Thursday, March 4, 2021

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube/Glendale Noon Concerts 3/17/21

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube

Glendale Noon Concerts  3/17/21

Asuncion Ojeda, Flute
Paul Sherman, Oboe
Traci Esslinger, Piano

Works by Chinary Ung, Alan Hovhaness, & Madeleine Dring

During the Covid-19 "Safer at Home" period,
Glendale Noon Concerts will bring our programs
to you via streaming on Facebook and YouTube:
The MARCH 17, 2021 program can be viewed at this link
beginning at 12:10 pm PDT. (VIDEO will be available ongoing)



On Facebook:


On YouTube:




The concert will be archived on the Glendale City Church Youtube Channel:

Watch previous Glendale Noon Concerts streams:

Read about the previous programs:


On Wednesday, MARCH 17, 2021 at 12:10 pm PDT:


Asuncion Ojeda, Flute
Paul Sherman, Oboe
Traci Esslinger, Piano



Chinary Ung – Neak Pean for flute and english horn


Alan Hovhaness - Visionary Landscapes, Op.214
I. Allegro rubato
II. Allegretto
III.  “Evening Bell” Allegro misterioso, molto rubato
IV.  Allegro brillante 


Madeleine Dring – Trio, for flute, oboe and piano
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante Simplice
III. Allegro giocoso

(Scroll down for program notes & artist bios)

ok MAR 17 event page:

Please keep checking the site below for updates.

Streaming on Wednesday APRIL 7, 2021 at 12:10-12:40 pm PDT:
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Brendan White - piano
GEORGE N. GIANOPOULOS  City Vignettes for violin and piano
FELIX MENDELSSOHN  Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4 
JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonatensatz: Scherzo in C minor


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.
Glendale City Church also presents the Second Saturday Concert Series,
and sponsors the Caesura Youth Orchestra
Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art & education and their generous grant to GNC.


Written by renown composer, Chinary Ung (1942), Neak Pean was written for Asuncion and Paul for the Nirmita festival held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The premier performance was given at the final concert of the festival. 

Neak Pean is a kind of ancient hospital at Angkor Wat, where the four main pools represent the elements of Water (North), Earth (East), Fire (South) and Wind (West). As Ung explains, “The term Neak Pean refers to the intertwining Nagas, or serpents, that surround the central island. . . . Bathing in the pools restored the individual’s balance, thereby healing disease.” The flute and the English horn represent the two Naga’s or dragons as they intertwine using Ung’s process of spiral composition. The idea of a spiral — something that circles back but continues going — proved especially inspirational, prompting a series of pieces: “Spiral II,” “Grand Spiral,” “Antiphonal Spirals” and more.


Visionary Landscapes, Op. 214 by Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness was born in March of 1911 in Somerville, Massachusetts and composed his first piece, a cantata inspired by a song by Franz Schubert, at the callow age of 4. Throughout his lifetime, Hovhaness pursued the study of various world musics including that of his paternal ancestral Armenia; Indian classical music; Korean percussion and strings; as well as gagaku, music of the Japanese Imperial court. Visionary Landscapes was composed in 1967 subsequent to returning from his Japanese music studies in Hawaii and Japan. The miniatures in this suite for solo piano were inspired by mountain landscapes and lake vistas in Armenia and Switzerland.


Multi-faceted artist Madeleine Dring (1923-1977) was an English actress, mime, cartoonist, violinist, pianist, singer, and composer. She earned a violin scholarship to the junior department of the Royal College of Music (RCM), and she continued her studies at RCM as a senior composition student of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. In addition to composing concert pieces, Dring sustained her love of the theater by acting, singing, playing piano, and composing incidental music.

Dring composed several of her chamber works, including the Trio for flute, oboe, and piano (1968) for her husband Roger Lord, a professional oboist who played with the London Symphony Orchestra. Flutist Peter Lloyd, Lord, and AndrĂ© Previn premiered the Trio in the United States. Dring admired Francis Poulenc, and her works often exhibit similarities in melodic structure and rhythmic wit.


Dr. Paul J. Sherman enjoys a varied career as a conductor, oboist, and musicologist. He performs on both modern and baroque period instruments and enjoys a career with many different musical branches. These include jazz, classical and early music.  His doctorate from USC is in oboe performance, conducting, early music and music history. While studying at USC he was honored as the universities top wind graduate. Dr. Sherman is an assistant professor of music history at Glendale College and has been on the faculty of USC as Instructor of Early Music, at Chapman University as Director of the Wind Symphony and Coordinator of winds and brass, and at College of the Canyons as Director of the Symphony of the Canyons. 

As a performer, he has appeared with the LA. Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Chamber Music, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Music Angelica among many others.


Flutist Asuncion Ojeda has been active with various southern California ensembles, including Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), and Nimbus Ensemble.  She is also a student/performer with the World Kulintang Institute ensemble, an organization devoted to the ancient gong and drum traditions from the southern Philippines.  As an elementary music teacher with the LAUSD Arts Education Branch, Asuncion gets to share her love for music with students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.


Pianist Traci Esslinger is a Los Angeles native committed to the exploration of contemporary as well as traditional repertoire. She has performed with the California EAR Unit, Inauthentica, Nimbus Ensemble, and CalArts New Century Players and in festivals such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Minimalist Jukebox, (Rajikaru!) Experimentations in Japanese Art at The Getty, at REDCAT as part of the Synaesthesia Festival, the Banff Chamber Music Festival, UCSB’s Made in California, and Kaffee und Kultur: L.A.’s Emigre Life of the 1940’s and 1050’s at the Skirball among others. She has worked with leading contemporary composers such as: James Newton, James Tenney, Ulrich Krieger, Anne LeBaron, David Rosenboom, Roger Reynolds, Sean Heim, and John M. Kennedy and is featured on David Rosenboom's "Naked Curvature: Four Memories of the Daimon" on the Tzadik label. Traci is a founding member of the Arroyo Ensemble and holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in piano performance from California Institute of the Arts as well as a Master’s of Music in composition and a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from California State University, Los Angeles. When not performing or teaching in her Altadena-based studio, Traci can usually be found in the mountains, hiking and backpacking with her partner, Sean Heim, and her Blue Heelers, Matilda and Angus.

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