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February 27, 2004
Paul Saitowitz From his earliest memories the black keys, the white keys, the foot pedals, the high notes and the low notes gave him a feeling of clarity. Jazz, classical, even some rock, he could play it all. No struggle through lessons or practices, just smooth sailing. "The piano was just something that made sense to me," pianist/composer Billy Childs said. "I looked at it, and I was able to understand the way it worked." The 46-year-old three-time Grammy-nominated Los Angeles native will appear along with Claudia Acuna at the Orange County Performing Arts Center tonight and Saturday as part of the Scott's Seafood Jazz Series.
NEWS
October 20, 2001
Young Chang Eva Xia hesitantly admits she listens to hip-hop music and that her favorite rapper is Tupac. She seems embarrassed for some reason but when asked, says she isn't. The 17-year-old also loves Martha Argerich, a renowned Argentine pianist who Eva calls "absolutely awesome." Her music is subdued but has so much meaning, technique and depth. "She's like one of the most formidable women pianists," Eva said, sounding out "formidable" because it's not a word teenagers use everyday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | December 6, 2007
Margie Balter was confident her recently released CD “Music From the Heart” would be a hit when she previewed it for her piano students. The music passed what Balter described as “the Lilliputian test,” referring to the “very small-sized” but perceptive kids who gave their teacher’s effort a collective thumbs-up. “Kids know what’s good,” she said. “They’re not jaded.” Balter will have a wider audience on hand Sunday when she performs at Borders bookstore in Costa Mesa, part of a Borders tour that also includes stops in Los Angeles, Pasadena, West Hollywood and Glendale.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 11, 2007
One hit is all John Rybarczyk had in his first week. He made it count for Costa Mesa High's baseball team. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game tied against Century, Rybarczyk went after the first pitch. The fastball, a little up, wound up over the center-field fence, a great way to start the season for Rybarczyk. Hitting home runs is still somewhat of a novelty for the 6-foot-3 senior, as he's hammered only four in his high school career.
NEWS
November 15, 2003
Luis Pena Longtime Newport Beach resident Jeri Lofland fondly remembers her departed friend Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. Lofland had a yard sale one summer day in Dover Shores during the early 1970s, and one of the many people who attended was a man in his 30s by the name of Bobby Hatfield. After the yard sale was long over, he kept coming to her house. Lofland and Hatfield hit it off, and a friendship between them developed. They both had many things in common, she said: they had the same friends and were both members of the Balboa Bay Club.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 9, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Natalie Cernius took a liking to the piano even before she was big enough to reach the keys. As a toddler, she enjoyed crawling under the instrument during her older siblings' lessons. The notes from those sessions resonated in the toddler's ears and throughout their Dover Shores home. It was Natalie's early beginnings playfully scrambling between the piano legs and hearing those notes that likely helped give the 14-year-old the perfect pitch she has today.
NEWS
January 23, 2003
Deirdre Newman The melodious sound of Bach and Mozart filled the elegant lounge at the Inn at the Park nursing home in Irvine on Saturday afternoon as residents were treated to a piano recital by a group of Newport Beach students. As sunlight streamed through the windows, residents luxuriated in couches and armchairs while members of the Music Students' Service League passionately pounded out a variety of classical music selections. The league, a grass-roots organization formed in the Port Streets neighborhood in 1995, is based on the premise that music has a healing effect.
NEWS
November 30, 2002
Deirdre Newman When Michael Fleming was born, his parents looked at his hands, then looked at each other and sighed a breath of relief. His long, slender fingers virtually assured that he would be able to carry on the musical tradition in his family. Fast forward nine years. Michael is now a two-instrument virtuoso, playing the piano and violin. "To be talented at both is unique," said Michelle Marumoto-Wright, Michael's violin teacher and director of strings for the Irvine Conservatory of Music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2008
The OCC Symphony Orchestra will present An Evening of Tchaikovsky March 1. Featured soloist Teresa De Jong-Pombo, a professor of piano, will play Tchaikovsky?s Piano Concerto No. 1, and director Ricardo Soto will lead the orchestra in Tchaikovsky?s Symphony No. 5. Both works are romantic crowd-pleasers and Soto hopes they will excite audiences with varying amounts of classical music experience. The performance will take place in OCC?s Robert B. Moore Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at (714)
NEWS
October 23, 1999
Alex Coolman He carved an image of birth into the piano, and he carved an image of death. He went on carving the tragic stories of a family of slaves, not stopping until the entire piano was covered in pictures of their history. The labor must have taken years. Well, not quite. "It's all done in foam," said Christian Johnson, the artisan for South Coast Repertory who did the carving. Johnson created the elaborately detailed etchings in the piano for August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson," which opened yesterday and runs through Nov. 21. All told, the carving took only about a week and a half, but the stories that are told in the artfully disguised slabs of foam are central to the play.
