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April 28, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
"It will be a catastroph'!" exclaimed Gerhard Hetzel the moment he answered the telephone Saturday morning at the Salisbury Hotel in Manhattan. The founder and first violinist of the Vienna Chamber Ensemble was not feeling some kind of presentiment regarding the group's performance tonight (under the aegis of the Orange County Philharmonic Society) at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Nothing of the sort. Rather, convinced that his English would not suffice for an interview, Hetzel had decided he ought not try to speak at all unless a colleague he had asked to interpret showed up. After linguistic inhibitions had been tempered by a bit of friendly generic palaver and the assurance that he could lapse into German when necessary, it became clear that Hetzel is unassuming about anything having to do with himself.
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May 20, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra closed their three-day tour of Southern California with another virtually exemplary concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The Thursday program, sponsored by the Orange County Philharmonic Society, included Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony and two works by Ravel, the "Rapsodie espagnole" and "Bolero." In Beethoven's "Eroica," Muti combined urgency with warmth and discipline with fire. His approach was epic in proportion, sense of architecture and balance.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES
Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra closed their three-day tour of Southern California with another virtually exemplary concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The Thursday program, sponsored by the Orange County Philharmonic Society, included Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony and two works by Ravel, the "Rapsodie espagnole" and "Bolero." In Beethoven's "Eroica," Muti combined urgency with warmth and discipline with fire. His approach was epic in proportion, sense of architecture and balance.
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April 28, 1989 | BRUCE BURROUGHS
"It will be a catastroph'!" exclaimed Gerhard Hetzel the moment he answered the telephone Saturday morning at the Salisbury Hotel in Manhattan. The founder and first violinist of the Vienna Chamber Ensemble was not feeling some kind of presentiment regarding the group's performance tonight (under the aegis of the Orange County Philharmonic Society) at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Nothing of the sort. Rather, convinced that his English would not suffice for an interview, Hetzel had decided he ought not try to speak at all unless a colleague he had asked to interpret showed up. After linguistic inhibitions had been tempered by a bit of friendly generic palaver and the assurance that he could lapse into German when necessary, it became clear that Hetzel is unassuming about anything having to do with himself.
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May 1, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
The Vienna Chamber Ensemble, nine members of the Vienna Philharmonic directed by the orchestra's concertmaster Gerhart Hetzel, is the kind of ensemble that sets musical standards. At the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Friday, the 19-year-old group quickly established mastery of the ideal of chamber music--civilized conversation among intimate, long-mutually supportive and forbearing friends. Mozart's Divertimento No. 15 and Schubert's Octet in F were played. The program was sponsored by the Orange County Philharmonic Society.
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November 1, 1995 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vienna Philharmonic, one of the world's top orchestras, will make exclusive West Coast appearances on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's 1996-97 season. The Austrian orchestra, which has not played in Southern California since 1987, will play different programs on March 4 and 5, 1997, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony and the Berlin Opera, will conduct.
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February 27, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
The Moscow State Symphony, conducted by Mark Ermler, and the East Berlin Symphony, led by Claus Peter Flor, will be among orchestras presented by the Orange County Philharmonic Society in 1988-'89 at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Both orchestras will be making Orange County debuts, as will the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, the St.
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February 18, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
The Moscow State Symphony of the U.S.S.R. conducted by Mark Ermler and the East Berlin Symphony led by Claus Peter Flor will be among 23 events presented by the Orange County Philharmonic Society in 1988-89 at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Both orchestras will be making Orange County debuts, as will the Israel Philharmonic directed by Zubin Mehta, the St.
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January 25, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Self-conducted performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto are uncommon at best. It's rarer still that a visiting orchestra should offer a work that requires not one traveling soloist, not two, but . . . "Two and a half, as I say," said Philippe Entremont, who leads the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as piano soloist, tonight in Costa Mesa in an Orange County Philharmonic Society-sponsored concert.
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December 24, 1989
Today, the Calendar staff of The Times Orange County Edition offers its assessment of the best and worst in the county's arts scene during 1989. The picks are from Mike Boehm (pop music), Cathy Curtis (art), Jan Herman and Mark Chalon Smith (theater), Chris Pasles (classical music and dance), and Max Jacobson (restaurants).
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