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By John Reger | July 22, 2009
Though Jeff Wright sings mostly pop, his life has played out like a country western song the past couple of years. Wright’s wife left him, his real estate appraisal business has been affected hard by the economy and his dog left him. The only thing missing was his car on blocks in the front yard. It’s certainly a far cry from his life a few years ago, but through the tragedies he’s rediscovered his love for music and that may make all the heartbreak worth it. “It’s been amazing what I’ve been through,” Wright said.
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November 4, 2013
The Newport Harbor Music Education Foundation is doing its part this fall to keep local music programs in bloom. The foundation has launched its annual poinsettia sale to support music at Newport Harbor High and Ensign Intermediate schools. Through Nov. 26, red foil-wrapped plants can be purchased for $10 through any Newport Harbor High music student or at newportharborhsmusic.wix.com/nhhs . Buyers can pick up the poinsettias between 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in front of the bell tower at Newport Harbor High.
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B.W. Cook | September 29, 2010
Orange County philanthropists David and Darrellyn Melilli opened their coastal estate in south Orange County on behalf of the Pioneer School of Music. The late summer evening gathering attracted 125 guests, including a significant contingent of Newport-Mesa donors coming together to support the music programs of a school considered, "The best-kept secret in Orange County", according to Newport's dynamic Jan Landstrom . Part of the mission of the evening was to get the secret out. Landstrom and David Melilli both serve on the Salvation Army's advisory board, and the Pioneer School of Music is an adjunct to the Salvation Army where young people are given instruction in music.
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By Ashley Breeding | December 9, 2010
Jameson Burt's love for music emerged at the age of 12 when his dad, an avid rock fan and hobby guitar player, placed a 1960-something Yamaha acoustic in his hands and encouraged him to start playing. "My desire to be in a band with some kids on my block is what really got me into it," he laughs. "We played instrumental garbage slop. We were terrible. " The singer-songwriter has come a long way since then, singing backup with the popular "melodic rock" band Ecco Ecco, formerly Steve Carson Band, with whom he's released a couple of records, and captivating audiences on solo tours along the West Coast and in New York City with his raw, powerful voice and magnetic stage presence.
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By Candice Baker | September 3, 2008
Larisa Stow found her true calling quite unexpectedly, during one of the most unsettling moments of her life. It’s difficult to classify Stow’s music. Stow and her band, the Shakti Tribe, combine East and West with “kirtan,” the traditional Indian form of devotional call-and-response chanting; sacred mantras; uplifting lyrics and peace prayers from around the world. She and the Shakti Tribe will perform Saturday at the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — Sitting in on a second-grade class trying out the xylophone might make one reach for Advil, but not that's not the case in Suzanne Rivera's class at Paularino Elementary School. With six students poised in front of different sized xylophones, and the rest sitting "criss-cross apple sauce, pepperoni pizza sauce," Rivera challenged them to use their creativity and create their own tunes on the first try. "I want you to think of your own melody," Rivera told her students.
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By Bradley Zint | November 1, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH — No passersby recognized him, but I didn't find that surprising. They were too busy hustling to and from the last day of Oktoberfest celebrations at the Old World Village. But a few stopped momentarily to hear the group of five French horns play a song of the old world and see the old gentleman conducting them. The gentleman's name isn't instantly recognizable by many, but within the world of classical music — and its subset world of French horn players — Jim Decker is a legend.
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By Candice Baker | July 22, 2010
Freebie of the Week: Visit lstn.urbanoutfitters.com to stream and download scads of free indie, post-rock and ambient music played in Urban Outfitters stores. The most current collection, LSTN #10, includes musical greats like Windsor for the Derby, the Drums and Stornoway. Along with the special releases, the company releases at least five free tracks every Monday. An iTunes account is required to download music, but the songs also can be streamed online. Stuff to cool off Summer's bound to heat up again, so this is the perfect time to visit the Tidepools Swimwear Warehouse Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 33041 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano.
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By Ashley Breeding | November 19, 2008
Anomie Belle first realized she had the power to move people with her music at the tender age of 12 when she brought a crowd of 400 Unitarian summer campers to tears with a performance of a song she’d written about the loss of a loved one. “At the time, I felt guilty for making them cry,” she said. “At first I felt like I’d done something wrong, but that experience is what inspired me to write music about issues that are more personal to me.” In those days, the Portland, Ore., native was known by her real name, Toby Campbell, an angst-ridden teenage girl whose poetic songwriting was inspired by musician Ani DiFranco and Christopher Pike suspense novels.
