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December 2, 2000
Joyce Rudolph PASADENA -- Local musicians will play in the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra during a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wilson Middle School in Pasadena. Residents performing are Avis Bohlen and Joseph Lee of Glendale; Claudia Paz, Miranda Yoo and Rhett Anderson, of La Canada Flintridge; and Ryan Chang and Hanna Kim of La Crescenta. Conducting the group is Richard Meyer. Joining the group will be the Prelude Strings, sponsored by the Pasadena Symphony.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 29, 2006
Media City Ballet will perform with a live orchestra for the first time when it presents Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Dec. 8 to 10 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The Burbank ballet company will be accompanied by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, with James Domine conducting, said ballet company artistic director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov. Because the company has always used recordings for its productions, dancing to music created by a live orchestra will be a new and exciting experience for the dancers, she said.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | July 31, 2007
Early-morning music class sessions don't keep Jonathan Sie from practicing his trombone at Wilson Middle School. The 12-year-old also plays the tuba and clarinet, and is one of about 40 students taking part in the school's summer music class. "I used to never play instruments until I came to this class," Jonathan said, sporting a spiky hairdo. "At first, I was going to play the percussion, but they only get to do rhythm sounds. The instruments that I chose, I like the sounds they make."
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December 13, 2002
Maybe someday, they'll be performing pieces by Bach and Beethoven with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but Thursday they settled for playing holiday tunes for their peers. The Dunsmore Elementary School orchestra in La Crescenta played tunes like "Up on the Housetop," "Santa at the Symphony" and "Prelude in G." Made up of fourth- through sixth-grade students, the orchestra is 52 students strong. The school offers the program as a way for students to learn about their musical talents, and the orchestra gives two performances every year, one in the winter strictly for peers, and then a spring performance for friends and family.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | April 21, 2005
The Crescenta Valley High School music and choral department brought home some gold from the island paradise of Oahu. The group of about 290 students traveled to Oahu April 7 to take part in the Gateway Music festival held anually on the island at Bringham Young University. According to director Matthew Schick, the Crescenta Valley Choir and orchestra earned a Grand Master Trophy, the CV jazz band, string orchestra and symphony orchestra earned gold ratings, with silver ratings going to the concert band.
NEWS
August 6, 2003
A world-premiere composition by Arthur B. Rubinstein will be performed during a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Griffith Park by the Symphony In The Glen orchestra, led by the Emmy award-winning composer and orchestra founder. His "DreamCycles" for violin, soprano saxophone, percussion and strings will be the highlight of the concert that also includes Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings," and Warlock's "Capriol Suite." A pre-concert activity begins at 5 p.m. Under the theme of "The Great Kazoo Caper," participants will receive a free kazoo.
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By Nicole Charky | May 15, 2010
Instead of watching “Lord of the Rings,” “Chicago” or “Gladiator,” Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra will re-create the films’ music with an 84-member orchestra. The orchestra’s spring concert “Lights! Camera! Music!” will be Sunday in Sexson Auditorium at Pasadena City College. The performance will feature music from film genres including action, historical adventures, space odysseys, comedies and musicals. The orchestra has a more than 50-year tradition for students in 10th grade through college.
NEWS
July 29, 2002
For its final concert of the 79th season, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra will present "America The Beautiful" at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at The Alex Theatre. Maestro Sidney Weiss will conduct the orchestra in two timeless American classics, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Copland's Appalachian Spring, along with Beethoven's Triple Concerto, featuring soloists Debra Price on violin, Margaret Moores, cello and John Berkman, harpsichord. Tickets are $15 to 45, with special student tickets at $10 at the box office.
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June 12, 2003
Students from Toll Middle School got a little razzed up Wednesday. Two string orchestras, two bands, a drum corps, a guitar ensemble, a chorus and a symphonic orchestra -- 173 students in all, from seventh and eighth grades -- performed in the school's annual spring concert, called Razzamatazz. "We always have a Razzamatazz program," Musical Director Stan Hatanaka said. "In spring, we need some kind of music that's razzy." Hatanaka chose music that was upbeat -- mostly pop tunes -- and taught it to the students with the help of co-director Cora Branchflower.
