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October 28, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
One hundred strong, the voices rose and swelled as one in a powerful chorus of "Gloria in Excelsis Deo"--glory to God in the highest. But with a gesture from conductor Al Brightbill, the singers instantly halted. "No, no, you came in too quickly--remember, assumption is the mother of all screw-ups," the silver-goateed conductor told members of the Saddleback Master Chorale. "Think about what you're singing. Feel it."
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June 6, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All Al Brightbill is saying, is give peace a chance. To that end, Brightbill will lead the Saddleback Master Chorale and Orchestra in a "Concert for Peace" Sunday at the Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills. He is dedicating the final work on the program, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem," to fallen Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin. "I had programmed these pieces before the Rabin assassination took place, but it seemed a logical thing to do," Brightbill, 53, said last week.
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June 9, 1992 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Take one masterwork the length and depth of Brahms' "Deutsches" Requiem. Join two choirs that have trained under different directors. Limit practice time to a single, joint choral rehearsal before adding the orchestra, and back it all with an instrumental ensemble of free-lancers. The prognosis for the outcome would seem poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
One hundred strong, the voices rose and swelled as one in a powerful chorus of "Gloria in Excelsis Deo"--glory to God in the highest. But with a gesture from conductor Al Brightbill, the singers instantly halted. "No, no, you came in too quickly--remember, assumption is the mother of all screw-ups," the silver-goateed conductor told members of the Saddleback Master Chorale. "Think about what you're singing. Feel it."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All Al Brightbill is saying, is give peace a chance. To that end, Brightbill will lead the Saddleback Master Chorale and Orchestra in a "Concert for Peace" Sunday at the Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills. He is dedicating the final work on the program, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem," to fallen Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin. "I had programmed these pieces before the Rabin assassination took place, but it seemed a logical thing to do," Brightbill, 53, said last week.
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September 1, 1999
Joseph Massaro, 35, has been named director of the Chamber Sinfonietta at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, effective immediately. A recipient of a bachelor's degree in music education and performance (in clarinet and bassoon) from Cal State Long Beach, Massaro has taught music theory and appreciation for 11 years in the Garden Grove Unified School District and currently teaches musical theater classes at Saddleback.
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October 12, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Oh, those trendy Californians. Just when you think you've got your American music history down, they come up with Mexican Baroque and California Classical. * "We've all had a tendency to just deal with this kind of New World music and focus instead on the East Coast" and its Germanic and English traditions, said Alvin Brightbill, who leads a "Festival of Mission Music" Friday at Mission San Juan Capistrano Catholic Church.
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May 26, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The heat is on in more ways than one for local arts and entertainment this summer. The new Anaheim Arena will open, but before the Mighty Ducks inaugurate professional hockey in the county, such country and pop stars as Wyonna Judd, Alan Jackson and Barry Manilow will try out the area's newest concert facility.
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October 7, 1994 | BARBARA ISENBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he made his Hollywood Bowl choral debut in the '70s, singer Stephen Gothold was pretty impressed with the sound of 120 voices participating in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It was, however, no big deal compared with his Japanese choral debut in February singing the same piece at Tokyo's National Sports Arena. There, his was one of 5,200 voices for Beethoven's Ninth.
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December 5, 1998
Music * The Westminster Chorale presents "Holidays and All That Jazz" at the Westminster Community Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd. 7:30 tonight. $8-$10. (714) 898-8695. * The William Hall Master Chorale and the All-American Boys Chorus sing a "Happy Holidays" program at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 tonight. $18-$50. (714) 556-6262.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1992 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Take one masterwork the length and depth of Brahms' "Deutsches" Requiem. Join two choirs that have trained under different directors. Limit practice time to a single, joint choral rehearsal before adding the orchestra, and back it all with an instrumental ensemble of free-lancers. The prognosis for the outcome would seem poor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Music directors, like holiday shoppers, puzzle over what to offer their patrons. "There's a wealth of literature," says John Alexander, whose Pacific Chorale sings a holiday program today at 8 p.m. at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. "For any one thing you can choose for another program, there are 20 choices for Christmas. "My idea is to combine and mix what an audience thinks traditionally is Christmas music with the classical work that is the core of our existence."
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