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By Robert Haskins and Robert Haskins,Contributing Writer | February 13, 1993
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto -- performed last night by pianist Artur Pizarro and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Seaman's direction -- was declared unplayable by its intended premiere performer, Nicholas Rubinstein. It is now a staple of many a concert pianist's repertoire and easily one of the most familiar concertos in the repertoire.And herein lies a special problem for its interpreters -- how does one say anything new with such well-known music? This sort of challenge is perhaps even more daunting for a young pianist like Mr. Pizarro, who only gave his professional debut recital four years ago.Opportunities for breathtakingly virtuosic display abound in this concerto, of course, but this was not the most striking asset of Mr. Pizarro's performance.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2004
These days, Rick Pizarro can be found zipping down Interstate 97 in his red Acura to make an afternoon practice with his latest project, the Annapolis High girls soccer team. He sports Umbro soccer shorts, the colorful Diadora shoes all the kids are wearing, a healthy crop of brown hair that shows a hint of red and a respectable jump in his step that keeps him right in the mix of the various drills he diligently instructs. With him is more than 50 years of knowledge obtained from playing, refereeing and mostly coaching the game he loves and still can't get enough of. His new and attentive audience is a bit curious about one thing: Just how young is Coach Pizarro?
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By PAT O'MALLEY | September 17, 1995
When Rick Pizarro talks about soccer, you listen.Pizarro has been coaching the sport for 45 years at all levels from professional to high school, both boys and girls, to recreation, and refereeing at the collegiate level.Coaching stops in Germany and other parts of Europe, Woodlawn High (1961-1984, his longest stint), Catonsville High, Springfield (Mass.), Arbutus recreation program, junior varsity boys at Brooklyn Park and Centennial High in Howard County where he won two state girls titles, indicate a genuine love for the game.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 13, 2003
Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun is a hulking bear of a play. The subject is huge - the conquering of the Peruvian Incas by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the 16th century. The themes - greed, imperialism, religious hypocrisy - are equally daunting. The play's physical demands aren't skimpy, either. It calls for a cast of at least 20, not counting the musicians who perform the incidental score. Even so, the play is one that director Barry Feinstein has been eager to stage for years, and the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre has finally given him his chance.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | December 1, 1991
Centennial girls soccer coach Rick Pizarro might not win a popularity contest among his own players, but his team won its first state championship with a perfect 16-0 record this season.And Pizarro has won the Howard County Sun's nod as Coach of the Year.His extensive knowledge and disciplinary approach certainly contributed to the Eagles' victory. The Eagles have had highly talented squads for years, but almost always have come out second-best to Oakland Mills, a team that had won five straight county titles.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2004
These days, Rick Pizarro can be found zipping down Interstate 97 in his red Acura to make an afternoon practice with his latest project, the Annapolis High girls soccer team. He sports Umbro soccer shorts, the colorful Diadora shoes all the kids are wearing, a healthy crop of brown hair that shows a hint of red and a respectable jump in his step that keeps him right in the mix of the various drills he diligently instructs. With him is more than 50 years of knowledge obtained from playing, refereeing and mostly coaching the game he loves and still can't get enough of. His new and attentive audience is a bit curious about one thing: Just how young is Coach Pizarro?
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | July 17, 1991
Centennial High School's new girls varsity soccer coach is a self-described soccer fanatic.Ricardo Pizarro Sr. has played soccer during a storm that dropped 6 inches of snow before the game ended.He says he played in games at Patterson Park in the 1950s that were so rough he was lucky to walk away in one piece.Pizarro even played against Baltimore Orioles coach Cal Ripken Sr., whom he described as one of the roughest players he faced.It would be difficult to find anyone with a broader soccer background than Pizarro.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer | September 8, 1993
Two-time defending state Class 3A-4A champion Centennial probably lost more talented individuals to graduation than anyone in the county, but coach Rick Pizarro appears to have reloaded for another title run.Last year, the Eagles finished 15-1-0 and shared the county championship with Hammond. They beat Dulaney, 3-2 in overtime, for the state title and ended up the season ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's top 15 poll.The Eagles have plenty of talent returning, so the only question seems to be whether they can fill the gaps left by the loss of their top five players.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | May 19, 1994
Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts figures that he can still manage a quality start: 12 good holes and no middle relief in sight.That's fine for the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club north of Tampa, Fla., a somewhat hilly par-72 where Roberts can usually be found when he's not on the road making appearances for corporations or baseball card shows.Roberts, 67, who retired from major-league baseball after 19 years in 1966, has been living in Florida since 1977. After working in investments in Philadelphia for 11 years, Roberts decided to re-enter baseball as the coach for the University of South Florida in Tampa.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff | September 26, 1991
In a strange twist, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sought yesterday to be named as a defendant in Prince George's County Circuit Court.The case involves Bowie soccer player Mark Jonas. Under MPSSAA rules, he was declared ineligible to compete for his high school team because he had missed a scrimmage and two practices to play for the U.S. National Under-17 Team against Jamaica.Attorneys for Jonas obtained a court injunction permitting him to play until the case was heard.
