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By Michael Miller | June 6, 2013
Mona Golabek's one-woman show, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," has earned raves in some of America's largest cities. But for the star, the play's current run at the Laguna Playhouse has a special significance. That's because it's a return to the where the play began - miles from Los Angeles and Chicago, and unseen by all but a few. In February 2011, Golabek, the daughter of concert pianist Lisa Jura, tested her fledgling play for an invite-only audience at the playhouse.
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By TOM TITUS | January 6, 2006
How do you get to the Laguna Playhouse? The same way you get to Carnegie Hall -- practice, practice, practice. And all that practice will be on display beginning Saturday, when "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" officially arrives after the customary four evenings of previews. The play will be a virtual concert for classical music fans, with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Chopin, Liszt and a few more modern composers such as Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Billy Joel. "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" was created by actor-pianists Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra -- who played themselves in the original production.
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By Brittany Woolsey | November 8, 2012
Audiences who attend performances by Iryna Krechkovsky and Kevin Kwan Loucks not only get to witness a musical partnership, but a partnership in life. Krechkovsky, a violinist, and Loucks, a pianist, are married, which they say works to their advantage when playing music together. "For a lot of our friends that are couples, criticism in music becomes personal criticism," Krechkovsky said. "I think that's why a lot of the times it doesn't work out. But we met working together, so we have a lot of respect for each other as musicians and people.
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By Catharine Cooper | August 14, 2009
Peter Blake turned his gallery into a classical musical hall with piano, violin, voices and dance Sunday with the appearance of the group Sonatasia. The afternoon?s performance was a rare treat of an experience ?outside the box.? Sonatasia is the brainchild of local architect David Parker. Parker founded the group in January as a way to bring many different performing disciplines together in unique architectural spaces. Blake?s gallery was the perfect backdrop. The afternoon?
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July 15, 2005
TOM TITUS Over 20 years ago, the creators of "Forbidden Broadway" hatched the idea of satirizing the musical theater, its shows and its stars by changing the lyrics of existing songs. Now the process has been elevated to a new, more sophisticated level. "The Musical of Musicals -- The Musical," now occupying the Laguna Playhouse for a summer-long engagement, takes aim at the genre rather than the specific show, and -- more significantly -- employs brand-new words and music, borrowing only the style from a handful of well-known musical theater giants.
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June 17, 2005
A memorial is planned on Saturday, July 2 for Leigh James Unger, who died April 18 at the age of 61. Mr. Unger lived in Laguna Beach for 18 years, served on the Laguna Arts Commission in 1977, and helped found the popular "Music in the Park" concert series. A pianist, piano teacher, composer, poet, publisher, and AIDS activist, Mr. Unger was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin on October 15, 1945. He taught piano at Cal State Fullerton and in his private piano studio and was an active member of the California Music Teachers Assn.
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February 7, 2013
Art-A-Fair's 2013 Jury Day will be held Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. Artists are invited to bring in artwork, including paintings, sculptures, digital art and jewelry, between 8 and 11 a.m. to be juried by professional artists in preparation for the art show's 47th annual season from June 28 to Sept. 1. Three original works of art are required for each medium. Participants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance at pick-up on the same day, between 4 and 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artafair.com/callforentries.asp or call (949)
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November 17, 2006
Art classes continue through February Laguna Outreach for Community Arts' "Art Escapes" weekly art classes held by local artists are scheduled through February 2007. All classes are held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Highway, and are $35 unless otherwise specified. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Call (949) 363-4700 for information and registration. This month, Pam Peterson will teach jewelry making on Nov. 20 and 27. An additional materials fee of $15 per bracelet and $30 per necklace will be charged.
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By Tom Titus | February 3, 2011
Master pianist Hershey Felder has displayed his keyboard artistry in five separate programs over the past year at the Laguna Playhouse. And he's not finished. Felder first caught playhouse patrons' attention in spring with "George Gershwin Alone," a program featuring one of the greatest American composers. He returned shortly afterward to demonstrate his classical skills as "Monsieur Chopin. " "Beethoven as I Knew Him" was the third installment in Felder's impressive repertoire, followed by "The Great American Songbook," a one-on-100 engagement with the audience.
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By Bradley Zint | October 6, 2011
ALISO VIEJO — Refreshingly intimate, visually understated and acoustically marvelous, the new Soka Performing Arts Center seems to have it all. Its 1,000 configurable seats, especially the ground-level, front-and-center ones, provide a wonderful proximity to the performers, as if they were playing in your very own multimillion-dollar living room. The cherry wood walls and Alaskan white cedar floor imbue warmth but aren't a visual distraction from the real gem at hand: the onstage sound that's remarkably live, vibrant and rich.
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By Michael Miller | June 6, 2013
Mona Golabek's one-woman show, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," has earned raves in some of America's largest cities. But for the star, the play's current run at the Laguna Playhouse has a special significance. That's because it's a return to the where the play began - miles from Los Angeles and Chicago, and unseen by all but a few. In February 2011, Golabek, the daughter of concert pianist Lisa Jura, tested her fledgling play for an invite-only audience at the playhouse.
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By Brittany Woolsey | November 8, 2012
Audiences who attend performances by Iryna Krechkovsky and Kevin Kwan Loucks not only get to witness a musical partnership, but a partnership in life. Krechkovsky, a violinist, and Loucks, a pianist, are married, which they say works to their advantage when playing music together. "For a lot of our friends that are couples, criticism in music becomes personal criticism," Krechkovsky said. "I think that's why a lot of the times it doesn't work out. But we met working together, so we have a lot of respect for each other as musicians and people.
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By TOM TITUS | January 6, 2006
How do you get to the Laguna Playhouse? The same way you get to Carnegie Hall -- practice, practice, practice. And all that practice will be on display beginning Saturday, when "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" officially arrives after the customary four evenings of previews. The play will be a virtual concert for classical music fans, with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Chopin, Liszt and a few more modern composers such as Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Billy Joel. "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" was created by actor-pianists Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra -- who played themselves in the original production.
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