Music In The Garden – Sunday, March 1st


The Peninsula Committee’s Music in the Garden is just six weeks away.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00-4:00 PM.  

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

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!

DATE: March 1, 2020

TIME: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LOCATION: South Coast Botanic Garden

ADDRESS: 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)

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Tickets for this event include 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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Welcome New Members

2019-01-10 11.58.45We are delighted to welcome our new members for 2019.  Provisional co-chairs Marian Hall and Phyllis Sherwood introduced Lorene Testa, Robin Stirling and Sara Neuman at our January Installation luncheon at the beautiful Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Save the Date for our 2018 Fall Fundraiser, “MYSTIQUE” – Sunday, November 4th, 6pm to 9pm

Taking place at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, it will be an extraordinary night of music, fine wine, gourmet tastings and desserts from TGIS and, of course, fabulous friends with whom to share the experience.

As always, music is at the heart of our events and this Fall Fundraiser will be no exception. “Café Musique” – featuring Brynn Albanese and Duane Inglish – are known to ignite their audiences with their unique musical blend, ranging from tango to wild classical pieces.

Put the date on your calendar! Tickets are $135 and will go on sale in mid-September.

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Stormstock II: A Woodstock Revival

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018 – 6pm to 11pm

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The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic is delighted to announce Stormstock II – a musical tribute to Woodstock – to be held at a private home in Rolling Hills as a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Featuring the ever-popular Andy & Renee with Hard Rain, please join us for a magical evening under the stars, combining fabulous food, wine, beer, and dessert with a great concert. Wear your tie-dyed T-shirts or hippie chic attire, come with a group of friends, and take your picture at the selfie-station!


Ticket information

  • Individual – $90 per person (bring your own beach chair/blanket)
  • Individual VIP – $150 per person (you will receive table seating)
  • Gold – $600 (you will receive 2 tickets for VIP reserved table seating)
  • Platinum – $1200 (you will receive 4 tickets for VIP reserved table seating)

We welcome guests 21 years of age and older.
Please check in at the entrance to obtain your wristband for admittance.





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Andy Hill and Renée Safier  with Hard Rain have been voted “Best of the Beach” by Easy Reader, and have a lively local following.  Their performances – more than 200 a year – are as much social gatherings as musical events. Andy & Renee, as a duo, and along with their band, Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound to venues all over the world.

They have won numerous awards with their 15 CDs, including “Best of the Beach” for several years running. On May 6th, the group hosted their 28th annual “DylanFest”, a Bob Dylan inspired music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring over 50 of L.A.’s top musicians. For more information, visit


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Stormstock II is hosted by
Tom and Claudia Grzywacz
to benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sponsorships Available!  Please join us as a Platinum or Gold Sponsor for special VIP Reserved Seating, and recognition at the event and on our website.

Checks may be sent to:  Stormstock II c/o PCLAP, P. O. Box 2122, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.  Please include the names of all guests with your order. The event address will be provided with your ticket confirmation.

Thank you! Your generosity supports our work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and fostering music education and appreciation in our local communities.

The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic
is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation — ID #23-7169837


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The Grand Salon – an enchanting evening featuring LA Phil violinist, Kristine Whitson

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We are proud to present our annual ‘jewel in the crown’ – the Grand Salon – to be held Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM

This elegant event will be held at a spectacular oceanfront estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Fine wines and delectable food tastings from selected South Bay gourmet restaurants will be offered prior to a world-class musical performance.


Our annual Grand Salon is celebrated not only for superior music, wine, food, and conviviality, but also as an opportunity to bid on unique Silent Auction prizes. All proceeds benefit youth music education programs in the South Bay.

This year’s activities and prizes range from:

  • exotic member-catered meals will transport you from the best of southern California cuisine – with chimes! –  to the regions of Italy, or on safari in Africa
  • enlightening outings include the Irvine Museum collection of California Impressionists, a tour of Homeboy Industries, or a world-premiere King Tut exhibition at the California Science Center
  • join a party with a difference, whether Paint and Pinot, Birding and Photography, or the ever-popular Oktoberfest
  • get away on a break to Cathedral City, the Central Coast, Paso Robles – both with wine tastings! – or perhaps you fancy the west coast of Ireland
  • entertainment packages include Hello Dolly!, Tennessee Williams, and tickets to the Ahmanson, Glendale Center Theater or the Hollywood Bowl
  • and the list continues with golfing packages, spa packages, unique take-home pieces including freshwater pearls, a Philippi bowl, an Artiphon instrument (look it up!) and iconic Hollywood Bowl posters

In addition, we will be holding a LIVE AUCTION immediately prior to the musical performance, for two nights in a two-bedroom Oceanside Casita at Terranea.


Kristine Whitson, violinist, began violin and piano lessons at age four. She studied at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, Indiana University, Kneisel Hall in Maine, and at Music Academy of the West. Kristine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the New England Conservatory. She joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic is November 1990, and has also performed in its Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series.

Kristine will be supported by Dale Hikawa Silverman, violist, and Junko Ueno Garrett, pianist.

