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January 26, 2007
Dr. Ted Stern, professor of music at Glendale Community College, will again conduct off-campus music appreciation classes for adults in the community. This ongoing series is for musicians and non-musicians alike. This semester will be "A Fresh Look at Opera and It's History." Each semester offers new and interesting information. Stern weaves music examples with cultural history to increase the listener's understanding of the evolution of music. Classes are held at the Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, located at 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose.
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May 4, 2010
GCC Services offers class on opera Regina Merwin, a speaker with 13 years of experience pitching ?extreme music theater? will begin a series of three weekly classes for the opera-curious and opera-fearful of all ages. ?Give Opera a Chance!? will begin May 13, through Glendale Community College Community Services. The class will be given at Clark Magnet High School, 4747 New York Ave., La Crescenta. Registration: http:// netra.glendale.edu/cse or call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5015.
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May 3, 2005
The Glendale News-Press visited a third-grade class at Columbus Elementary School while the students got instruction from a professional opera singer and asked, "What was your favorite part of the lesson?" "I liked having a chance to sing the most, because singing is real good exercise for the voice. And it's fun." Cynthia Esmaili, 9 "I liked being able to sing. I want to be a singer when I grow up." Arpine Ter- hovhannisyan, 9 "It's good to learn music because it's very important for the voice and makes you sound clearer."
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April 3, 2002
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Operatic literature is rife with emotion and theatrical splendor, full of big-voiced heroines and some of the richest, most dramatic choral moments in all of music. In other words, opera represents an over-the-top gold mine for camp -- with a capital C. The middle concert of the current season by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is titled "Divas' Revenge -- Opera Our Way II," and if you were to judge it merely from its title, one could expect a plethora of campy moments.
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February 28, 2003
Janine Marnien A woman who lived on Glendale's streets for some 15 years and was the inspiration behind the main character in an opera has died. Antonia Listo died of a heart attack Wednesday afternoon at Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was 70. Glendale composer Dimitris Papakostas befriended Listo more than a decade ago. His opera, "Visions -- Words of Wisdom," featured a homeless woman sent to save the soul of a young stock market executive. The opera ran at the Los Angeles Theatre Center from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2. Papakostas said in a written statement Thursday he never expected Listo's death.
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June 15, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- She may fancy Britney but she sings Britten. Alexandra Avanesian listens to much of the same music as other 10-year-olds -- Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and the like. She is also preparing to perform in Benjamin Britten's opera "Noye's Fludde." The fourth-grader from Mountain Avenue Elementary School and several other Glendale area kids will perform alongside Broadway star Davis Gaines in the Los Angeles Children's Chorus production on June 24 and 25. "It's really exciting because you get to be up there in front of everybody and then just show how much you like to sing," said Alexandra, who will play a cat. "Noye's Fludde" is a children's opera based on the biblical account of Noah and the great flood.
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By Joyce Rudolph | January 10, 2007
American soprano Lindsay Feldmeth performs arias around the world, but she has never forgotten her roots or the invaluable resource that is Brand Library in Glendale. As a teenager growing up in the Eagle Rock area, Feldmeth would go to the massive music library to find operatic scores she wanted to sing. So when the opportunity came about for a West Coast recital tour, she chose the library's intimate concert venue to kick off "Puccini Live!" scheduled for this Friday evening.
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June 30, 2011
  Dorothy (Dot) Jurukov  (May 13, 1922- June 17, 2011) Dorothy (Dot) Jurukov passed away at the age of 89 on June 17 at Ardenville in Burbank after a valiant, seven year battle against Alzheimer’s disease.  She is survived by her husband Andon, her daughter Carla Walker, and her son-in-law Bill Walker.   Dot was born during the “Roaring Twenties” in the town of Clifton, Kentucky to first-generation German parents: Carl and Freda Nasse. She was also welcomed into the world by five adoring aunts who couldn’t wait to teach her the Charleston, which eventually inspired Dot’s love of music.
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January 21, 2013
Eleanor Jane Mars of Glendale, California died January 17 at Autumn Hills Health Care Center - Jane, world traveler, dog lover, and opera and theatre buff, will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Jane is survived by her nephew Jim Mars (Joan), grandniece Jenn Gruden (Carl), and great grandnephews Noah and Liam Gruden, all of Toronto, Canada, and her grandniece Sarah Piper (Rich) and great grandniece Alexandra of Monkton, Maryland. A graduate of UCLA, Jane retired in January, 2006, from Grey Advertising, where she administered radio spot billing for many years.
