Saturday, May 8, 2021

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube.Glendale Noon Concerts 5/19/21


Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube

Glendale Noon Concerts  5/19/21

BRENDAN WHITE - piano

 

During the Covid-19 "Safer at Home" period,
Glendale Noon Concerts will bring our programs
to you via streaming on Facebook and YouTube:
The MAY 19, 2021 program can be viewed at this link
beginning at 12:10 pm PT. (VIDEO will be available ongoing)


LINKS TO VIEW THE CONCERT: 

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/2021/05/streaming-on-facebook-youtubeglendale.html

 

The program will be archived on the

Glendale City Church Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6zEXA-8F7CPOixLDWxGBA
 

Watch previous Glendale Noon Concerts streams: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oAfaPgGGMw&list=PLms1LJpnTpJzK7Yf6ryh2zyFMlkl7qC2z

Read about the previous programs:   

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

 

Facebook stream: GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS
Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10 pm PT
On Wednesday MAY 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm PT:

BRENDAN WHITE PIANO RECITAL

 

Program: 

Alexander Scriabin - Prelude Op. 37, No. 1


George Gershwin - Three Preludes

 

Brendan White - Prelude

 

Chad Latta - War Fantasy

 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C Major from WTC Book I  

 

Alexander Scriabin - Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

(Scroll down for program notes & artist bios)


Facebook MAY 19 event page:


 

Please keep checking the site below for updates.

Streaming on Wednesday JUNE 2, 2021 at 12:10-12:40 pm PDT:
Jonathan Flaksman Solo Cello Recital 
 
 

PLEASE HELP THESE CONCERTS TO CONTINUE WITH A DONATION: 

https://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANPPGL/envelope/start 

Or by mailing it to 610 E California Ave, Glendale, CA 91206 to the Friends of Music.

The Glendale Noon Concerts series is presented by Glendale City Church every first & third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm. www.glendalecitychurch.org
Glendale City Church also presents the Second Saturday Concert Series,
and sponsors the Caesura Youth Orchestra http://www.mycyo.org
Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art & education and their generous grant to GNC.
RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC
 
Program notes: 
 

This short concert is a set of pieces from different time periods and styles, featuring some well-known and other less-known classical pieces alongside two newly composed works, one by the performer, the other by Chad Latta, and ending with the radiant and mystical final sonata of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.

Scriabin also composed the first piece on the program, his Prelude in B-flat minor. A youthful portrait of romantic melancholy, it gives a taste of what the composer was like before his musical language expanded to what we will hear later in the 10th Sonata.

Next are the three Preludes of George Gershwin. His Preludes are classical in form but infused with elements of early jazz rhythm and harmony, resulting in fresh and dynamic virtuoso piano music of the highest caliber.

I have also contributed a Prelude to this concert. My own piece is a simple, mostly soothing piece that began on the ukulele in an attempt to write something light, a sort of poppy dance to cheer myself up.  After playing it on the piano, it changed and took off in other directions, but a persistent rhythm holds it all together as it cycles through moods and textures, until finally the piece seems to evaporate into thin air.

The War Fantasy by Ohio-based composer Chad Latta is a contemplation of humanity’s fascination with warfare. In what could be called a neo-romantic style, the piece desperately moves between the militaristic and rhapsodic, often quoting military marches. The pianist at times seems to be at war with the piano, as the treacherous barrages of notes make it a dangerous endeavor for the performer.

J.S. Bach makes an appearance on the program with his famous Prelude and Fugue in C Major. These two pieces strike an ideal balance between the simple and profoundly earnest prelude and the active and ornate fugue.

To end the program is Scriabin’s tenth and final sonata, which he described as a “bright, joyful, earthly” work. It is cast in a single movement that begins softly, but gradually opens up into enormous climaxes overcome by trills, before collapsing under its own weight and dying away into nothingness.

 -Brendan White 

 

ARTIST BIOS:

 Chad Latta is a composer, pianist and teacher employed at Stivers School for the Arts where he teaches piano and musicianship. His music has been performed by groups such as Sequitur Ensemble, Ossia and Dayton Philharmonic. Currently working on music for film and is eager to connect with directors, cinematographers etc. Feel free to reach out to him at latta.chad28@gmail.com  



War Fantasy is an unfinished work that aims to weave as many military type themes and motives into a complete fantastical work of piano virtuosity and brute strength. Some themes to listen for are The Entrance of the Gladiators, U.S. Field Artillery March 1775, Battle Cry of Freedom and We’ll Meet Again

 

 


Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), Delta Symphony Orchestra, Crown City Symphony, and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles; www.sunsetchamberfest.com 

Local recital appearances include: Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts, Emerging Artist Series Recital at Boston Court, Soundwaves series in Santa Monica.

White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then, the University of Southern California, with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky.

