November Salon – Best Ever!

At the end of a spectacular performance by Trio Celeste, in all corners of the spacious home of Vida and Paul Vazin, the words “Best Ever!” were being whispered in awed tones.  Violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, Cellist Ross Gasworth, and Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks brought members to the verge of tears with their beautiful playing of “Gypsy” by Haydn and “Dumky” by Dvorak, followed by a rousing Tango in encore.

The amazing Trio Celeste

The amazing Trio Celeste

The rich sound of the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius, played masterfully by Iryna, warmed the room.  Iryna gave the history of the 324 year old Stradivarius awarded on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Music Instrument Bank.  Ross Gasworth delighted members by describing the history of his two year old cello purchased in Poland, his wife’s birthplace.  Iryna and Ross were classmates at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Iryna and Kevin met in New York where Kevin attended Juilliard and played with Iryna’s sister, who is also a violinist.  This trio is indeed celestial!

Many thanks to 2013 Program Chair Darlene Vlasek,  who arranged superb musicians for all of our Salons, and topped off the year  with this unforgettable performance.

Darlene Vlasek, Program Chair, introduces Trio Celeste

Darlene Vlasek, Program Chair, introduces Trio Celeste

And our heartfelt thanks to Vida and Paul Vazin for welcoming us to their home and providing the perfect setting for us to be transported by this beautiful music.

Hostess Vida Vazin welcomes Trio Celeste to her gorgeous home

Hostess Vida Vazin welcomes Trio Celeste to her gorgeous home

Fanfare for Fall — What a Concert!

Story by Marian Duntley
Photos by Denise Clement
Web design by Jane Beseda

Gail Gerding-Mellert and David Benoit

Gail Gerding-Mellert and David Benoit

On a recent Sunday afternoon, PCLAP held its annual fall fundraiser at the stunningly beautiful setting of Palos Verdes Golf Club.  Over 350 guests and members enjoyed the lively combo of classical music performed by local young musicians, the cabaret style of the Prima Divas and the classic jazz tones of home town favorite David Benoit.  The event was aptly named A Fanfare for Fall and follows in the tradition of Music Fair with its emphasis on highlighting our young musicians.  Guests were delighted by performances by young violinists, flutists and cellists during the opening reception and by a trumpet recessional after the main performance.  Accompanying David Benoit were 2 young musicians – a drummer and a bassist.  The first Music Fair was in 1972 and evolved over the years into a full festival of music.  In recent years, the Fair has been redesigned to modern tastes under titles including A Musical Feast, Peninsula Music Promenade and Music Fair II – Historic Roots – A New Experience.  The tradition of great talent continues!

The Prima Divas, Cheryl Graue, Jan Bunker, Gail Gerding-Mellert, Sarah ramsey-Duke

The Prima Divas, Cheryl Graue, Jan Bunker, Gail Gerding-Mellert, Sarah ramsey-Duke

Thanks to Debby McDonald, who eloquently summed up the evening:

What a wonderful event and fun afternoon.  It was nice to visit with friends and catch up. The Divas light up the stage and brought energy to the room and David Benoit and the two young student musicians brought soul.  Great Job!  

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Fanfare Committee: Judy Sannes, Marilyn Hoffman, Malinda Pretz, Marian Duntley, Jane Beseda Marge Schmit (Drawing), Joan Connaghan, Alice Chekian (Drawing)

Fanfare Committee: Judy Sannes, Marilyn Hoffman, Malinda Pretz, Marian Duntley, Jane Beseda Marge Schmit (Drawing), Joan Connaghan, Alice Chekian (Drawing)

Well Done!