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April 27, 2013
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By Brittany Woolsey | August 25, 2012
What do Bruno Mars, LMFAO, Harry Potter and classical piano have in common? Edward Chan enjoys them all. The 10-year-old boy, who studies at the Irvine School of Music and lives in Las Flores, is set to compete at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival at Chapman University in September after advancing from the branch and regional competitions earlier this year. "I had to practice very hard for the competition," he said. "I practiced every day of the week for half an hour.
NEWS
January 20, 2012
Pegasus School third-grader Emma Joyce put her piano skills to the test Jan. 10 during a duet with the conductor of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Emma joined Maxim Eshkenazy, who also serves as the assistant conductor of the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, in a classical take on "Three Blind Mice" in four variations, which garnered a standing ovation from her peers and parents at the Huntington Beach school. Eshkenazy and Daniel Wachs, the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra conductor and director of instrumental studies at Chapman University, also gave a presentation at the school where they performed Beethoven's "Spring Sonata" and Camille Saint-Saëns' "The Swan.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | July 27, 2011
COSTA MESA - Seated at a grand piano, Mary Leist played the oversized instrument as she taught three students the basics of music. They sang and laughed along. "So a piano starts with a 'C' and ends with a 'C,'" Leist explained to high school students Oree, Kelly and Jesus. While the four huddled around the piano, the room around them was buzzing. Girls danced in front of a line of mirrors in the center of the room as they practiced steps. In one corner, boys huddled, words spilling out of their mouths as they worked on a rap song.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | May 30, 2011
In keeping with its "Year of the Piano" programming, the Pacific Symphony will play host to pianist Conrad Tao this week. The 16-year-old Chinese American musician, whose skills have brought him performing alongside orchestras worldwide, is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday with the Costa Mesa-based orchestra in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Music Director Carl St.Clair will conduct the concerts, which are his last of the season.
NEWS
By Steve Dale | April 19, 2011
WARWICK, R.I. — Experts from the International Assn. of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) 2011 Conference from April 1 to 3 answered these reader questions: Question: My 7-year-old dachshund/cocker spaniel mix howls when I play the piano. He doesn't howl at other noises. Is he in pain? I have to ban him to the yard when I play. Any advice? — J.S., Richmond, Va. Answer: I doubt your dog is in pain. However, it may be he's a music critic. Barbara Handelman, of Norwich, Vt., a dog behavior consultant and author of "Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook," agrees.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 9, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Natalie Cernius took a liking to the piano even before she was big enough to reach the keys. As a toddler, she enjoyed crawling under the instrument during her older siblings' lessons. The notes from those sessions resonated in the toddler's ears and throughout their Dover Shores home. It was Natalie's early beginnings playfully scrambling between the piano legs and hearing those notes that likely helped give the 14-year-old the perfect pitch she has today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 15, 2010
COSTA MESA — The Rock 'N' Roll King of Orange County wants the world to know that after 50 years of alcohol and cigarettes, 10 years of cocaine, five wives, three heart surgeries and a fight with cancer, he's still rocking. Greg Topper, the man who may be O.C.'s longest-running resident musician, is set to start a new gig Saturday at the Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa. His mix of more than 500 1950s, '60s and '70s oldies has packed dance floors since the Bay of Pigs invasion 49 years ago. "If I can make it to 2011, I would have played half of a century in Orange County," Topper said.
NEWS
March 25, 2010
Helen Heaston Gregg Mundy, who devoted her life to her family, friends and church, sharing her love of music by playing the piano all her life, passed away peacefully in Pomona, CA on November 30, 2009. She was 97. Raised on a Kansas farm homesteaded by her grandfather, Helen graduated in 1933 from the University of Kansas with a Degree in Music. She taught public school music until her 1942 marriage to Clarence B. Gregg; a classmate from Lawrence HS and KU days and Partner in Gregg’s Artistic Homes in Glendale, CA. They lived in Glendale, spending summers on Balboa Island, raising four children; Barbara, Don, Kathleen, and Marilyn.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2009
Ever dreamed of tickling the ivories? Newport Beach Parks and Recreation will bring in Craig Coffman to teach the nationally renowned ?How To Play Piano in Three Hours? workshop from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Known as ?Instant Piano For Hopelessly Busy People,? the class teaches how to play without knowing how to read music. ?While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on,?
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