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December 18, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Calling Sylvia Kunin an advocate for music is like calling a new grand piano a handsome piece of furniture: It doesn't begin to describe the resonance and the possibilities. In 40 years as a mentor to young musicians, competition founder, education activist and television producer, Kunin, 80, still constantly updates her priorities. "I'll never retire--I keep finding more things that have to be done," she says.
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August 24, 2004
Regarding the unfortunate passing of Elmer Bernstein (obituary, Aug. 19), I wanted to comment on one of Bernstein's greatest accomplishments. Several years ago, I had the honor to produce and direct a PBS television special honoring musical educator Sylvia Kunin. One of our special guests was Bernstein, who had been the president of the Young Musicians Foundation for 10 wonderful years. His dedication to helping young musicians and his ongoing efforts to support musical education for all students is perhaps his greatest legacy.
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December 3, 1993
Huell Howser will host a TV tribute to Sylvia Kunin, founder of the "Musical Encounter" television series and a longtime activist in trying to interest children in classical music. "A Musical Encounter Celebration," taking note of Kunin's 80th birthday, is scheduled Dec. 19 on KCET-TV Channel 28. Guests on the program will include conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, pianist Horation Gutierrez and composer Elmer Bernstein.
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November 15, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
The musicians of the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra could be her grandchildren, even her great-grandchildren. And for 90-year-old, 4-foot, 11-inch, 108-pound Sylvia Kunin -- a pianist who abandoned her ambitions for a performing career because her small hands couldn't span an octave -- a tribute concert from the young orchestra seems a most appropriate gift.
OPINION
August 24, 2004
Regarding the unfortunate passing of Elmer Bernstein (obituary, Aug. 19), I wanted to comment on one of Bernstein's greatest accomplishments. Several years ago, I had the honor to produce and direct a PBS television special honoring musical educator Sylvia Kunin. One of our special guests was Bernstein, who had been the president of the Young Musicians Foundation for 10 wonderful years. His dedication to helping young musicians and his ongoing efforts to support musical education for all students is perhaps his greatest legacy.
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September 6, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, Times Staff Writer
"We're not making them learn what's Mozart, what's Bach, what's a sonata and what's a symphony--the heck with that. Feel something. Just feel something. Let the music paint a picture. Let it talk to you." Sylvia Kunin is describing "Musical Encounter," her 17-year-old, Emmy Award-winning television series that introduces children to a variety of musical styles and instruments. The series airs each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
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November 15, 2003 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
The musicians of the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra could be her grandchildren, even her great-grandchildren. And for 90-year-old, 4-foot, 11-inch, 108-pound Sylvia Kunin -- a pianist who abandoned her ambitions for a performing career because her small hands couldn't span an octave -- a tribute concert from the young orchestra seems a most appropriate gift.
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December 1, 2002 | Daniel Cariaga
The James Irvine Foundation has committed $15,000 toward the production of three new episodes of Sylvia Kunin's "Musical Encounters," the half-hour cable access shows that bring together young musicians and elementary or secondary school students.
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February 25, 1995 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Not counting the Ojai Festival of 1994, it's been more than six years since Michael Tilson Thomas last conducted here, the city of his birth and scene of his early conducting triumphs. The occasion for his return, Thursday night at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, was a gala 40th-anniversary concert by the Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation, an ensemble Tilson Thomas led during the late 1960s.
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April 14, 2003 | Daniel Cariaga, Times Staff Writer
Completing its first 50 years this spring, Philharmonic Society of Orange County has launched a mini-festival of chamber music, one to be performed in Laguna Beach Artists Theatre and one that may become an annual event. The concept, a worthy one, is to introduce emerging young ensembles of high promise in a series of concerts in tandem with veteran chamber musicians. The benefits -- for audience and for the players involved -- are clear. The new project began auspiciously last week.
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December 18, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Calling Sylvia Kunin an advocate for music is like calling a new grand piano a handsome piece of furniture: It doesn't begin to describe the resonance and the possibilities. In 40 years as a mentor to young musicians, competition founder, education activist and television producer, Kunin, 80, still constantly updates her priorities. "I'll never retire--I keep finding more things that have to be done," she says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1993
Huell Howser will host a TV tribute to Sylvia Kunin, founder of the "Musical Encounter" television series and a longtime activist in trying to interest children in classical music. "A Musical Encounter Celebration," taking note of Kunin's 80th birthday, is scheduled Dec. 19 on KCET-TV Channel 28. Guests on the program will include conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, pianist Horation Gutierrez and composer Elmer Bernstein.
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September 6, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, Times Staff Writer
"We're not making them learn what's Mozart, what's Bach, what's a sonata and what's a symphony--the heck with that. Feel something. Just feel something. Let the music paint a picture. Let it talk to you." Sylvia Kunin is describing "Musical Encounter," her 17-year-old, Emmy Award-winning television series that introduces children to a variety of musical styles and instruments. The series airs each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
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April 19, 2001
David Sanchez is simply one of the most dynamic young saxophonists working today. He leads his sextet on a bill headed by another forceful player, Arturo Sandoval. * Arturo Sandoval Band and David Sanchez Sextet, UCLA Royce Hall, Westwood. 7 p.m. $25, $35, $40. (310) 825-2101. 8 am: Marathon "It's a Wonderful Race," the 20th anniversary Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, takes place at Griffith Park.
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August 14, 1988 | DANIEL CARIAGA
In all the frenzy of being Summerfest '88 artistic director, Heiichiro Ohyama says he still will find time to perform at the festival, which opens Saturday in La Jolla and continues through Aug. 30. "I'm playing in several works--Faure's Second Piano Quartet, a Dvorak string quintet, a Beethoven string trio, a Mozart string quartet and Brahms' Piano Quartet (Opus 25)," Ohyama said. Summerfest '88 is the third summer festival of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society.
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