Music in the Garden is March 3!

The Peninsula Committee’s Music in the Garden is less than one month away.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:00-5:00 PM.  

The event showcases young musicians of the Peninsula and South Bay, featuring Casimir Middle School Torrance Wind Symphony & Choir, Miraleste Intermediate School Concert Band, Palos Verdes High School String Quartet, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Concert Band and Choir, Ridgecrest Intermediate School Advanced Band and South High Torrance Jazz Ensemble.

Once again the event is held during the South Coast Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, so come enjoy the music and Garden offerings.  Purchase your tickets now!

WHEN: March 3, 2019

TIME: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

LOCATION: South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

 All PRE-SALE Ticket Sales benefit youth music education


Family Pack – $25 (available as Pre-Sale Only), includes 1 or 2 adults and children (max: 5 people total)

Individual Pre-Sale tickets – $15 for adults, $5 for children (18 and under)

Admission to this event includes admission and all activities in the Garden.


Music Mobile, Face Painting and More Fun — Food for Purchase beginning at 12:00pm


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SOLD OUT!!! our 2018 Fall Fundraiser – MYSTIQUE – November 4, 6PM – 9PM

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You are invited to MYSTIQUE, an exciting evening of music, art, wine and food. Held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA, the evening will feature the exhilarating group, “Café Musique”, and enable guests to enjoy the museum exhibits.

Café Musique ignites their audiences with a kaleidoscope of musical genres creating a unique blend that includes gypsy, swing, tango, folk and their self-defined genre, “wild classical.” From the central coast of California, the six members eat, sleep and breathe music and come from widely varying backgrounds. Having performed around the world on the stages of world-class music festivals, Café Musique has made thousands of fans of their powerful, emotive and beautiful sound.

Cafe Musique at PPP.jpgAs a group and individually, they have shared the stage, performed and recorded with renowned artists including Doc Severinsen, David Grisman Quintet, Los Lobos, Grammy award-winner Louis Ortega, musical madman Joe Craven, songwriter Jill Knight and Broadway vocalist Sarah Kleeman.

Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the engaging modern and contemporary Latin American art exhibits during the first hour of the event. It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino Art.



6:00 pm     Exhibits, Gourmet Tastings  &  Wines, Desserts  &  Coffee

7:15 pm     Concert



Thank you for your support.  We hope to welcome you to another event next year.



Kinecta Federal Credit Union


LA BioMed – Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute

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All proceeds support the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its youth music education. For additional information contact Lu Takeuchi at or  Jann Feldman at


Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) | 628 Alamitos Avenue | Long Beach, CA 90802

Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic (PCLAP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in its 66th year working to support the Los Angeles Philharmonic, music appreciation and youth music education.

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Welcome the 2017 Team

by Jane Beseda

On January 12, we met at the beautiful Palos Verdes Golf Club for our annual Installation Luncheon to kick off a dynamic year of fellowship, fundraising, and fun.

Meet the Officers of the 2017 Board!


2017 Officers: (front l-r) Cheryl Graue, Paula Del Vicario, Marian Hall, Kathy Keller; (back l-r) Jann Feldman, Lu Takeuchi, Debby McDonald, Karen Gottlieb, Linda Whitson, Ann Marinovich, Val Noguchi; Judy Sannes and Ellen Perkins (not pictured). Photo: Denise Clement

Marian Hall – President
Cheryl Graue – Vice President Programs
Debby McDonald & Judy Sannes – Vice Presidents Hospitality
Karen Gottlieb – Vice President Donations
Jann Feldman & Lu Takeuchi – Vice Presidents Fall Fundraiser
Paula Del Vicario & Ellen Perkins – Vice Presidents Grand Salon
Ann Marinovich – Recording Secretary
Val Noguchi – Corresponding Secretary
Linda Whitson – Chief Financial Officer
Kathy Keller – Treasurer Fundraising Events

As Paula Del Vicario passed the torch to incoming President Marian Hall, we remembered the many successes of Paula’s leadership at the helm of the Peninsula Committee.  Thank you Paula for two-in-a-row outstanding years.

Marian Hall recognized the rich legacy that spans our 65 years since we were founded in 1952.  Through the decades, we have been resilient and adapted to change, while keeping the best of what we do.  As we tackle the challenges of the next era, Marian invited us to be part of the team that sets the vision for our future.  Save the date for an All Member meeting on March 29 at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  We need your ideas!


Paula Del Vicario, Past President 2015-2016; Marian Hall, President 2017. Photo: Val Noguchi


We congratulated the graduating class of 2016 as they completed their first year as new members.  Thanks for your great work on our Salons, Music Mobile, and many other projects last year.


Jeanne Henry, Pam Irwin, Lorna Interian, 2016 Provisionals Chair Phyllis Sherwood, Barbara Addleman, Nancy Bell, Cassie Westhead. Not present: Lisa Harquail-Sierveld. Photo: Val Noguchi


We greeted the incoming class of new members for 2017.  Welcome aboard!  You’re going to love it.


Shirley Farley, 2017 Provisionals Co-chair, Anna Randall, Renata Harrison, Dianna Chooljian, Patricia Maurice, Nikki Marlette, Alicia Maniatakis, 2017 Provisionals Co-chair.  Photo:  Val Noguchi


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

First Gratitude Dinner at Zazou

New Professional Members, Karen Tozer and Cindy Soler, love the idea of an evening PCLAP event that they are able to fit into their busy work schedules.

