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October 24, 1989 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
The Los Angeles musical landscape is dotted with dozens of community orchestras, like duchies in a symphonic kingdom. The Santa Monica Symphony, founded in 1945, is one of the better of these groups, and Sunday night it opened its four-concert season at Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School. Patrick Flynn, music director of the Riverside County Philharmonic, was the evening's guest conductor, the first of four this year as the orchestra searches for a new music director.
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November 29, 2013 | By Cheryl Guerrero
It's the busy season for dance. Ballet schools, local companies and touring troupes present variations of "The Nutcracker" in late November and December. Some productions are fully staged, while others are excerpts. The classic ballet to Tchaikovsky's beloved music is more than a holiday mainstay. It's populated with an abundance of roles, giving stage time to young and eager dancers with visions of becoming the ultimate ballerina, the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Santa Monica, the Westside School of Ballet is celebrating the 40th-anniversary production of its "Nutcracker.
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June 8, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Allen Robert Gross, 47, conductor of the Occidental-Caltech Symphony, has been appointed music director and conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony beginning with the 1991-92 season. A member of the faculty at Occidental College since 1983, Gross was formerly head of opera and orchestra programs at the University of Louisville. He also served as guest conductor with the Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera.
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January 3, 2010
Here's a selection of upcoming family concerts presented by local orchestras: Jan. 10 Pasadena Symphony Assn. Musical Circus "From Russia With Love" -- instrumental "petting zoo" and performance 2 p.m. Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale Free (626) 793-7172, Ext. 16 www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org Jan. 16 and 23 Los Angeles Philharmonic Toyota Symphonies for Youth "The Four Seasons," Vivaldi's violin concertos, as seen through the eyes of a weather forecaster 11 a.m. (pre-show activities at 10)
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June 21, 2002 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nonchalance is not an option when making your Carnegie Hall debut. Just ask 15-year-old Sarah Crespo-Szabo. "I'm so nervous my hands are shaking," the percussionist confides to a cellist moments before the Santa Monica High School Symphony walks onstage. Crespo-Szabo and her 78 orchestra mates had spent months preparing for this moment, and, typical teenagers, many wanted to seem blase.
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March 7, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Conditions may be modest for the Santa Monica Symphony, but it has history--this being its 55th season--and noble intentions on its side. On Sunday night, a healthy-sized and appreciative audience, in come-as-you-are attire, showed up for a free concert in the somewhat cavernous, concrete-floored Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, sat in folding chairs and got a respectably played dose of Mozart and Mahler, worth much more than the price of admission.
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March 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fiery light-plane crash that left a violinist from the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra critically burned also killed another of the orchestra's violinists. Examiners determined that the badly burned remains discovered in the wreckage of the plane after Saturday's crash were those of Shoba Srinivasan, 28, of Arcadia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Tuesday. Examiners identified her through dental records, said the spokesman, Scott Carrier.
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December 13, 1996
MOVIES: Since Orange County's first Imax theater opened at the Edwards 21 Megaplex in Irvine, it has concentrated on the limited number of 3-D offerings--films that are often technically dazzling but less than inspired in other ways. A 2-D film opened this week, one that is satisfying both on the gee-whiz level and as moving documentary.
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April 26, 1996
The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, in its 50th anniversary season, is celebrating the monumental event on a high note. The orchestra will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Sunday during a free concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The concert will also feature four vocal soloists. The city of Santa Monica and Los Angeles County subsidize the orchestra, which performs four concerts a year at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
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October 10, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
Somehow, the Santa Monica Symphony gets the job done--it's the little engine that could of our local orchestras. Opening its 50th-anniversary season Sunday night in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the 80-member ensemble (equal parts amateur, student and professional) offered an eclectic, confidently executed and satisfying concert under music director Allen Robert Gross.
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October 8, 1995 | Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is The Times' music writer
Fifty years old this month, the Santa Monica Symphony has come a long way from its beginnings as a modest ensemble of mostly community (read: non-professional) players to its present state as one of the best of our local, mixed-professional, city-named orchestras. Its anniversary season opener is tonight at 7:30 in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Music Director Allen Robert Gross' first program of 1995-96 reflects his eclectic tastes.
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