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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!"
January 11, 2013 |
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.
September 16, 1986 |
"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.
October 20, 1985 |
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.
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October 9, 2002 |
Shony Alex Braun, 70, Holocaust survivor, violinist and composer who wrote a "Symphony of the Holocaust," died Friday in Los Angeles of pneumonia. Born in Transylvania, Braun was interned as a teenager by the Nazis at Auschwitz and Dachau and survived a bullet wound. A historical account of Braun's experiences, and those of his wife, Shari, have been included in the archives of the Wexner Learning Center of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
August 23, 1987 |
Joseph Swensen is not an easily daunted musician. "I want to try to change the atmosphere of the place with the music, not change the music to fit the place," says the 27-year-old violinist, who will make his Hollywood Bowl debut Thursday with Brahms' Concerto. Swensen says he is very excited about the possibility of playing for so many people at one time. Indeed, he stressed the issue of excitement, and the challenge of communicating it musically, in a recent phone conversation.