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February 24, 1997 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Now in its 28th season--middle age for a string quartet--the Tokyo String Quartet has a new first violinist: Mikhail Kopelman, a Ukrainian who for two decades held the equivalent post in the Borodin Quartet. Kopelman joined violinist Kikuei Ikeda (a member since 1974), founding violist Kazuhide Isomura and founding cellist Sadao Harada at Cal State Long Beach Saturday night.
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June 11, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Benjamin Lees, an American composer who for more than half a century effectively strove to write classical music that was traditional yet idiosyncratic, has died. He was 86. Lees, who had been in declining health, died of heart failure May 31 at a hospital in Glen Cove, N.Y., said his brother, Mark. A week before his death, the composer had moved to the area from his home in Palm Springs to be near his daughter. While disdaining avant-garde fads in contemporary American music, Lees wrote compositions that were considered listenable and accessible.
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September 19, 2005 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
Returning to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts after a 12-year hiatus, the Tokyo String Quartet on Friday reestablished its sometimes debated standing as a major player in the hierarchy of international chamber ensembles. With its first violinist, the Canadian Martin Beaver, now solidly in place since joining the group in 2002, and the other members maintaining the ensemble's distinguished reputation, the Tokyo is in a new era of musical power and finesse.
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February 4, 2006
MARK SWED'S excellent music reviews are knowledgeable and imaginatively written. In his review of the Tokyo String Quartet and Sabine Meyer ["Quartet Settles Into Meyer's Shadow," Jan. 27], however, he strayed too far into fashion commentary. After complimenting Meyer's superb playing but criticizing her work as a part of an ensemble, he went on to characterize her outfit as "larva-like" and her appearance as "primordial." Those insulting adjectives were out of place (particularly since her black dress was, in my opinion, unobtrusive, suitable and elegant)
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October 10, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
The Tokyo String Quartet celebrated its 20th anniversary season on Sunday with a concert for the Coleman Chamber Music Assn., whose annual competition, a major event in those days, the Tokyo won in 1969, setting the stage for the group's dazzling international career. However, the ensemble's appearance on Sunday in Beckman Auditorium at Caltech provided a muted, decidedly non-festive opening for this season's series of Coleman Concerts.
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October 29, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For its most successful practitioners, the string quartet is not an art form, it's a way of life. Ensemble values begin to color more than just the immediate performance on stage. Consider the Tokyo String Quartet and, say, repertory. What goes into program selection? "We always try to combine pieces from different periods, with different characters, and explore those differences," violinist Kikuei Ikeda said in a recent interview.
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April 18, 1990
The Thursday performance of James Galway and the Tokyo String Quartet at Ambassador Auditorium has been canceled because of Galway's illness. The flutist has been hospitalized in Philadelphia "for a stomach virus of some sort," said Galway's public relations manager, George Martynuk. Refunds for the Ambassador performance are available by mail from the box office or if purchased elsewhere at point of sale. Information: Ambassador box office, (818) 304-6161.
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March 23, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
The Tokyo String Quartet will open the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society's expanded 30th season on Oct. 7 at Laguna Beach High School, society officials announced Wednesday. The society has incorporated a Young Artists concert into the 1989-90 main series, raising the season's concert total to seven. Last year, the society had scheduled four Young Artists concerts for general audiences and four in-school performances.
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February 8, 1994 | HERBERT GLASS
Pepperdine University went for the gold by presenting the Tokyo String Quartet, in its only local appearance of the season, on Sunday in the acoustically friendly Smothers Theatre, a venue used for more humble offerings. It was an inspired decision, with the players--violinists Peter Oundjian and Kikuei Ikeda, violist Kazuhide Isomura, cellist Sadao Harada--in peak form technically while exhibiting an even greater degree of daring than is their custom.
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January 27, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
In 1982, an attractive young woman clarinetist with the smoothest, most fluid tone this side of Benny Goodman attempted to break into the all-male bastion of the Berlin Philharmonic. She lasted a year. The boys in the band said she didn't fit in with their sound. Herbert von Karajan -- the orchestra's famous music director, who was responsible for creating its uniquely cohesive ensemble -- disagreed and resigned in anger. It was all but impossible not to read sexism into the players' attitude.
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January 24, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Since its heyday around the time of Mozart, who attributed to it a "glorious effect," the clarinet has had a pretty hard time. Among its greatest champions were composers such as Carl Maria von Weber and Charles Stanford, who aren't exactly burning up concert programming these days. The instrument is now associated more with New Orleans jazz, or the Yiddish form klezmer, than with classical music. "How do you stop an oboe from being stolen?" goes one musician's joke. "Put it in a clarinet case."
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September 19, 2005 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
Returning to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts after a 12-year hiatus, the Tokyo String Quartet on Friday reestablished its sometimes debated standing as a major player in the hierarchy of international chamber ensembles. With its first violinist, the Canadian Martin Beaver, now solidly in place since joining the group in 2002, and the other members maintaining the ensemble's distinguished reputation, the Tokyo is in a new era of musical power and finesse.
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January 18, 2003 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The Tokyo String Quartet came to the Southland on Wednesday with a new first violinist and a new work. The first bit of news can cause undue concern. A quartet is a complicated ensemble that consists at different moments of various solos, duos and trios, as well as being a single group that may shift emphasis among its players. One misstep causes a tremor; a shift in personnel is an earthquake.
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January 15, 2002 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Sunday, it was appropriate that the Tokyo String Quartet brought Mozart's last quartet, a work in which the composer's creativity moves at stupefying speed and complexity, to Caltech, one of the country's great brain trusts. The opening pages of the Quartet in F, K. 590, unfold in unpredictable but fitting ways at just about every bar. The development section serves as relief from change and surprise rather than, typically, an exploration of these qualities.
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March 30, 1998 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
You didn't leave James Galway's concert Saturday night at Veterans Wadsworth Theater feeling especially well nourished. Dictated somewhat by circumstances, the program was light and very safe and, for one considerable stretch, downright boring. Someone had decided that it was a good idea for the lovable Irish flutist to tour with the Tokyo String Quartet, thereby handcuffing him to an insubstantial repertory.
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February 24, 1998 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Establishing identity and name recognition can be difficult for a young ensemble in the crowded world of the string quartet. That has not been much of a problem, however, for the Brentano String Quartet, which is already well-launched on the chamber music fast track.
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February 24, 1997 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Now in its 28th season--middle age for a string quartet--the Tokyo String Quartet has a new first violinist: Mikhail Kopelman, a Ukrainian who for two decades held the equivalent post in the Borodin Quartet. Kopelman joined violinist Kikuei Ikeda (a member since 1974), founding violist Kazuhide Isomura and founding cellist Sadao Harada at Cal State Long Beach Saturday night.
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