Monday, May 20, 2024

GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS (Live in person free concerts) 6/5/24

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS           

Every First & Third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm,  

has returned to live performances

in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church!

 

RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC

On Wednesday JUNE 5, 2024 at 12:10 -12:40 pm PT,

the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program

will be performed live in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church.  

 610 E. California Ave Glendale, CA 91206

 

PARKING INFO:

https://glendalecitychurch.org/location



Glendale Noon Concerts  6/5/24

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT

 

KEN AISO - violin

VALERIA MORGOVSKAYA  - piano

 

Program:

Franz Schubert (Austrian, 1797-1828)

 

Violin Sonata in A Major,

Op. posth. 162, D. 574 "Grand Duo" (1817)

1. Allegro moderato

2. Scherzo: presto

3. Andantino

4. Allegro vivace

Pablo de Sarasate (Spanish, 1844-1908)

 Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) in C Minor, Op. 20 

 

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STILL AVAILABLE! Watch

previous Glendale Noon Concerts streamed concerts

(April 2020-February 1, 2023):

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

Read about the previous programs:   

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

Facebook 6/5/24 event page: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1498694547443886

Preview of the NEXT CONCERT:

Wednesday JUNE 19, 2024

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT

ERGO MUSICA:

Adriana Zoppo - viola d'amore

Morgan Little - baroque cello

  

Please check the link below for updates

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

 


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

Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art and education and their generous grant to GNC.

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.

 

Friday, May 3, 2024

GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS (Live in person free concerts) 5/15/24

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS          

Every First & Third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm,  

has returned to live performances

in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church!

 

RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC

On Wednesday MAY 15, 2024 at 12:10 -12:40 pm PT,

the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program

will be performed live in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church.  

 610 E. California Ave Glendale, CA 91206

 

PARKING INFO:

https://glendalecitychurch.org/location



Glendale Noon Concerts  5/15/24

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT

KEWA ENSEMBLE

Jacqueline Suzuki - violin

Patrick Marsh- viola

Clement Chow – cello

 

Program:

Richard Strauss

Variations on "'s Deandl is harb auf mi"

for string trio

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Trio No.5 in C minor, Op.9 No. 3 

Allegro con spirito

Adagio con espressione

Scherzo-Allegro molto e vivace

Finale- Presto

 

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STILL AVAILABLE! Watch

previous Glendale Noon Concerts streamed concerts

(April 2020-February 1, 2023):

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

Read about the previous programs:   

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

Facebook 5/15/24 event page: 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/404458255816827

Preview of the NEXT CONCERT:

Wednesday JUNE 5, 2024

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT

Ken Aiso - violin

Valeria Morgovskaya – piano

 

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Violin Sonata in A Major,

Op. posth. 162, D. 574 "Grand Duo" (1817)

1. Allegro moderato

2. Scherzo: presto

3. Andantino

4. Allegro vivace

 

Please check the link below for updates

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

 


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

Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art and education and their generous grant to GNC.

ARTIST BIOS:

JACQUELINE SUZUKI, violin, is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies.

She initiated and curates a twice monthly chamber music series, the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts. A current schedule may be seen at http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

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.



PATRICK MARSH received his bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins as a viola major.

As a violist, Patrick was one of the founding members of “Clemens Quartet,” a string quartet performing and competing throughout the United States. As a violinist, Patrick is a former concertmaster of The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. His performance opportunities have taken him across the United States, Europe, and St. Petersburg Russia.

Though classical music is the foundation of his technique, he can be found branching out into the jazz and rock genres. Patrick plays a blue Fourness Fuse 5-string electric violin and runs it through a Line6 Helix for effects, and two Gallien Krueger bass amps in stereo.

Patrick can also be heard as a featured soloist in such feature films as “Kids vs. Monsters” and “Pali Road” as well as such video games as “Relics of Gods” and Disney’s “Cartooniverse.” https://www.patrickmarshmusic.com/

 

CLEMENT CHOW has studied at Rice University and Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music. He has been to music festivals around the world which include the Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, as well as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany. He made his solo debut with the Houston Symphony at the age of 16. He has also studied with some of the greatest chamber music groups around the world. The groups include Tokyo, Cleveland, Alban Berg, and Amadeus String Quartets.

