CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2003 |
Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins, a conservationist and philanthropist, died Wednesday at her Seattle home after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 82. A descendant of Seattle pioneers, Collins was the middle child of Dorothy and Scott Bullitt. Dorothy Bullitt founded King Broadcasting, which was sold in 1991 for about $300 million.
October 16, 2003 |
Paul Meecham, general manager of the New York Philharmonic, has been chosen to succeed Deborah Card as executive director of the Seattle Symphony, causing some discord among musicians. Patricia Isacson Sabee has been interim director since Card left last summer to take the top administrative post at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
January 29, 1988 |
For local audiences, at least, Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony is a coupling of a very familiar conductor with an almost unknown orchestra. Schwarz became music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in October, 1978 and greatly expanded that ensemble's activities throughout Southern California during his tenure, which lasted through June, 1986. This week he returns, but with an orchestra familiar to local listeners only through recordings.
December 24, 1995 |
The Seattle Symphony will move into a new, $109-million, 2,500-seat downtown auditorium, to be called Benaroya Hall, in the fall of 1998. This will be the first move in 33 years for the 92-year-old orchestra, led for the past decade by Music Director Gerard Schwarz, and resident since 1962 in the Opera House built for the World's Fair of that year.
September 13, 1988 |
In a move that classical musicians across the country are watching with keen interest, members of the Seattle Symphony orchestra have broken ranks with the nation's powerful musicians' union and declared the new International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians as bargaining agent.
November 3, 1991 |
Despite the wretched economy and a shrinking classical market, American orchestras other than the nominal "Big Five," or Six or Seven--such rankings, meaningful only as P.R. ploys, have more to do with budgets than quality--are making recordings in unprecedented numbers for a variety of upstart labels.
March 23, 1990 |
After a season of modestly adventuresome contemporary-music programming, the San Diego Symphony has decided to put the whole business on the back burner for a year. Not only did the symphony eliminate the Pulitzer Prize Series, three specialized concerts devoted to works by recent recipients of that prestigious award in music, but the recently announced 1990-91 subscription season will present only one brief contemporary offering, John Harbison's "Remembering Gatsby."
September 15, 1998 |
A new concert hall is always exciting. Colorful banners dot the landscape. Shop windows, from dry cleaners to department stores, display symphony themes. Newspapers publish special supplements. Politicians jump on the arts bandwagon. Socialites go into high party gear. A city beams with pride. Saturday it was Seattle's turn, and this contented, famously livable, latte-driven town seemed entirely prepared for nothing less than greatness with the opening of Benaroya Hall.
September 7, 1998 |
As a pure concept, the idea of building a first-class symphony hall on top of a train tunnel and a bus transit line, and at one of the busiest downtown intersections, makes sense only if you like the rumbling of the Burlington Northern underneath the bass line, with honking taxis on top of the horns. Then again, what an intersection! Right across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, with a view down to the ferries on Elliott Bay.