Jury: Concert Promoter Not Negligent In Jackson Death

The Fairfield County Chorale is under the direction of Argentine-born David Rosenmeyer. Photo: Contributed Photo

As for the division of labor between the two conductors, Rosenmeyer said last week he will be conducting the first part of the concert and (NHSO Maestro William) Boughton will conduct the second. “The first part will have music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn,” he said. “We will do four numbers from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s sublime Ave Verum, the Credo from the Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Te Deum. These last two pieces will be performed in their entirety in our concert of Dec. 14, together with Britten’s Te Deum and holiday music.” In the second half, the NHSO will be featured on Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony with Boughton on the podium. Rosenmeyer said the two musical organizations have a great relationship that stems from a collaboration last December of Carl Orff ‘s enormously popular “Carmina Burana.” “The performance in Norwalk was electrifying, and I felt a very good connection with the musicians of the NHSO. It’s hard to put into words what feels like a good partnership. (But) with very limited rehearsal time, we managed to extract a lot from the piece and give a powerful and expressive performance,” Rosenmeyer said. “I am sure this will be similar, except with a completely different repertoire. This time we will have the energy of the Gloria, the sublime transcendence of the Ave Verum, the mercurial Credo with its operatic middle part and the always fun and humorous Haydn. And all this under 30 minutes,” he added. Rosenmeyer, who is in his ninth season with the Oratorio Society of New York , made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, leading the ensemble in Stravinsky’s Mass. A member of the conducting staff of Mannes College /The New School for Music , he also is the music director of the women’s chamber vocal ensemble Amuse, the Choral Arts Society and the University Singers at New York University .

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“We, of course, are not happy with the result as it stands now,” Boyle said. “We will be exploring all options legally and factually and make a decision about anything at a later time.” Jackson’s lawyers depicted the company as being more concerned with the profits a successful concert run could generate than the singer’s well-being. Brian Panish, lawyer for Jackson’s mother, urged the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Murray, who is serving a prison sentence. AEG Live contends it was pressured by Jackson to hire Murray as his personal physician. Attorneys for the promoter argued that Jackson and Murray deceived the promoter by concealing that Jackson, who complained of chronic insomnia, was receiving the anesthetic propofol nightly in his home as a sleep aid. Panish urged the jury to find that AEG hired Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job. “Propofol might not be the best idea,” Panish said. “But if you have a competent doctor, you’re not going to die.” Panish contended that AEG executives including CEO Randy Phillips and co-CEO Paul Gongaware disdained Jackson and pointed to an e-mail in which an AEG attorney referred to Jackson as “the freak.” “They’re a money-making machine,” Panish said. “All they care about is how much money is this freak going to make for them.” Both executives were initially named as defendants but were dismissed from the case during the trial. Panish showed jurors details of a contract that was drafted by AEG Live but only signed by Murray. He said it proved that AEG wanted to control the doctor. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that Jackson insisted on hiring Murray despite objections from AEG Live. The company told Jackson there were great doctors in London, where his concerts would be held, but the singer insisted, Putnam said. “It was his money and he certainly wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” he said. AEG attorneys showed the jury excerpts from the documentary film about the failed Jackson comeback, This Is It, to demonstrate that Jackson appeared in top form just 12 hours before he died.

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and, to a crowd of about 2,500, the orchestra played a no-intermission 90 minutes of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Ravel. Music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin traded his usual concert garb for a royal blue v-neck sweater, and told the audience that when the Carnegie concert was scratched, the orchestra considered staying home and watching TV. “But we are musicians . . . and what we like to do on our night off is play music.” More coverage 30th Street Craft Market brings together the best local vendors An orchestra spokeswoman declined to make Nezet-Seguin available for an interview. Word of the concert spread throughout the day after being announced in late morning. “I just think this is awesome, this is the kind of thing they do in Philly,” said Sandra Ackler of Center City, who heard of the concert on the radio and brought along a South Philadelphia friend who had never been to Verizon Hall. It was, she said, slightly reminiscent of another orchestra gift to its listeners that she wished she had attended – an evening in 1994 when members of the orchestra were snowed in, and the public was invited in to hear music director Wolfgang Sawallisch take a spin through knotty Wagner scores alone, accompanying singers from the keyboard. Carnegie Hall stagehands struck Wednesday morning over a jurisdiction issue, not only depriving New Yorkers of a chance to hear the orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Saint-Saens, but also keeping the ensemble from impressing gala cochairs such as philanthropists Mercedes T. Bass and Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis.

Free Whiffenpoofs Concert Friday

(The Whiffenpoofs / October 2, 2013) By SUZANNE CARLSON, scarlson@courant.com The Hartford Courant 5:13 p.m. EDT, October 2, 2013 EAST HARTFORDThe Fine Arts Commission is sponsoring a free concert by the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University on Friday Oct. 4. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center at 50 Chapman Place, the concert will feature songs from a range of genres sung in the Whiffenpoofs signature a capella style. The oldest all-male college a capella group in the United States, the Whiffenpoofs were founded in 1909 and have been featured on a number of television programs, including “The West Wing,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!,” “The Gilmore Girls” and “The Sing-Off.” “Last year’s Whiffenpoofs were on the season finale of ‘Glee,’ which is pretty exciting,” said group member Benji Goldsmith, 21. [Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Every year a new crop of seniors is selected for the group. Goldsmith is one of 14 selected for the current group and serves as music director. “I conduct the group in performance and lead rehearsals but also sing,” Goldsmith said. “We all feel so lucky to be a part of this group, it’s definitely an honor and we really kind of don’t take it for granted.” Not only is acceptance an honor, it’s also a full-time job. The entire group has taken a yearlong leave of absence from Yale, which is not formally associated with the Whiffenpoofs, although Goldsmith said the University does frequently hire the men to give concerts. The group began as a senior quintet that met weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven , where they still sing every Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. “We spend so much time traveling and touring and doing performances that we are actually taking time off from classes, which is something that has become somewhat standard for people doing the Whiffenpoofs over the last decade,” Goldsmith said. In terms of what listeners can expect from Friday’s show, “our repertoire is pretty diverse in terms of genre,” Goldsmith said.