East Meets West at Music Fair II

This post is one in a series featuring profiles of the outstanding musicians who will perform at our Chadwick Music Fair II event on October 7.  The electric performances of Koshin Taiko drums and Mariachi Tesoro in the Rosenwald Amphitheater will fill the air with vitality.

Look for emails featuring additional performers through the summer and fall.  To see the full lineup of musicians, a list of drawing prizes, and to purchase tickets online, click here  pclaphil.org/music-fair-ii/

Koshin Taiko Drums

Koshin Taiko was brought to life in 1992 and has since grown in a way defined by its variety of members. Koshin is not only unique in its exclusive use of Okedou (“roped tightened”) drums, which have been hand crafted by members but also in its style and presentation of taiko. They emphasize good kata, or arm movements, not just to look good, but also to bring out the full potential sound of the taiko. This is possible due to the level of dedication given by members who practice out of the Venice Japanese Community Center under the direction of Sensei Etsuo Hongo. Together, all of the members bring a bright and spirit-filled energy into each and every performance. It is this quality which makes them very much unique to taiko, hence the translation of Koshin: Bright Heart and Spirit.  To watch their Clippers Game performance, click here.

Mariachi Tesoro

Mariachi Tesoro is a multicultural group of professional musicians that delights audiences with fusion flare.  They perform a variety of genres from traditional Mariachi to Pop, Tex-Mex, and Latin Jazz.  Several of the members are also professional instrumental teachers based in the greater Los Angeles area.   Musical Director and Group Leader Rebecca Gonzales is classically trained in violin and voice at CSU San Jose.  She was the first female to perform with the famous all-male Mariachi Los Camperos, and performed with Mariachi Cobre at Disneyworld’s Epcot Center in Florida.  By special invitation, she sang for President Reagan.  Juan Manuel Cortez is an internationally recognized arranger, composer, and violinist.  Educated at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, Mr. Cortez, has devoted his professional life to the evolution of Mariachi, spinning it in new directions, but never losing the passion that attracts a culturally diverse audience.  For a music sampling from Mariachi Tesoro, click here.


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Come Sail Away

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The Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club was the perfect setting for over 100 PCLAP “Sailors” to enjoy end-of-summer fellowship at the Summer Party on August 12—complete with fresh ocean breezes, mouth-watering food by Cafe Cegos, and the classical guitar of Iren Arutyunyan, an award-winning graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music. You can hear Iren again, playing Albeniz’ “Cadiz” by clicking here.

Prizes for best nautical attire went to Craig Block-Miller, who won the Commodore’s award, and Pilar Hale Simmons, who won the First-Mate’s Award.  Recognition for First Mate costumes also went to Nancy Stefanides, Mary Curtin, and Susie Kaliser.

Marlene and Mick Shlens  added drama to the evening with a silent auction donation of two sailboat cruises for 4, each followed by libations and dinner at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.  The lucky winners were Lorraine McWhinnie and friends, and the Eichels and Farinskys.  The auction added a hefty $1,000 to our Youth Music Education Fund!

Many thanks to Marlene Shlens and Kay Maselter for organizing the event, and to Jeff Grant and Marilyn Hoffman for the great photos.

Classical Music Delights at Music Fair II

This post is one in a series featuring profiles of the outstanding musicians who will perform at our Chadwick Music Fair II event on October 7.  William Lane, former LA Phil Principal Horn player will headline the event, with more classical music delights provided by LA Cello Quartet.

Look for emails featuring additional performers through the summer and fall.  To see the full lineup of musicians, a list of drawing prizes, and to purchase tickets online, click here  pclaphil.org/music-fair-ii/

Principal Horn Player William Lane

William Lane joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Principal Horn in 1973 and has won outstanding recognition in the Southland since that time.  His many solo performances with the Orchestra include appearances at Hollywood Bowl and Music Center subscription concerts.  In addition, Mr. Lane has been featured in concerts on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society series.

The Missouri-born musician began playing the horn when he was ten but, surprisingly, received no formal instruction until he entered the University of Kansas.  Mr. Lane graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, where his principal teacher was James Stagliano.  He subsequently played solo horn for the Buffalo Philharmonic for six years prior to coming to Los Angeles.  While living in the East he appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony.  Now retired from the LA Phil, he lives in Missouri and continues to perform, while enjoying his hobbies of farming, tennis, horses, fishing, and hiking.  He has graciously agreed to join us for this event.

