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August 8, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District students will hold a summer music concert at Sonora Elementary School Thursday morning, according to a news release. The concert will allow students of the summer music program to show what they've learned. The string concert will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room and the band performance will begin at 11 a.m. next to the lunch tables. Sonora Elementary is at 966 Sonora Road, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit web.nmusd.us . — Chasen Doerr Twitter: @TheDailyPilot
NEWS
September 13, 2012
The Newport Beach Public Library is hosting Harp for Little Hearts, an interactive family concert featuring harpist Charissa Barger from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 in the Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. The program will let children check out a harp up close, see the techniques used to play it and ask questions. The concert is free through support from the Friends of the Library. Seating is limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
The library will soon be alive with the sound of music - opera music. The Newport Beach Public Library is hosting a free, family concert, Adventures in Song and Story, to introduce children to the world of opera through a performance by members of the Southland Opera. The concert will introduce children to operas, operettas and musicals by teaching a dance with Hansel and Gretel, singing with Maria from "The Sound of Music" and meeting the Three Little Maids from "The Mikado.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Friday raised $4,350 through a concert to benefit the Japan tsunami efforts. The school organized a one-night-only classical and jazz music concert to raise money for the American Red Cross' Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The concert was organized by alumna Shoko Fukumara with the help of fellow alumni, students and staff. Former and current students performed. Jazz pianist and Chancellor's Professor Kei Akagi did the featured performance.
FEATURES
By Sue Thoensen | July 19, 2007
Joan Ryan didn't need a pair of ruby slippers or help from Glinda the Good Witch to remind her there's no place like home. All it took was a phone call from Jana Barbier, her best friend during their years at Newport Harbor High School and now the cultural arts coordinator for the city of Newport Beach. Ryan's concert in the park in Corona del Mar on Sunday is a creative and collaborative reunion for the two women, reminiscent of the days they spent together in the theater department at the high school.
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By Patrice Apodaca | July 8, 2011
I thought about Newport Beach's new "Loud and Unruly Gathering" ordinance when I attended a U2 concert at Angel Stadium last month. While a connection between the Irish rock band and Newport's effort to crack down on overly rowdy partiers seems unlikely, bear with me while I tell you my story. U2 is one of my all-time favorite bands, so my husband kindly indulged me with tickets. My enthusiasm dimmed when I realized that the tickets were for admission on the field, standing room only.
NEWS
July 13, 2005
Andrew Edwards Newport-Mesans don't have to break the bank to see a concert this summer. Fashion Island has hosted summertime concerts since 1967, and six performances are on tap for this year. Music fans can watch any of the scheduled shows for free or choose to shell out $20 for preferred seating. Tonight's scheduled performer is former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron. Negron is expected to sing "Joy to the World" and "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008
After running out of tickets in one day for the free 2 p.m. open house and preview performance debuting the new William J. Gillespie Concert Organ, the Orange County Performing Artscenter has added an additional performance at 4 p.m. to the June 29 event. Tickets to the 4 p.m. preview performance are free and will be available beginning Sunday. Ticket holders must arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. performance and 3:45 p.m. for the 4 p.m. performance or their tickets may be reassigned to accommodate a waiting list.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2008
Folk music duo emma’s revolution will perform at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa Saturday night. The two guitarists, songwriters and activists, Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow, have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” One of their best-known songs is “Peace, Salaam, Shalom.” Saturday’s concert, which is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m., will be the last of the four-part 2007-2008 Orange Coast Concerts series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | July 28, 2007
A little skip as he took the stage at the Pacific Amphitheatre Thursday night signaled to my dad that Bob Dylan was feeling all right. "He's in a mood to entertain," he whispered, the excitement apparent in his voice. When I got the tickets for the show, there was no question in my mind who I was going to take. My 55-year-old dad adores — some might say he's obsessed with — the singer-songwriter who has topped music charts for five decades. Most days when I wake about 7 a.m., the hum of Dylan's guitar twang and poetic lyrics have been echoing through the house for at least an hour.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 14, 2014
Last summer in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Summer at the Center program, which provides musical training for at-risk teenagers, the instructor taught the class a medley of songs with wordless choruses: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and the like. If the program needs additional help this summer, perhaps Ms. McGovern can step in as the cool new teacher. McGovern - Maureen, that is - delivered a wordless tour de force Saturday at the center's Samueli Theater, where she played a three-night engagement with singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 7, 2014
The most thought-provoking moment of Diana Krall's performance Saturday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts came at the end, when the singer cranked up a 78 rpm disc on an old record player before leaving the stage. As she prepared to set the needle, several audience members ignored an earlier request by the venue to put cellphones away and stood to record the moment. Considering that the show leaned heavily on music and film from nearly a century ago, it was poignant to imagine the day when iPhones become antiquated too - and the footage captured on those devices becomes a relic from a bygone time preserving an artifact from a time even older.
