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By Jane Napier Neely | September 25, 2008
Last Monday we earth dwellers moved into the shadows of autumn. The ancient Celts called this day Maybon being that it is the autumnal equinox — the moment when day is equal to night and balance is created between the two. So, may I be among the first to wish you a very rich, colorful, and thankful fall season. With the advent of autumn comes a flurry of philanthropic, theatrical and orchestral openings. Setting the stage for this unique season was the opening of Los Angeles Opera that has become recognized as the beginning of the fall social whirl.
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By Jane Napier Neely | September 21, 2012
Wouldn't you just know it? The very week that the musical theater production of "The Book of Mormon" opened at the Pantages Theatre and the L.A. Opera opened its season the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, heat records were being set in the greater Los Angeles basin. These hot temps certainly were more than fitting for the Hades scene in “The Book of Mormon.” The musical won nine Tony Awards in its first year of on Broadway in New York City. When the Nederlander Production of “The Book of Mormon” hit the stage here in L.A. it was a sell-out opening night as the searchlights swept over the dark night sky. Yes, it was a star-studded night too, as notable actors and theater people gathered in the lobby during intermission to compare notes.
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By Jane Napier Neely | March 14, 2012
It's hard to believe, but the first day of spring, March 20, is nearly here. We have already sprung an hour ahead and we are now thankfully into daylight saving time. I love having the sun shine later into the evening. An afternoon performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, “Simon Boccanegra,” conducted by James Conlon, with the title role sung by Placido Domingo, was an exciting beginning to the 14th annual Placido Domingo Awards Dinner that was held in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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December 16, 2004
The Pasadena Symphony will present two performances of Handel's oratorio Messiah, featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at the long-anticipated reopening of Pasadena's legendary Ambassador Auditorium on Dec. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Renowned soloists, soprano Elissa Johnston, mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, tenor Randall Bills and baritone Rodney Gilfry will be among the performers. "Music lovers throughout the world have mourned the loss of this incomparable venue since it closed in 1994," said Barbara Steinwedell, president of the Pasadena Symphony's board of directors.
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June 3, 2004
The Los Angeles Opera's Education and Community Programs Department presents a free concert featuring soprano, Johee Choi and baritone Gregorio Gonzalez, accompanied by pianist Daniel Faltus. Choi, soprano, is an accomplished performer who has appeared in New York, Los Angeles and Seoul. She has performed the roles of Pamina ("Die Zauberflote"), Micaela ("Carmen"), and Musetta ("La Boheme") in New York. She has also performed as Tuptim in Broadway's award winning revival of "The King and I" where she was nominated as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the Tony Award and the winner of the Best Debut Actress for the Theater World Award.
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September 9, 2004
Clazzical Notes - a free evening of jazz, classical music and discussion first presented by the Pasadena Symphony last season - will open its second season on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., at Fuller Theological Seminary's Travis Auditorium in Pasadena. The program, which has focused in the past on such instruments as the piano and flute, will highlight the voice - featuring jazz favorite Phyllis Battle and opera star Suzanna Guzman as special guest artists. "Clazzical Notes is truly unique," explains Tom O'Connor, marketing director of the Pasadena Symphony.
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By Jane Napier Neely | October 7, 2010
Blistering heat, lightning, thunder, wind, rain and towering cloud formations that were exploding over the mountaintops. Last week's weather pattern was like a crazy mixed-up grab bag. Local TV weather newscasters got to add some zing to their reports as this unusual weather action caught everyone off guard. At least they had an opportunity to flip through their files to come up with rarely used graphics to show us folks. Yep, the record-setting high temps in L.A. were even reported in England where my son and his family live.
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By Jane Napier Neely | November 16, 2011
Wow, there has been a fast and furious social buzz going on around town. I'll try to catch you up on all the news. I recently went to see one of the most glorious operas presented by the Los Angeles Opera - “Romeo and Juliette,” written by Charles Gounod and conducted this time around by Placido Domingo. Beautiful, sumptuous, sensual, tragic - these are only a few words to describe this opulent production. Everything about this new rendering of the beloved Shakespeare story of star-crossed lovers is magnificent - lush costumes, sets, and lighting.
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By Jane Napier Neely | September 21, 2012
Wouldn't you just know it? The very week that the musical theater production of "The Book of Mormon" opened at the Pantages Theatre and the L.A. Opera opened its season the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, heat records were being set in the greater Los Angeles basin. These hot temps certainly were more than fitting for the Hades scene in “The Book of Mormon.” The musical won nine Tony Awards in its first year of on Broadway in New York City. When the Nederlander Production of “The Book of Mormon” hit the stage here in L.A. it was a sell-out opening night as the searchlights swept over the dark night sky. Yes, it was a star-studded night too, as notable actors and theater people gathered in the lobby during intermission to compare notes.
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By Jane Napier Neely | September 25, 2008
Last Monday we earth dwellers moved into the shadows of autumn. The ancient Celts called this day Maybon being that it is the autumnal equinox — the moment when day is equal to night and balance is created between the two. So, may I be among the first to wish you a very rich, colorful, and thankful fall season. With the advent of autumn comes a flurry of philanthropic, theatrical and orchestral openings. Setting the stage for this unique season was the opening of Los Angeles Opera that has become recognized as the beginning of the fall social whirl.
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