March 7, 1991 |
Range, nimbleness afoot and a powerful throwing arm are the prerequisites for playing shortstop in the big leagues. Sara Hickman's trade has nothing to do with stopping grounders up the middle or turning the double play, but the Texas-based pop singer was not being presumptuous in calling her new album "Shortstop."
January 18, 1989 |
It's late afternoon at the Palomino, the North Hollywood cowboy bar that has played host to everyone from Waylon Jennings and Marty Robbins to an early-model Linda Ronstadt, and Jann Browne is waiting for Rosie Flores to finish her sound-check. Waiting is something the country singer from Mission Viejo is good at because it's something she's been doing for the last 15 years. But now Browne is about to get her shot at the big time.
February 17, 1989 |
As a singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for nearly 30 years, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias was always itching to tell the stage director what to do. "I would think, 'Ah, gee, I wish he would do this and I wish he would do that,' " Elias said recently. "Of course, sometimes I would speak up, but usually you have to leave it to their creativity." Since 1983, however, Elias has been doing what she long wants.
April 8, 1990 |
"Airrrrr!" The word is delivered as a joyous high note as singer Bobby McFerrin leaps to his feet when a window in this backstage room at UCLA's Royce Hall is finally opened, admitting a fresh spring breeze. McFerrin has been conducting one press interview after another on this recent Monday, and the windows have been closed because a radio show was being taped in an adjoining room.
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January 18, 1997 |
No stars were going to be made Friday. But they lined up anyway--singers and actors, students and bankers. Carrying sheet music, resumes and the occasional guitar, hundreds of twentysomethings waited for the first of two days of open auditions for "Rent," the rock opera that shook up Broadway last year. Inspired by Puccini's "La Boheme," but set among aspiring artists in the East Village, "Rent" won Tony awards for best musical, book and score.
May 22, 1992 |
Ask Maxine Weldon what her favorite music is and she'll surprise you by answering "Country." A woman known as a jazz and blues singer of quality and distinction loves country music? "I've been listening to it forever," she said, laughing. "My father loved it. When I was growing up in Holdenville, Okla., and then later in Bakersfield, it was what we heard on the radio. We used to listen to 'The Grand Ole Opry' and people like Red Foley, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams. I thought it was wonderful."
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July 6, 1990 |
Soprano Deborah Voigt won first prize in the international Tchaikovsky vocal competition in Moscow on Thursday, despite her concerns over drawing the 13th performance slot. "I was worried because I drew the number 13," a weary Voigt said from Moscow early today. As it turned out, "In Russia, the number 13 is considered good luck. It's the total opposite."
August 2, 1989 |
Every year, scores of aspiring American opera singers flock to Europe to land jobs. Most fail. Mezzo-soprano Diane Elias of Newport Beach is one of the exceptions. Elias launched her career at the Volksoper in Vienna, singing there from 1982 to 1987. Since 1985, she also has been a member of the Stadtischen Buhnen in the venerable musical city of Nuremberg in West Germany. None of that puts her in the Pavarotti superstar class. But it indicates steady and respectable progress.
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January 28, 1994 |
One of Vietnam's most popular singers, whose appearance in Orange County this month provoked strong criticism, announced Thursday on a live radio program that she wants to remain in the United States. Thanh Lan said in a brief, tearful interview on Saigon Radio in San Jose that she is in this country on a three-month cultural visa arranged by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and that the visa specifically forbids extensions.
April 11, 1992 |
Los Angeles' quintessential rocker-turned-troubadour has come full circle. Peter Case, the singer who fronted the fiery, erratic Plimsouls through the L.A. nightclub wars in the early 1980s before disembarking for a more intimate brand of folk-flavored pop, has pumped up the volume on his third album, the recently released "Six Pack of Love" on Geffen Records.