Fanfare for Fall Set for November 2

The Peninsula Committee’s annual fall fundraiser, Fanfare to Fall, will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club from 4 to 7 PM on Sunday, November 2, 2014.  The performers will be Robert Thies, piano, Jeralyn Glass, soprano and Andrew Moses, clarinet.   Tickets are $80 each.  Please click on link below to see the flyer for details and to order tickets.

Fanfare for Fall Flyer 2014

About the performers:

Robert Thies

Robert Thies

Robert Thies (pronounced “Theece”) is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn’s triumph in Moscow in 1958.Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has already performed 40 different concerti with orchestras all over the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, and the Mexico City Philharmonic.Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and collaborator in both instrumental and vocal chamber music. He frequently shares the stage with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra. When not onstage, he is in high demand for special recording projects and also appears on the soundtracks of many film scores. He founded the Thies Consort, an ensemble that presents unique programs based on a style, composer, or other concept.

Also a dedicated teacher, Thies maintains a small private studio and serves on the faculty of the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles.


Jeralyn Glass

Jeralyn Glass

Jeralyn Glass, (formerly known as Jeralyn Talia Refeld) is an internationally celebrated artist on the opera and concert stages of the world. She is known as a “Mozart singer of the first order” for her performances as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Zerlina, Despina, and Blondchen in many of the world’s leading opera houses. Admired for her “radiant lyric expression,” “brilliant coloratura,” and “clear, sparkling soprano,” Ms. Glass was a member of the Dortmund Opera Ensemble for 3 seasons, singing Gilda, Ännchen, Micaela, Gretel, Woglinde, Princess Eudora, Marzelline.  She has sung in the opera houses of Bonn, Leipzig, Munich, Nice, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Marseille, Tours, Lille, Maastricht, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zurich, Malaga, Venice, San Diego, Michigan, Los Angeles, Chautauqua, Pittsburgh and at the Aspen Music Festival, among others.She was educated at USC, UCLA and on a scholarship at the Juilliard School, New York. She studied voice with Annette Smith, Nina Hinson, Martial Singher, Ellen Faull and Josef Metternich and coached jazz with Phil Moore. She studied opera in Italy with Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi, acting with William Esper, and at The Actors Institute, New York. This native Californian has won the Young California Artist Award, the California Mozart Competition, as well as honors in the San Francisco Opera Awards, New York NATS First Prize, and the Liederkranz Competition in New York. She was semi-finalist in the Mirjam Helin International Vocal Competition in Helsinki, Finland.

Jeralyn is known as an innovative artist and teacher.  She is passionate about guiding young people on a fulfilling path in the performing arts. She is founder and artistic director of the kids4kids World Foundation,, a charitable organization which develops young talents, coupling artistic development with teamwork and social responsibility.

Jeralyn is currently transitioning from living and working in Europe, back home to the United States.


Andrew Moses

Andrew Moses

Fifteen year old clarinetist Andrew Moses (Los Angeles) divides his time between clarinet and musical composition. As a clarinetist, he has appeared on From the Top on NPR, is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, has performed as a concerto soloist with several Los Angeles orchestras, and on the Southern California recital circuit he has performed over 20 recitals in the past two seasons. Andrew was winner of the 2014 Young Musicians Foundation National Debut Concerto Competition, the Torrance Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Beverly Hills Auditions, and the Glendale Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition; and he received top prizes in the Midland National Young Artist Competition and the International Clarinet Association High School Competition. He is a Junior of iPalpiti Artists International, appeared twice at the renowned Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, was clarinetist with the Colburn School Honors Woodwind Quintet, and has been Assistant Conductor of the Glendale Youth Orchestra. As a composer, Andrew was awarded a fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of their Composer Fellowship Program. The LAPhil premiered a short symphonic work of his at Walt Disney Concert Hall earlier this year.

Fanfare to Fall Preview

If you’d like a sneak preview of one of the Fanfare to Fall festured performers, pianist Robert Thies will be performing Beethoven’s Trio in G major for flute, bassoon and piano at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, October 14 at 8:00 PM.

A renowned artist praised for his “thoughtful and intensely moving interpretations,” he enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.  He is sought after as a master class teacher, chamber music coach and lecturer and presently serves on the faculty of the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Theis has also worked and recorded with many of the top studio musicians and film composers.  His playing can be heard most recently on the winning score of The Life of Pi,  Danny Elfman’s concert piece Serenada Schizophrana, and the North American tour of Star Wars in Concert.

If you can’t make it to Disney Hall, you will have a chance to enjoy Robert Theis’ performance at the Peninsula Committee’s Fanfare to Fall on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 PM.  Tickets are still available.



