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March 22, 1999 | JOHN HENKEN
One of the joys of a Pasadena Symphony program is encountering familiar friends in fresh relationships. Music director Jorge Mester led an engaging and illuminating agenda of instrumental lyricism Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It is possible to play Bartok's Third Piano Concerto toward the dark side, but difficult to do so after the cheery banalities of Hugo Alfven's Swedish Rhapsody No. 1.
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June 19, 1998
Jorge Mester will conduct all eight programs of the Pasadena Symphony's 1998-99 season, including three Mozart evenings on Jan. 30, April 24 and June 12. The season opens Oct. 17 in Pasadena Civic Auditorium with a program of music by Leonard Bernstein, including "Shivaree," Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story," Serenade for violin, strings, harp and percussion and Divertimento. Soloist is American violinist Robert McDuffie. The program of Nov.
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March 12, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Not every aspect of the history of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is remarkable, but one thing sticks ever in the memory: the inventive programming usually achieved by two of the orchestra's previous music directors, Gerard Schwarz and Iona Brown. Felicitously, LACO's current leader, Jeffrey Kahane, follows this tradition, the latest example being the orchestra's March program, an agenda offering important music by Lutoslawski, Part, Britten and Mozart.
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July 27, 1998 | DANIEL CARIAGA DANIEL CARIAGA..BD: TIMES MUSIC WRITER
The second of two performances of the annual Beethoven Spectacular in the Hollywood Bowl, Saturday night, brought out a capacity audience, apparently for the most modest of reasons: yet another staging of the composer's potboiler, "Wellington's Victory," to close the program. The quarter-hour piece--supplemented once again with a cast of soldiers and townspeople in early 19th century costumes, minimal staging and backstage cannon fire--proved mildly amusing.
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July 24, 1998
Dance Danza Floricanto/USA is among the companies in the continuing Dance Kaleidoscope festival. Titled "Dance Now," tonight's program also features Monica Favand/Myra Bazell; Peter Kalivas; Robert Gilliam; Amrapali Ambegaokar; Rudy Perez and Lynn Dally/Jazz Tap Ensemble. Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 343-MOVE. 8 p.m. (Saturday's 8 p.m. program, "In and Out of Traditions," is at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.
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March 8, 2001
* Stamp Show--The International Stamp Collectors Society presents its Stamp Expo/Valley this weekend at St. Nicholas Community Center in Encino. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The center is at 17114 Ventura Blvd. Free. (818) 997-6496. * Classical Concert--Internationally known Korean American pianist Seung-Un Ha will make her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Saturday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
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July 19, 1998
MOVIES Jim Abrahams & Co. attack "The Godfather" and its ilk with "Mafia!" The spoof stars the late Lloyd Bridges as a klutzy underworld kingpin who must choose either his psychotic son (Jay Mohr) or his war hero son (Billy Burke) to take over his reins of power. It opens Friday in general release. JAZZ Bill Holman's arrangements are crowded, dense and consistently fascinating--yet they always swing. The veteran arranger utilizes (out of necessity) some of the most skilled jazz musicians around.
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December 22, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to a musical salute to John Wayne, the Pacific Symphony's sixth summer season at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre will be eclectic, to say the least. The five-concert series, announced Monday, will begin on July 4 with Richard Kaufman, vice president of television music at MGM, conducting a "Stars, Stripes and Pops" program that will include fireworks and music from such John Wayne movies as "The Quiet Man" and "The Cowboys."
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March 8, 2001
Internationally known Korean American pianist Seung-Un Ha will make her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this weekend in Glendale. Ha first performed at New York's Lincoln Center in 1989 and made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 1998. She has performed throughout the country and in Germany, France, Scotland, Mexico, Brazil and Taiwan. Ha will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. Saturday's program also includes Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes, featuring clarinetist Gary Gray.
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