| Feb 6, 2015
| 1:19 AM
The survival of the Alex Theatre in Glendale was in serious doubt when the landmark venue nearly lost vital funding with the state’s elimination of local redevelopment agencies in 2012. Its prospects look considerably rosier now.
| Jan 20, 2015
Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.
Music retailers, including mom-and-pop shops like Grayson's Tune Town in Montrose and big national chains such as Guitar Center,...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:01 PM
Norman Mamey, former conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and founder of the new Premiere Orchestra, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
A conductor, producer and musical director, his accomplishments include a Grammy for an...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 11:00 AM
Norman Mamey, former conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and founder of the new Premiere Orchestra, is being remembered not just for his musical talent but his drive to achieve goals before his death at the age of 66 Thursday following a battle...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 10:33 PM
In the early 1980s, a group of hot young players from around the country made names for themselves in New York. They weren’t free-jazz avant-gardists, neo-beboppers, electronic funksters or a part of Wynton Marsalis’ “young men in suits&...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 12:07 AM
We have no shortage of New Year’s Eve entertainment options — from the Disney in downtown L. A. to Disneyland itself. A couple of closer-to-home attractions, though, promise a mix of both musical excitement and heritage. Trombonist Steve...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 11:51 PM
It’s not often that an artist is as involved with civic concerns as Norman Mamey. The conductor, producer and musical director has a C.V. a mile long, which includes a Grammy (for an album with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), movie, stage and TV...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 11:32 PM
The train was decidedly not bound for glory. It was only going to Hollywood. Pasadena, actually. But that three-day journey — taken in 1955 by 12-year-old Van Dyke Parks, aboard the ultra plush Super Chief from Princeton Junction —...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Artistic director/conductor Norman Mamey is a giant step closer to his dream of starting a new orchestra.
His 35-member board of governors coordinated the first fundraiser for the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra earlier this month at Lakeside Golf Club....
| Oct 22, 2014
| 8:17 PM
Many people can name a list of musical instruments ranging from flute to piano, but few have encountered a glass armonica. Not only has William Zeitler heard of the unique period instrument — he plays it.
Zeitler, a composer and trained pianist,...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:10 PM
“Another Op’nin’, Another Show….” But not just any show. This is Cole Porter’s 1948 masterwork, “Kiss Me, Kate,” and it fairly zings with exuberance at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Taking his inspiration...