Ann Ehrenclou, Marian Hall, Lu Takeuchi, hostess Marian Duntley, FIDM speaker and guide Lanie Denslow, Karen Gottliev, hostess Judy Sannes, Nancy Ceja, Janet Thomas, hostess Karen Tozer, Liesl and Marge Schmit enjoy the FIDM exhibit.

Ann Ehrenclou, Marian Hall, Lu Takeuchi, hostess Marian Duntley, FIDM speaker and guide Lanie Denslow, Karen Gottlieb, hostess Judy Sannes, Nancy Ceja, Janet Thomas, hostess Karen Tozer, Marge’s grandaughter Liesl and Marge Schmit enjoy the FIDM exhibit.


Thanks to Marian Duntley, Judy Sannes and Karen Tozer, eight Peninsula Committee members won a tour of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) at this year’s Grand Salon.  The tour was held on Friday, September 5, followed by lunch at Panini Grill. 

The day started with an overview of the history of FIDM and its current curriculum offerings presented by Lanie Denslow, FIDM’s International Director.  The tour included of many of FIDM’s collections and facilities.  PCLAP members also were able to see the current Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design and shop at several of the FIDM stores. 

Sadly this was our last FIDM tour since Lanie will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.  The good news is that she will lead PCLAP members in a workshop on international protocol and customs on November 15.  Mark the date on your calendars — details will be provided later.


Madame President-Hoffman

Welcoming Smiles…President Marian Duntley and Dale Hoffman. Dale’s ever hard working wife Marilyn rode the first bus.

BRAVO to Philharmonic Friends Chairs, Karen Gottlieb and Judy Shaffer! Their hard work and dedication resulted in PCLAP member donations exceeding our $30,000 goal, and thus a happy group of music lovers was rewarded with a quintessential Southern California evening of Mozart Masterpieces at the Hollywood Bowl.
The FIRST MOVEMENT of the evening was a smooth bus ride to the Bowl.

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Past President Lois Moore, and husband Jim…ALWAYS ready to help, this time passing out appetizers en route to the Bowl.

Sara Jane and George

Handsome Guests Sara Jane and George Bettge

Hoffman Guests-Corrigan

The SECOND MOVEMENT consisted of dinner al fresco at the picnic area of the Volunteer Cottage, looking welcoming and summer-sweet. The picnic tables were covered in periwinkle blue cloths featuring whimsical glass jars of assorted jellybeans tagged with a message of thanks for our contributions on behalf of Friends of the LA Philharmonic.

The THIRD MOVEMENT was provided by a stellar chamber orchestration delegation from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which played “crisply and alertly at all times.”  Conductor Nicholas McGegan and pianist Inon Barnaton wrought ‘Mozart Magic’ together.

CODA:   MUCH GRATITUDE to our incomparable President, Marian Duntley, who expertly wielded the event’s ‘organizational and logistic batons.’  With her usual unflappable calm and grace, she successfully checked all of us on to the buses, directed our group to the Volunteer Cottage upon arrival, and finally back to the buses for the return home.  Many thanks as well to the ever hardworking, generous Marilyn Hoffman, who arranged for the buses and boxed suppers.

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Music brings the NICEST people together!

Jelly Beans

Cute Karen

Smile-of-the-Evening Award to Karen Tozer!

Joan Davidson and Guests

Joan and Keith Davidson and Family

Tobiases and Karen Gottlieb

Toby and Mardi Tobias, and Philharmonic Friends Chair Karen Gottlieb

The Bowl

A Musical Jewel in the Crown of Los Angeles!

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out!

Tami and Linda

Tamara Kolodny and Linda Whitson

Peninnsula Committee Summer Party a Rip-Roaring Success


Sunset at the Grzywacz Ranch

Sunset at the Grzywacz Ranch

The PCLAP Summer Party at “Ranch Grzywacz” on August 16 was well attended by lots of members and guests in western dress. In addition to enjoying drinks, thanks to help from the Wine Warehouse, and a wonderful barbeque buffet, quite a few tried their hand at bocce ball and bean bag toss. And of course there was line dancing to the country western band, Showdown.

Country Western band Showdown

Showdown Band

Jand Beseda, Marian Duntley, Hostess Claudia Grzywacz and Nancy Siskowic enjoying the party.

Jand Beseda, Marian Duntley, Hostess Claudia Grzywacz and Nancy Siskowic enjoy the party.

