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!
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.
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.
Long-Time, ‘Super Star’ Members and Supporters of the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra enjoy a STELLAR Evening!
Article by Jane Beseda
Photos by Jeff Grant
Andrew Bain, Principal Horn of the LA Phil, defined the mood for the Grand Salon with his performance of Remembrances by Michael Conway Baker. Accompanied by Dr. Vivian Fan, Director of Accompanying Program at Colburn Conservatory, Andrew treated us to a flawless demonstration of what the instrument can do in the hands of a master. Other selections in the program were Laudatio, by Bernhard Krol, Sonata for Horn and Piano by Paul Hindemith, and Sonata for Piano and Horn by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The smiles of our guests tell the story of this golden evening.
Jan Brandmeyer and Nancy Siskowic arranged a marvelous lineup of Tastings providers —sometimes enlisting the help of their assistant recruiter and secret weapon, Nancy’s husband Ed DeRenzis. We are arranging a series of Gratitude dinners to thank these fine restaurants for their support. Our own volunteer bartenders deftly poured happiness to add to the glow.
We were honored to host Steve Napolitano from Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, and give a proper thank you for the Supervisor’s steadfast support of our music outreach to the community.
As we pulled up to the new valet service and took in sweeping vistas of the coastline, the AMUSE Saxophone Quartet welcomed us at the door. The Palos Verdes High School String Quartet played inside as we enjoyed each other’s fellowship before the program began.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Co-chairs Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, and to our hosts Carolyn and Julian Elliott, for a graceful evening of pure delight.
Marian & Jim Duntley
Carolyn & Julian Elliott
Joyce & Jerry Fein
Elaine & Ron Florance
Sue & Allan Frew
Linda & Will Gassett
Reed L. & Nan M. Harmon Foundation
Dottie & Allen Lay
Kay & William Magee
Judity & Fred Mishkin
Tricia & Tom Paulsen
Nancy & Andrew Mactavish
Terri & Richard Somers
Carrie & Stanley Stock
AMUSE Music, Inc &
Sandra G. Clay
Jane & Jim Beseda
Carolyn & Julian Elliott
Union Bank – Miraleste Plaza
PCLAP Class of 2011
In memory of Kay Maselter
Tastings Provided by
Baby Cakes Baking Company
Bottle Inn Riviera
Rock & Brews
Grand Salon Committee
Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, Co-chairs
Jane Beseda, Jan Brandmeyer, Karen Cameron, Sandra Clay, Paula del Vicario, Marian Duntley, Joyce Fein, Karen Gottlieb, Nancy Grant, Cheryl Graue, Sharon Guthrie, Marian Hall, Marilyn Hoffman, Ellen Moses, Val Noguchi, Tricia Paulsen, Judy Sannes, Nancy Siskowic, Jean Strickland, Gail Tierney