Friday, April 19, 2024

GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS (Live in person free concerts) 5/1/24

Free Admission GLENDALE NOON CONCERTS          

Every First & Third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm   

has returned to live performances

in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church!

RELAX DURING YOUR LUNCH HOUR WITH LIVE MUSIC


 610 E. California Ave Glendale, CA 91206

 

On Wednesday MAY 1, 2024 at 12:10 -12:40 pm PT,

the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program

will be performed live in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church.

PARKING INFO:

https://glendalecitychurch.org/location

Glendale Noon Concerts  5/1/24

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT


Pianist  NIC GERPE

http://www.nicgerpe.com

 

Program:

Gernot Wolfgang (b.1957)

The Patience of Water (2021)

 

Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937)

Calypso, from Metopes, Op. 29 (1915)

 

Almeida Prado (1943 - 2010)

Ilhas (1973)  

1. Ilhas dos nove vulcões

2. Ilha de pedra

3. Ilha de gelo

4. Ilha verde-azul

5. Ilha de coral

6. Ilha das flores

7. Ilhas afortunadas

8. Arquipélago

 

Timothy Peterson (b.1994)

Aries (2022)

 

 

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STILL AVAILABLE! Watch

previous Glendale Noon Concerts streamed concerts

(April 2020-February 1, 2023):

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

Read about the previous programs:   

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

Facebook 5/1/24 event page:

 https://www.facebook.com/events/733023188713269

Preview of the NEXT CONCERT:

Wednesday MAY 15, 2024

at 12:10-12:40 pm PT

 KEWA ENSEMBLE

Jacqueline Suzuki - violin

Patrick Marsh- viola

Clement Chow - cello

Program:

Richard Strauss

Variations on "'s Deandl is harb auf mi"

for string trio

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Trio No.5 in C minor, Op.9 No. 3 

Allegro con spirito

Adagio con espressione

Scherzo-Allegro molto e vivace

Finale- Presto


Please check the link below for updates

http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com

 


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

Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their mission to support art and education and their generous grant to GNC.

ARTIST BIO:

Pianist Nic Gerpe, a Los Angeles native, has been hailed as “magnetic” (Dan Johnson, L.A. Downtown News) and “prodigious… heroic” (Kevin McMahon, silverlakeblvd.com). L.A. Times music critic Mark Swed described his playing as “wonderfully illuminating… his tone is crystalline. His technique is dazzlingly fluid.” A dedicated proponent of new music, Nic has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, Gernot Wolfgang, Anne LeBaron, Michael Gordon and Donald Crockett, and has given numerous world premieres in the Los Angeles area and abroad. Nic has performed throughout Southern California and at festivals including the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, Banff International Keyboard Festival, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory, and the Tahoe Chamber Music Festival. Nic has performed in such venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Hall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater. Nic’s performances have also been nationally broadcast on 91.5 KUSC and classicalkusc.org.

As one of four young pianists featured on L.A.-based Piano Spheres’ new Satellite Series, Nic recently performed a critically-acclaimed solo recital at the Roy And Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater. He also gave the world premiere of James Matheson’s “Chapter 1…” at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Radical Light Tribute Concert for Steven Stucky. Nic recently performed on the Green Umbrella series’ “Noon to Midnight” concert, an all-day celebration of contemporary music, at Disney Hall. Nic has also performed on the Sundays Live series, the longest-running live music broadcast in L.A., at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Nic has performed as a soloist in modern piano concerti by some of today’s most talented emerging composers. He gave the World Premiere composer Dale Trumbore’s piano concerto “10,000 Hours” with the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Donald Crockett. He also participated in the 2012 Piatigorsky International CelloFest, performing the American premiere of Thomas Demenga’s “Relations”, a double concerto for two cellos, percussion and prepared piano. He also recently performed Reena Esmail’s “Earth Speaks”, a concerto for piano, horn and SATB chorus, with the Pasadena Master Chorale, conducted by Jeffrey Bernstein.

