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By Michael Alexander | October 27, 2008
Third-graders in teacher Jaime Blandford’s class at Lincoln Elementary in Corona del Mar got to saw on violin strings, bang on drums, hammer the bars of a glockenspiel and even push the slide of a trombone in and out Monday morning. It was all part of the Third Grade Music Mobile, a program where volunteers show kids their way around an orchestra and then let them all give the instruments a whirl. The Lido Island Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County has been bringing this program to Newport-Mesa schools for more than a decade, said the program’s presenter, Ellie Yates.
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October 22, 2002
OBITUARY Leo Frankel Leo Frankel, a Pacific Symphony Orchestra board member remembered most for loaning his precious 1714 Laurentius Guadagnini violin to a concertmaster two years ago and starting the orchestra's instrument acquisition program, died Sunday. He had been battling cancer. Frankel, who lived in Corona del Mar, was 71. The New York native and violin lover joined the orchestra's board of directors four years ago. While serving in the army, Frankel had been a violinist for the Seventh Army Symphony.
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November 13, 2012
Community members can hear all their favorite concertos in one night on Saturday without leaving Costa Mesa. The Orange Coast College Symphony's student soloists will perform the World's Favorite Concertos at 8 p.m. The performance will feature movements by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. "This concert is going to be a lecture-demonstration of the development of the concerto form," Conductor Ricardo Soto said in a prepared statement. The performance will feature Adam Pettit, guitar; Amelia Neustadt-Russo, oboe; Regan Lambert, violin; Rich Chasin, trumpet; Jane Green, oboe; Sam Yoon, violin; Karen Linkletter, cello; Emily Hung, piano; and Julie Metz, violin.
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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.
NEWS
March 27, 2005
Elia Powers "Dear Jesus," the letter began. Those words caught the attention of the Rev. Cindy Voorhees when she found the letter atop a dilapidated brown violin case resting before the altar at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Corona del Mar. Her first thought was that a child had forgotten the instrument after music lessons, which take place in a nearby room. But then she saw the handwritten note, penned in near-perfect cursive.
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August 3, 2002
Young Chang A single pair of hands dictate Robert Schumitzky's polar-opposite passions. When he's onstage in his tuxedo with his violin, he is delicate with his bow and makes music that requires more emotion than aggression. When he's on the ice, the same set of hands command a hockey stick with the single and often violent goal of slamming the puck into the net. Elizabeth Schumitzky, his wife, remembers the first time she witnessed her then-boyfriend's two personas.
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By B.W. Cook | July 11, 2013
If you are fortunate in life, you may have the opportunity to meet, know and be influenced by a rare and gifted individual whose special being impacts humanity. The late Carleen Hutchins was one such person. Born in 1911, Hutchins passed away in 2009 and left behind a musical legacy that has inspired countless people around the world. In Orange County, Joe McNalley has become a disciple of Hutchins' musical legacy, dedicating his life and professional career to her work, which encompasses the design and creation of one of the world's most unique violin octets.
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By Bradley Zint | December 2, 2010
SEAL BEACH - When your father plays violin, your brother plays violin, your cousins play violin and your aunt plays viola, clearly the sounds of strings run deep in the family. So it was only natural that Maxim Eshkenazy take up the family trade and pick up a violin at age 5. His mother - the engineer of the family - insisted. His father, though, wasn't so sure. But it all worked out. That motherly insistence is what eventually brought Eshkenazy far from his European homeland and to Orange County audiences.
NEWS
February 2, 2000
Danette Goulet Hundreds of sixth-graders at Davis School took the stage with violins in hand Tuesday and held their audience in thrall -- after only nine weeks of instruction. It was one of three school concerts scheduled this week, marking the end of violin instruction before students tackle the trumpet. In the sixth grade, students learn to play four instruments over the course of the year -- one from each family of the orchestra, said music instructor Scott Fitzpatrick.
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November 18, 2002
Christine Carrillo Young girls and boys of all ages graced the stage of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach Sunday afternoon emulating the presence of a professional adult orchestra in almost every way. The young musicians, who ranged in age from 3 to 16, epitomized the look of orchestra musicians preparing for a concert as they took the stage in the Suzuki String Festival 2002 event sponsored by the...