New Professional Members, Karen Tozer and Cindy Soler, love the idea of an evening PCLAP event that they are able to fit into their busy work schedules.

The first Gratitude Dinner at Zazou in Redondo Beach was a huge success!  About 30 members, guests and friends had a lovely 3-course dinner at Zazou with owner, Sal, attending to us personally in the private upstairs dining room.  Kudos to Diana Honeycutt for organizing this first of what we hope will be many Gratitude Dinners.  The idea is to thank the restaurants that give so much to PCLAP throughout the year – food for the Grand Salon, gift cards, etc. – by having a dinner on a night of the week that might otherwise not be too busy for them.  We hope to see more of you at the next Gratitude Dinner!

Grand Salon – Sunday May 19th

Kei Benoit, VP Grand Salon, hostess Carolyn Elliott, and Val Noguchi, VP Grand Salon

Kei Benoit, VP Grand Salon, hostess Carolyn Elliott, and Val Noguchi, VP Grand Salon

Kei Benoit, Val Noguchi, and Carolyn Elliott have planned an evening of world-class music, fine wine, and gourmet tastings just for you at the Elliott’s seaside estate on

Sunday, May 19
5 to 8 o’clock in the evening

Cocktail Attire
Elliott Estate with our iconic pelicans soaring

Elliott Estate with our iconic pelicans soaring

Featured Artists

Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole

Akiko Tarumoto

Akiko Tarumoto

Micah Yui

Micah Yui

Nathan Cole is First Associate Concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic.  In addition to nine seasons in the Chicago Symphony and two as principal second violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottasa, Seattle and Oregon.  Akiko Tarumoto was a member of the LA Philharmonic from 2000 to 2004 before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She returned to the LA Phil in the fall of 2012 as a member of the 2nd violin section.  Acclaimed pianist, Micah Yui, will accompany Mr. Cole and Ms. Tarumoto.

Silent Auction

Britt Huff and her team will also offer prizes, parties, and other irresistible items at our traditional Silent Auction, so bring your checkbooks and get ready to bid.

Gourmet Tastings Generously Provided By…

Baby Cakes Baking Company

.chez moi. food culture

Mario’s Dolce Vita Cafe

Hostaria Piave

Ortega 120

Whole Foods Market


Thank You
AMUSE Music Inc. and Sandra Clay

for graciously underwriting the invitations

In Full Swing with Music Mobile


It’s that wonderful time of year when you will see the Music Mobile van on the streets and parked at neighborhood schools.  And you’ll smile when you imagine our PCLAP volunteers inside making magic for third graders.  See the delight on the faces of kids and docents alike during recent sessions at Taper and Cornerstone.

DID YOU KNOW:  The Peninsula Committee donated the van so it can be used by other LA Phil Affiliates committees.

Many thanks to Patt Parker for hosting the van at her house this year.

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Pacific Winds Trio Enchants Us at November Salon

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Donna Scoular welcomed us to her stunning home, with a little help from her collection of turtles, for the November Salon and  60th Annual Meeting on November 15.  We kicked off the holiday season with a tasty brunch, cozy fellowship, and enchanting music by the Pacific Winds Trio of Salpy Kerkonian, flute, Darryl Tanikawa, clarinet, and John Nunez, bassoon.

Salpy Kerkonian holds a Masters degree in Music from USC, where she won first place in the USC Concerto Competition, and in the coveted Coleman and Carmel International Chamber Music Competitions.  Salpy has performed with Luciano Pavarotti, The 3 Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, and in duet with coloratura Diva Sumi Jo.  She spends part of the year playing world music in countries on the Ancient Silk Road and in Europe.

John Edward Nunez, who holds a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance from UCLA, is a versatile musician and educator, having performed with Gladys Knight, James Galway, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion and David Foster. He has performed as principal bassoonist with La Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventude in Mexico City, and LA Guild Opera, the LA Symphonic Camerata, and the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Darryl Tanikawa began playing the clarinet at age 7, won a 4 year music scholarship at CSU Northridge, and was a member of the LA Phil Orchestra Training Program & Woodwind Quintet.  He has been a featured soloist in several chamber music concert series, including Sundays at Four on KUSC-FM, at the LACMA, and at the Nixon Presidential Library.  Darryl is Principal clarinetist of the Asia American Symphony Orchestra, and several others.

Once again, Kei Benoit’s artful music programming brought us this chance to drift away on the haunting sounds of wind instruments in the hands of experts.  In a lighter moment, Salpy expanded our lexicon when she asked her trio-mates if they had had enough “swab time” to take care of their (ahem) condensation.

Included in the slide show is a photo of the 60th Anniversary proclamation from County Supervisor Don Knabe that was presented to president Ann Ehrenclou by Sara Kim,  the LA Phil’s Director of Individual Giving, at our Botanic Garden Music Fair II concert.

~Wishing You Peace and Joy for the Holidays~

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Music Fair II October 21 – Showcasing Young Musicians

To purchase tickets and see full details of our Music Fair II South Coast Botanic Garden event, click here.

12:00 – 1:00 Preconcert activities
1:00 – 1:20  VOCALITY:  AMUSE Teen Chorus
1:20 – 2:00  Asia America Woodwind Trio
2:00 – 2:45  Peninsula High Chamber Choir
2:45 – 3:20  PV High School Prima Volte String Ensemble
3:20 – 4:00  PV Regional Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group

See you there!


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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

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.