Friday, October 30, 2009

Big weekend for classical music in OC

The Pacific Chorale opens its season; Pacific Symphony offers a program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms with soloist Raymond Kobler, violin; two esteemed quartets are on tap: Emerson String Quartet and Szymanowski Quartet; violinist Cho-Liang Lin stars as part of the Philharmonic Society's Ancient Paths/Modern Voices Carnegie Hall China Festival; and the UCI Symphony performs.

Details at

Monday, October 12, 2009

Depressed rental market a boon for artists

Artists are taking over vacant commercial spaces in NYC at bargain-basement prices (at least temporarily). More in the NY Times.

Wanted: Next generation of arts donors

San Diegan's comments hold equally true for the OC:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Broadway Star Jenn Colella Wows at UCI Medal Dinner

UCI alumna Jenn Colella wowed hundreds in attendance at Saturday's UCI Medal Dinner with a Jason Robert Brown song she delivered on Broadway when she starred in "Urban Cowboy." I then had the pleasure of chatting with her since we were at the same table, and she's not only an incredible talent--but an utter delight. UCI Drama Dept. Chair Eli Simon says that her audition to get into UCI was unsurpassed. And Jenn says she's opening a show in NYC this week, but she made the trip because of her love for UCI and for Eli.