| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:41 PM
It's the time in a movie when most audience members take their attention off the screen — when they begin talking, checking their phones and shuffling out of the darkness.
For Carl St.Clair, it's sometimes the best part of the film.
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:57 PM
The most thought-provoking moment of Diana Krall's performance Saturday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts came at the end, when the singer cranked up a 78 rpm disc on an old record player before leaving the stage.
As she prepared to set the needle,...
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:32 AM
In the 1950s classic "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry declares, "I got the rockin' pneumonia / I need a shot of rhythm and blues / I caught the rollin' arthritis / sitting down at a rhythm review."
The day may never come when music can cure...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:19 PM
Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester.
The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist.
Both look for the good in people —...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Talk about a perfect song for a small crowd on a rainy night.
Thursday evening at the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, former Byrds member John York opened with a truncated rendition of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom."
The song —...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:14 AM
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will offer a hat-trick of sorts in the 2014-15 season it announced Monday: Audiences can hear programs led by the music directors of three of California’s top orchestras.
Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 10:34 AM
The Midtown Men bicker all the way to the stage — as brothers might.
The singers could be arguing about which socks look best or which attorney to bring on board, and the next instant, they're straightening ties or tossing towels to one another....
| Jun 24, 2013
| 11:33 AM
Boz Scaggs' show Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts featured a riveting performance by a singer who galvanized the room, brought the audience to its feet and turned one of Orange County's stateliest venues into something close to a mosh pit....
| Jan 30, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Visits from the Vienna Philharmonic and the Boston Pops Orchestra are a few of the highlights ahead in the 2013-14 Philharmonic Society of Orange County concert season.
The season for the Irvine-based nonprofit, which has presented world-class music...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 4:32 PM
The Pacific Symphony has some crowd-pleasing music set to bring in the New Year.
The series at 8 p.m. each night from Jan. 10 to 12 will feature Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."
Grammy-winning Canadian violinist James...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 7:56 PM
Alfred Hitchcock was once quoted as saying, "I enjoy playing the audience like a piano." And so does Eileen Jeanette.
The vice president of artistic and orchestra operations for the Pacific Symphony keeps a keen eye on how many people have bought...