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  • David Benoit: All that jazz and more

    David Benoit: All that jazz and more
    It was not the kind of thing that happened to him very often -- at least not back then. Three decades ago, David Benoit was a Los Angeles jazz pianist in his 20s, with two albums on a small label. He played birthdays, bar mitzvahs and small nightclubs as...
  • Eighth blackbird lands at Ojai Music Festival

    The Ojai Music Festival has a long tradition of picking some of the era's most important artists to serve as its music director, a position that rotates annually. But though the festival has sometimes chosen more than one person at a time for the job,...
  • Composer Michael Daugherty hears the sounds of America

    Composer Michael Daugherty hears the sounds of America
    Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty. A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana....
  • Speak, memory

    Speak, memory
    In the early stages of writing my memoir "Slow Motion," I packed my bags and prepared to spend a month at Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. I had never been to Yaddo before and was feeling intimidated. James Baldwin, Truman Capote and...
  • Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival has scores to settle

    Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival has scores to settle
    Carl St.Clair can clearly recall being in the third grade in his hometown of Yoakum, Texas, and being "marched down to the Grand Theater where we all got to see 'Ben-Hur.' I was totally captivated," he says. "The score was overwhelming to me." Fifty...
  • Mark O'Connor, genre fiddler

    Mark O'Connor, genre fiddler
    Mark O'Connor sat in the small theater at UCLA as three earnest young music students -- a violinist, a cellist and a pianist -- determinedly worked through one movement of his Piano Trio No. 1, a piece commissioned and recorded by the Eroica Trio, one...
  • Manifestly Maestro

    Manifestly Maestro
    Just two months ago, I wrote about how my obsession with Elizabeth Taylor colored my choices and changed my life. While that is certainly true, it was an “outside” manifestation, lighthearted and fun. Inside, though, at a much more profound place, it’s my...
  • Do more than follow the music

    When is following Twitter during a classical concert not considered rude? How about when the orchestra expressly asks you to? The Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony is requesting that patrons break with the rules of concert decorum on Saturday by...
  • Fanfare For A New UConn President

    Fanfare For A New UConn President
    When Michael Hogan was brainstorming for music for his inauguration as the University of Connecticut's new president this Sunday, he wanted to make sure the ceremony wasn't too stodgy. So he suggested a popular 1970s hit with its "Jeremiah-was-a-...
  • Composers Institute trains future artists each year at the Virginia Arts Festival

    Composers Institute trains future artists each year at the Virginia Arts Festival
    The Virginia Arts Festival brings in an important lineup of international performers each year. Working almost behind the scenes is another festival event helping to produce the next generation of composers. The John Duffy Composers Institute held during...
  • Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century

    Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century
    About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty. At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth —...