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August 12, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Its third visit to Southern California, making its Hollywood Bowl debut this week, is posing certain problems for the Russian National Orchestra, the ensemble founded by Mikhail Pletnev in 1990. First, its leader suffered a foot injury last week, and is unable to conduct the first two programs. At the first of four performances, he was replaced by the orchestra's associate conductor, Dmitri Liss.
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July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra warms up a week from Friday, the musicians will be clad in their usual summer attire: white dinner jackets and bow ties for the men, white tops and black skirts or slacks for the women. Tie-dye might be more appropriate. On the day Jerry Garcia would have turned 66, the venerable orchestra will welcome more than 2,000 Deadheads to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the world premiere of "Dead Symphony No. 6," the first orchestral work inspired by the music of the Grateful Dead.
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January 9, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
The hall was filled with the rich, the powerful and the tuxedoed. The soloist was none other than the superstar oddball pianist, Ivo Pogorelich, playing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto--a welcome change from the Prokofiev Third that he played here in 1981 and '86.
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February 14, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The City of Brotherly Love evidently has little love for Christoph Eschenbach, who will end his difficult five-year tenure as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra this spring. The town does appear, however, to adore Vladimir Jurowski, the 35-year-old leonine Russian conductor who is currently the toast of London and, by many accounts, a leading candidate for the Philly post.
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April 5, 1998 | Greg Sandow, Greg Sandow writes about classical music for the Wall Street Journal and other publications
Mikhail Pletnev, concert pianist and conductor, seems distracted. He'll shortly join Sophia Loren at a lavish black-tie gala for the Russian National Orchestra, of which he's music director. There he'll talk about his work in serious terms. But right now, as he looks dapper and compact after a press luncheon for the RNO, his eye wanders and he answers questions with wry little one-line jokes.
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December 31, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Above and Beyond: In recognition of his humanitarian and educational efforts, pianist Ivo Pogorelich will receive the Ambassador Foundation's sixth annual Ambassador Award for Excellence at a ceremony next Thursday at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. The presentation will follow Pogorelich's playing of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Russian National Orchestra.
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August 19, 2002 | Don Heckman
The initial announcement that Dave Brubeck would perform with "full orchestra" at the Cerritos Performing Arts center tonight was an eyebrow-raiser. Assembling a full orchestra takes considerable planning, rehearsing and coordination--far more effort than one might expect for a single night's engagement. If, however, Brubeck and his quartet were scheduled to appear with an existing orchestra, that would be a far different story. But what orchestra?
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July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra warms up a week from Friday, the musicians will be clad in their usual summer attire: white dinner jackets and bow ties for the men, white tops and black skirts or slacks for the women. Tie-dye might be more appropriate. On the day Jerry Garcia would have turned 66, the venerable orchestra will welcome more than 2,000 Deadheads to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for the world premiere of "Dead Symphony No. 6," the first orchestral work inspired by the music of the Grateful Dead.
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August 22, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ballet music is a natural and inevitable showcase for symphonic display, but listeners don't necessarily perceive its value. Enter, or, rather, reenter the Russian National Orchestra, coming back to the Hollywood Bowl after a three-year break this week for two concerts, plus a gig with jazzman Dave Brubeck at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts that was on Monday night.
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August 24, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An evening of Russian and Italian opera excerpts served as the second and final performance by the touring Russian National Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night. Alexander Vedernikov, recently appointed as music director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, led this engaging program, his soloists two popular Russian singers well known in Southern California.
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August 22, 2002 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ballet music is a natural and inevitable showcase for symphonic display, but listeners don't necessarily perceive its value. Enter, or, rather, reenter the Russian National Orchestra, coming back to the Hollywood Bowl after a three-year break this week for two concerts, plus a gig with jazzman Dave Brubeck at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts that was on Monday night.
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August 21, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dave Brubeck finally made it into town with his quartet--most of it, that is. In September, when the other players in his group became mired in the airline delays after the events of Sept. 11, he performed at Pepperdine with a pickup ensemble. On Monday night at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Brubeck's personnel was again short a regular member; bassist Michael Moore was called away by a family emergency.
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August 19, 2002 | Don Heckman
The initial announcement that Dave Brubeck would perform with "full orchestra" at the Cerritos Performing Arts center tonight was an eyebrow-raiser. Assembling a full orchestra takes considerable planning, rehearsing and coordination--far more effort than one might expect for a single night's engagement. If, however, Brubeck and his quartet were scheduled to appear with an existing orchestra, that would be a far different story. But what orchestra?
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August 18, 2002
Pop Music "The Rising" finally came out, entering the sales chart at No. 1. The scene-setting interviews and TV appearances are out of the way, and now Bruce Springsteen, right, is back in his element, on the road with the E Street Band. The new album's sober studies of post-9/11 emotions figure to find a counterbalance in Springsteen's customary roof-raising rock 'n' roll release when they play the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday.
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January 7, 1993 | KENNETH HERMAN, Kenneth Herman is a free-lancer who writes about music for The Times Orange County Edition.
The image of the Russian virtuoso is a familiar icon in the West. From Rachmaninoff to Heifetz to Horowitz, Russian performers have combined awe-inspiring technical skills with soulful interpretations that seem to emanate from the primordial spirit of the Russian people. In this post- glasnost era, Mikhail Pletnev has added another wrinkle to the icon, that of musical entrepreneur.
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February 2, 2001 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Russia may not usually present the ideal model for the smooth transition of power. But in the often fractious world of orchestras, it has done remarkably well with the Russian National Orchestra. A lasting glory of glasnost, the ensemble was created in 1990 by a young Russian pianist, Mikhail Pletnev, with the support of then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, as a showcase for some of the country's finest players.
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August 16, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Venerable outlines filled in with variety and imagination were the rule Friday evening at the Hollywood Bowl. The creaking "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" of yore has been diversified into a "Russian Spectacular," and entrusted to the visiting Russian National Orchestra, with associate conductor Dmitri Liss once again substituting for injured music director Mikhail Pletnev. Fresh perspectives also were apparent within familiar repertory.
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