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December 6, 1991 | NORMAN LEBRECHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sian Edwards, 31, who conducted three Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts last weekend, will today be named to head the prestigious English National Opera, according to officials. By appointing her its music director, English National Opera (ENO) will become one of the few international music institutions to be led by a woman. The decision is seen as somewhat risky--not because of Edwards' sex--but because of her relatively young age and her slight experience at English National Opera.
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November 9, 1997 | John Henken
Although the forces are varied, the interpretive approach to these contemporary landmarks seems unified in consistently bright, tight, high-energy performances of utmost clarity, abetted in no small way by equally direct and pristine recorded sound. The different timbres of the percussion instruments and alternative ideas about balancing the synthesizer and acoustic instruments gives the Edwards-led Chamber Symphony colors entirely unlike those of the composer's recording.
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November 9, 1997 | John Henken
Although the forces are varied, the interpretive approach to these contemporary landmarks seems unified in consistently bright, tight, high-energy performances of utmost clarity, abetted in no small way by equally direct and pristine recorded sound. The different timbres of the percussion instruments and alternative ideas about balancing the synthesizer and acoustic instruments gives the Edwards-led Chamber Symphony colors entirely unlike those of the composer's recording.
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April 7, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Philharmonic went into its glittering machine mode when Sian Edwards took the podium Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 37-year-old red-haired conductor presided over some remarkable playing. The strings played with crisp sweep and precision. Textures, thanks to her, were always clear and instrumental groups always balanced. Still, it would have been nice to have all that and a little bit more.
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March 30, 1997 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is an occasional contributor to Calendar
When Sian Edwards started out, there were so few female conductors, she had to find musical role models elsewhere. "I was tremendously inspired by women who pushed themselves," she says, ticking off a few unexpected heroines. "Bette Midler's 'Stay With Me, Baby' is a great example of somebody giving 100%, and Tina Turner is an incredibly generous, high-energy artist." Edwards, at 37, is today something of a role model herself.
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March 31, 1990 | GRETA BEIGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has picked the first woman ever to conduct a series of subscription concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. British-born Sian Edwards, 30, who has conducted operatic performances at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne, is scheduled to appear at the Music Center the week of Nov. 25, 1991.
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August 5, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
One look at the program Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl was enough to cause suspicion. Something was going on. The Overture to "Les Francs-Juges" by Berlioz and the Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian," by Tchaikovsky--these aren't the sort of staples that are in every conductor's hat, to be pulled out at a moment's notice. Perhaps conductor Sian Edwards had a special affinity for these works, an expertise, a hankering. She did.
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August 3, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
We really shouldn't have to make a fuss over this. It should be a routine occurrence. But statistics are statistics, no matter how sad, and news is news. The extra-musical news at Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday involved the engagement of Sian Edwards to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The visiting Briton turned out to be the first woman on the orchestra's alfresco podium since Rachel Worby led a Fourth of July concert 10 years ago.
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December 2, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Sian Edwards was slated to become the first woman to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a winter subscription concert. The exigencies of interregnum scheduling being what they are, her conductor-of-the-week appearance found her instead the second woman to lead the band in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Philharmonic went into its glittering machine mode when Sian Edwards took the podium Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 37-year-old red-haired conductor presided over some remarkable playing. The strings played with crisp sweep and precision. Textures, thanks to her, were always clear and instrumental groups always balanced. Still, it would have been nice to have all that and a little bit more.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1997 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is an occasional contributor to Calendar
When Sian Edwards started out, there were so few female conductors, she had to find musical role models elsewhere. "I was tremendously inspired by women who pushed themselves," she says, ticking off a few unexpected heroines. "Bette Midler's 'Stay With Me, Baby' is a great example of somebody giving 100%, and Tina Turner is an incredibly generous, high-energy artist." Edwards, at 37, is today something of a role model herself.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
One look at the program Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl was enough to cause suspicion. Something was going on. The Overture to "Les Francs-Juges" by Berlioz and the Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian," by Tchaikovsky--these aren't the sort of staples that are in every conductor's hat, to be pulled out at a moment's notice. Perhaps conductor Sian Edwards had a special affinity for these works, an expertise, a hankering. She did.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
We really shouldn't have to make a fuss over this. It should be a routine occurrence. But statistics are statistics, no matter how sad, and news is news. The extra-musical news at Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday involved the engagement of Sian Edwards to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The visiting Briton turned out to be the first woman on the orchestra's alfresco podium since Rachel Worby led a Fourth of July concert 10 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1991 | NORMAN LEBRECHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sian Edwards, 31, who conducted three Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts last weekend, will today be named to head the prestigious English National Opera, according to officials. By appointing her its music director, English National Opera (ENO) will become one of the few international music institutions to be led by a woman. The decision is seen as somewhat risky--not because of Edwards' sex--but because of her relatively young age and her slight experience at English National Opera.
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December 2, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Sian Edwards was slated to become the first woman to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a winter subscription concert. The exigencies of interregnum scheduling being what they are, her conductor-of-the-week appearance found her instead the second woman to lead the band in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1990 | GRETA BEIGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has picked the first woman ever to conduct a series of subscription concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. British-born Sian Edwards, 30, who has conducted operatic performances at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne, is scheduled to appear at the Music Center the week of Nov. 25, 1991.
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March 4, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD and TODD KARR, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Sian Edwards will become the first woman to conduct an opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, when she makes her debut at Britain's leading opera house on April 29. The Royal Opera announced this week that Edwards, 33, would conduct a new production of Sir Michael Tippett's "The Knot Garden" with the composer attending the performance. Edwards will conduct one opera a year at Covent Garden over the next three years. She will open the 1989-90 season with Verdi's "Rigoletto."
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February 26, 1998 | MARK SWED
It was a very good year for Americans. Yo-Yo Ma's recording of cello concertos by U.S. composers Richard Danielpour, Christopher Rouse and Leon Kirchner won best classical album and best instrumental performance with orchestra. Two John Adams compositions were winners. And with the exceptions of instrumental soloist and small ensemble performance, American musicians, composers, orchestras, choruses and producers were everywhere prominent. Not that it signifies much.
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