Thursday, February 21, 2019

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 2/6/2019

FREE ADMISSION GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS
Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm
On Wednesday MARCH 6, 2019 at 12:10-12:40 pm:

Pianist HAROUT SENEKEREMIAN performs
J.S. BACH, OLIVIER MESSIAEN, NIKOLAI MEDTNER

Program:

J.S. Bach - Toccata in C minor BWV 911

Olivier Messiaen- from Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jesus
I. Regard du Père
IV. Regard de la Vierge
XI. Premiere communion de la Vierge

Nikolai Medtner - Sonata Tragica in C minor, Op.39 No.5 from "Forgotten Melodies" (1919-20)
Allegro risoluto
(poco quazi recitativo)
Tempo 1


RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC
PLEASE NOTE:
The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
GLENDALE CITY CHURCH
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206
INFO:
(NO SOLICITATIONS, PLEASE: Glendale Noon Concerts
is not accepting artists to the program.)
Call 818-244-7241 (office)
or email glendalesda@gmail.com
General info & parking:
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/
Accessible for wheelchairs. Seating available next to wheelchairs.
Loading zone near California Ave. entrance.
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UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series:
MARCH 20, 2019
BERNSTEIN Clarinet Sonata (1941-2)
Grazioso - Un poco piu mosso
Andantino - Vivace e leggiero
STRAVINSKY L'Histoire du Soldat Suite for clarinet, violin & piano
The Soldier's March ( Marche du Soldat)
The Soldier's Violin (Le Violon du Soldat)
The Little Concert
Three Dances: Tango. Waltz. Ragtime
The Devil's Dance (Danse du Diable)
JAMES SULLIVAN -clarinet
JACQUELINE SUZUKI - violin
BRENDAN WHITE - piano 

APRIL 3, 2019
FAURE Violin Sonata No.1 in A Major, Op.13 (1875-6)
Allegro Molto
Andante
Allegro vivo
Allegro quasi presto
STRAVINSKY Divertimento (1932)
Scherzo
Pas de deux: a, Adagio-b, Variations-c, Coda
ALEXANDER KNECHT - violin
BRENDAN WHITE - piano

APRIL 17, 2019
RICHARD STRAUSS Cello Sonata (1883)
Allegro con brio 
Andante ma non troppo
Finale - Allegro vivo
MAKSIM VELICHKIN - cello
BRENDAN WHITE - piano

MAY 1, 2019
CALICO WINDS

MAY 15, 2019
ERGO MUSICA with
ADRIANA ZOPPO - viola d'amore
CONCERT UPDATES:
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/  
MORE FREE CONCERTS:
At the Edendale Branch Library in ECHO PARK
http://www.edendaleupclose.blogspot.com/

Artist Bio:
Harout Senekeremian began playing the piano at the age of 4 with the encouragement of his father. His first teacher was Vatche Mankerian, who studied at the University of Southern California. Harout started actively building and solidifying his technique under Mr. Mankerian’s supervision. At age nine, Senekeremian began studying under the tutelage of Dr. Louise Lepley at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts. There he played in many master classes with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Robert Levin & Earl Wild, among others. In 1997, Senekeremian performed Mendelossohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Glendale Symphony. He also actively collaborated in chamber music groups including a live performance of Brahms’ C Minor Quartet on 91.5 KUSC. Upon high school graduation,
Harout entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying piano with Alvin Chow. In his freshman year at Oberlin he had played all of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and his sophomore year he held a two-night concert performing all ten Scriabin Sonatas. At Oberlin, Senekeremian performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 18 with the conservatory orchestra. Upon graduation, Harout began his masters under Arkady Aranov at the Manhattan School of Music.
Harout has taken a keen interest in non-traditional repertoire with a specialization in the solo piano music of French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, playing in concert all of the composers major works. He is also an eager participant in the performance of new music. Senekeremian continues to concertize in both solo and chamber concerts in Southern California.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 2/20/2019


Violinist JOHANA KREJCI
Pianist BRENDAN WHITE
Please scroll down to read artist bios. 

