The Valley Line: Houseguest's visit inspires a whirlwind tour

August 22, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Faux Beatles: Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, David John and Joe Bologna, impersonators of the Beatles, took Pasadena Pops guests on a "Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles" at a concert held at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia.
Faux Beatles: Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, David John and Joe… (Courtesy of the…)

The music beat goes on. Kristin Korb, a bassist and vocalist, enchanted music lovers on Aug. 15 at Descanso Gardens' Music on the Main jazz series, which has been attracting guests on Thursday evenings this summer.

Although she began her music career here in the U.S. and has taught music at USC and Azusa Pacific University, Korb now makes her home in Denmark.

Guests brought their folding chairs, blankets to spread on the grass, food to nosh on and wine to sip as they listened to this delightful concert.

Tonight, the Descanso jazz series closes with the piano and vocal styling of Betty Bryant. The concert is from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A quick catch up: The Pasadena Pops' last concert, "Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles" was a wild success. Beatlemania was happening all over again! What fun it was as concertgoers were dancing on the grass at the Los Angeles Arboretum.


The Pops last concert of the summer is on Sept. 7 when Michael Feinstein, conductor presents "Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me."

A true Gershwin scholar, for years Michael has been assembling rare arrangements of Gershwin classics that best represent the style and sound of George and Ira's work. From his personal archives Michael will present some little known Gershwin treasures along with iconic songs like "Embraceable You" and "Love is Here to Stay." Joining Michael will be vocalists Catherine Russell and Chuck Cooper.

There's nothing like having out-of-town houseguests to help you rediscover treasures that we have nearby our own city of La Cañada Flintridge.

My longtime friend, Jackie Manning, was here visiting from Tucson. Jackie and her late husband, Whip, lived here on Alta Canyada Road for 30 years. Their kids, Tom and Elizabeth, both went to Flintridge Prep. It was such fun to catch up on news of our respective lives and reflect on old times.

It has been awhile since Jackie has been back to her old stomping grounds so she was quite surprised to see the Town Center complex.

We had a whirlwind, jam-packed four days as Jackie met up with old friends. We certainly found plenty of things to do. We went to our local theater to see "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on its opening day. This film is about a man who was raised in the cotton fields of the South who went on to serve eight U.S. presidents as a butler in the White House.

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