June 25, 2009
The June gloom didn’t stop music aficionados from gathering at Descanso Gardens for the opening of the Pasadena POPS summer picnic series this past weekend. Even though the weather was misty, the Spanish-inspired music and the tango dancers made the evening sizzle. Concert goers, with picnic baskets in tow, arrived early in order to enjoy feasts of many foods from around the world. Many of the tables were set with floral centerpieces that ranged from garden fresh to floral designer extravagant.
September 21, 2006
The internationally acclaimed tango company Estampas Porteñas, led by Artistic Director Carolina Soler, will perform Tango Fire , one afternoon only at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Oct. 8. Estampas Porteñas is being seen in the United States for the first time on this tour. Direct from Buenos Aires, Tango Fire features ten of Argentina's finest dancers, Quatrotango, a live quartet of brilliant musicians, along with Diego Fama, Tango Fire's powerful vocalist.
April 20, 2006
"Gil, Cartas & Tuey" will be performing at 8 p.m. on April 26 at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Blending traditional flamenco, Cuban son, tango, basso nova, bluegrass, traditional Mexican folk, gypsy jazz, American Songbook, Blues and classical music "Gil, Cartas, & Tuey" create a unique ensemble that spans centuries and genres. The group began their careers at an Irish pub in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and have performed for audiences at places like the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Mexican Cultural Institute.
August 17, 2006
When recently asked to reveal her overall goal for her career, conductor and violinist Olivia Tsui replied, "To become a musical ambassador to the world, bringing all people together." Tsui's newest 'gig' ? as music director and conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra ? will offer her a number of opportunities to make this happen not only in the city of Glendale but throughout Southern California. The 82-year old orchestra has long had a history of attracting a loyal cadre of devotees, whether they live down the road or a number of freeways away.
July 13, 2006
A new version of "Pasion de Espana" ("Passion of Spain"), featuring principal Media City Ballet dancers in performance with advanced students from the company's Apprentice Summer Intensive program in excerpts from "Bolero," "Don Quixote," "Carmen" and a special treat for Tango lovers. This is the second production in the company's fifth anniversary season. The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. The show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $40, $32 and $18 each and may be purchased by calling the Alex Box Office at 243-ALEX (2539)
June 7, 2007
Anyone who enjoys listening to lively music under the oaks on a Sunday afternoon is sure to agree that Descanso's summer concert series in July 'Sounds Like Fun.' Three concerts, all by popular performers and all free with Gardens admission, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Under the Oaks Theater. Seats for each hour-long concert are first come, first served, and the music will entertain visitors throughout the open-air theater area. The first concert, Sunday, July 1, will feature the jazzy group Incendio with a polyrhythmic swirl of Latin American music forms (boleros, cumbias, salsa, tango, mambo and Peruvian valses criollos)
July 2, 2009
We wandered over to Descanso Gardens on a warm Friday evening to hear the Pasadena Pops performance of “A Night in the Tropics.” Len carried the cooler. His cousin, also named Anita, brought the burritos. I had packed salmon (broiled with a touch of wasabi), sodas, the gift jar of eggplant dip from France, crackers, organic strawberries and a mason jar with a thin-sliced blood orange, two smushed-up strawberries and Grey Goose vodka. It was one of those wonderful La Cañada nights.
October 5, 2006
Fans of classical music have long claimed that great music feeds the soul. But, recently, the Women's Committee of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra held an event to satisfy a somewhat less ethereal kind of appetite when it held a Hawaiian and Western barbecue to raise funds for its many philanthropic endeavors at the Jeffers estate in La Cañada Flintridge. Projects supported by the Women's Committee include Ensembles in the Schools, providing music education for elementary schoolchildren in the Glendale Unified School District; the Preludes program for high school girls; various music scholarships; and, of course, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra.
May 12, 2005
Over the course of its 32-year history, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra has won awards and rave reviews for performances not only in Southern California but throughout the world - in cities from Vienna, Austria to Sydney. On May 15 at 2 p.m., the orchestra of talented middle school-aged musicians will perform a bit closer to home when it presents its annual Spring Concert under the direction of conductor Jack Taylor at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. in Pasadena.
March 24, 2005
Paradise Canyon Elementary School parents were dazzled at last Thursday's "Feelin' Good," a health exercise inspired by a musical performance by the fourth grade students in Ms. Brown and Mrs. Ronnquist's classes. This was the conclusion of their recently completed health section they studied. Feeling good about themselves, under the direction of music teacher Marisa Crabtree, the students first sang "Feeling Good" and next they added the twist dance, as they sang "The Body Boogie."