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Guests toast revitalized symphony

September 14, 2010

"This is an evening to say we're vibrant and vital," announced Glenn Treibitz, new president of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Assn., at a fundraising gala at Lexus of Glendale — turned into a miniature concert hall on Saturday.

Featured was a chamber ensemble concert conducted by Jeffrey Bernstein, the orchestra's associate conductor. Lawrence Kohl and flute soloists Sheridon Stokes and Salpy Kerkonian performed in selections from Bach and Mozart. Even the association's Interim Executive Director Arman Keyvanian put on his musician hat and played the harpsichord in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.

But during a brief hiatus came the news more than 200 patrons and guests were waiting for. The evening's guest of honor, conductor-composer Loris Tjeknavorian, will become the principal conductor-music director of the orchestra. Tjeknavorian comes to Glendale after 11 years as music director of the Armenian Philharmonic in Armenia.

The pre- and post-concert party kept supporters sated with champagne, wine, sweets and savories. Association VIPs enjoying the celebration included Jack Kabateck, former association executive vice president, with wife Glady Kabateck. Current Executive Vice President Adel Luzuriaga and Recording Secretary Sheila Murray were also spotted among concert-goers. The Women's Committee of the association was well represented by Glendale residents, including President Jennifer Horine and Martha Feutz.


The Glendale Symphony Orchestra, due to begin its 2010-11 season, has been making music for 86 years.


PATH Achieve Glendale went all out for its second annual gala on the Green at the Americana at Brand on Friday. The evening, enjoyed by more than 400 supporters, featured dinner catered by Trattoria Amici, dancing and casino games. Staff members were out in force, including mental health consultant Linda Goodman Pillsbury and husband Sam Pillsbury.

Given the Hope and Compassion Award for supporting PATH Achieve were the S.H. Ho Foundation and the city of Glendale. But the individual who brought down the house was guest speaker Blanca Zavala, now living with her three children in a PATH Achieve apartment after years of being a victim of domestic abuse and months of homelessness. Currently, Zavala works part time and has an "A" grade point average in her full-time criminal justice studies at Pasadena City College.

"I was given a second chance to be all that I could be," said a tearful Zavala.

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