April 12, 2007
The quintet of musicians that make up the String Family Players have shared their joy in the wonders of music with audiences of all ages since its founding in 1986. They will bring their passion to the Glendale High School auditorium in a performance on Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. Presenting a variety of pieces encompassing four centuries, their enthusiastic programs vividly illustrate the power of music. The String Family Players have performed thousands of concerts under the auspices of the Los Angeles Music Center Education Division, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Long Beach Symphony, Rhodes Foundation, and many others.
May 3, 2007
The Lanterman House ballroom was swinging to the sounds of 1930s and '40s music performed by the Sisters of Swing when the Lanterman House Foundation held a fundraising event Sunday evening. Prior to the performance, the 80 attendees enjoyed hors d'oeurves and wine served in the museum's courtyard. "I thought it went swimmingly, to use an old-fashioned term," said Melissa Patton, the museum's executive director. "The music was fabulous and it was the event I had hoped it would be. It was a fun, casual evening of good food, good wine and great swing music."
November 16, 2006
The La Canada Presbyterian Church Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jack Lantz, will perform at both this Sunday's 7:55 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. worship services. During the past year, the LCPC Chamber Orchestra has grown from a nucleus of 15 people to more than 35 members, drawn from the congregation and local community. The orchestra is comprised of a full complement of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This Sunday, the orchestra will feature the music of Edvard Grieg, the great Norwegian composer.
July 15, 2010
Elvis impersonator Steve Roth set toes tapping and heads bobbing at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge Sunday as he entertained with a string hits from one of rock's greatest legends. The performance, which drew several hundred families, was the seventh in the city of La Cañada Flintridge's 14-week summer series, Music in the Park. It was followed by a screening of "Monsters vs. Aliens." Launched in 1997, Music in the Park has evolved into one La Cañada's signature programs.
June 22, 2006
The sun was beaming on Father's Day, and many daddies and their children took to Memorial Park last week to enjoy an evening filled with music. The two-hour Jimmy Buffet tribute performance given by Garratt Wilkins and the Parrotheads Jim entertained dozens of La Cañada families. "It's a great day to spend with the kids," said John Peterson, father of two, while playing soccer with his son, Carsten. "Father's Day to me is about spending time with the family, and today has been a great way to be doing that while listening to Jimmy Buffett," he said.
March 9, 2006
La Cañada United Methodist Church will host a weekend event called "Celebration!" on March 11-12 at the church, 104 Berkshire Place. The public is welcome. Featured is Dr. Kimball Coburn, who uses music, fun and energetic spirituality to talk about God's call to be the church. Kimball's music background reaches back to Memphis in the 1950's and the emerging rockabilly movement. He still uses music and his guitar to keep things happening. His wife, Pam Coburn, is also part of the weekend.
June 3, 2010
"Singin', Swingin' & Dancin'" will span nine decades of Broadway favorites, flashy choreography and popular music as the La Cañada Presbyterian Church stages its annual Pops Concert at 8 p.m. June 11 and 4 p.m. June 12. The Pops Concert will journey from the 1930s to the present day, featuring the music of Broadway, the movies, rock 'n' roll — and a quick excerpt from church music — in an action-packed, fun-filled show. It will feature the Chancel Choir, with several soloists; the Jack Lantz Little Big Band, headed by the church's director of music and worship arts; and, for the second year in a row, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Dancers in an expanded role.
August 27, 2009
Trying to take advantage of the last few days of summer residents from La Cañada and its neighboring towns packed Memorial Park on Sunday for the Music in the Park summer concert series, co-sponsored by the city and the La Cañada Valley Sun. The evening featured a La Cañada-based band, Palm Drive, which entertained the crowd with a mix of contemporary hits and classic rock numbers. Families and friends dined on picnic spreads while children danced in front of the main stage.
June 30, 2005
The Hollywood Bowl's annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular has become a red, white and blue family tradition for Southern Californians. This year, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor John Mauceri, teams up with another Southern California tradition - Disneyland - in celebrating the park's 50th anniversary. Dazzling fireworks cap the concerts on July 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Over the past five decades, Disneyland has evolved into a true national treasure, and the three-night concert series features a musical journey that celebrates its heritage and legacy of popular tunes.
December 23, 2004
Last week, Val Grayson, of Grayson's Tunetown in Montrose passed away at the age of 91. For many of us in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/La Cañada area, we know Grayson's Tunetown as one of the first record and musical instrument stores in the area. Val Grayson sold me my first record, gave me my first music lessons and encouraged me to become a music concert promoter. Thanks to Val Grayson's constant help and support, I made a career in the music business. I went on to start a preservation organization to save Pasadena's Historic Raymond Theatre.