| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:32 AM
En route to becoming America's preeminent Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim took a few darkly hued detours into the lives of murderously deranged historical characters, probably his best known being "Sweeney Todd."
An even more arresting,...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 9:12 AM
The executive producer of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach stuck to his word and presented to city officials last week a plan for a considerably smaller event this summer.
The July surfing competition would do away with the live-music stage,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Band and musicians have a certain something that defines them. People know Bob Dylan for his stream-of-consciousness lyrics and nasal voice, the Beatles for their catchy Mersey beat and Van Halen for its ear-splitting guitar solos.
The Fountain Valley...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Just five months ago, astronaut Chris Hadfield, then commander of the International Space Station, struck an emotional chord with millions of people with his in-space performance video of the David Bowie classic "Space Oddity."
As poignant and...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 1:27 PM
The day after Thanksgiving, it will be another reunion of sorts.
Four decades ago, music-lovers walked past the Golden Bear sign overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and went in to see Peter White perform. Friday night, those who remember the 1970s can...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 2:07 PM
COSTA MESA — Bonnie Hall was there when the cultural ground in Orange County shifted to the rousing sounds of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
On opening night, Sept. 29, 1986, the soprano and other members of the Pacific Chorale sang the vocal climax...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 4:18 PM
Fresh back from seeing Huntington Beach's own Avenged Sevenfold and Brandon Saller play in the area last week, I was more than ready to dedicate a column to more local music news. Yes, this place is called Surf City, but let us not forget that this is...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 1:34 PM
One of the most reclusive legends in modern American history will make a rare appearance in Costa Mesa on Oct. 29.
Prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will speak with American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers head Michael...
| May 11, 2011
| 4:16 PM
Long before "Evita," "The Phantom of the Opera" and the musical version of "Sunset Boulevard," composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his lyricist buddy Tim Rice teamed up on what they termed a "pop cantata" for a school choir that ran for all of 20 minutes....
| May 11, 2011
| 4:14 PM
It's not often that you get to speak with a musical legend as lasting and impactful as Herb Alpert. Given that he will be performing May 20 in our backyard at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, I thought you might enjoy this....
| May 25, 2011
| 4:30 PM
There's a bit of 21st-century technology hidden onstage during Walter & David's performances at La Brique Steak House.
But aside from that, as far as the duo is concerned, it's 1947.
Walter Lakota and Dave Alcantar, who both sing and play multiple...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 5:05 PM
"I love you, and don't worry," she texted.
"I love you too," he replied.
Riding home on a Triumph Bonneville T100 about four hours later, Christian DaSilva was involved in a collision with a Lexus sedan. He did not survive.
Those were the last words...