| Oct 30, 2008
Leon Botstein is a can-do conductor eager to get a bright sound out of almost any orchestra, even the moody Jerusalem Symphony. So Tuesday night, Botstein -- who juggles a music directorship in the Israeli capital with his other day jobs as president of...
| Nov 6, 2008
After being bailed out repeatedly over the years by a small corps of big donors, Opera Pacific, Orange County's professional opera company, appears to have sung its swan song -- barring a fairy-tale rescue.
If it succumbs, the company, founded in 1986 as...
| Nov 23, 2009
Elisabeth Soderstrom, a Swedish soprano who was greatly admired for her sensitive operatic roles and for her refined, delicately shaded voice, died of a stroke Friday in Stockholm. She was 82.
During a career of more than 50 years, Soderstrom was...
| Jun 14, 2009
In her four decades of performing on the international stage, Kiri Te Kanawa has appeared to live a fairy-tale existence. Adopted as an infant, Te Kanawa enjoyed a modest New Zealand youth until the age of 19 when she placed second in that country's...
| Jun 26, 2009
A judge has ruled against two motions to form class- action lawsuits against San Diego Gas & Electric Co., stemming from the wildfires that ravaged the county in 2007, it was reported today.
In his ruling Thursday, Superior Court Judge Richard Strauss...
| Mar 22, 2009
Call it a musical homecoming more than 275 years in the making.
Antonio Vivaldi's "Motezuma," first performed in 1733 in Venice, was long considered a lost opera, its score having vanished, like so many other works of that era, into the void of history....
| Jun 5, 2005
FRANK ZAPPA once wrote, "The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has the medieval aroma -- like the days when everything used to sound like that.... It's a great noise -- nothing else makes that noise."
Nothing else resembles the bassoon...
| Dec 12, 2004
Few violists are born. Most have the instrument thrust upon them. In fact, the viola -- the overlooked stepchild of the orchestra's string section -- is rarely studied as a first instrument at all. Until fairly recently, the road to mastering it...
| Sep 12, 2004
Decades ago, Ripley's Believe It or Not clued readers in about the English horn. The instrument, it declared, is "neither English nor a horn."
In fact, there's little agreement about where the name of this double-reed woodwind, a member of the oboe...
| Nov 9, 1986
Something strange seems to be happening in that spiffy new concert hall in Orange County. People are clapping.
The happy and justifiably proud Costa Mesans, and friends, are clapping con brio and con gusto. They are clapping loudly, smugly and dutifully....