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2008-08-24 22:57:30

By Steve Voce Jazz composer and band leader ONLY THE best musicians succeed in Los Angeles. The pianist Bob Florence, who was born there, won on two fronts: he led one of the finest big bands in the city, Bob Florence's Limited Edition, and he was one of the most sought-after composers and arrangers of music for the city's commercial studios. His often complex compositions ranked with the finest jazz writing of the last 50 years. Yet, despite the fact that he was regularly called to work...

2008-08-09 21:00:10

By Mary Kunz Goldman From a Mozart scholar to a popular jazz crooner and an emphasis on new music, the 2008-09 concert season announced this week by the University at Buffalo Music Department includes a wide array of distinguished artists. Kicking off the series on Sept. 9 will be pianist Robert Levin, who is known worldwide for his expertise on Wolfgang Mozart. Jazz and popular music singer Michael Feinstein will serenade UB's Center for the Arts on Oct. 3. Spring 2009 brings another...

2008-07-28 06:00:00

By Ben Cohen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 27--When pianist Nancy Kilde Peabody of Minneapolis accompanied performers in the Twin Cities, she played so strongly it was as if she were playing two pianos, her friends recalled. Peabody, 76, who was known for her work at the Bloomington Civic Theatre, the former East Side Theater in St. Paul and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, died of heart disease June 29 in Bloomington. Peabody grew up in Eau Claire, Wis. From 1948 to 1950 attended...

2008-07-25 15:00:47

By Steve Palisin, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 25--The 18th annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art will include a comedy troupe and a children's event with area dancers. The three-weekend fest in September will showcase a variety of arts and music at several sites. Sam Bush, known as the "King of Newgrass," will kick things off Sept. 12 at Brookgreen Gardens. Philip Powell, a pianist and Coastal Carolina University music professor, helped plan the festival in the...

2008-07-20 15:00:24

By Channing Gray After two decades at the helm of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, violinist David Kim, the event's founder, is bowing out. Kim will preside over this month's festival, which gets under way Tuesday, then hand the reins to pianist Natalie Zhu, who has been a familiar face in Kingston for the last four summers. "It's time to move on," Kim wrote in a letter to the board. But before he leaves, Kim will oversee a 20th-anniversary festival with twice the number of...

2008-07-12 15:00:17

By Channing Gray The Newport Music Festival, the annual chamber music marathon set in the city's lavish mansions, picked one of its own last night to open season number 40. Eduardus Halim, the Indonesian pianist who has appeared at many a festival, was back at The Breakers for an evening of Chopin and Liszt -- a long evening of Liszt. The rail-thin Halim, the last student of piano legend Vladimir Horowitz, spent an hour and 20 minutes making his way though Liszt's Evenings in Vienna, a...

2008-07-06 15:00:18

By Channing Gray If you missed last year's Newport Music Festival, not to worry. Acorn Media has just released a set of 10 DVDs featuring many of the best concerts from the 2007 season, along with commentary from festival director Mark Malkovich. Highlights include the Newport debut of then 20-year-old pianist Adam Golka, a program of piano selections for eight hands, an appearance by the dazzling organist Hector Olivera, and an evening with pianist John Bayless, who spins out...

2006-07-16 15:36:24

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Bill Miller, the pianist who accompanied singer Frank Sinatra for more than 40 years and played on many of his greatest records, has died at age 91, his daughter said on Sunday. Miller had been hospitalized in Montreal, where he had been performing with Frank Sinatra Jr., after breaking a hip and then suffering a heart attack. He died on Tuesday. Born in New York City, Miller started his long partnership with the elder Sinatra in 1951, and...

2005-11-28 21:12:25

Please read in paragraph 14, "... and pianist Billy Powell." instead of "... and pianist Allen Collins." Corrects name. By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After years of rejection, influential bands the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath and Lynyrd Skynyrd are finally making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Monday. The 2006 class of inductees also includes jazz legend Miles Davis and New Wave group Blondie, while trumpeter Herb Alpert and business partner...

2005-09-24 13:00:34

By Alan Crosby PRAGUE (Reuters) - His last film may have been The Pianist, for which he won a best director Oscar, but that's no guarantee of fame and funding for Roman Polanski, who attends the world premiere of his latest work Oliver Twist on Saturday. Polanski's rendition of the Charles Dickens classic was the biggest budget film of his 50-year career at some $60 million. But the 72-year-old director said that a golden statue for his 2002 Holocaust drama added pressure, not money...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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