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February 17, 2011
Len Lesser Veteran character actor Len Lesser, 88, a veteran character actor best known for his recurring role in the 1990s as Uncle Leo on the hit NBC-TV comedy "Seinfeld," died Wednesday in Burbank, publicist Laura Stegman said. He had pneumonia and cancer. Starting in the early 1950s, Lesser built a reputation for mostly playing the heavy in dozens of movies and hundreds of TV appearances, while nurturing his love of the theater. But the bald, hook-nosed actor took his career to a higher plane once he established himself as Jerry Seinfeld's annoying Uncle Leo with his trademark greeting "Hello!"
September 16, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 4." Frank Peter Zimmermann, soloist. Angel/EMI. DDD. The 21-year-old Zimmermann presents himself in this debut recording as a violinist with ample technique, lush tone and a broad vibrato. After a while, the latter tends to weigh down this airy music, noticeably in the Third Concerto's magical Adagio. Joerg Faerber respectfully leads the Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra--not the greatest band, but one decent enough to provide a sympathetic accompaniment.
January 2, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
When Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman walks on stage and says, “And now Mozart,” look out. Anything can happen. But it won't be good, at least not for Mozart. His partner in Mozart crime, Korean pianist Hyung-Ki Joo might let in a little James Bond or make the violinist turn minor into major, klezmerize a Turkish rondo, or heaven knows what.   Igudesman & Joo promise NO MOZART in their new show “And Now Mozart” that will reach the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach on Sunday afternoon.
January 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Christian Tetzlaff have canceled their joint appearances scheduled for this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The three concerts, which are still scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, instead will feature conductor Edo de Waart and violinist Augustin Hadelich. The Los Angeles Philharmonic had originally been scheduled to perform Schoenberg's Violin Concerto as part of the program. The piece has been scratched and will be replaced with Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
January 11, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Since she made her solo debut at age 11 in 1982, violinist Midori has grown up - and grown middle-aged - under the full glare of the media. Reporters dubbed her a child prodigy when she first stunned audiences as a last-minute substitute with the New York Philharmonic. They chronicled her ascent to adolescent superstardom, a status cemented when at age 14, she went through three violins in a single Tanglewood concert. The media continued to follow her as she matured into a venerated soloist.
October 20, 1985 | MARC SHULGOLD
On the surface, it appears that the opening event of the Sequoia String Quartet and Friends series, Monday at the Japan America Theatre, finds the ensemble friendless. No guest soloist is listed. But look again. This program will serve to formally introduce two new friends--cellist Marius May and violinist Peter Marsh, the newest Sequoians.
September 18, 2011 | By Lynn Smith, Los Angeles Times
Technically, the plaques and trophies in Marv Marinovich's office belong to his son Todd, a rising star quarterback at USC. But they are a shrine to the father as well. After all, it was Marv who knew which vitamin supplements he and his wife should take to conceive a perfectly healthy child. It was Marv who applied Eastern Bloc training techniques, insisting that Todd discipline his mind and body and forgo Big Macs, sugar and hanging out at the beach. It was Marv who caught flak from in-laws critical of punishments such as forcing the 9-year-old Todd to run alongside the car from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach after the boy had not played his best in a basketball game.
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