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April 23, 1990 | KENNETH HERMAN
The donor of $2.5 million to the San Diego Symphony has been identified as Helen K. Copley, and Symphony Hall has been renamed in her honor, officials said in a statement released Sunday. The concert hall will now be called Copley Symphony Hall, officials said. When symphony officials announced the substantial gift Jan. 25, the donor was withheld at the request of Copley, who is owner of Copley Newspapers, publisher of the San Diego Union and the Tribune.
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August 7, 2013
Re "Dream projects," Aug. 3 That so many grand architectural plans never materialized in Los Angeles over the last several decades cannot be explained as simply as The Times' Christopher Hawthorne and the "Never Built Los Angeles" curators suggest: that our real estate developers lack vision and our politicians lack will. The problem is also that our architects view their clients as patrons rather than partners. The long-term building that Hawthorne advocates will not take place until we, those who build the city - architects, planners, developers, politicians and citizens - learn to treat the process as more than a zero-sum-game.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
Under ordinary circumstances, a concert promoter would not reach for his checkbook if an agent described one of his acts as two dozen middle-age women in ornate Slavic costumes singing incomprehensible lyrics in an alien style. But the circumstances were anything but ordinary when the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir came to town last March.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2010 | By Chloe Veltman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The houselights stayed dim at the start of Monday night's concert at Davies Symphony Hall for longer than usual, as if to milk the moment for all it was worth. Only a few extra seconds elapsed before Gustavo Dudamel strode on stage to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But the sense of anticipation in the concert hall seemed to make those ticking seconds feel like an eternity. Just as he has bewitched Los Angeles audiences since becoming music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic last fall, so the charismatic 28-year-old conductor has quickly brought Bay Area audiences under his spell.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1988 | KENNETH HERMAN
During the tenure of San Diego Opera general director Ian Campbell, the 1986 production of Peter Maxwell Davies' chamber opera "The Lighthouse" stands out as the company's most musically exciting hour. Though it was not a box office success--the local "Boheme"- and "Butterfly"-loving opera buffs stayed away in droves--it put San Diego audiences in touch with a distinctive and distinguished voice in contemporary music.
NEWS
October 31, 1985 | HILLIARD HARPER, Times San Diego County Arts Writer
In 1981, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra was practically bankrupt. But on Saturday, the symphony will celebrate the opening of its new, multimillion-dollar home and the kickoff of an exciting season. This week, the people and events that came together to save the symphony are being profiled in articles in Part II, View and Calendar. Friday in Calendar: Music director and conductor David Atherton gives his views of the symphony. If the workers from A.T. Heinsbergen & Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1987 | KENNETH HERMAN
The last time Irish flutist James Galway brought his golden flute to town was two years ago to play Mozart with the San Diego Symphony at the inaugural gala of Symphony Hall. If the local orchestra's fortunes have ebbed since that heady event, Galway's stock has continued to soar. Televised appearances with the Boston Pops and a wide range of recordings have brought him a huge following outside the classical music mainstream.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2002 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inching forward against an inclement economy, leaders of the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday announced that its $200-million fund-raising campaign to build a new symphony hall has reached the halfway mark, thanks to $3.5 million in new corporate donations. The gifts--$1.5 from Fluor Corp. in Aliso Viejo and $1 million each from the Times Mirror Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, and Costa Mesa's ICN Pharmaceuticals--were the first new ones announced since last October.
NEWS
August 21, 1988
Bravo to KCET and its addition of stereo sound. I had the privilege of seeing and hearing the Boston Pops with Sammy Davis Jr. and I felt as though I was sitting in Symphony Hall in Boston. Not only is it a great addition, but KCET also broadcasts the best stereo sound I have yet heard. Keep it coming. Rick Marshall, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1988 | KENNETH HERMAN
- Actor David Ogden Stiers, Old Globe Theatre veteran, will undertake a new role center stage at Symphony Hall next month. The San Diego Symphony has announced that Stiers, known for his portrayal of the effete Bostonian Major Winchester from television's former "MASH" series, will conduct the symphony on April 9 in the orchestra's annual pension fund benefit concert.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Don't believe everything you read. The orchestra is not dead. It is not dying. It is not sick. The West Coast gloats. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony play to respectably large crowds, have popular and innovative music directors, try out new ideas and sound great. The Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa (where a new concert hall is under construction) and the San Diego Symphony are experiencing major growth spurts and attracting big bucks.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2002 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inching forward against an inclement economy, leaders of the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday announced that its $200-million fund-raising campaign to build a new symphony hall has reached the halfway mark, thanks to $3.5 million in new corporate donations. The gifts--$1.5 from Fluor Corp. in Aliso Viejo and $1 million each from the Times Mirror Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles, and Costa Mesa's ICN Pharmaceuticals--were the first new ones announced since last October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Performing Arts Center has raised nearly half the $200 million needed for an expansion and remains on schedule in its drive to open a new symphony hall by October 2005. Officials announced Wednesday that the campaign has reached $94.2 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1999
For the first time in several years I had to drive north on Figueroa and I came upon the giant spaceship that had landed there named the Staples Center. My drive continued to Temple and Grand and the garage for the yet-to-be-built Disney Hall. Some things get done and others wait in Los Angeles. In San Francisco they first built Davies Hall (symphony hall) and are now completing their baseball stadium. Some things get done and others wait in San Francisco. It is a matter of "priorities."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1992 | KENNETH HERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
San Diego Symphony music director Yoav Talmi pulled out all the stops for the opening of the 1992-93 season. On the first half of the program, the conductor and orchestra bathed Copley Symphony Hall in the lush sonorities of Richard Strauss' tone poem "Don Juan." And for the second half he crammed 200 singers and a children's choir on stage with the orchestra for Carl Orff's sensuous secular cantata "Carmina Burana."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1991 | FRANKIE WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gypsy dances in musical form opened the San Diego Symphony's concert Friday night at Symphony Hall. Guest conductor Zdenek Macal, Czechoslovakian born and currently music director of the Milwaukee Symphony, led the orchestra through Zoltan Kodaly's "Dances of Galanta," which the Hungarian composer wrote in 1933 based on his memories of a Gypsy string band he heard as a child.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1990 | GERARD GARZA, SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARTS EDITOR
The fate of next week's local performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem is uncertain because of San Diego Performances' continuing financial problems. The local presenting organization has canceled space in Symphony Hall, where the esteemed New York City-based dance company was scheduled to perform Jan. 17-21. Nina Doggrell, facilities manager for Symphony Hall, said Suzanne Townsend, San Diego Performances executive director, canceled the dates last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1999
For the first time in several years I had to drive north on Figueroa and I came upon the giant spaceship that had landed there named the Staples Center. My drive continued to Temple and Grand and the garage for the yet-to-be-built Disney Hall. Some things get done and others wait in Los Angeles. In San Francisco they first built Davies Hall (symphony hall) and are now completing their baseball stadium. Some things get done and others wait in San Francisco. It is a matter of "priorities."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
Under ordinary circumstances, a concert promoter would not reach for his checkbook if an agent described one of his acts as two dozen middle-age women in ornate Slavic costumes singing incomprehensible lyrics in an alien style. But the circumstances were anything but ordinary when the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir came to town last March.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1991
Clarinetist David Peck and the Pacific Trio will perform works by Dahl, Bartok and Messiaen at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the lower lobby at Copley Symphony Hall. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 584-1601.
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