Sunday is Music in the Garden

Music in the Garden

March 2
12:00 – 4:30
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula

This coming Sunday is Music in the Garden!  Created in partnership with the South Coast Botanic Garden, this event is a community outreach program of the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Music in the Garden is an integral part of our mission to promote youth music education and foster music appreciation in the community. We hope that you will enjoy the afternoon listening to our local youth musicians and enjoying the Garden’s celebration of Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Performances will take place in several venues throughout the Garden:

12:00  Bijan Afshar, Guitar
Special Guest

12:15  Dan Dance Studio Chinese Dancers

12:45  Palos Verdes High School Jazz Band

1:15  South Bay Children’s Choir

1:45  Narbonne High Saxophone Quintet and Brass Ensemble

2:15  Peninsula High School Choral Group

2:45  Palos Verdes Intermediate School String Ensemble

3:15  Torrance South High School Jazz Bands

3:45  Ridgecrest Intermediate Advanced Orchestra and Advanced Band

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There will also be special events throughout the day
in the Children’s Garden

12:30–3:30  Face Painting

Sing Alongs with:

1:45  Bab Farley, Banjo

2:15  Anne Destabelle, Guitar

2:45  Joan Perkins, Autoharp

We hope to see you there!

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“About Us” Article on LA Phil and PCLAP Websites

Small Jester PCLAPThe Phil generously provides space on their website for us to post an article on who we are, what we do, and how to join PCLAP as a member.  We have updated the information for 2014, which you can find by clicking here.  If you know people who are interested in joining or if you need to provide background info for publicity pieces, this is a handy reference to give.

You can go directly to our article from the Phil website at  It is under the “Give” tab at the top.  Then click “Volunteer” on the drop-down menu.  On the left side under “Affiliate Committees,” click on “Peninsula  Committee.”

The same article is posted on our own PCLAP website at, which you can see by clicking here.  It is under the tab “About Us/Contact” at the top of our website.

The only difference between the two websites is the photo.  The Phil’s website has a photo of our Board.  Since we’ve used that photo in other places on the PCLAP website, we thought it would be nice to feature our celebrities, Gail and David, at Fanfare for Fall.  We attract some formidable talent!

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Symphonies for Schools – Pure Delight

By Jane Beseda
Photos by Marian Duntley (she’s dangerous with that cell phone)

Volunteering as a Symphonies for Schools docent at Disney Hall is one of the most rewarding benefits of our PCLAP membership.  The concert hall brims with school kids for four exhilarating days in February, including 2 days for elementary schools, and a day each for intermediate and high schools.  Volunteers greet the arriving school buses, and make sure each class is tucked into their assigned seats before the performance begins.  Just as a hush falls over the concert hall, the volunteers slip into their own seats and become part of the magic created by 2000 spell-bound kids.

Kids get off bus.  Jane practices leadership skills

Kids get off bus. Jane practices leadership skills.

New docents are treated to a special orientation a few days before the series begins.  This year’s session included a briefing on how the program is organized, how schools apply, and a sample of the pre-concert education sessions conducted by Speakers Bureau volunteers at 45 schools, in 129 classrooms, for 3500 students.  The orientation ended with a fascinating backstage tour.  Did you know there is an electronic E that the musicians tune to just behind the stage doors?

On the morning of each concert, the Phil staff provide detailed instructions for the day, while the docents listen intently.  Not to worry—if you forget something, there are always seasoned veterans nearby to lend a hand.  And experts from the Hollywood Bowl handle the critical job of directing the bus drivers to their parking slots.

Blue-aproned veteran volunteers explaining things to Jane, again.

Blue-aproned veteran volunteers explain things to Jane, again.

This year’s concerts, conducted by Ben Gernon, LA Phil Conducting Fellow, featured Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for elementary students, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for the upper grades.  The fabulous Debbie Devine added elements of story-telling and dance to the musical performances, making them resonate in a personal way with the young audiences.  The Vivaldi concerts also introduced 90 second themes written by four teenage composers, one of whom was clarinetist Andrew Moses, who performed at a PCLAP Salon last year.

At the door, ready to enter the concert hall.

At the door, ready to enter the concert hall.  The kids are abuzz!

The Symphonies for Schools series is over for this year, but make a mental note to sign up early next year when the call comes out for volunteers, as the spots fill up quickly.  In addition to the psychic rewards you’ll enjoy from the experience, the Phil offers two free Hollywood Bowl tickets for every day you work.  What could be better than that!

Installation Luncheon

By Karen Tozer and Jane Beseda
Photos by Denise Clement and Sally Varricchione

The 2014 Officers and Board of Directors were installed during a luncheon at the Palos Verdes Country Club on January 16, 2014.  The irrepressible Joanne Austin introduced incoming President, Marian Duntley, and claimed bragging rights for “discovering” her in between bicep curls at Curves.  Then Jane Beseda and Karen Tozer teamed up for an enlightening interview of Marian that ranged from her first piano lessons in Savannah, to favorite sports, to her acclaimed career in international trade.  Marian answered the question “What does music mean to you?” by saying simply “Music is Life.”

Marian’s theme  for 2014—PCLAP’s 62nd year—is Renewal:

Together we will make a difference in our community by bringing the joy of music where it is needed most. We will renew the spirit of service this organization has always had. We will identify what is really important and what we do well and blend that with new ideas and ways of doing things. Let’s listen to the wisdom of all our members.”

The outgoing and incoming presidens --  Dale Harbor Day and Marian Duntley

The Prez’s—Dale Harbour-Day and Marian Duntley

Let’s give a rousing “Brava!” for outgoing President Dale Harbour-Day, who led us through a year of strong fundraising to support our contributions to the LA Phil and youth music education.  In addition, we had a successful recruiting campaign, adding 11 new members, including the 6 Provisionals pictured below, and our inaugural class of 5 Professional members – Ginny Erxleben, Kristen Hetzer, Cindy Soler, Karen Tozer, and Anne Webb.  The Professionals are already hard at work organizing our “Music in the Garden” event that will be held at the South Coast Botanic Garden on March 2.

A highlight of the Luncheon was welcoming our 2014 Provisional class.  What an impressive group!  We can’t wait to get to know them better and embrace their singular talents.

Class of 2014 -- Cheryl Litrenta, Tamara Kolodny, Deborah Greene,Carla Farrell, Lu Takeuchi, Linda Whitson

Provisional Class of 2014 — Cheryl Litrenta, Tamara Kolodny, Deborah Greene,Carla Farrell, Lu Takeuchi, Linda Whitson

The Luncheon is always a warm way to start the year as we look forward to new adventures and renew our bonds with each other.  Doesn’t it make you happy just looking at these friends?

Radiating happiness - Diana Honeycutt, Britt Huff, Vivien Murtha, and Marilyn Hoffman

Radiating happiness – Diana Honeycutt, Britt Huff, Vivien Murtha, and Marilyn Hoffman

To all of our members—you are awesome!