece designed by Frank Gehry as the new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at downtown's Music Center.
June 2, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Long before his association with George Harrison of the Beatles gave him the status of a cult superstar, sitarist Ravi Shankar had made a name for himself--and for Indian music in the West. Shankar, who makes his local debut today at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, had begun promoting Indian music in this country in 1956. "For 10 years," he said, "I established myself--as well as Indian music--on a very healthy ground, in the sense I was playing full houses at Carnegie Hall or the Royal Festival Hall in London.
October 13, 1989 | NOBUKO HARA
Some acousticians say designing concert halls is like making a musical instrument--They won't know how it sounds until it's completed. Others take a purely scientific approach, relying on mathematical equations and analysis. But Minoru Nagata, the gray-haired Japanese acoustician responsible for how the music will sound in Walt Disney Hall, is a man with a levelheaded approach: "Acoustics is like seasoning--too much can ruin the food. You want just enough."
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