| Jul 17, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Bob Hawkins was strumming his guitar in front of a live audience at the Cliffs in Laguna Beach, celebrating Cinco de Mayo, when his heart attack hit.
"I was playing the first note of the set and I felt kind of odd," he remembered. "I was becoming...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 7:31 PM
For Jason Feddy, if you bring passion to music, you'll bring soul.
The local musician, who grew up in Leeds, England, has played for 14 years at the Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. He is known for his solo performances...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Elizabeth An rushed past an elevated glass platform, carrying floral arrangements to tables lined in white linen at AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza. The high-end restaurant An operates is known as a venue for fashion shows, charity...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
The League of American Orchestras and Newport Beach arts philanthropists Phil and Mary Lyons have given the Pacific Symphony funds to extend Santa Ana Strings.
The symphony's music education program — also aided by Santa Ana-based THINK Together ...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 11:20 AM
Lang Lang isn't a pianist to suit all tastes.
I suppose no musician is, but in any case, there were a few times when he didn't suit mine last week.
The 30-year-old Chinese virtuoso made a single stop in Costa Mesa on Sept. 27. He played with the Pacific...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 2:02 PM
December is going to be a busy month for the Pacific Symphony, which will play favorites of both the holidays and the classics in the coming weeks.
Acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the featured soloist Dec. 6 through 8 for Dvorak's...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 2:20 PM
To most people, the sound of music students practicing independently is noise, a cacophonous nonsymphony of assorted tones.
But to a band nerd like me, Irvine High School's band room had a dozen distinct timbres — a saxophone practicing her...
| 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...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Opera is again returning to Orange County this month, thanks to the Pacific Symphony's three-year "Symphonic Voices" opera-vocal initiative that's bringing the high-class art form to local audiences since the closing of Opera Pacific in 2008.
| Aug 21, 2013
| 2:31 PM
The men in Adam Lasher's family gave him the greatest gift — music.
After his father died when he was 6, he missed having someone with whom to discuss cars, argue about sports or teach him how to tie a tie. Instead, his uncles and cousins...
| May 1, 2013
| 1:19 PM
What do a journalist, musician, truck driver, soldier, politician and model have in common?
Fortitude in the face of chaos and the desire to uplift their homeland — Pakistan.
While headlines, predominantly in the United States, screamed blue...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The members of the electro-pop group the Postal Service have slightly different recollections about what exactly they were doing just before playing this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But they each remember the night clearly....