Thursday, December 21, 2017

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 1/3/18

Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm 
On Wednesday, JANUARY 3, 2018 at 12:10-12:40 pm: 
Featuring compositions and arrangements by Kristin Fife. 
KEVAN TORFEH - guest cellist


Three Renaissance Pieces
            I. Fantasia In Eco Movendo Un Registro by Andriano Banchieri ((1568-1634)
            II. Sinfonia D’Istromenti Senza Voci by A. Banchieri
             III. Pavana by Johann Staden (1581-1634)

London Trio No. 3…… by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
     I. Spiritoso
     II. Andante
     III. Allegro

Four Paintings by Salvador Dali (1904-1989)… Kirstin Fife
    I.   The Persistence of Memory
    II. Living Still Life
    III. Metamorphosis of Narcissus
    IV. Swans Reflecting Elephants

Three Tangos…… by A.G. Villoldo (1861-1919) arranged by Kirstin Fife
     I. Brisas Rosarinas
     II. Kalisay
     III. El Choclo

Scroll down for artist bios.


The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206

Please call Victoria Lucero (818-244-7241 office)
or email
General info & parking:
UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series:
(every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm; 

At the Edendale Branch Library in ECHO PARK


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). Currently, she and pianist Alby Potts are releasing a CD, recorded, but not as of yet titled.!
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.

Oboist Catherine Del Russo received her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performance Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Robert Sprenkle. She also received her Masters of Music Degree from Ohio University where she studied with John Mack in Cleveland.
Since then, Ms. 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. Ms. Del Russo has played with many orchestras since moving to Los Angeles, for example, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony. Currently, she is Principal Oboe of Orchestra Santa Monica, Downey Symphony, Symphony in the Glen, Solo English horn of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony. Catherine 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 has won the Beverly Hills Auditions held annually by the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters. Catherine is Professor of Oboe at Westmont College and Occidental College.

Kevan Torfeh, Guest Cellist
Kevan Torfeh is a professional cellist and teacher based primarily in Southern California.
 His musical activities include playing recording sessions, concerts, and teaching. Mr. Torfeh served as Principal and Solo Cellist for the L.A. Mozart Orchestra for 14 seasons, Guest Principal Cellist with the South Coast Symphony and the Capistrano Valley Symphony for three seasons, Guest Principal Cellist with the Mozart Chamber Orchestra in Irvine for 2 seasons, and as Associate Principal with the Temianka Virtuosi for five seasons, touring with the same group under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management.  Mr. Torfeh performed and recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 17 years. 

Mr. Torfeh’s studies were completed at U.S.C., at L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in London with William Pleeth, and at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg. Mr. Torfeh taught general and instrumental music for two years at the Wildwood School in West L.A., and from 2004 to present he has served as adjunct professor of cello in the applied music program at Santa Monica College. Mr. Torfeh also teaches cello privately in Los Angeles. Many of his students have gone on to professional careers.

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