 


 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube/Glendale Noon Concerts 5/5/21

 

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube
Glendale Noon Concerts  5/5/21

Ken Aiso – violin

Valeria Morgovskaya - piano

 

During the Covid-19 "Safer at Home" period,
Glendale Noon Concerts will bring our programs
to you via streaming on Facebook and YouTube:
The MAY 5, 2021 program can be viewed at this link
beginning at 12:10 pm PT. (VIDEO will be available ongoing)


LINKS TO VIEW THE CONCERT:

On Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/102903054696946/videos/144774174283034

On YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdG205Z-Wx8

The program will be archived on the

Glendale City Church Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6zEXA-8F7CPOixLDWxGBA
 

Watch previous Glendale Noon Concerts streams: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oAfaPgGGMw&list=PLms1LJpnTpJzK7Yf6ryh2zyFMlkl7qC2z

Read about the previous programs:   

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

 

Facebook stream: GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS
Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10 pm PT
On Wednesday MAY 5, 2021 at 12:10 pm PT:

DUO RECITAL

Ken Aiso - violin

Valeria Morgovskaya - piano

 

PROGRAM:

Karen Tanaka 

"Ocean":

1-East Beach

2-Hendry's Beach-Sunset

3-Butterfly Beach

 

Joseph Achron 

"Suite Bizarre" op.41

Etincelles

Quasi Valse

 

Ernest Chausson

Poeme 

 

(scroll down for artist bios & program notes) 

 

Please keep checking the site below for updates & upcoming concerts:

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

Streaming on Wednesday MAY 19, 2021 at 12:10-12:40 pm PT:

(This program was rescheduled from 2/17/21)

Brendan White - piano

Alexander Scriabin - Prelude Op. 37, No. 1

 

George Gershwin - Three Preludes

 

Brendan White - Prelude

 

Chad Latta - War Fantasy

 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C Major from WTC Book I  

 

Alexander Scriabin - Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

 

 

PLEASE HELP THESE CONCERTS TO CONTINUE WITH A DONATION: 

https://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANPPGL/envelope/start 

Or by mailing it to 610 E California Ave, Glendale, CA 91206 to the Friends of Music.

The Glendale Noon Concerts series is presented by Glendale City Church every first & third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm. www.glendalecitychurch.org

Concert schedule: www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

Glendale City Church also presents the Second Saturday Concert Series,

http://glendalecitychurch.org/index.php/ministries/second-saturday-concert-series.html  

and sponsors the Caesura Youth Orchestra http://www.mycyo.org

Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art & education and their generous grant to GNC.
RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC

 

ARTIST BIOS:

 

Internationally acclaimed violinist/violist Ken Aiso has performed worldwide as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ken graduated form the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Erich Gruenberg. His other teachers include Eduard Schmieder and Chikashi Tanaka. Equally at home with modern and period instruments, Ken has appeared as principal violin with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé and the Scottish Chamber Orchestras.

He has been invited to renowned music festivals in UK, France, Sweden, Switzerland, India, Georgia, Bolivia and Kazakhstan, and has taught at Montecito Summer Music Festival since 2008. Ken is a laureate of Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris and International Music Competition of Japan, and was elected Associate of Royal Academy of Music in London. He received Shimousa Kan-ichi Music Award in his native Japan in 2018. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Ken has been serving as faculty at Loyola Marymount and La Sierra Universities, and performs with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

Valeria Morgovskaya, pianist, graduated from the Kiev State Conservatory. Since her immigration to the US in 1990, Ms Morgovskaya has been in high demand as accompanist for singers and all orchestral instrumentalists. She has been an official accompanist to festivals and courses such as Piatigorsky Cello Seminar and Beverley Hills Music Festival, and has performed throughout the US, Germany and Japan, as well as on numerous radio broadcast. She has provided accompaniment for many national and international competitions, and was an official accompanist at Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong (2013) and Harbin (2014). Ms. Morgovskaya is currently staff accompanist at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, and is often engaged in that capacity at USC, Cal State Long Beach, Colburn School, Montecito International Music Festival, Academy of the West and Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

PROGRAM NOTES:

Ocean was inspired by the scenery and landscapes of the coastlines near Santa
Barbara, California. My intention was to transform images of waves reflecting light
and blue/orange colored sky into the sound texture. It consists of three pieces.
1. East Beach
2. Hendry's Beach - Sunset
3. Butterfly Beach
It was commissioned by the Autunnale Festival in Bergen, Norway.
Karen Tanaka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Tanaka

 

Suite bizarre 'Cycles des rythmes, Suite No 4' Op 41

In 1913 Joseph Achron took up a post at the Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine, returning to Petrograd (as it was by this time called) in 1916, whilst also serving in the Russian Army music corps during World War I. This was a period of stylistic experimentation, as shown in his orchestral Epitaph, Op 38 (in memoriam Scriabin), and the progressively avant-garde Suite bizarre, Op 41 (subtitled ‘Cycles des rythmes’), composed in 1916. This title suits the Suite’s unusual irregular rhythm and phrasing, redolent of Bartók and Stravinsky, and its Scriabinesque chromatic harmony, extremes of register and complex instrumental interactions. Yet each movement also displays the discipline of a study, elaborating a single technical and structural idea with leonine violinistic demands.

The first movement, Étincelles, fizzes along with its chirpy dotted theme and quirky phrase lengths. It unfolds with arpeggio motifs and trills, rising higher like the sparks of the title, garbed in expressionistic chromaticism. Impressionistic modernism pervades Quasi valse, the lilting theme perhaps ironically recalling Strauss’s ‘Blue Danube’. Its transformation in different guises and registers is inflected with some giddy dissonances, emphasizing its yearning character. 

 

from notes by Malcolm Miller © 2012

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Achron

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Po%C3%A8me_(Chausson)