Sponsors of the event were:  Sandy & Tom Cobb, Ginny Erxleben, Tom and Claudia Gryzwacz

And Donors:  Mary & Don Curtin, Jackie Givins, Sharon & Bud Guthrie, Diana and Van Honeycutt, Lois & Jim Moore, Val & Henry Noguchi and Karen Tozer.

Bob and Marge Schmidt visit with Vangie Maynard

Bob and Marge Schmidt visit with Vangie Maynard




Heartfelt thanks go to the committee for making the evening such a wonderful success:

Co-Chair and Hostess Supreme – Claudia Grzywacz

Wanda Dalcin – Co-Chair

Joellen Alflen

Marian Duntley

Ginny Erxleben

Diana Honeycutt

Renee Line

Judy Sannes

Pat Zelt

Daily Breeze Coverage of Grand Salon

Meredith Grenier wrote a terrific article on the Grand Salon that was published in the Daily Breeze on June 22.  Meredith’s writing and photos capture the spirit of the Peninsula Committee and the impact we have on music in the community through our volunteer activities and fundraising.  Click here to read the full text of the article.  Thank you Meredith!

(Front) Jan Brandmeyer, Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, co-chairs, Karen Gottlieb, Carolyn Elliott, (back) Tricia Paulsen, Steve Napolitano, deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Marian Duntley

(Front) Jan Brandmeyer, Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, co-chairs, Karen Gottlieb, Carolyn Elliott, (back) Tricia Paulsen, Steve Napolitano, deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Marian Duntley

A SMASHING June Salon!

Two Dazzling Chairs-and Friends!




Posted by Sally Varricchione

Article and Photos by Sally Varricchione

“Oh What a Night” at the California Museum of Fine Art in Old Downtown Torrance, the sophisticated venue of the June Salon!  No ‘June Gloom’ here as PCLAP members and their guests enjoyed a dazzling duo piano performance by artists Mona Wu DeCesare and Edward Francis.  Seated on two benches positioned in front of a beautiful Steinway grand piano, these consummate musicians enchanted and dazzled their audience with classical pieces by Gabrile Faure and Franz Schubert, as well as three ‘toe-tappin’ Rags by Scott Joplin.  Their grand finale, “Dizzy Fingers”, exhorted gasps and cheers from a ‘dizzied’ audience.

Vice-President, Hospitality Chair Claudia Grzywacz and Vice-Chair Wanda Dalcin deserve hearty BRAVI for stepping ‘outside the Salon Box’ and planning an innovative evening program presented at a unique and beautiful South Bay art gallery.  Dali and Brian Higa, owners of the gallery, were warmly welcoming and gracious hosts.

l-r Brian Higerian, Marge Schmit, Marion Ruth, Dali Higerian

l-r Brian Higa, Marge Schmit, Marion Ruth, Dali Higa

Pianists Edward Francis and Mona Wu DeCesare

Pianists Edward Francis and Mona Wu DeCesare


Featured Gallery Sculpture

Featured Gallery Sculpture

PCLAP members and their guests checked in, and were invited to enjoy a sumptuous pre-concert repast, enhanced by pourings of “happiness” by genial ‘bartrendesses’ Ginny Erxleben and Provisional Linda Whitson.

Checking In...

Provisionals Carla Farrell, Cheryl Litrenta, and Chair Wanda Dalcin warmly greeted members and guests.


Dispensers of "Happiness."

Dispensers of “Happiness”, Linda and Virginia.

Long-Time, ‘Super Star’ Members and Supporters of the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra enjoy a STELLAR Evening!

Vice-President, Programs, Darlene Vlasek and husband Jim

Vice-President, Programs, Darlene Vlasek and husband Jim










Ann Carley ('Pretty in Pink', Husband Jim, Winnie Martin, and Kathy Keller

Ann Carley (‘Pretty in Pink’!), Husband Jim, Winnie Martin, and Kathy Keller.

Marian-Jane-Ann Marinovich-Linda Whitson

Grand Salon Auction Chair, Marian Hall, Jane Beseda, Ann Marinovich, Linda Whitson


Lou-Ellen Moses-Joyce Fein-Claudia-Jane Beseda

‘Lucky Lou’ Varricchione standing with Lovely Ladies Ellen Moses, Joyce Fein, Vice President, Hospitality Claudia Grzywacz (Fedora Fashionista!), and Jane Beseda












Enjoying pre-concert moments are Professional Member Kristen Hetzer, Pianist Edward Francis, stylin’ a red shirt and musical tie, his wife Barbara, and friend Li. Barbara and Li had come from Pasadena to attend our event. And aren’t the paintings striking?