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March 14, 2009
LSU Woodwind Quintet
We warmly welcome the La Sierra University Woodwind Quintet and its director, Ken Narducci, Associate Professor of Music, to our church today! Ken Narducci comes with many years of music directing experience from both Pacific Union College and La Sierra University. Woodwind Quintet members include: Bobbi Michaelson, Flute; Nancy Blaire, Oboe; Lewes Mowery, Clarinet; Taryn Johnson, Bassoon; and Ken Narducci, Horn.
Kemp L. Smeal, organist
Second Saturday Series, Duquessa McGuffin & Monique McGuffin Newman
July 10, 2010
Pierre van der Westhuizen
The Second Saturday Series will feature South African first tenor, Pierre van der Westhuizen, on July 10 at 4:00 p.m. Pierre van der Westhuizen studied voice under Wilhemina Dunbar at Helderberg College in South Africa and then attended the world renowned leader singer Gerard Souzay’s masterclasses at Stellenbosch University winning the gold medal for open class leider in 1981.
Pierre van der Westhuizen recently celebrated 25 years as the first tenor with the Melody 4 Gospel Quartet. He will be the guest soloist for the General Conference session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 3, 2010.
He has released three recordings: Sound His Praise (LP, 1986); My Passion (CD, 2008); and I Believe (CD 2009). He was recently offered a recording contract with Maranatha Record Company.
The program on July 10 will include arias from oratorios and other sacred classics from the standard repertoire. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.
August 14, 2010
Sean Coburn O’Neal
The Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Sean Coburn O’Neal, on August 14 at 4:00 p.m. Sean is a frequent recitalist, both locally and around the United States. He is also a pipe organ builder with the Long Beach-based firm O'Neal, David & Associates; is the accompanist for the Cal State University Long Beach 49'er Chorus; and is the Director of Music and Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, CA.
The program on August 14 will include music by Ottorino Respighi, J.S. Bach, Craig Phillips, Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, and Charles-Marie Widor. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.
The organ is a 150-rank Colby-Harrah symphonic organ. It utilizes a hybrid configuration of wind-blown pipe work and digital technology on four manuals.
The Second Saturday Series is a free community concert held the second Saturday of each month in the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church sanctuary. A freewill offering will be received.
Future concerts will feature strings on September 11 and Glendale City Church Organist in Residence, Kemp Smeal, on October 9.
September 11, 2010
The Second Saturday Series will feature a string trio consisting of Jiayi Shi, piano; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; and Alice Yoo, violincello on September 11, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.
This month's concert will feature string works by: Beethoven, Janacek, Shumann, and Arensky. The Glendale City Church sanctuary is considered the finest acoustic in Los Angeles for solo and small ensemble string performance. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artists.
The Second Saturday Series is a free community concert held the second Saturday of each month in the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 610 E. California.
Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. She has also collaborated with violinists Martin Charlifour and Ryu Goto in recitals throughout the United States. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China to critical acclaim. In recent years, she has also performed in important venues around the world such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, St. Luke’s in London, and Konzerhaus in Berlin.
Jiayi Shi began playing the piano at age 4 and a few years later, she was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and studied there until 1996, when she was granted a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Shi continued her education the Eastman School of Music and graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a master’s degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano. Besides completing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music, she is also currently on the piano faculty of Biola University in California.
Violinist Tien-Hsin “Cindy” Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and a chamber musician, having performed with renowned musicians and ensembles in Europe, the United States, and Asia. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and Taipei Symphony Orchestra in her native country, as well as with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
As solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Wu has performed extensively in Taiwan, Europe, and North America, at such prominent venues as New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, as well as in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Artists with whom she has collaborated in concerts include: Toby Appel, Gary Graffman, Gary Hoffman, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, William Preucil, Thomas Quasthoff, Julian Rachlin, Yuja Wang, Nikolaj Znaider, and members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Johannes, Miami, and Tokyo string quartets. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Wu appeared as guest violist with the Orion String Quartet during their tour of Asia. Recent summer festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival and Academy, Aspen Music Festival, and the ENCORE School for Strings, where she served as a chamber music coach.
Dedicated to musical community engagement in the U.S. and in Taiwan, Ms. Wu frequently leads master classes and lectures to inspire students toward music-making and to promote classical music appreciation and involvement among the younger generation. Media appearances include performances on WHYY TV and Radio in Philadelphia and NPR’s “From the Top,” as well as multiple on-air interviews with Philharmonic Radio Taipei and IC Broadcasting of Taiwan. Additionally, she has been featured on TVBS Television and in a special column of the September 2004 issue of Marie Claire Taiwan called “Young Power.”
Among Ms. Wu’s many honors and awards are the gold medal in the 18th Stulberg International String Competition, third prize in the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition, the Chi Mei Young Artist Award, and the grand prize in the Young Artist Showcase Competition organized by Philharmonic Radio Taipei. As a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Ms. Wu was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Fellowship.