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January 21, 2013
Eleanor Jane Mars of Glendale, California died January 17 at Autumn Hills Health Care Center - Jane, world traveler, dog lover, and opera and theatre buff, will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Jane is survived by her nephew Jim Mars (Joan), grandniece Jenn Gruden (Carl), and great grandnephews Noah and Liam Gruden, all of Toronto, Canada, and her grandniece Sarah Piper (Rich) and great grandniece Alexandra of Monkton, Maryland. A graduate of UCLA, Jane retired in January, 2006, from Grey Advertising, where she administered radio spot billing for many years.
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By Andy Klein | May 11, 2012
In “Dark Shadows,” Tim Burton exhumes the Dan Curtis gothic soap opera of the same name, which ran five days a week from 1966-1971. Not surprisingly, Burton's frequent collaborator Johnny Depp takes over the role of vampire Barnabas Collins. (Jonathan Frid - who played Barnabas in over a thousand episodes of the TV show and who died just a few weeks ago - can be spotted in the film as a guest entering a gala ball.) Curtis also made two features from the material: Burton's film cleaves fairly closely to the plot of 1970's “House of Dark Shadows,” the first of these.
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June 30, 2011
  Dorothy (Dot) Jurukov  (May 13, 1922- June 17, 2011) Dorothy (Dot) Jurukov passed away at the age of 89 on June 17 at Ardenville in Burbank after a valiant, seven year battle against Alzheimer’s disease.  She is survived by her husband Andon, her daughter Carla Walker, and her son-in-law Bill Walker.   Dot was born during the “Roaring Twenties” in the town of Clifton, Kentucky to first-generation German parents: Carl and Freda Nasse. She was also welcomed into the world by five adoring aunts who couldn’t wait to teach her the Charleston, which eventually inspired Dot’s love of music.
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May 4, 2010
GCC Services offers class on opera Regina Merwin, a speaker with 13 years of experience pitching ?extreme music theater? will begin a series of three weekly classes for the opera-curious and opera-fearful of all ages. ?Give Opera a Chance!? will begin May 13, through Glendale Community College Community Services. The class will be given at Clark Magnet High School, 4747 New York Ave., La Crescenta. Registration: http:// netra.glendale.edu/cse or call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5015.
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May 2, 2009
TODAY The African Violet Societies of Montrose and Burbank will present ?Out of Africa,? a judged show and sale of violets, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Van de Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Plant sale area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The show area will open at noon after judging. For more information, visit www.descansogardens.org. ? The Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. will host the Armenian Cultural and Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.
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By Zain Shauk | December 9, 2008
Third-grader Damian Kim was wearing a jester’s hat and a multicolored boa around his neck, and he was shaking with terror. “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” another student shouted at Damian, part of a rehearsal for a play to be performed by the first- through third-grade enrichment class at Edison Elementary School. The line may have elicited a fearful screech from the 9-year-old, but Damian was laughing inside, he said later. “That’s my line,” Damian said, explaining that he and the other students in an after-school program had written pieces of the script together, which teacher Kim Labinger had then compiled into a cohesive script.
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 29, 2008
Tenor Liam McLachlan studied opera singing in college in the mid-1990s in Australia, but his career has taken a few turns in other music genres, including a stint with pop touring group The Ten Tenors. Now living in Glendale, he’s decided to return to opera and make it a full-time career. McLachlan is hoping to get a jump start on that dream as one of six singers performing in the 2008 Fall Performers Showcase presented by the Opera Buffs Inc. on Nov. 8 at the Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 3, 2007
An evening of music by composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz could be the start of something big for the Los Angeles City College Theater Alumni and Associates. Record producer Bruce Kimmel, an alumnus of the college Theatre Academy and president of the alumni association, is directing the revue featuring his friends, all performers from Broadway and television, on Monday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The academy in Hollywood provides instruction in all aspects of producing, acting, costumes and technical design, Kimmel said.
NEWS
October 12, 2007
They?re a venerable and formerly well-respected organization, with veteran and rookie members, they do some very odd things on occasion and they?re not exactly having a banner year. No, I?m not speaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but of the Glendale City Council. The five city fathers?there hasn?t been a city mother in a few years now?are individually very fine folks, but collectively they do sometimes look like the gang that couldn?t shoot straight. It?s been a highly uneasy year for the council.
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