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June 11, 1992
Composers, singers and 12 musicians will be among guest artists in the 1992-93 season beginning Sept. 17 of the Southwest Chamber Music Society, announced this week. The Society will present 18 performances of nine programs in two locations--Chapman University and Pasadena Presbyterian Church--as well as four special events in various venues through June 17 and 18, 1993.
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November 5, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
At the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on Saturday night, Southwest Chamber Music played music from three continents that remained tethered, after a fashion, to UCLA. The line ran from the Austrian giant Arnold Schoenberg, who taught at the university, to Lou Harrison, an American student of Schoenberg there, to Joan Huang, who came from Shanghai to study at UCLA and now lives in Altadena not far from the armory. And there were musical connections as well.
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June 21, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
County audiences continue to resist the manifest appeal of the fledgling Southwest Chamber Music Society. Even a program that included Brahms' mighty and fiery Piano Quartet in G Minor failed to attract more than a handful of listeners--fewer than 20 people--to Santa Ana High School Auditorium on Sunday. As a result, balances in the sonorous, lively 1,500-seat hall sometimes went askew, the music occasionally seemed underpowered, and inner and lower lines were not always clear and assertive.
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July 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
The U.S. premiere of a suite by contemporary Vietnamese composer Phuc Linh and a neoclassical work by Walter Piston will share the spotlight with an early Beethoven success for the launch of Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music's 2007 Summer Festival season Friday and Saturday on the Garden Terrace of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
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February 2, 1991 | GREGG WAGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three contrasting 20th-Century works provided an unusual, thoroughly enjoyable program by the Southwest Chamber Music Society on Thursday night at Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman College. The evening mixed compositional styles and sensibilities, each work receiving not only intelligent attention but also skillful insight by the musicians. These were violinist Peter Marsh, cellist Richard Treat, clarinetist Michael Grego and pianist Gloria Cheng.
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June 16, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers classical music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
The Southwest Chamber Music Society will end its seventh season Friday feeling fat and sassy. Well, comparatively. Its budget this year is around $98,000; next year it jumps to $175,000. "We've had an incredible convergence of major gifts shored up by an impressive increase in personal gifts," explained artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt. These gifts, received since January, include: * A two-year $20,000 grant from the Clarence E.
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March 21, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was nothing funereal or downbeat about the Southwest Chamber Music Society concert Thursday at Chapman University, although the program was dedicated to pianist Albert Dominguez, one of the founding members of the group, who died March 11 at 48 of pancreatic cancer. The challenging program, which was to have been repeated Friday at the Pasadena Library, included works by Mozart, Brahms and Milton Babbitt.
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March 18, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES
"Albert had a precognition of his own death," Jeff von der Schmidt recalled. "He told me in November, 'When I die, I don't want you to change a program. I want something that lifts people up. I don't want a bunch of adagios.' " Pianist Albert Dominguez, who co-founded the Southwest Chamber Music Society in 1987 with horn player Von der Schmidt and violist Jan Karlin, did die, Thursday of pancreatic cancer, exactly one week before a scheduled program at Chapman University in Orange.
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June 17, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southwest Chamber Music Society is ending its seventh season this weekend in sound financial shape and is facing what looks to be a brighter-than-ever future. But it wasn't so long ago that the ensemble almost folded. "We almost disbanded and threw the thing into the ocean when (pianist and Society co-founder) Albert Dominguez died" of pancreatic cancer in 1992, artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt recalled during a recent phone conversation.
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May 12, 2007 | Chris Pasles
Southwest Chamber Music has received a grant totaling $500,000 to be paid over the next 10 years from the Schoenberg Family Charitable Fund. The grant, the largest in the Pasadena group's history, will be used to pay for future recordings. Southwest received classical album Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004. * Chris Pasles
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May 3, 2007 | Chris Pasles
Pasadena-based Southwest Chamber Music will play five concerts at the Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City from May 23 to 28. The Pasadena group, founded in 1987, will be joined by the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico City and musicians from the UNAM center to present the complete chamber works of Mexican composer Carlos Chavez.
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September 24, 2006 | Chris Pasles
BRINGING it a step closer to its dream of becoming the first U.S. music group to have residencies in Vietnam and Cambodia since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, Southwest Chamber Music has secured funds to go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Hanoi in December to play music by Grawemeyer Award-winning Cambodian American composer Chinary Ung. "We're looking forward to taking Chinary back home," Southwest artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt said last week.
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August 14, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
IF Southwest Chamber Music can raise the money, next year it will be the first U.S. group to participate in cultural exchanges with Vietnam since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 and with Cambodia since the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979. "We don't have all the funding secured," Southwest artistic director Jeff von der Schmidt said this month. "But we do think it will happen. We're working very hard with various foundations, businesses and the governments involved.
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April 26, 2003 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Seven of the 16 players in Pasadena's Southwest Chamber Music Society will not return for the ensemble's 2003-04 season.
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September 17, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD
Running a chamber music organization can be a dangerous business, prone to perilous fiscal dips and wavering faith. On the other hand, when it works, it can work wonders. A solid local case in point: Southwest Chamber Music, which for 13 years has emphasized contemporary and cutting-edge music without forgetting comfy-chair standard repertory--and prospered. The question naturally arises: How do they do it? For one thing, if you ask the powers that be, they're in the right place. "L.A.
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April 26, 1997 | TIMOTHY MANGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
English composer Anthony Payne was the object of the Southwest Chamber Music Society's latest new music exploration, Thursday at the Museum of Tolerance. Little known on these shores, the 60-year-old Payne is perhaps most famous as the man currently reconstructing and finishing (some say, composing) Elgar's Third Symphony. The two U.S. premieres offered on this concert were timely opportunities to sample the composer's own predilections. They don't sound like Elgar.
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November 16, 1996 | JOHN HENKEN
Not so long ago, or so it seems, the Southwest Chamber Music Society was an eager collective of some of the area's smartest and hottest young musicians, always aspiring but often overextended. In its 10th season, the intelligence and skill remain, but now the society has a subscription home in three venues and a history worth celebrating.
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