Program:
Leoš Janáček Violin Sonata (1914)
1.    Con moto
2.    Ballada
3.    Allegretto
4.    Adagio

Kirstin Fife
Tango Johana

Astor Piazzolla, arr. Osvaldo Calo
Adios Nonino 
 
RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC
PLEASE NOTE:
The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
GLENDALE CITY CHURCH
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206
INFO:
(NO SOLICITATIONS, PLEASE: Glendale Noon Concerts
is not accepting artists to the program.)
Call 818-244-7241 (office)
or email glendalesda@gmail.com
General info & parking:
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/
Accessible for wheelchairs. Seating available next to wheelchairs.
Loading zone near California Ave. entrance.
*************************************
UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series:  
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/  

MORE FREE CONCERTS:
At the Edendale Branch Library in ECHO PARK
http://www.edendaleupclose.blogspot.com/

Artist Bios: 
 

Johana Krejci was born in Prague, Czech Republic.   She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Prague Conservatory, where she studied violin performance with Professor Nora Grumlikova.  She then furthered her musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and continued her advanced studies at USC.  In the summers of 1989 and 1990 she was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.  Ms. Krejci has toured Europe with the Prague Chamber Opera and has done extensive concert work with numerous orchestra and chamber ensembles throughout the world.  She has since made her home in Southern California where she teaches violin and freelances with many local orchestras, chamber groups and recording studios.  She has just recently founded the Brendan Trio with Brendan White and Kevan Torfeh.

Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), and the Delta Symphony 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.

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.

Kirstin Fife holds a Master of Music Degree in violin performance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music Degree, also in violin performance from the University of Southern California. As a freelance musician, Ms. Fife has had a very eclectic career, including performances as recording artist, chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician. For many years she recorded for records, movie and television soundtracks, including projects for Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, and Madonna, movies including “Meet Joe Black,” “Nemo", “Mission Impossible”, several seasons of Jag and many incarnations of the StarTrek series. She has appeared backing many prominent artists on the Tonight Show, Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, and the MTV Movie Awards. Also, Ms. Fife has performed for the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards. !
As soloist, she has released two solo CD’s, “Czechmate” and “Pieces Of My Heart”.! Ms. Fife has been a recitalist for fundraising causes, including Alzheimer’s Foundation, The Red Shirt Project, and Hope Gardens (Union Rescue Mission). 
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Besides performing, her other activities include composer, adjudicator, teacher, and coach. She is a frequent adjudicator for various competitions including Voce, Certificate of Merit, Southwest Youth Music Festival, ASTA, and the Bach Festival. In November of 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Alumni Ventures Grant from Yale University, for her work helping homeless children to learn violin. In 2013, Ms. Fife had her composition Cornicopia performed by the Los Angeles Horn Trio. Currently, Kirstin Fife is dividing her time between teaching, performing, and composing.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 2/6/2019

 

















FREE ADMISSION GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS
Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm
On Wednesday FEBRUARY 6, 2019 at 12:10-12:40 pm:

LOBO ENSEMBLE
Catherine Del Russo - oboe
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Jeness Johnson - cello

Please scroll down to read artist bios.

Program: 
A set of Renaissance and early Baroque pieces:
Rondo e Saltarello  (Anon.(Susato, publisher) Antwerp, 1551)
Pavane et Galliarde (Anon. (Phalèse, publisher) Leuven, 1571)
Couranta  (Johann Staden, German, 1581-1634)
Sinfonia d’Istromenti Senza Voci (Adriano Banchieri, Italian, 1568-1634)

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (Italan, 1710-1736)
Trio Sonata No.1 in G Major
Moderato

ALESSANDRO BESOZZI (Italian,1702-1793)
Trio No.1 in C Major
Andante
Allegro
Allegro

BEVAN MANSON
Interlude No.1 for English horn, violin, and cello

Interlude No.2 for oboe, violin, and cello

Vista Del Marty:
2.Moderato
4.Andante

JEREMY GILIEN
Pandora’s Habanera
Tango Mexicali
Left Banke Tango
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RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC
PLEASE NOTE:
The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
GLENDALE CITY CHURCH
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206
INFO:
(NO SOLICITATIONS, PLEASE: Glendale Noon Concerts
is not accepting artists to the program.)
Call 818-244-7241 (office)
or email glendalesda@gmail.com
General info & parking:
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/
Accessible for wheelchairs. Seating available next to wheelchairs.
Loading zone near California Ave. entrance.
*************************************
UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series: 
http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com/  

MORE FREE CONCERTS:
At the Edendale Branch Library in ECHO PARK
http://www.edendaleupclose.blogspot.com/

Artist Bios:

Catherine Del Russo received her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performance Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle, and her Masters of Music Degree from Ohio University where she studied with John Mack in Cleveland. Since then, Del Russo has performed around the world, beginning with the Eastman Wind Ensemble to the Far East as Principal Oboe. After that, she performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Filharmonic de Caracas and Orquesta Municipal in Caracas, Venezuela. Del Russo has played with many orchestras since moving to Los Angeles, including the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony. Currently, she is Principal Oboe of Orchestra Santa Monica, Downey Symphony, and Symphony in the Glen, and is Solo English horn for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony. Del Russo has enjoyed playing on many films, commercials and television shows. She has been a promoter of chamber music and new music in Los Angeles. Her oboe, viola and piano trio won the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters. Del Russo is Professor of Oboe at Westmont College and is on the Applied Music faculty at Occidental College. 

