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Philharmonic blows out the candles

January 10, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Proud parents from Glendale Jerry and Nancy Frazee surround daughter illustrator Marla Frazee at Vromans bookstore in Pasadena. (Photo by Ruth Sowby)
Proud parents from Glendale Jerry and Nancy Frazee surround…

The tail end of the holiday season marks the second birthday of the Glendale Philharmonic. On Sunday (Jan. 8) the orchestra celebrated that milestone and this evening’s opening of their third season by performing at the First Baptist Church of Glendale. Tickets ranged from $15 to $100.

Philharmonic concert-goers were more than willing to open their wallets for Haydn and Prokofiev. Glendale residents included Lois Lovi, Don McPoland and Bryan Rusenko. Those from the neighboring communities included Eagle Rock residents Andrew Hoagland and daughter Lily Hoagland, 5.

Philharmonic stars were Maestro Mikael Avetisyan, cellist Ruslan Biryukov, concert master Limor Toren-Immerman and narrator-comedian, Glendale resident Emo Philips. Avetisyan conducted a program including Haydn’s cello concerto in D major and an audience favorite, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Assoc. President Diane Acosta, who considers the First Baptist Church the “Philharmonic’s home,” welcomed the audience of more than 400 concert fans.

“The sound literally rains down on the people in the pews,” said First Baptist Church Pastor Charles Updike describing the acoustics in the 85-year-old sanctuary.

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A visit to an author signing at a bookstore carries special significance when the writer is from the city next door, the writer is award-winning and, especially, if the writer is your daughter who has dedicated her latest book to you and mom. Those elements were in place for Glendale residents Jerry Frazee and Nancy Frazee. Daughter Marla Frazee’s books have placed three times on the New York Times Best Seller list. She is also a two-time Caldecott Honor medalist for her book illustrations.

On Saturday (Jan. 7) Pasadena’s Vroman’s bookstore was the host for Marla’s book signing. She was also joined by Sara Pennypacker, author of Clementine and the Family Meeting, a children’s book in chapter form for which Marla provided the illustrations. Also presented at the book signing was The Boss Baby, a book Marla illustrated as well as authored for children from four to eight years old.

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