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By Pierre Ruhe and Pierre Ruhe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 19, 1996
"Fidelio" not a great opera? Nonsense. Beethoven's only opera stands alongside the Ninth Symphony and "Missa Solemnis" as his titanic achievements for voices with orchestra. The Baltimore Opera Company's new production of "Fidelio" opened Saturday at the Lyric Theatre, led by the powerful Canadian soprano Frances Ginzer as the title character.Actually, there is no one named Fidelio -- it's the name Leonore takes as she dresses like a man to rescue her husband, Florestan, from unjust political imprisonment.
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By Bill Free | September 1, 1996
Annapolis Panthers1995 record: 3-10.Coach: Tom CordtsTop players: Kelly Dirks, Jr., D; Jen Patrick, Jr., G; Tina Grillo, Jr., F; Kristen Kapusta, Jr., D; Keerin Rossiter, So., D.Outlook: The Panthers have "one or two strong players in every area of the field," said Cordts but in order to "beat Severna Park and Old Mill we need to have more talent at every position." Gone is outstanding goalkeeper Stephy Samaras and her 5-foot-9 height advantage, leaving the goalkeeping duties in the hands of Patrick.
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By PAT O'MALLEY | September 17, 1995
When Rick Pizarro talks about soccer, you listen.Pizarro has been coaching the sport for 45 years at all levels from professional to high school, both boys and girls, to recreation, and refereeing at the collegiate level.Coaching stops in Germany and other parts of Europe, Woodlawn High (1961-1984, his longest stint), Catonsville High, Springfield (Mass.), Arbutus recreation program, junior varsity boys at Brooklyn Park and Centennial High in Howard County where he won two state girls titles, indicate a genuine love for the game.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun | October 15, 1994
First-year Catonsville coach Rick Pizarro said he implemented the only strategy that made sense yesterday against powerful Loch Raven, putting as many bodies as possible at the defensive end of the field."
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | May 19, 1994
Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts figures that he can still manage a quality start: 12 good holes and no middle relief in sight.That's fine for the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club north of Tampa, Fla., a somewhat hilly par-72 where Roberts can usually be found when he's not on the road making appearances for corporations or baseball card shows.Roberts, 67, who retired from major-league baseball after 19 years in 1966, has been living in Florida since 1977. After working in investments in Philadelphia for 11 years, Roberts decided to re-enter baseball as the coach for the University of South Florida in Tampa.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer | September 8, 1993
Two-time defending state Class 3A-4A champion Centennial probably lost more talented individuals to graduation than anyone in the county, but coach Rick Pizarro appears to have reloaded for another title run.Last year, the Eagles finished 15-1-0 and shared the county championship with Hammond. They beat Dulaney, 3-2 in overtime, for the state title and ended up the season ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's top 15 poll.The Eagles have plenty of talent returning, so the only question seems to be whether they can fill the gaps left by the loss of their top five players.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun | October 15, 1994
First-year Catonsville coach Rick Pizarro said he implemented the only strategy that made sense yesterday against powerful Loch Raven, putting as many bodies as possible at the defensive end of the field."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 13, 2003
Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun is a hulking bear of a play. The subject is huge - the conquering of the Peruvian Incas by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the 16th century. The themes - greed, imperialism, religious hypocrisy - are equally daunting. The play's physical demands aren't skimpy, either. It calls for a cast of at least 20, not counting the musicians who perform the incidental score. Even so, the play is one that director Barry Feinstein has been eager to stage for years, and the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre has finally given him his chance.
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By Robert Haskins and Robert Haskins,Contributing Writer | February 13, 1993
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto -- performed last night by pianist Artur Pizarro and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Seaman's direction -- was declared unplayable by its intended premiere performer, Nicholas Rubinstein. It is now a staple of many a concert pianist's repertoire and easily one of the most familiar concertos in the repertoire.And herein lies a special problem for its interpreters -- how does one say anything new with such well-known music? This sort of challenge is perhaps even more daunting for a young pianist like Mr. Pizarro, who only gave his professional debut recital four years ago.Opportunities for breathtakingly virtuosic display abound in this concerto, of course, but this was not the most striking asset of Mr. Pizarro's performance.
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