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By Bradley Zint, | September 27, 2010
COSTA MESA — As good as Brahms is for many people, he just can't seem to top the timeless passion evoked from the notes of a famous disgruntled Russian. That's surely why four standing ovations kept the crowd on their feet at the end of the Tchaikovsky, and then for two more after the short, quiet encore. And all that was just before the intermission. That's not to say Thursday's lopsided season-opener concert of the Pacific Symphony, however, was not enjoyable. It was, and very much so. But when playing Brahms' Symphony No. 2 after Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, the maestro magicians don't save the best tricks for last.
May 26, 2000
Claudia Figueroa The sound took Newport Beach by storm in the 1930s, when legendary bandleaders like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and the Dorsey brothers introduced the world to a new musical era--as well as unique dance trends. As tastes changed over the years, however, the music died down. But the big-band era will return to Newport-Mesa on Sunday, when radio station KLAC-AM (570) kicks off the summer with a benefit dance. KLAC's morning personalities Charlie Tuna, Fran Tunno and Bill Nesbitt will host the four-hour event at the Doubletree Hotel in Costa Mesa.
By Joseph N. Bell | July 22, 2009
I should have read the ad more carefully. It described rather accurately what we were going to see, but it never occurred to me that any program based on the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein could be anything but enjoyable. When the ad told me that Orange County’s Pacific Symphony was going to meld “some of the most cherished film musicals of all time” with its orchestra in concert last Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the caution flag should have gone up. Instead, my friend Betsy Flynn and I went.
By Steve Smith | August 9, 2010
At Saturday night's Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Pacific Symphony Orchestra Music Director Carl St. Clair received a proclamation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his 20 years of conducting the PSO. Once or twice in this space, I have been critical of St. Clair. One pet peeve was his addressing the audience before and during performances. I had written about seeing many of the great conductors perform but never hearing them address an audience.
By Bradley Zint | August 16, 2012
Eileen Jeanette's workday began at 7 in the morning and by 6 p.m., it wasn't over yet. On Sunday, the goal for her was clear: to make the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre suitable for a Pacific Symphony performance. Getting the venue on Irvine Center Drive ready for its classical summertime resident is no easy task for the team of about 30 who accomplishes it. Jeanette would know. She's done it 33 times. "Everything you see here, this is a rock 'n' roll venue," said Jeanette, the symphony's vice president of artistic and orchestra operations.
By Michael Miller | April 4, 2013
If Chip Michael's orchestra ever plays a massive concert hall, the members may need an hour before curtain time to get acquainted with each other. For that matter, they may need to say hello to their conductor, too. Michael, the web coordinator for the Pacific Symphony, launched a project last March that brings musicians together through social media. The campaign, known as TwtrSymphony, initially sought a makeshift orchestra to play a composition of Michael's — and it succeeded, as more than 300 musicians answered the call.
September 30, 2000
Young Chang It is almost the end of the song, and Diane Newell's rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" has quieted the room. But anyone who is anyone in the karaoke world knows, it ain't over yet. That last note, if she can hit it, will make her everything she has presented herself to be in the past two minutes. It comes. She makes it. She's pulled off a Whitney. Newell, 35, saves this song for when she's the most blue. The vocal release and the cheers that follow make her smile.
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2012
Baton in hand, Ryan Youd, 8, led his orchestra of invisible violins, drums, French horns, flutes and clarinets with increasingly frenetic arm movements through an energetic piece of classical music. With all the formality and prestige of Gustavo Dudamel after conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Stravisnky's "Rite of Spring," Ryan took his bow. "When I was conducting, it was so fun," he said. "I was listening to the music, and I was raising the baton; it went faster and faster.
By Bradley Zint | October 6, 2011
Indeed, the Russians are coming. The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra of St. Petersburg will play an all-Tchaikovsky program at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Oct. 13 and 17. Four of the six finished symphonies by the popular Russian composer are planned: Symphony No. 2 (nicknamed the "Little Russian") and Symphony No. 5 for Oct. 13; and Symphony No. 3 (aka the "Polish") and Symphony No. 4 for Oct. 17. Both concerts, led by Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, begin at 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture.
November 17, 2007
Orange Coast College?s Symphony Orchestra and 100-voice Chorale will pay tribute today to Richard Raub, the orchestra?s former director. Raub, an OCC music professor and chorale director for 23 years, died in his home in Colorado Springs Oct. 5 from leukemia. He was 74. He was known for giving his students some of the rarest and most challenging works. Music professor Ricardo Soto now directs the chorale and singers. The college?s symphony will perform Johannes Brahm?
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