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By Nicole Charky | May 13, 2010
Instead of watching “Lord of the Rings,” “Chicago” or “Gladiator,” Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra will re-create the films’ music with an 84-member orchestra. The orchestra’s spring concert “Lights! Camera! Music!” will be Sunday in Sexson Auditorium at Pasadena City College. The performance will feature music from film genres including action, historical adventures, space odysseys, comedies and musicals. The orchestra has a more than 50-year tradition for students in 10th grade through college.
By Ruth Longoria | July 31, 2008
The event was pretty much what La Cañada City Councilman David Spence imagined when in the 1990s he urged the city to begin a community Music in the Park event. Spence previously told the Valley Sun he’d been to Maine nearly 20 years ago and seen a community park event where everyone gathered to enjoy an evening together and hear the community band play. The event was a lot of fun and people vacationing from all over came out to hear the band play, he said. In a similar fashion, hundreds of folks gathered last Sunday night at Memorial Park, prepared with blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and, in some cases, the family pet, ready for an evening of entertainment, relaxation, and family fun. They weren’t disappointed.
By Eleanor Green | June 4, 2009
Hundreds showed up for this week?s Music in the Park, but none could sit still for long. The concert music series, which got underway on Memorial Day, resumed at its normal time, 6 p.m. Sunday, with local country band The All American Wranglers. Lead vocalist and guitarist Todd Fariss quipped that the band?s motto should be ?We keep you moving,? and the audience lived up to the challenge, with young and old alike dancing for the full two-hour performance. At one point, Fariss walked out into the audience and got the crowd moving with a sound that comprised ?
By Joe Piasecki | June 14, 2011
This weekend, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Lt. Angela Shepherd was in town to work a different beat — on stage, behind a microphone. Shepherd is lead singer and front woman for The Mixx, a five-piece rock ’n’ roll band that performed classic rock tunes and other popular favorites on Sunday as part of the annual Music in the Park free concert series at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. Music in the Park is sponsored by the city and the La Cañada Valley Sun. Performances continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays each weekend through Aug. 28. A crowd of approximately 200 people lounged, picnicked or even got up to dance as Shepherd and her bandmates cranked out lively versions of hits from performers such as the Doobie Brothers, the Pretenders, Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles and Guns N’ Roses.
April 22, 2004
Dining With Duvall By Lynn Duvall Last month I enjoyed a meal in the Hoover High School cafeteria, catered by Acapulco. My table mates were strangers, though, like me, they were graduates of the high school. We'd gathered with nearly 100 other grads to work on plans for the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration on May 15. One gentleman talked effusively about the jazz ensemble at the school. His enthusiasm ran very high. Finally, when he stopped for a breath, I asked, "How do you know so much about them?"
October 6, 2005
Artistry There's just no word for it other than unbelievable! No! It was even better than that, it was sheer pageantry. Let me get right to the story, there's no time to waste. Last Friday, Ken and Laura Liang, invited Kaitzer, me and friends to Descanso Gardens for an evening of tapas, wine and music. The evening was surreal. The fires burning in Burbank left an ominous sky, putting one on edge and leaving the impression that something was about to happen. I've had that feeling before.
By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | July 4, 2011
Hundreds of people enjoyed the cool stylings of the David Sagal Jazz Quintet at Memorial Park early Sunday evening. Although the free concerts are open to the casual passersby, some family groups have been going to the summer concert series for years, like Judy and David Van Wyk, who have been enjoying the Music in the Park concert series with their friends and kids for at least 13 summers. “The concert series is a La Cañada institution,” said Judy Van Wyk. Nine of their group — which is usually 20-strong — beat the heat Sunday by enjoying the cool lawn of the park.
August 6, 2009
Q. I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? ? Laura, La Cañada ? Music can soothe a baby, rally an army, unite a country, slow down a grocery shopper, or speed up a worker in a mid-morning slump. Music enhances celebrations, rituals and special occasions. Music also has a therapeutic effect for seniors and people with disabilities.
May 24, 2007
The La Cañada Flintridge Library will present the Bright Light Chamber Players, a chamber music quartet featuring the music of Mozart, on Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. The program offers a unique blend of classical and memorable melodies in an up-close and personal setting. This free musical afternoon will highlight chamber and classical music at its best. The La Cañada Flintridge Library is located at 4545 Oakwood Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge. The library is part of the County of Los Angeles public libraries.
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