Jury: Concert Promoter Not Negligent In Jackson Death

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We will definitely have to consider making this competition an on-going effort in the future – the resources and variety of musical artists locally are abundant. Its so rewarding to meet fresh, new talent, their excitement and passion is incredibly contagious, said David Maida, Concert Series Talent Buyer The Lambertville Music Hall Concert Series is ultimately a celebration of our communitys music history that dates back to the notorious Music Circus era in Lambertville, started in 1949. When first developing the series, we felt it was a integral ingredient to not only feature national acts but to also find a way to support local, rising talent, prompting our talent search, said Mandee Kuenzle, spokeswoman of the Concert Series. Local music artists were encouraged submit for participation by first sending a photo, bio and song links through the contact section at the organizations website, LambertvilleMusicHall.org. Following, submissions, prospects were contacted to officially audition on Wednesdays at Havanas in New Hope PA. Winners of the competition receive the exciting and unique opportunity to perform live on the Bucks County Playhouse stage, opening for the legendary Eddie Money on Saturday, Oct. 12. The concert series features a handpicked, cultural variety of national recording artists, varying from the country blues of Travis Tritt, to the legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker and his Jazz Confusion. Other artists include blues guitar sensation Ana Popovic plus Lambertvilles own J.B. Kline. Local rising star, Lily Mae will be the special guest of talented Joan Osborne. String sensation, Well Strung, great co-billing featuring the American Idol finalist Casey Abrams & Howie Day (Collide), classic rock giant Jefferson Starship.

Grand Concert in Norwalk: Chorus, symphony display team spirit

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

Great music done by a great orchestra and chorus is always exciting,” said FCC Music Director David Rosenmeyer , who is beginning his second season with the group. 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 . In addition, he is a conductor and vocal coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv.

To reach a verdict, only nine of the 12 jurors needed to agree; A unanimous verdict was not required. Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the drug propofol, which is intended for use in surgery at hospitals. Following a trial, Conrad Murray was found guilty in November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death for giving the singer an overdose of propofol as a sleep aid. Just who was responsible for hiring Murray to take care of Jackson before his comeback concerts was at the heart of the family’s negligence claim. The jury ruled that AEG did hire Murray, but also ruled that Murray was not unfit or incompetent to perform the job he was hired to do. Under a series of questions the judge presented to the jury as a way of arriving at a verdict, that finding led directly to a verdict in favor of the promoter. “Michael Jackson was used to getting his way,” juror Kevin Smith said outside the courthouse after the verdict. “He could pretty much get what he wanted… Anybody that said ‘no,’ they were out of the mix and he’d find somebody else.” AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell voiced relief at the verdict. “It’s nice to have this in the rear-view mirror,” he said. Marvin Putnam, attorney for AEG Live, said his client never considered trying to end the case by negotiating a settlement with the Jackson family because “They werent going to allow themselves to be shaken down.” He said Jackson had a long struggle with addiction, and ultimately what he did in the privacy of his home was beyond the promoter’s control. “What really happened behind those locked doors? That was between Michael Jackson and his physician,” Putnam said. Kevin Boyle, attorney for Katherine Jackson, said they would consider a next step. “We, of course, are not happy with the result as it stands now,” Boyle said.