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.

Bus-Lois-Jim Moore

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.

Happy Campers-2

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

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.

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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

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