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September 22, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeenth century Cossack hero Stepan Razin leads a revolt against his people's Czarist oppressors and what happens? Immediately his exploits are turned into a song. "Song is essentially the unwritten history of the people," said Anatoly Kvasov, artistic director of the Don Cossacks Song and Dance Ensemble of Rostov, a folk music and dance troupe.
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September 22, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeenth century Cossack hero Stepan Razin leads a revolt against his people's Czarist oppressors and what happens? Immediately his exploits are turned into a song. "Song is essentially the unwritten history of the people," said Anatoly Kvasov, artistic director of the Don Cossacks Song and Dance Ensemble of Rostov, a folk music and dance troupe.
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September 27, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Valery Leontev, Laima Vaikule, Philipp Kirkorov and Irina Allegrova. The names may sound like alphabet soup to most Americans, but they are among the most famous artists in the Russian pop music world. No longer under the strict creative guidelines of the Soviet era, Russian pop has seen explosive growth in less than a decade. Leontev has been described as the "Russian Michael Jackson"; Vaikule is an equally bright light in Russia's growing firmament of music stars.
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September 27, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Valery Leontev, Laima Vaikule, Philipp Kirkorov and Irina Allegrova. The names may sound like alphabet soup to most Americans, but they are among the most famous artists in the Russian pop music world. No longer under the strict creative guidelines of the Soviet era, Russian pop has seen explosive growth in less than a decade. Leontev has been described as the "Russian Michael Jackson"; Vaikule is an equally bright light in Russia's growing firmament of music stars.
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October 20, 1993 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kicking up its Cossack heels, the Tziganka Russian Folk Ensemble will bring raucous dancing, exotic costumes and soulful Gypsy songs to Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa on Saturday night. The troupe also will feature performances by Bibs Ekkel, Tziganka's leader, considered by many the greatest balalaika and dombra virtuoso outside of the former Soviet Union.
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December 26, 1991 | NORMAN LEBRECHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Lebrecht is a free-lance writer based in London
In the most sweeping musical emigration since the Russian Revolution of 1917, many of the country's top composers have fled a collapsing society for more hospitable lands. Among the latest to join the ranks of fleeing musicians were two leading young composers, Dmitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova, a married couple whose home was the center of Moscow's contemporary music scene.
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September 22, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's barely room in the cubbyhole behind the two-car garage in Sierra Madre for them both to work at the same time. But that's where Hank Landsberg and Steve Steinberg have put together the rock 'n' roll music that is jolting Russia faster than you can say there's a whole lotta shakin' going on. The pair provide the music for Russia's first commercial radio station--a 250,000-watt Moscow powerhouse with an audience of 45 million.
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May 20, 2002 | Associated Press
Russian and international music industry leaders are joining forces to fight piracy of compact discs in Russia that is costing companies hundreds of millions of dollars every year. "The piracy situation here is both frightening and daunting," said John Kennedy, president of Universal Music International. Slack enforcement of copyright laws, he added, has made Russia one of the world's major music pirating centers.
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December 6, 1994 | BETH KNOBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every weekend, hundreds of Russian music fans flock to Moscow's Fili Park to shop for audio recordings in a huge, open-air market. Every kind of music, from Rachmaninoff to the Rolling Stones and even brand-new American releases, can be found on the sellers' rickety tables. There's just one catch: Nearly every album, cassette and compact disc is pirated.
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January 18, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
Seven years ago, Emanuil Sheynkman left the Soviet Union to escape the manifestations of anti-Semitism and to pursue his chosen profession in the West. Arriving in Rome with his wife, he calmly told his job placement interviewer that he was a balalaika player. As Sheynkman recalled, she flipped worriedly through her listings and told him: "I can't find it here. Do you have any hobbies?" Chess, he replied--but not good enough to earn a living. "What did your father do?" Bookkeeping.
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October 20, 1993 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kicking up its Cossack heels, the Tziganka Russian Folk Ensemble will bring raucous dancing, exotic costumes and soulful Gypsy songs to Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa on Saturday night. The troupe also will feature performances by Bibs Ekkel, Tziganka's leader, considered by many the greatest balalaika and dombra virtuoso outside of the former Soviet Union.
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September 22, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's barely room in the cubbyhole behind the two-car garage in Sierra Madre for them both to work at the same time. But that's where Hank Landsberg and Steve Steinberg have put together the rock 'n' roll music that is jolting Russia faster than you can say there's a whole lotta shakin' going on. The pair provide the music for Russia's first commercial radio station--a 250,000-watt Moscow powerhouse with an audience of 45 million.
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December 26, 1991 | NORMAN LEBRECHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Lebrecht is a free-lance writer based in London
In the most sweeping musical emigration since the Russian Revolution of 1917, many of the country's top composers have fled a collapsing society for more hospitable lands. Among the latest to join the ranks of fleeing musicians were two leading young composers, Dmitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova, a married couple whose home was the center of Moscow's contemporary music scene.
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December 17, 2000 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a new Broadway season emerging, Jay Manley, chairman of the drama department at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., is offering his 21st annual spring theater tours. Tour dates are May 6 to 13 and June 3 to 10. Guests will see "The Full Monty," based on the popular film, as well as the musical version of "The Producers," which will star Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
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August 31, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NBC's "L.A. Law" continued its winning ways at the 44th annual Emmy awards Sunday as winners announced early in the ceremonies included Richard Dysart for best supporting actor in a drama series. Early winners also included Laurie Metcalf of ABC's "Roseanne," who was named best supporting actress in a comedy series. Barnet Kellman, of CBS' "Murphy Brown," won for best directing in a comedy series and an episode of CBS' "Northern Exposure" took the best writing award for a drama series.
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