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!

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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!

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

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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.

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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

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

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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
http://babycakesshop.com

.chez moi. food culture
http://www.chezmoifoodculture.com

Mario’s Dolce Vita Cafe
http://www.dolcevitacaferedondo.com

Hostaria Piave
http://hostariapiave.com

Ortega 120
http://www.ortega120.com

Whole Foods Market
http://wholefoodsmarket.com

Zazou
http://www.zazourestaurant.com

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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