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.


Announcing Music Fair II Musicians – Sponsorships Available

Music Fair II is packed with exciting performers for the Chadwick event on October 7, and the South Coast Botanic Garden event on October 21!  To see a full write-up of the musicians and drawing prizes, click here.

Sponsorships of musicians and key venue items are available!

Gold Level $1,000 – 2 tickets to Chadwick and South Coast Botanic Garden, 1 parking pass to Chadwick, prominent display of your name during your musician’s performance, front row seating at Laverty Auditorium.

Silver Level $500 – Two tickets to Chadwick, 1 parking pass to Chadwick, prominent display of your name during your musician’s performance, front row seating at Laverty Auditorium

Patron Level $250 – One ticket to Chadwick, prominent display of your name during your musician’s performance

Contributor Level $100 – Prominent display of your name during your musician’s performance.

For sponsorships, please contact Carol Hart.

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Mike Lang at the May 17 Salon

“We are in the presence of genius.  If Bach were alive today, he would be Mike Lang,” said Ann Ehrenclou, referring to both men’s skills as great improvisors.

Mike spent several decades as one of the premiere musical talents in Los Angeles.  He is both a freelance jazz musician and sought-after studio artist, with a career spanning records, motion pictures and television.  A three-time winner of the MVP Grammy Award and recipient of numerous gold records, Mike is conversant with every possible music idiom and form, including jazz, classical, pop and R&B.

He will be appearing at the Catalina Jazz Club at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, on Tuesday June 26 at 8:00 pm.  For more on his amazing accomplishments, click here

Many thanks to Kei Benoit for arranging outstanding musical programs this year, to Carole La Caze for sharing her stunning home, to Denise Clement for these top-notch photos.

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Grand Salon Info + Auction Restaurant Donors

Grand Salon Information:

To see full information on the Grand Salon, including artist bios, photos, and donors, click on the words “Grand Salon” at the very top of this page, right corner.  Friends can go directly to the Grand Salon page using this link

Auction Restaurant Donors:

We would like to thank the following generous donors for the selection of restaurant certificates offered in our recent “buy now” email.

22nd Street Landing
141A West 22nd Street
San Pedro

Akasha – donated by Joyce Block-Miller
Zagat rating – Excellent
9543 Culver Blvd.
Culver City

Cafe Misto
34588 Hawthorne Blvd.

Hennessey’s Tavern
1712 South Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach

Kings Seafood
Multiple locations

Neil’s Pasta & Seafood Grill
383 West 5th Street
San Pedro

Parker’s Lighthouse or Queensview Steak House
Shoreline Village
Long Beach

Riviera Mexican Grill
1615 South Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach

Ruby’s Diner
550 Deep Valley Drive
Rolling Hills Estates

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March Salon with Boglarka Kiss and Robert Edward Thies

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Boglarka Kiss on flute and Robert Edward Thies on piano performed works by Schumann, J.S. Bach, Szervanszky, and Poulenc.  Kiss, a native Hungarian, strives to introduce American works not widely known in Europe, and is regularly featured on Hungarian National Radio.  She is on the faculty of Pasadena City College and is a professor of flute and artist-in-residence at Blue Lake Fine Art Camp in Michigan.

Robert, a native son from Palos Verdes, won the Gold Medal in 1995 at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and became the only American to win a Russian competition since Van Cliburn’s famed triumph in Moscow in 1958.  Thies is a dedicated chamber musician, performs with orchestras worldwide, and works in Los Angeles with top film composers.  Following the performance, Robert and Boglarka charmed us with stories of their romance and musical collaboration as husband and wife.

Thank you to Jacquie Glass for sharing her stunning home, to Hazel Lord and Marge Schmit for hospitality, and to Britton Weber and our 2012 Provisional class of Wanda Dalcin, Britt Huff, Pilar Simmons, and Patricia Zelt for a warm welcome.