 LA Cello Quartet

LA Cello Quartet is a project of the Positive Motions Foundation, initiated by Ruslan Biryukov, founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, with Garik Terzian, Hope Easton, and Jung Sung Jun.  The ensemble was first introduced at a Peninsula Committee Salon in May 2010.  The quartet of four charismatic cellists-soloists immediately attracted public attention and became a leading chamber music group.  Ruslan Biryukov is an astonishing young cellist who served as the former General Director of the Concert Department of “Russian Performing School” (Rostropovich Foundation). He has performed professionally throughout the world since the age of 11.  Garik Terzian has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Eastern and Western Europe and North America.  He was awarded a merit scholarship by the University of Southern California where he received a Masters Degree and studied with professor Ronald Leonard.  Hope Easton studied at the Royal Northern College of Music as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Classically trained, she is an accomplished jazz musician.  She has performed with Garth Brooks, and on American Idol, the Tonight Show, Celebrity Rehab, and the PBS special Musical Encounters.  Jung Sung Jun studied at USC, and is a faculty member at CSULB, and a professor and chairperson at Shepherd University.  He has given master classes in the US, Asia, and Europe.  He is enjoying a career as an internationally renowned soloist, and gives Master Classes in his homeland, South Korea, with the Prestige Youth Orchestras as their principal professor.


Music Fair II Musicians

This post is the first in a series featuring profiles of the outstanding musicians who will perform at our Chadwick (October 7) and Botanic Garden (October 21) Music Fair II events.

Look for more emails featuring additional performers throughout the summer and fall.  To see the the full lineup of musicians, a list of drawing prizes, and to purchase tickets online, click here pclaphil.org/music-fair-ii/

Jazz Legend Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and Friends

Jazz legend and Grammy nominated artist Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer/entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author, and an award-winning educator.  This Doctor of Music is a role model for young people who also come from humble beginnings. Born and raised in East Los Angeles he began studying trumpet at age ten. After serving in the US Army, he began his college education. He returned to school after twenty-one years to complete his Bachelor’s degree in 1998 at California State University, Long Beach, his Master’s degree in 2001 at California State University, Los Angeles, and his Doctorate in 2006 at the University of California, Los Angeles. “If Dr. Bobby can do it, so can you,” is his mantra. Presently he is director of LatinJazz ensembles and jazz trumpet at UCLA, UC Irvine, and the LatinJazz Ensemble at Pasadena City College.  Dr. Rodriguez will also bring a group of musician friends for this exciting performance.   More on Dr. Rodriguez.

Soprano Jeanie Cobb

In addition to her work leading music for churches, Dr. Jeannie Cobb (formerly Jean Gothold) has participated in the music scene of Los Angeles County as a performer in oratorio, musical theater, and recital. Her resume includes a long list of solo performances as well as singing as a member of prestigious choruses such as the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Chorale Bel Canto in Whittier, and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra Chorus. Jeannie taught studio voice at Whittier College and out of her own private studio for eighteen years. One pinnacle year for her was spent studying in Stuttgart, Germany, with soprano Arleen Auger. In addition to Ms. Auger, Jeannie has studied with Josephine Lott, Marie Gibson, Gloria Grace Prosper, and Burton Garlinghouse. Jeannie received her Masters in Music (Vocal Performance) from California State University at Fullerton in 1996. She now lives in San Pedro with her husband Clayton, and serves as Minister of Music and Worship at St. Peter’s By The Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Jeannie will be accompanied by Dr. Pat Harpole.

Pianist Dr. Pat Harpole

Dr. Harpole received her Ph.D. in music education/ethnomusicology from UCLA.  As a pianist, she received the Outstanding Vocal Accompanist Award at the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1982.  Her teaching experience over the past 30+ years ranges from elementary/high school music (having taught grades K-12 vocal music) to university (as an adjunct member of the music faculty at CSU-Northridge).  She continues to perform nationally with her brother, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Stephen West.  She taught full-time for the Torrance Unified Schools from 1995-2008, and currently tutors ELL students at Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and teaches private lessons in piano, and language tutoring.

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