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By Jessie Brunner | August 6, 2007
Bringing artists from all over the world to Costa Mesa, the latest vision of the Orange County Performing Arts Center will present an eclectic mix of music during the 2007-08 season. The center recently announced the new World Currents series, which ranges from the somber tunes and lyrics of Portuguese fado to the pomp and pageantry of British cavalry regiments. "The Samueli Theater and the new concert hall are both terrific spaces to explore new and different styles of music," said Aaron Egigian, the center's senior director of music programming.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2014
When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks were prompted by happiness. Such has been the overwhelmingly positive response to the Costa Mesa school's Disney-inspired production, Maranian remarked. "These kids were crazy for this show," she said. "They went wild when I just mentioned it. They were on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers and praying that I would choose it. " Maranian, who makes it a point to consult her students, recalled tossing around ideas including "Catch Me If You Can," "Legally Blonde," "Honk!"
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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 Mona Shadia | March 22, 2014
Art has been a constant attraction for Jessy D'Auria. She knew from a young age that she wanted to use her creativity to make a difference and a living.  But figuring out what that would look like wasn't easy. D'Auria tried painting and then photography, but it wasn't until she found the art of tattooing two years ago that she found fulfillment. On Saturday, D'Auria, 32, was among about 250 tattoo artists at the O.C. Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa for the seventh annual Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival.
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By Michael Miller | March 11, 2014
As the seconds pass before Wynton Marsalis picks up the phone in his Portland, Ore., hotel room, the mind sends a decree to the body: Be on guard. And have the recorder running too, because a few choice quotes are bound to be in the offing. Marsalis, the man often heralded as the ambassador of jazz (or jazz czar, or Ronald Reagan of jazz, or whichever title you prefer), isn't known for grunting one-sentence responses in interviews. He is known for expressing sharp opinions - sometimes, apparently, at the volume of a John Coltrane solo.
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By Michael Miller | February 27, 2014
In the 1950s classic "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry declares, "I got the rockin' pneumonia / I need a shot of rhythm and blues / I caught the rollin' arthritis / sitting down at a rhythm review. " The day may never come when music can cure pneumonia or arthritis. Still, Christopher Duma has witnessed other cases where a well-chosen tune can alleviate a medical condition. The Newport Beach doctor has watched a Parkinson's patient put pegs in holes faster with the help of rhythm.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 8, 2014
Come Tuesday, Dorothy's yellow brick road will pass through the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Costa Mesa venue will host the first North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage adaptation until Feb. 23. Along with songs from the timeless MGM screenplay, this production features new tunes created by Webber and Tim Rice. Kicking off in London's West End in 2011, it also thrilled audiences in Toronto. "Wizard of Oz" stars Danielle Wade - tapped by the Canadian public through CBC TV's reality casting show, "Over the Rainbow" - as Dorothy, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West, Robin Evan Willis as Glinda, and Cedric Smith as the Wizard.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 6, 2014
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester. The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist. Both look for the good in people - or try to, at least - but Morrison is, by his own admission, a realist who quickly realizes when he's being steered wrongly. Come Feb. 13, the Broadway, film and television performer, who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City, plans to be himself to the hilt.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 21, 2014
On Saturday, the Irvine Barclay Theatre will be the site of classical music - and caffeine. Organic coffee company Urth Caffe is coming to Laguna Beach in the summer. But married co-owners Shallom and Jilla Berkman plan to introduce their product at the performing arts center this weekend. The store has a loyal following at its locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena and elsewhere. Now it's Orange County's turn to get a taste of its custom coffee and tea: Each patron of the Barclay performance will be given a packet to take home.
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By Hannah Fry | January 14, 2014
The music will play on even after Detroit Bar changes hands next month. The Memphis Group, which purchased the Costa Mesa bar and concert venue on West 19th Street in 2001, announced Monday morning that ownership has been transferred to local restaurateur Jeff Chon. Under Chon's ownership, Detroit Bar will be renamed The Wayfarer - A House of Social Provisions. It will continue to feature live music. In addition to updating the sound system and interior of the bar, Chon is developing a menu of upscale bar food for the location.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 13, 2013
"Hi, Mommy!" "Hi, baby, how ever are you?" "Oh, in heaven, everything is fine. There's no pain, sickness, sadness. What about on Earth?" "Well, there's all of that and we miss you terribly. " "I miss you too, Mommy, but please smile for me. I see you every day. I have a pony and I am in charge of watering the old man's garden. " If any of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students who lost their lives last year were able to talk to their mothers, that's how the conversation would sound.
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