| Oct 31, 2014
| 12:31 PM
The Rat Pack is back.
Pacific Symphony's 2014-15 Pops season premieres with the standards made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and others of the era to charge up the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:16 PM
Carl St.Clair can pinpoint the last moment he saw Leonard Bernstein. The two had just conducted a show together at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, and Bernstein, who had trusted his own composition to St.Clair's baton, urged him to attend...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 7:59 PM
Most days, Fredrick Borges leads the life of a medical malpractice attorney. He drives to his Newport Beach law firm, shuffles through paperwork, makes a few conferences calls, then heads home to Irvine.
Few would think the 54-year-old, with his...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:25 PM
The venerable Lido Theatre and Smokey Robinson are nearly the same age — 75 and 74, respectively — yet the legendary Motown singer proved to be a lively, engaging and still seductive swain for what Robinson referred to as the venue's "virgin...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Pacific Symphony is billing its next go-round as the "season of giants." And, if the press is any indicator, they don't come much bigger than Joshua Bell.
The violinist, who will play at the symphony's season opener Thursday, once inspired a critic to...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:43 PM
Wounds to Bind
Jerry Burgan with Alan Rifkin
Rowman & Littlefield; 209 pages
I still remember the first time I heard We Five's 1965 hit "You Were On My Mind." It came on my bedroom radio when I was 8 or 9, and I quickly began taping it, mistaking...
| Aug 15, 2014
In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.
She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Roger Daltrey doesn't perform at fairs. Usually, anyway.
Saturday’s concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre will be his second such gig in a career spanning 50 years. The first was in Minnesota in the 1990s. The details escape him, he said — it's...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
On a mostly listless Tuesday at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Conrad Tao sat at his dressing room piano in casual street clothes and played a snippet of the world's most terrifying piece of music.
The 19-year-old closed his eyes and...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Hard traveling is an admired trait of folk singers, and Tracy Newman took a long journey to her gig this week in Irvine — even if it didn't quite adhere to Woody Guthrie's mythical highways.
Newman, who recently turned 70, released her first CD...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
It's just six years and a couple of months until the '20s — the 2020s, that is — which may inspire a reflection or two from jazz aficionados.
Nearly 100 years ago, the musical form so dominated society that it became a euphemism for an...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
The first time Esperanza Spalding played at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, she was a young jazz bassist and singer who was steadily building a following.
Since then, she's played at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and scored an upset Grammy...