Nic has performed with Los Angeles-based new music groups WildUP and The Industry L.A., and premiered new works for Magnetic Resonator Piano with People Inside Electronics. He has performed with such world-renowned artists as Andrew Bain, Michele Zukovsky, Jack van Geem and Judith Farmer. Nic’s playing is also featured on composer Gernot Wolfgang’s GRAMMY-nominated chamber music album “Passing Through”, released in 2016 on the Albany Label.

Additionally, Nic has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at California State University Los Angeles, Cal State University Sacramento, Pasadena City College, and Los Angeles Valley College.

Along with violinist Pasha Tseitlin, Nic is the co-founder of Panic Duo, a violin and piano duo dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. The Duo has performed in Los Angeles, San Diego, Escondido, Paso Robles and other venues throughout the United States. Current season highlights include performances at Boston Court Performing Arts Center and The Phoenix Concerts in New York City, as well as guest artist recitals at Cal Arts and Cal State L.A..

Nic earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California in 2012. He studied extensively with Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Stewart Gordon. He has also worked with Earl Wild, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Lipsett, and Stephen Drury.

Nic has been on the Piano Faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2006.

 PROGRAM NOTES:

The Patience of Water (2021) – Gernot Wolfgang
The inspiration for my contribution to this wonderful project was the third movement of Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Pastorale (Taurus).
I focused on recurring elements in Crumb’s movement, and transformed them into my own musical gestures. These would periodically return within my piece, resulting in a modular structure not unsimilar to that of Pastorale.
Overall The Patience of Water turned out to be quieter, more pensative than its source of inspiration. In nature, absent of human influence, water moves at its own pace. Whether fast, slow or seemingly still, it is patient. It cannot be hurried.
- Gernot Wolfgang

 

Métopes, Op. 29   -Karol Szymanowski
Szymanowski composed the three movement cycle Métopes in 1915, a full four years after his Second Piano Sonata. During this break from writing piano music, he made four extended trips with his friend Stefan Spiess throughout Italy and Sicily, and during these excursions he became infatuated with the literature, art, and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Particularly inspiring to Szymanowski were trips to the ruins of Greek temples in Segesta, Agrigento, Siracusa and Taormina. In 1911, he made a trip to a museum in Palermo where he saw bas-reliefs from the 6th- to 4th- Century B.C. These metopes, which are rectangular decorative panels with a painted or sculpted scene, came from the temple at Selinunt and served at least partially as the inspiration for Szymanowski’s triptych. Strangely, these particular metopes did not depict the same scenes found in Szymanowski’s Métopes – as Teresa Chylinska points out: “The composer… does not utilize the technique of leading motives; he does not utilize ‘sound painting’, nor in any manner does the music ‘relate’ the history of Odysseus. Similar to Debussy and Ravel, in giving programmatic titles to his compositions, he defines only the circle of defined associations, suggestions or allusions around them; the titles represent multi-meaning symbols of the adventures, which are hidden and which – as in the metopes on the friezes in the temple – keep changing, depending upon the intensity of the light and shadows”.
Szymanowski was also particularly fond of the works of Homer, and the epic poem The Odyssey features prominently in several of the composer’s works. The three Métopes are each based upon a female character that Odysseus encounters on his homeward journey following the Trojan War. Poseidon, the god of the sea, attempts to thwart Odysseus’ travels at practically every turn, and it takes Odysseus ten years to reach his home of Ithaca.
The Isle of the Sirens depicts the half-woman, half-bird creatures whose alluringly beautiful song lures sailors to their demise, shipwrecked upon the rocks of their island. Odysseus, passing by the Sirens’ home, orders his crew to plug their ears with wax so as to be immune to the spell, while he is tied to the mast and is able to hear their song.
Odysseus finds himself shipwrecked upon the island of Ogygia, where the beautiful nymph Calypso offers him hospitality but imprisons him for seven years. Only when she is ordered by the Gods to release Odysseus does she assist him in building a raft and pointing him in the direction of home.
When Poseidon discovers that Odysseus has escaped Calypso’s island, he shipwrecks the hero’s raft on the island of the Phaeacians. Washed ashore and half-dead, Odysseus is discovered by Nausicaa, the daughter of the island’s King. Nausicaa encourages Odysseus to seek the help of her parents, who welcome him and ultimately hear his recounting of his voyages and adventures. Ultimately, they provide him with ships and men to return him to his home to be reunited with his wife Penelope; Nausicaa falls deeply in love with him but her love is unrequited.
These trips throughout the Mediterranean also saw a major shift in Szymanowski’s musical language. While his music up to the Second Piano Sonata were heavily influenced by late German Romanticism, works composed through the years of the First World War take on a distinctly Impressionistic flavor, demonstrating the use of bi- and polytonality, as well as atonality with hints of Scriabin and Schoenberg. Works composed during this period include the Métopes, Masques, Etudes, Mythes for violin and piano, and Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess. Despite having elements comparable to Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg and Scriabin, the music of Szymanowski is highly individual and unique and influenced not only younger Polish composers, but also such composers as Bartók and Berg.
- Nic Gerpe

