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The 4th Annual Chamber Music Gala + Fundraiser is a rare opportunity to enjoy chamber music in a small private setting. Featuring Bethany Pflueger, (flute) and Lucy Nargizyan (piano). Performing music from around the world and across three centuries. Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres at 2:00 p.m. Following the 3:00 p.m. performance, meet the artists over dessert!
All proceeds benefit Pasadena Community Orchestra. For further information, please contact us at: email@example.com or 626-445-6708
View photos from last year’s fundraiser here.
PCO has corresponded with Still’s daughter, Judith Ann Still, and his granddaughter, Lisa Headlee, who are both very excited about the upcoming concert. Mr. Still was an African-American classical composer who pushed many boundaries during the 1960’s civil rights movement. He was born in 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi and is responsible for writing more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra, have major productions of a symphony & opera as well as the first to have an opera performed on national television. He moved to Los Angeles in 1939 and had a long and successful career as a composer, arranger and conductor. He is often referred to as the “Dean of African-American Composers.” At the age of 83, he died in Los Angeles on December 3, 1978.
Join us this Friday, January 30th, 2015, 8:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene to hear his Symphony No. 1 – also known as the “Afro-American Symphony.”
“We are so glad that the music of William Grant Still is receiving your loving attention. There is so much to be done to really end the Civil War and to understand the need for brotherhood and mutual respect, that every presentation of the WGS works makes a step forward. Many thanks.”
– Judith Anne Still, Correspondence with PCO, 1.16.2015
“I seek in the ‘Afro-American Symphony’ to portray not the higher type of colored American, but the sons of the soil, who still retain so many of the traits peculiar to their African forebears; who have not responded completely to the transforming effect of progress.”
– William Grant Still
On Friday, January 30, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., harpist Maria Casale, who has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and L.A. Chamber Orchestra, joins the Pasadena Community Orchestra in concert. In addition to Casale’s performance of the elegant Handel Harp Concerto in B-flat Major, the orchestra, led by Music Director Bethany Pflueger, performs American composer William Grant Still’s Symphony #1, the “Afro-American” (a 1930 gem with melodies from the blues, ragtime and jazz), as well as overtures by Arthur Sullivan (yes, that Arthur Sullivan!) and Mozart. Admission is free.
As you deck the halls with boughs of holly and brave the holiday crowds (and Internet), please consider giving a year-end donation to Pasadena Community Orchestra. If you have already done so, many thanks. With the combined enthusiasm and support of our musicians, our board of directors, and YOU, our faithful patrons, we are able to continue to bring free concerts to the public.
At the same time, our operating expenses – rent of the concert hall, insurance, among others – continue to rise. This year, we were able to realize our dream of running KUSC ads thanks to the Michael J. Connell Foundation and we need your help in order to continue. Do listen for the ads, they are wonderful! Tax-deductible donations can be made online on our website or mailed to us at PO Box 92917, Pasadena, CA 91109.
PCO has a wonderful line-up of concerts for the coming season as we continue working with our wonderful conductor, Bethany Pflueger. Maria Casale will be playing Handel’s Harp Concerto at our next concert, January 30, at First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena. And our Fourth Annual Chamber Music Gala will take place Sunday, March 1, from 2-5 p.m. It will feature Bethany Pflueger, a Grammy award winning flutist in her own right, and Dr. Lucy Nargizyan, pianist from the Elixir Trio. Watch for details.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
President, Board of Directors
Pasadena Community Orchestra
PCO presents its 29th annual Young Artist Competition! The purpose of this competition is to identify, assist, and feature talented young musicians in the furtherance of their musical careers and education. The winner of the competition will appear as Guest Soloist with PCO on Friday, May 15, 2015 and will receive a $500 cash award from the orchestra. The deadline for applications is January 23, 2015. For further information, please call 323.728.6317 or email@example.com. Applications may be found online HERE.
A rare concert performance of classic coloratura arias caps a gala evening of dramatic music written for the stage. Lori Ann Fuller Piscioneri, who has soloed with both L.A. Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe, joins the orchestra for four gems of coloratura opera literature November 11, 2014. Showing her versatility, Fuller Piscioneri is by turns passionate, ecstatic with love, melancholy, giddy with excitement, and seductive. The vehicles for this expressivity (as well as for virtuoso vocal acrobatics) are “Regnava nel silenzio” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, “Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Musetta’s Waltz” from his La Boheme. The orchestra performs four additional works, each expressing a distinctive setting and story. Rossini’s William Tell Overture isn’t just the music from “The Lone Ranger,” but a depiction of the beautiful Swiss Alpine countryside. The overture from the original Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel, evokes the Grimm’s classic fairy tale. The “Polka” from Smetana’s opera, The Bartered Bride, is a celebration of Czech musical nationalism. And Finland’s favorite son, Jean Sibelius, created one of the most important national songs of Finland in his epic Finlandia. Audience members may meet the soloist and other musicians at a reception following the concert in November!
The Pasadena Community Orchestra is proud to announce that we are recipients of a grant from the Pasadena Showcase House For the Arts! Each year, awards, gifts and grants are given to schools and symphonic associations like the P.C.O. Without this kind of support from our community of friends, donors and supporters we would not be able to bring you FREE Classical programming. The PCO uses funds from this key grant to bring to you our Annual Young Artist Competition Program and Concert. Next month, we are proud to announce the 2014 Award Recipient, Han Bin Yoon. Click here to learn more about Han and be sure to RSVP for this FREE Concert event on Facebook.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, pianist Chie Nagatani, who has performed extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Italy and Poland, and also on several recordings, joins Pasadena Community Orchestra to perform one of George Gershwin’s most successful fusions of jazz and classical music, his Piano Concerto in F Major. Unlike the earlier Rhapsody in Blue, this work is structured like a classical concerto. But the all-American themes and rhythmic patterns are unmistakably Gershwin. Alternately playful and soulful, the work’s first movement centers around a lively Charleston-rhythm theme; the slow movement, with its languid trumpet solos, embodies what Gershwin called “the poetic, nocturnal atmosphere. . .which has come to be referred to as the American blues”; and, as he described it, closes with a wildly energetic finale that Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Chie Nagatani enjoys an active career as a solo pianist, having received numerous top prizes and awards including the Grand Prize at the IBLA International Music Competition in Italy (with performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall). Her piano duo (with pianist Timothy Durkovic) was awarded Best Duo Piano Performance at the IBLA competition as well as First Prize at the San Diego National Piano Duo Competition. Nagatani has also appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Burbank Philharmonic, Newport Symphony Orchestra and the USC Symphony. Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite contains some of the composer’s best-known and most beautiful melodies.
If you close your eyes, the music will vividly bring to mind the action of the play (by Henrik Ibsen, based on a Norwegian fairy tale). The lovely opening movement, “Morning,” is instantly recognizable as one of the most effective depictions of dawn in music, and you will surely picture dancing trolls during the familiar final movement, “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” The concert opens with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 for strings alone. Splitting the violin, viola and cello sections into three parts each lends richness to the orchestra’s sound. It also means that you will be involved not only in listening but also in watching, as the themes pass from part to part like a sonic volleyball. PCO has been bringing fine classical music to the community for over 30 years. Concerts are free (donations are welcome at the door). Well-trained musicians provide a high-quality musical experience. First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block west of Michillinda Ave. Parking is free and wheelchair accessible. Immediately following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the soloist and the other musicians at a reception (refreshments will be provided).
Concerts are made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, LA County Arts Commission, Pasadena Community Foundation, and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.