 
Jacqueline Suzuki, violin , is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she began her earliest chamber music studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has performance degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied with William Kroll, and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).
As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appears on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the US. 
 
Jeness Johnson, international cello soloist, combines passion and virtuosity unlike any other cellist of her generation. When the world famous cellist Janos Starker heard her play at age 11 he said “She is the next great talent.” Jeness has performed worldwide including such prestigious halls as Severance Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy. She has performed for former President Jimmy Carter, Pope John Paul II, Yo-yo Ma, and collaborated with artists as diverse as K.D. Lang , Kenny Loggins, James Taylor, and La Scala Quartet. Jeness attended the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Meadowmount School of Music, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has developed her own unique improvisational skills and enjoys improvising, composing, and recording for film and television.
She currently resides in Los Angeles  where she is in high demand as a soloist and recording artist.
 
Composer/pianist Bevan Manson has received commissions from Sierra Chamber Music, French hornist Brian O'Connor, the San Francisco Symphony, First Night Boston, Chatter in Albuquerque, Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violist Victoria Miskolczy. His Blue Bird, Blue Jay, for chorus and chamber orchestra (on texts by Emily Dickinson) was commissioned and presented by the Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation in 2016. 

Midnight Winds and the Occidental Woodwind Quintet have premiered and performed his woodwind quintet Switchbacko, respectively. Raphael's Music Notes (Cincinnati) had this to say of a recent recording of this quintet: "Manson’s writing is brilliant, inventive, witty but never self-consciously clever." Arco Voce featured his Piano Quartet on their concert series at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., to critical acclaim. The Washington Post called Bevan's Piano Quartet "powerfully polyrhythmic." 

Bevan's California Concertino for Flute and Chamber Orchestra was premiered in NYC by Katherine Fink of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and also performed by L.A. Chamber Orchestra flutist David Shostac with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony. Regarding a recent recording with Sara Andon and the Hollywood Studio Symphony, Fanfare Magazine commented that it “spins out a lovely melodic line…it is clear American pastoralism at its best.” 

Bevan is a founding member of the international composers collective Improvisatory Minds, which presents concerts of  classical chamber music informed by a jazz perspective. Music of Bevan Manson, a recording of his recent chamber music, including the flute concertino, works for solo clarinet, piano quartet, and string trio, was recently released on Albany Records.

Jazz Improv Magazine described his CD, Mystic Mainstream, as “radical recasts of standards that demand your attention." He has arranged and conducted music for saxophonist Gary Smulyan at NYC's Blue Note, and is currently creating new jazz versions of several Sondheim songs for Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne. He has recorded on the Challenge, Iris, Brownstone, and GM labels. 

Bevan has performed with George Garzone, Cecil McBee, Darol Anger, Gunther Schuller, Bob Sheppard, Matt Wilson, Howard McGhee, Suzanne Pittson, Ron Jones L.A. Big Band, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Matt Glazer, Ethel Merman, and Bob Moses.  He has also worked in Hollywood as a studio musician, and on camera in film and television. Bevan was a winner of the American Jazz Piano Award in Jacksonville, FL. 


Bevan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. He was the Director of UC Jazz at UC Berkeley from 1998 to 2003, and formerly taught at New England Conservatory in Boston, from 1987 to 1997. He is currently serving as Instructor in Jazz Studies at Ventura College, leading their Jazz Band, teaching Jazz History and coaching music students in composition and improvisation.

Jeremy Gilien was a founding faculty member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and served as musical director of the music theater program until 2006, when he became director of music for the department of dance.  He is the composer of three operas: The Magician, The Happy Prince, and Calcutta Rose (about Mother Teresa). His Symphonice Suite from The Happy Prince  was the winner of the 1997 Valley Symphony Composition Competition and received its premier under the baton of maestro Robert Chauls. His latest work for the stage is an operatic/political/circus farce entitled Civicus Dutius, which was premiered by the Cal State L.A.department of Theatre Arts and Dance.  He has been nominated for a Lester Horton Award for outstanding achievement in music for dance for his work with the choreographer Rudy Perez.  Mr. Gilien has been director of music at Lynwood United Methodist Church, and currently serves as director of music of Downey United Methodist Church. He also serves on the music staff of University SDA church.  He is currentl staff accompanist at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute of the Colburn School, the Colburn Dance Academy, and has played summer intensive training programs for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffrey Ballet, and Cecchetti U.S.A..  Mr Gilien received an MA degree in composition from California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Byong- Kon Kim and served as a repetiteur for the opera workshop.
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