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By Michael Miller | March 28, 2014
Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft. "Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference. " Perhaps there are some tunesmiths whose creative process is no more captivating than manual labor. If the Paul Williams Song Festival on Thursday night at University Synagogue in Irvine was any indication, though, the man who has cranked out hits for Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, Tiny Tim and others isn't among them.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 10, 2014
Talk about a perfect song for a small crowd on a rainy night. Thursday evening at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, former Byrds member John York opened with a truncated rendition of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom. " The song - a solid contender for Dylan's masterpiece, although no entry will hold that title in a catalog as deep as his - paints a picture of stragglers ducking out of the elements to share a vision: "Far between sundown's finish and midnight's broken toll / we ducked inside the doorway as thunder went crashing.
NEWS
By Nuran Aleir, Special to the Daily Pilot and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 31, 2014
Irvine United Congregational Church will host a benefit concert, "Songs about Music," at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include 19 Southern California vocalists directed by David Clemensen, an accompanist at Orange County Pacific Chorale in Costa Mesa since 2003. The program features solos by each singer, accompanied by Clemensen on the piano. "There's something really special that happens when a truly talented singer sings," Clemensen said. "I call that magic. You forget everything else as soon as they begin.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 9, 2013
Every journey begins with a small step, and Saturday night at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the crowd got a glimpse of the man whose modest act started the Beach Boys' climb toward superstardom. Before the band took the stage for its first-ever Segerstrom show, Wink Martindale - the Southern California disc jockey who was apparently the first to play the Boys' 1961 debut single, "Surfin'," on the air - gave a brief speech and noted his contribution to the band's history. Back then, the group was a regional combo with a single on the tiny Candix label, and the song's Billboard peak at No. 75 would have been a high point for most bands.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 27, 2013
The moment of truth during Alice Cooper's show Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts came when a pair of assistants rolled in the guillotine from stage right. Before the concert, I had gotten to talking with a fellow audience member who had seen Cooper live before, and he was eagerly anticipating what method of demise the singer would choose for himself this time. The "School's Out" auteur has made a shtick over the years of staging real-looking executions, and though hanging and beheading may be the most famous, anything seemed possible: Would it be suffocation this time, or a tank full of piranhas?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | October 31, 2013
As records pressed in 1969 go, it's an obscure one - far from "Abbey Road" or "Let It Bleed. " But however many copies remain of it, two found their way last month into a quiet room in UC Irvine's music department. With one of the discs on the turntable, the needle touched down and crackled before a soaring baritone rang from the speakers. Seconds later, a full chorus joined, its harmonies vivid beneath the surface gravel. With the record sleeves spread out in front of them, James Dunning and Rita Major listened closely and sometimes smiled and nodded in recognition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 10, 2013
Jon Bon Jovi doesn't want to be another wave in the ocean. He is a rock, not just another grain of sand. And he definitely rocked Wednesday night at the Honda Center. Why? Because he can. Bon Jovi made a pit stop in Anaheim as part of its "Because We Can" tour, in support of the band's 12th album, "What About Now. " Having started in Washington, D.C., in February, the group is poised to perform across North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. With returns to Wales and South Africa and first-time shows in Bulgaria and Poland, the tour snagged the No. 1 spot in Pollstar's last two tour rankings, having already grossed $142.1 million.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
Orange Coast College will unveil its new 9-foot Steinway concert piano Oct. 5 during a special concert celebrating the $4.8-million renovation to its music department facilities. Music professor Brian Gould will play Gershwin's "Concerto in F" accompanied by the OCC symphony, conducted by professor Ric Soto. The symphony will also perform Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije Suite" and a rendition of a "Medley of Gershwin Songs" during the concert. Concert attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the renovated music facilities, which include a new recital hall and redesigned rehearsal spaces.
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