Ms. Wu currently resides in Los Angeles. In 2008, she was awarded the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation scholarship for graduate studies with Midori Goto at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Previous teachers include Ida Kavafian and Victor Danchenko at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School. In addition to the violin, she studied the viola with Steven Tenenbom.
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu plays on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin.
Cellist Alice Yoo began her cello studies at the age of ten in her home town of Bozeman, Montana. She was later accepted to study in the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program as a student of Richard Aaron. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Paul Katz, and the Royal Northern College of Music. An active competitor, she won first prize in the Cleveland Cello Society Competition and the USC 2009 String Concerto Competition, and has won top prizes in the Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, Klein International String Competition, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.
As a soloist, Ms. Yoo has performed with many orchestras, including the USC Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, the Billings Symphony, and the Bozeman Symphony. She has performed in such prestigious venues as New York’s Weill Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ms. Yoo’s performances have been featured and broadcasted on Los Angeles’ KUSC and Boston’s WGBH. She has participated in master classes with some of the world’s most distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Leon Fleisher, Anner Bylsma, Boris Pergamenschikow, Claude Frank, and Kim Kashkashian.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Yoo has collaborated in performance with Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Vivian Weilerstein, and Anthony Marwood. Ms. Yoo’s festival and workshop appearances have included the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Music@Menlo, Caramoor’s Rising Stars Series, Yellow Barn Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Sarasota Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and The Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Yoo’s string quartet won the 2006 Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a result, all of the members of the quartet were invited to study intensively with renowned composer and pedagogue Gyorgy Kurtag at IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England. Ms. Yoo is also a founding member of the Vox Piano Trio, which was selected to participate in a May 2010 workshop on Brahms' piano chamber music at Carnegie Hall with Leon Fleisher, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pamela Frank.
Ms. Yoo recently received her masters degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum and is continuing her studies there as graduate diploma student.
October 9, 2010
The Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Kemp Smeal, on October 9, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. The October concert will feature organ works by: Handel, Bach, Sawyer, Nevin, and Dupre.
Kemp L. Smeal is currently the organist in residence for the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church and La Canada Presbyterian. He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area including: Our Lady of the Angels, Crystal Cathedral, Temple Bat Yahm, and Glendale Presbyterian Church. He has also performed in other U.S. cities and Europe and is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in organ performance at Princeton University.
He has also studied with Mark Brombaugh and coached with Joan Lippincott and Eugene Roan, as well as being a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has one solo CD, “Beside Still Waters,” featuring his arrangements and original compositions for piano, which is featured on the Time Life video, “A Walk with Jesus: A Holy Land Journey with Hymns and Scriptures.” Kemp is the organist on “Hearts Afire” with the Welsh Choir of Southern California, playing on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.
The organ is a Colby-Harrah symphonic organ. It utilizes a hybrid configuration of wind-blown pipe work and digital technology on four manuals.
A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.
The Second Saturday Series is a free community concert held the second Saturday of each month in the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
November 13, 2010
The Second Saturday Series will feature violinist Miclen Laipang on November 13, 2010, at 4 PM. Accompanist for this concert is Abraham Flabella.
15-year old Miclen Laipang, native of Redlands, California, begged his parents to get him a violin at the age of 3 due to the great influence of his older brother, Sherwin, who is a professional violinist. He performed his first recital at age 4.
Miclen’s accomplishments include winning the Southern Adventist University and the Claremont Young Musician Orchestra's Concerto Competition, both in November 2008; first place at the Concerto Competition hosted by the San Fernando Valley Music Teachers’ Association of California branch in June 2007; and featured as a soloist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony on September 29, 2007. He won the audition to play as the fiddler for the play “Fiddler on the Roof” for the Yucaipa Little Theater Show in September 2007. Being a scholarship recipient of the Young Musicians Foundation, he performed with the YMF/Balmat National Orchestra at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, in July 2007. At age 10, he won the Redlands Bowl 55th Annual Young Artist Competition and was awarded the Caroline S. Pike Scholarship. During 2005 to 2008 he earned the highest points for both piano and violin during the Certificate of Merit music examinations. He was also selected to perform at the Music Teachers’ Association of California Convention held in Northern and Southern California. In 2005 at age 8, he was the grand-prize winner of the Merit Award Competition for the University of Redlands Community School of Music, as well as first-place winner in the American Strings Teachers Association Competition of the greater Los Angeles area.
Abraham Fabella, a California native, began his study of music at the age of six when he began piano lessons. As a pianist, he has gone on to win various competitions including the Redlands Bowl and the Vera Yin Sheng Piano Competitions and has performed under the batons of conductors such as Grant Gershon, Jon Robertson, and Ruth Charloff. Abraham Fabella received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from La Sierra University in Riverside, California where he studied piano with Kimo Smith. He continued his studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where he earned a Master of Arts degree in music. He is currently the organist/choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside, CA.
A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.