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

Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube

Glendale Noon Concerts  5/19/21



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)


On Facebook:

On YouTube:

The program will be archived on the

Glendale City Church Youtube Channel:

Watch previous Glendale Noon Concerts streams:

Read about the previous programs:


Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10 pm PT
On Wednesday MAY 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm PT:




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 

“Solo cello music of the 1920s”


Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)


Sonate für Violoncello allein op. 25 Nr. 3 (1922)



Eugéne Ysaÿe (1858-1931)


Sonate en Ut mineur pour Violoncelle seul, op. 28 (1924)


Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)


Suite per Violoncello solo (1926)



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.
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 



 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  

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; 

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. Artist website:



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