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October 7, 2004
The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) held its first rehearsal of the 2004-2005 season on Monday evening, October 4. This was also the debut 'performance' of local musician, teacher and conductor Jack Taylor as music director of the orchestra. Taylor has won rave reviews for his performance both in the classroom and at the podium since he first embarked upon his musical career. Awards he has received include the Honorary Service Award from the Temple City PTA, the Very Special Person Award from the Monrovia/Duarte PTA, and the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Award.
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August 17, 2006
When recently asked to reveal her overall goal for her career, conductor and violinist Olivia Tsui replied, "To become a musical ambassador to the world, bringing all people together." Tsui's newest 'gig' ? as music director and conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra ? will offer her a number of opportunities to make this happen not only in the city of Glendale but throughout Southern California. The 82-year old orchestra has long had a history of attracting a loyal cadre of devotees, whether they live down the road or a number of freeways away.
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July 22, 2004
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the La Crescenta/La Cañada area will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" musical on July 22, 23, and 24. Local youth and adults have been engaged in this good cause, and dedicated most of their summer activity in support of this project. This production is directed, produced, taught and manned all with local talent. Marilyn Bayles is the producer. Colleen Thatcher is the music director, with Evelyn Callister, Sharon Hales and Paige Six as her assistants.
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By Jane Napier Neely | August 10, 2012
For all of us who enjoy the summer concerts of the Pasadena Pops, the news Tuesday of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, its music director and conductor, was stunning. Even though it was apparent at his first two concerts this season that Hamlisch was not in robust health, the suddenness of his passing was a shock. Just two weeks ago Hamlisch conducted the Pops orchestra in a program that featured Michael Feinstein and the music of Cole Porter. At the beginning of the concert Hamlisch made a second entrance, bowing to the crowd of nearly 4,000 people.
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September 11, 2008
The Los Angeles Children?s Chorus (LACC) and the Los Angeles Master Chorale will appear as guest artists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to mark Esa-Pekka Salonen?s final appearance at the Hollywood Bowl as the orchestra?s music director on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The combined forces will perform Mahler?s monumental Symphony No. 8, ?Symphony of a Thousand,? in which vast vocal forces are used as instruments. While Symphony No. 8 is considered Mahler?s grandest composition, it is rarely heard due to the large performance resources required.
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June 21, 2007
On Monday, The Pasadena Symphony Association (PSA) announced that the city's two foremost orchestral institutions, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, will be brought together to create one unified and dynamic orchestra that will present performances year-round. This new PSA will be based on the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops model, becoming one board and one orchestra with two music directors. However, the PSA will continue to present The Pasadena Symphony winter season at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium under music director Jorge Mester.
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June 10, 2004
music students As music director and conductor of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra, I had the pleasure of auditioning Ben Frandsen, cello; Jeralee Johnson, oboe; Thomas Kanholm, tuba; Joanne Kang, flute; Nicky Moura, trombone and Jeffrey Tran, violin. All students attend La Cañada High School. Auditions took place for The Pasadena POPS' Side by Side by Symphony at La Cañada High School on May 22. Your community should be very proud of these students. As a result of their hard work and determination they have been chosen to participate in The Pasadena POPS' Side by Side by Symphony program.
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August 21, 2013
Immediately after completing band camp at Cal Poly Pomona - an annual tradition to bring freshman performers into step while promoting camaraderie - members of the La Cañada High School Marching Band performed a season-preview field show on Aug. 15 at their campus on Oak Grove Drive. PHOTOS: La Cañada High School Marching Band pre-season practice performance First, the band enjoyed an In-N-Out burger meal, then took to the field to demonstrate the skills it has so far mastered in music and movement, cheered on by friends and family members.
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April 26, 2007
On Tuesday, May 8, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) will greet the arrival of spring with a medley of "songs," written from the Baroque era to today, in tribute to the season. The free performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, will include works ranging from a Concerto grosso by Arcangelo Corelli and Ravel's Pavanne for a Dead Princess to an Irish reel, Molly on the Shore, by Percy Grainger and Spring Breezes, a Taiwanese folksong arranged by former PYSO Music Director Richard Meyer.
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June 1, 2006
Cabaret diva Andrea Marcovicci helps launch the 13th season of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra at Descanso Gardens under the baton of music director and conductor Rachael Worby in an evening extolling the virtues and pitfalls of love in its many guises, in twin concerts Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24. The POPS summer concert series is held in the lush botanical grandeur of Descanso Gardens at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert dining.
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By Jane Napier Neely | August 10, 2012
For all of us who enjoy the summer concerts of the Pasadena Pops, the news Tuesday of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, its music director and conductor, was stunning. Even though it was apparent at his first two concerts this season that Hamlisch was not in robust health, the suddenness of his passing was a shock. Just two weeks ago Hamlisch conducted the Pops orchestra in a program that featured Michael Feinstein and the music of Cole Porter. At the beginning of the concert Hamlisch made a second entrance, bowing to the crowd of nearly 4,000 people.
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August 17, 2006
When recently asked to reveal her overall goal for her career, conductor and violinist Olivia Tsui replied, "To become a musical ambassador to the world, bringing all people together." Tsui's newest 'gig' ? as music director and conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra ? will offer her a number of opportunities to make this happen not only in the city of Glendale but throughout Southern California. The 82-year old orchestra has long had a history of attracting a loyal cadre of devotees, whether they live down the road or a number of freeways away.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2004
The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) held its first rehearsal of the 2004-2005 season on Monday evening, October 4. This was also the debut 'performance' of local musician, teacher and conductor Jack Taylor as music director of the orchestra. Taylor has won rave reviews for his performance both in the classroom and at the podium since he first embarked upon his musical career. Awards he has received include the Honorary Service Award from the Temple City PTA, the Very Special Person Award from the Monrovia/Duarte PTA, and the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2004
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the La Crescenta/La Cañada area will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" musical on July 22, 23, and 24. Local youth and adults have been engaged in this good cause, and dedicated most of their summer activity in support of this project. This production is directed, produced, taught and manned all with local talent. Marilyn Bayles is the producer. Colleen Thatcher is the music director, with Evelyn Callister, Sharon Hales and Paige Six as her assistants.
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