 

 

Ilhas (1973) - Almeida Prado

1. The Island of Nine Volcanoes - "Spitting fire, the blood of the earth, explosions of incandescent rhythms, a strange liturgy of violence, a wild song between lava and sea."
2. The Island of Stone - "A barren stillness, strange animals run over the crevices. No vegetation to afford beauty, occasional bushes and an unrelenting heat."
3. The Island of Ice - "Icebergs sailing on the waves like a white crystal ship, with untouched majesty, impersonal, immense and solitary."
4. Green-blue island - "Lost in a sea of intensive blue, coconut palm trees with thick foliage, birds, butterflies, the gentle song of the wind."
5. Island of Coral - "A red collar, gripped by the redness of everything. Luminous fish in the coral branches. Magical fullness."
6. Island of Flowers - "Possible fantasy... orchids, agapantos, magnolias, jasmine... ruins of immense pyramids. Magic circles."
7. Islands of Happiness - "Toucans, song-thrushes, canaries, large blue butterflies which fly around in wonderful circles."

 

Aries (2022) – Timothy Peterson
Aries is a constellation that represents the winged, golden-fleeced ram of Greek mythology. The ram first appears in the tale of Phrixus and Helle, twin children who unwittingly become the object of their stepmother’s hatred. The children’s birthmother summons the ram to whisk them away to the distant land of Colchis (modern-day Georgia). While flying over the Mediterranean Sea, Helle succumbs to vertigo and falls to her death. Phrixus, however, arrives safely in Colchis, whereupon he sacrifices the ram to Zeus, who places it in the night sky, creating the constellation Aries, which, according to Hellenic astrology, the Sun enters at the beginning of Spring. Phrixus then gifts the local king with the ram’s golden fleece to thank him for his hospitality. (Later, Jason and the Argonauts embark on a quest to claim the prized fleece as their own.) Some scholars believe that the myth of the Golden Fleece was inspired by an early mining technique that was popular in the Caucasus region and likely known to Ancient Greeks whereby sheep fleeces were stretched over a wooden frame and submerged in a stream that held gold deposits. The fleeces would catch flecks of gold that were later combed out after the fleeces had been hung from trees to dry. These mythological, astrological, and historical associations were on my mind as I composed Aries. Sparkly and twinkly playing in the piano’s upper register evoke the sheen of the ram’s golden fleece and the starry quality of its celestial reincarnation. Watery textures – sometimes gentle and at other times more forceful, rising from the depths of the piano’s lower register – evoke the Mediterranean Sea and the streams used in placer mining. Lyrical, melancholic passages invite reflection on the more tragic elements of Phrixus and Helle’s tale, while moments of triumph allude to the feelings of rebirth so often associated with the Spring season that is rung in by the vernal equinox. – Timothy Peterson