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By B.W. Cook | July 11, 2013
If you are fortunate in life, you may have the opportunity to meet, know and be influenced by a rare and gifted individual whose special being impacts humanity. The late Carleen Hutchins was one such person. Born in 1911, Hutchins passed away in 2009 and left behind a musical legacy that has inspired countless people around the world. In Orange County, Joe McNalley has become a disciple of Hutchins' musical legacy, dedicating his life and professional career to her work, which encompasses the design and creation of one of the world's most unique violin octets.
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November 13, 2012
Community members can hear all their favorite concertos in one night on Saturday without leaving Costa Mesa. The Orange Coast College Symphony's student soloists will perform the World's Favorite Concertos at 8 p.m. The performance will feature movements by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. "This concert is going to be a lecture-demonstration of the development of the concerto form," Conductor Ricardo Soto said in a prepared statement. The performance will feature Adam Pettit, guitar; Amelia Neustadt-Russo, oboe; Regan Lambert, violin; Rich Chasin, trumpet; Jane Green, oboe; Sam Yoon, violin; Karen Linkletter, cello; Emily Hung, piano; and Julie Metz, violin.
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By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2012
The Pacific Symphony continues with its "Year of the Violin" programming next week with a series highlighted by virtuoso Vadim Gluzman. The Israeli violinist will be playing Tchaikovsky's venerable Violin Concerto in D major for the concerts on Feb. 23 to 25 in Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. All the performances under Carl St.Clair's baton begin at 8 p.m. There will also be a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture with Alan Chapman each evening. An added layer of complexity to this concert is that Gluzman will be playing on a Stradivarius violin made in 1690 that belonged to Leopold Auer, the influential Hungarian violinist whom Tchaikovsky dedicated his Violin Concerto to. A video interview with St.Clair posted on the Pacific Symphony website notes this.
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By Bradley Zint | December 2, 2010
SEAL BEACH - When your father plays violin, your brother plays violin, your cousins play violin and your aunt plays viola, clearly the sounds of strings run deep in the family. So it was only natural that Maxim Eshkenazy take up the family trade and pick up a violin at age 5. His mother - the engineer of the family - insisted. His father, though, wasn't so sure. But it all worked out. That motherly insistence is what eventually brought Eshkenazy far from his European homeland and to Orange County audiences.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 28, 2010
COSTA MESA — Richard Kaufman's life between his beginnings as a musically inclined 7-year-old to today is a showcase of many accomplishments. This week, the Pacific Symphony is celebrating one of them: his 20-year tenure as its principal pops conductor. It was a schoolteacher's intuition that seems to have started it all. The teacher noticed that Kaufman could sing along and "play the rhythm sticks well. " His parents were notified of the good news. It was a comment they took to heart.
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By Michael Alexander | October 27, 2008
Third-graders in teacher Jaime Blandford’s class at Lincoln Elementary in Corona del Mar got to saw on violin strings, bang on drums, hammer the bars of a glockenspiel and even push the slide of a trombone in and out Monday morning. It was all part of the Third Grade Music Mobile, a program where volunteers show kids their way around an orchestra and then let them all give the instruments a whirl. The Lido Island Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County has been bringing this program to Newport-Mesa schools for more than a decade, said the program’s presenter, Ellie Yates.
NEWS
March 27, 2005
Elia Powers "Dear Jesus," the letter began. Those words caught the attention of the Rev. Cindy Voorhees when she found the letter atop a dilapidated brown violin case resting before the altar at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Corona del Mar. Her first thought was that a child had forgotten the instrument after music lessons, which take place in a nearby room. But then she saw the handwritten note, penned in near-perfect cursive.
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.
NEWS
November 18, 2002
Christine Carrillo Young girls and boys of all ages graced the stage of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach Sunday afternoon emulating the presence of a professional adult orchestra in almost every way. The young musicians, who ranged in age from 3 to 16, epitomized the look of orchestra musicians preparing for a concert as they took the stage in the Suzuki String Festival 2002 event sponsored by the...
NEWS
October 22, 2002
OBITUARY Leo Frankel Leo Frankel, a Pacific Symphony Orchestra board member remembered most for loaning his precious 1714 Laurentius Guadagnini violin to a concertmaster two years ago and starting the orchestra's instrument acquisition program, died Sunday. He had been battling cancer. Frankel, who lived in Corona del Mar, was 71. The New York native and violin lover joined the orchestra's board of directors four years ago. While serving in the army, Frankel had been a violinist for the Seventh Army Symphony.
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