NEWS
March 6, 2004
Sheriff's support group will raise funds LA CRESCENTA -- Diners at Dominick's Italian Restaurant who mention the Crescent Valley Sheriff's Support Group between 11 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Monday will have 20% of their dine-in or take-out bill donated to the group. The support group helps maintain several programs at the station, including Montrose Search and Rescue, Explorer Scouts, neighborhood and arson watch programs and civilian volunteers. The group also pays for equipment vital to the operation of the sheriff's station on North Briggs Avenue.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 7, 2014
Conductor Brad Keimach aims to keep the programs fresh for the audience and musicians of the Glendale Youth Orchestra. Last season, one concert was devoted to selections from Handel's "Messiah. " Instead of using vocal soloists for the arias, Keimach said he used instrumental soloists, but a chorus for the choruses. The year before that, the orchestra members did a similar thing for the Bach B Minor Mass. Last year, the orchestra, which consists of sixth through 12th graders from all over Los Angeles and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, collaborated on a program with the group Brasil Brazil.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 12, 2013
The Glendale Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brad Keimach, opens its 25th season with a concert of selections by Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Alex Theatre. Hillary Lin Santoso, a senior at San Marino High School, will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Hillary has performed on violin with the youth orchestra for four seasons. She won the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. and received first place and Judges' Award in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition.
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By Lynne Heffley | September 18, 2013
After being named successor to the late Marvin Hamlisch as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, a then-novice at conducting, studied up on the craft. But there's nothing like practical experience. That's what this renowned interpreter of the Great American Songbook got over the summer, conducting three outdoor Pops concerts at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia. If nerves were apparent during Feinstein's first, otherwise delightful concert in June, they were much less so at his second in July and nowhere in evidence on his third and final concert of the season, “Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me,” on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kirk Silsbee | October 5, 2012
Glendale Pops subscribers probably don't know the name or music of 30-year-old Miles Mosley, a bassist and composer who headlines Saturday with the Glendale Pops Orchestra at the Alex Theatre. The pairing is a departure for a series more likely to feature artists with identifiable histories that make for a pleasant date night. “I've always been a proponent of showcasing new talent,” says Glendale Pops director Matt Catingub of the booking. “It's part of my mission to include this type of a showcase along with the things we did in our first season.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
An upright piano, installed near the administration building at Glendale Community College last month as part of a three-week performing arts project, is slated to become a permanent fixture on campus. The piano was one of 30 placed at public sites around Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to celebrate 15 years under the leadership of music director and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. “One of the best parts of having the piano outside on campus is to see students with no other access to musical instruments just playing with it and having fun,” said Peter Green, chairman of the visual and performing arts division at Glendale Community College.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2012
The Glendale Youth Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Brad Keimach, will perform at 7 p.m. on March 11 at the Alex Theatre. Fifteen-year-old Crescenta Valley High School student Sarah Worden performs a violin solo. The program includes Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, 2nd and 3rd movements, Sarah Worden, violin; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11. The Glendale Youth Orchestra has also been selected as a Premier LA Phil Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program and will be performing at Disney Hall on May 5. Only four youth orchestras from Los Angeles County were chosen for this high honor.
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By Lynne Heffley | February 24, 2012
Who says classical music has to be a formal affair? Not PROJECT Trio, a classical chamber ensemble fueled by the sounds of rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and jazz, from Guns 'N Roses to Duke Ellington. With some 66 million hits on YouTube, appearances on Nickelodeon and MTV and gigs in major concert halls, coffeehouses, clubs and classrooms around the world, this Brooklyn-based ensemble - Greg Pattillo on flute, cellist Eric Stephenson and Peter Seymour on bass - has electrified audiences of all ages with its virtuosity and wild enthusiasm for making music.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
Last December, Glendale's Alex Theatre hosted its first holiday concert with the resident Glendale Pops Orchestra. Less than a year old, the band is still in the process of finding its place in the tight-knit community and reaching out to the larger Southern California audience. But leader Matt Catingub, a skilled music veteran whose ability to see past the score paper, is giving this enterprise a good chance of survival. The show had a healthy attendance (less than 300 short of the Alex's 1,400 capacity)
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By Lynne Heffley | January 6, 2012
The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra was just a vodka-inspired whim a little over two years ago. Sunday, the orchestra celebrates its second birthday with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by offbeat comedian Emo Philips, at the landmark First Baptist Church of Glendale. The festive program also includes Haydn's Concerto No. 2 in D Major, the playful “Concerto for Typewriter with Orchestra” by American composer Leroy Anderson - and birthday cake for all. That a professional classical orchestra was born at a time when other orchestras and the arts in general are struggling is noteworthy.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 18, 2011
After its summer hiatus, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is back in business for the season, and Burbank musician Julie Gigante says she's happy to return. A violinist with the orchestra since 1986, Gigante put it simply: “We love it. It's really nice to get back to the orchestra and see everybody and play great music.” On Sept. 24, the chamber orchestra performs at the Alex Theatre in Glendale under conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. The Netherlands' Wiek Hijmans will also appear, with his electric guitar performance in a Derek Bermel concerto.
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