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December 10, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Financial problems could cause the South Coast Symphony to cancel the rest of its season, officials announced this week. An orchestra-sponsored concert featuring singer Florence Henderson will proceed Sunday night as scheduled. However, the orchestra no longer can afford to pay its own members to play on the program, as intended.
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January 18, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lots of orchestras hold concerto competitions to showcase young artists. But Barry Silverman, founding conductor of the South Coast Symphony (formerly Aliso Viejo Symphony), decided that was too limiting. "Our competition is a performance competition," Silverman said. "Students between 12 and 20 can try out on any instrument, but it's also open to voice and jazz and musical-theater students. Our three winners this year include a trumpeter, a violinist and a singer, who is a music theater major."
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January 12, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Coast Symphony has canceled its Jan. 19 concert at Orange Coast College and will honor tickets for the same program on Jan. 20 at 3:15 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine. "This is a prudent, conscious management decision in fiduciary soundness," Jim Kerrigan, chairman of the board, said Thursday. "We have not made any plans to cancel any of the other remaining concerts, and we really apologize for any inconvenience to our Orange Coast College subscribers."
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July 17, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
The Orange County Philharmonic Society will honor subscriptions to the recently dissolved South Coast Symphony orchestra. Anyone with tickets for South Coast's five-concert series at the Irvine Barclay Theatre can receive tickets for one of the Philharmonic Society's two five-concert "Great Orchestra" series or for an OCPS series of five music and dance concerts. For information, call (714) 553-2422.
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April 4, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The South Coast Symphony has announced its 1992-93 season of five concerts to be given at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Music director Larry Granger will conduct four of the programs. Harvey Felder, assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, will conduct Jan. 23.
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October 7, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Symphony, which last year called off several concerts because of financial troubles, will launch a new season tonight and is "on the road to recovery," manager Doreen Hardy reports. Hardy said there is new corporate support for the orchestra and that subscriptions, which had been dwindling, are up 32% over last year, from 356 to 470. Meanwhile, musicians who had waited three months for payment have been paid, and bill collectors are at bay.
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January 7, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Officials of the South Coast Symphony on Friday said they are progressing toward solving the orchestra's deficit problem and are beginning to raise the $140,000 necessary to continue its season as now scheduled. Ralph Rodheim, a member of a task force formed to address the financial situation, announced a grant "in excess of $10,000" from Fred S. James & Co., an insurance firm in Irvine. Rodheim also said a donation from the Irvine Co. has been promised.
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July 6, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
John Larry Granger, music director of the South Coast Symphony, has been appointed music director of the Pomona College Orchestra for the 1989-90 season. He succeeds Peter Jaffe, who has accepted a one-year appointment as conductor of the Stanford University Symphony. Granger's duties at Pomona will include conducting five pairs of orchestra concerts and teaching three courses.
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October 3, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition
South Coast Symphony will open its 1991-92 season on Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre with three works the orchestra has never played before. The concert includes Darius Milhaud's "Suite Provencale," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 (with Stephen Prutsman as soloist) and Elgar's "Enigma Variations." "Everything on the program is a first for us," says South Coast music director Larry Granger. "We don't do many repeats. With five concerts a year, that's not hard. There is too much music."
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July 15, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Pacific Symphony will honor season tickets purchased for the 1992-93 season of the recently dissolved South Coast Symphony. Patrons who hold tickets for South Coast Symphony's canceled five-concert series at the Irvine Barclay Theatre can receive tickets, at no additional cost, for the Pacific Symphony's five-concert "Great Masterworks" series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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July 8, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
The South Coast Symphony's board of directors recently handed conductor Larry Granger a birthday surprise he wishes he could return. Exactly a week after Granger turned 44, the board voted to shut down the whole organization unless at least $80,000 could be raised in six weeks. Nobody expects that the money will found so quickly, least of all Granger. So the conductor, who has led the group since 1973, is effectively out of a job and the Costa Mesa-based orchestra out of existence.
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July 2, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As expected, the full 18-member board of the South Coast Symphony has voted to dissolve the orchestra in six weeks unless at least $80,000 can be raised by then, according board chairwoman Arlene Schafer. The vote, which Schafer said was unanimous, was in line with a tentative decision reached last week during an emergency board meeting. The orchestra's ticket sales and corporate support have been declining.
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June 27, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a decline in ticket sales and corporate support, South Coast Symphony will shut down, just two months after announcing its 1992-93 season. The board of directors of the 8-year-old orchestra called an emergency meeting Wednesday and voted to tentatively dissolve the organization. The surprise decision will go to a full board vote Sunday, but compliance is expected, according to board chairwoman Arlene Schafer. "We just couldn't go on with what was happening," Schafer said Friday.
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June 10, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
South Coast Symphony has been given permission by the City Council to hold four outdoor Pops concerts at Fairview Park beginning in August. The council approved the concerts during a special study session this week. Thousands of people are expected to turn out for a night of picnics and music in the park on Placentia Drive. Modeled after the Boston Pops "Symphony Under the Stars," the series will open Aug. 22 and continue the following Saturday, as well as on Sept. 12 and 19.
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April 4, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The South Coast Symphony has announced its 1992-93 season of five concerts to be given at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Music director Larry Granger will conduct four of the programs. Harvey Felder, assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, will conduct Jan. 23.
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November 4, 1991 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In trying to establish a niche for itself, the South Coast Symphony has one tremendous advantage: its hall. Within the attractive, clearly focused acoustics of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, just about any kind of classical music sounds good--and even though the hall's clarity can ruthlessly expose any seams in the sonic fabric, it can also keep an ensemble on its toes.
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October 7, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Brilliance can be its own reward--especially in the concert hall. Performances that probe deeply into music are of the kind we remember years later, but performances that bring people to their feet offer instant gratification for all concerned.
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