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By Ani Amirkhanian | March 21, 2007
Viola Barton celebrated her 105th birthday at Elms Convalescent Hospital on Friday and to get the party going, she played the piano for her friends and guests. Barton played her favorite songs — "Memories" and "Ain't She Sweet " — on the hospital's piano, with Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian in attendance. Her actual birth date is March 11, 1902 — when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Barton's piano playing dates back to when she played piano in a silent-movie theater in her native South Dakota.
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March 16, 2007
Glendale Community Concerts presents Anna and Kirill Gliadkovsky (piano solo and duo) on Sunday March 25, at 2:30 p.m. They both studied at the most prestigious musical institutions in Russia ? the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Gnessins Russian Music Academy in Moscow. Anna also studied at the Special Music School for gifted children in Kiev. Before marrying, each artist pursued a very successful career as a soloist and performed in major concert halls in Russia, such as philharmonic halls in St. Petersburg and Kiev and Bolshoi and Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow.
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June 15, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Although sixth-grade teacher Barbara Bull died earlier this year, local students are still benefiting from her dedication, and that of her family. Bull's twin sister, Lynn Booser, gave the Edison Elementary School educator's piano to the students at Hoover High School. The piano, which was in their family for more than 60 years, was dedicated to the school's music department Monday. Bull began teaching at Edison Elementary School in 1987 after several years in New York.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | January 29, 2007
Julia Laney stood next to a Steinway piano at the Brand Library recital hall and looked up at the ceiling as she tried to recall the words to the song, "Maybe." The 10-year-old continued to sing when the words came back to her. The audience applauded at the end of her song. On Sunday, Julia and about 30 piano and voice students from the San Gabriel-based Neighborhood Music School performed at the recital hall for parents and guests. Julia's sister, Olivia, 12, also played the piano.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | July 12, 2006
Melvin Presar was born into a family of musicians. The 85-year-old Glendale resident learned to play the piano when he was 10 years old. Presar worked odd jobs after he dropped out of high school, but he always dreamed of going to Hollywood. After a four-year stint in the Army, Presar went to Tinseltown and started working different jobs. He had hopes of landing work in the entertainment industry. Presar played at piano bars for free and got a job playing the piano on cruise ships.
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December 6, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- GCC welcomes the public to two free student recitals this week. A free piano recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today in auditorium Room 211. It features students from the advanced piano classes performing a variety of short classical piano works. A recital by students of the Glendale Community College Applied Music program will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Talented vocalists and instrumentalists will perform.
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July 12, 2001
We almost laughed ourselves out of our seats! We were invited to the Music Theatre of Southern California's opening night performance of "Cow Girls" at the San Gabriel Theatre, and what a fun, entertaining show! The three girls who played the "Cow Girls" were so talented. They not only played multiple instruments, but had great voices and could really sing! Mary Ehlinger, who played the pregnant piano player, was especially hilarious, and could really play that piano.
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By Wafiqah Basrai | September 14, 2006
Growing up surrounded by music, Tigran Hamasyan found himself attracted to the piano as a mere toddler. After years of practice and hard work, Hamasyan, 19, of Glendale, now finds himself as one of the 12 semi-finalists in the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, where he will compete for scholarships and the prestige of winning the internationally acclaimed award. Hamasyan said he's grateful to be part of the competition, which will be held Saturday in Washington D.C., and is going to use the experience as a learning outlet.
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May 9, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Music is in the air at Glendale Community College as students from several different departments and groups plan recitals for the coming weeks. On Friday, a seven-member jazz combo will perform at 7 p.m. A piano recital featuring students from the advanced piano classes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Students also will perform chamber music from the baroque period to the 20th century at 1 p.m May 16. Students from Glendale Community College's Applied Music Program will perform May 18. Both vocalists and instrumentalists, all of whom auditioned and received recommendations from their instructors, will participate.
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By: Ani Amirkhanian | October 5, 2005
When he was 7 years old, Glendale resident Richard Paris started playing the piano. By the time he was in the seventh grade, Paris had his own four-piece band with piano, banjo, saxophone and drums. After high school, Paris, a Nebraska native, attended the University of Idaho and founded "Paris Knights" jazz band. He played piano for four years with his college band. In 1939, he landed his first job teaching music to high school students and earned an annual salary of $950.
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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.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | 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.
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By Bill Peters | January 25, 2011
Duo piano teams, with two pianists at separate pianos, is a lost art, having languished out of sight for about a half-century. That may be changing if Jack Lantz and Kemp Smeal’s Sunday afternoon program at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church catches on. Lantz, director of music and worship arts, and his colleague Smeal, organist, pianist and handbell director at the church, designed a handsome program of two-piano music presented as part of...
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By Brian McGackin | January 8, 2011
Music, in addition to just sounding pleasant, has the ability to enhance everyday experiences. It can often bring you to tears in the wake of some tragedy, or help you celebrate the joys and triumphs of life. Sometimes, though, music is at its most powerful when it is chugging along in the background, covering everything you do in a warm glow that you might not even notice until an album ends. Burbank-based drummer Jack LeCompte has performed with the likes of Gladys Knight, Rosemary Clooney and Stevie Wonder, so he knows how music can envelop a person in such a way. He and his jazz trio have a new album out, "Blue Collar," that does just that.
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By James Petrillo | December 15, 2010
It's time to break out the spiked eggnog again. The Troubadour Theater Company's intensely wacky improvisers, found regularly at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank, are back with their annual Christmas show. "The First Jo-el" combines the giant song catalog of Billy Joel with the greatest story ever told, the birth of that famous baby in a manger in Bethlehem. One would think after 15 years of the Troubies' special brand of pop culture mash-ups, there would be nothing left to parody or some of the novelty might wear off. But mastermind Matt Walker and his zany cohorts continually find new ways to tinker with their formula.
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September 17, 2010
BETTY PENNY McGAUGHEY     1914 - 2010 Betty enjoyed a wonderful life filled with music, friends, her students, and the love of her family.  She was born May 28, 1914 in Kokomo, Indiana to Ernest Lee and Nelle Elizabeth Arthur.  During the Depression, she was able to pursue her music career in piano and voice. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Justin E Penny, and moved to Calif. in 1945.  They had two children, and later divorced in 1950.  Betty became a professional singer and sang with the Masterwork's Chorale, and the Roger Wagner Chorale.
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By Melanie Hicken | December 19, 2009
CITY HALL ? An international piano competition for young adults proposed for downtown Glendale met this week with the City Council wary of committing city funds. While council members said the proposed competition could benefit the city, they said they were not ready to commit to hosting the competition, which requires an initial city pledge of $50,000, in addition to assembling a fundraising committee to raise more than $50,000 for the event?s nearly $300,000 budget. ?I think in our current budget situation, where we are cutting left and right, I am hard-pressed to find the net value to the city in this rather extravagant budget,?
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By Melanie Hicken | November 14, 2009
CITY HALL — Downtown Glendale could host an international piano competition for young adults under a proposal the City Council will review next month. A special committee, made up of Arts & Culture and Parks, Recreation and Community Services commissioners, voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the City Council approve hosting the competition, which requires an initial city commitment of $50,000, in addition to assembling a fundraising committee to raise $50,000 more for the event’s $240,000 budget.
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April 13, 2009
Church to host noon concerts Glendale Noon Concerts will be from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. The Bright Light Chamber Players, Whitney Griss on violoncello and Rose LoGiudice on piano, will perform Brahms Sonata in D Major, Op. 78, for violoncello and piano. Admission is free. Light lunch created by Angela?s Bistro available for $6 after the concert. For more information, call (818) 242-2113 or visit www.glendale noonconcerts.
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