Dale graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1973 with a degree in violin performance. After two years with the St. Louis Symphony, she joined the Los Angeles Philharmoic. Despite her love of violin, she soon decided to switch to viola and became associate principal.

Junko trained in piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and later studied at Rice University. During the 2017-2018 season, she will perform in Hong Kong and numerous Los Angeles area venues, including with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.


Reservations are limited and tickets are selling fast! Please purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are $175 per person. Our Benefactor level $1000 contribution includes two reserved seats and acknowledgment in the program.

For further information, please call 310-375-3895 or email

The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation — ID #23-7169837



2018 Music in the Garden


The Peninsula Committee’s Music in the Garden is less than two months away. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00-4:30 PM. Once again the South Coast Botanic Garden will be the venue for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment provided by young musicians from the Peninsula and South Bay schools. This will be held during the Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival so come listen to the music and enjoy the beauty of the Cherry Trees!  Purchase your tickets now.

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Buy Your Tickets 🚀 2017 Fall Fundraiser



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November 5, 2017

California Science Center
Samuel Oschin Pavilion
featuring the Space Shuttle Endeavour
Gourmet Tastings* 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Concert 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Dessert and Coffee 9:00 to 10:00

*Gourmet Tastings, included in admission price, consist of a delicious array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, beer and soft drinks.


Parking at the California Science Center is $15 paid in cash.  Click here for directions.

For more information about the event, contact or


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Performing under the wings of the Space Shuttle Endeavor will be Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and conductor, David Benoit conducting the Asia America Youth Symphony.  The performance will feature Benoit’s recently completed original composition, Journey of the Endeavour, which will accompany the NASA footage of the space shuttle’s journey to its permanent home in Los Angeles, and other musical selections.


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David Benoit conducting the Asia America Youth Symphony


🚀 California Science Center Foundation Sponsors 🚀

Mr. and Mrs. Allan Frew


🚀 Cosmos Sponsors 🚀

Kinecta Federal Credit Union



Malaga Bank

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🚀 Media Sponsor 🚀

South Bay Magazine
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All proceeds support the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its youth music education.
PCLAP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.


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Stormstock: Oh Happy Day*

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Andy Hill & Renee Safier and the Hard Rain Band

During a time of social unrest, there was Woodstock 1969. Great minds of the music world met and shaped the future of American culture. This timeless music, 48 years later, still makes us cut loose and dance. July 15, 2017 was a gorgeous evening on the Peninsula—the perfect time and place to recreate that era with a picnic on the lawn and the music of Andy & Renee and the Hard Rain Band.

*Who sang Oh Happy Day at Woodstock?
**Who played The Star Spangled Banner?
Scroll to the bottom for the answer.

Thank you to Claudia and Tom Grzywacz for creating the vision for Stormstock as a way to bring music lovers together to share the fun, drink the elixir of youth, and benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Claudia and Tom Grzywacz

Let the pictures tell the story.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors.

Beth Burns, Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.
The Geraghty Family
Claudia and Tom Grzywacz
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Malaga Bank
Bill Whittlesey

Ginny Bleier
Marian Hall and David Jones
Elizabeth Storm McGovern
Debra Schinnerer, D&S Insurance Services

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Chip and Pat Zelt, Dave and Deb Schinnerer

Beth Burns

Beth Burns and Dominique Claussens

Malaga Bank

Friends from Malaga Bank—Randy Bowers, Sacha Ohara, Sylvia Alvarado, Maureen Bray

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Marian Hall and David Jones

Thanks to our guests and volunteers.


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Donna and Ray Day, with Denny Lawrence, Alli Tsukimura, and Meredith Carter

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Cheryl Graue, Marge Schmit (foreground), Ginny Bleier, Marian Duntley (left background)

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Dottie and Allen Lay, Sheri and Lynn Gill

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Vivien Murtha, Sharon Guthrie, Paula DiFiore

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David and Kei Benoit

Young bartenders

Catie Aspel, Jarrett Geraghty, Kyleigh Geraghty—world’s best bartenders

Thanks to the unstoppable Stormstock Committee.
Claudia Grzywacz (Chair), Marian Hall (PCLAP President), Jane Beseda, Donna Day, Deborah Deutsch, Marian Duntley, Ginny Erxleben, Jann Feldman, Pam Geraghty, Cheryl Graue, Lisa Harquail-Sierveld, Debby McDonald, Lu Takeuchi, Pat Zelt

Above all, thanks to our audience!

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Unbridled Joy—Ginny Erxleben

*Q. Who sang Oh Happy Day at Woodstock?
A. Joan Baez
**Q. Who played The Star Spangled Banner?
A. Jimi Hendrix

2017 Grand Salon Tour

“To Market, To Market We Must Go…” visited highlights of downtown Los Angeles on June 20, including a tour of the historic Bradbury Building.


From left back:  Mardi Tobias, Linda Rowan, Jan Brandmeyer, Paula Del Vicario, Dave Hart, Cassie Westhead, Alanna Kennedy.
From left front:  Lorna Interian, Carol Hart, Barbara Hart, Sallie Krause, Terrie Somers, Diana Honeycutt.