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Second Saturday Series - January 8, 2011

Chris BullThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Christoph Bull, on January 8, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Christoph Bull is a concert organist, pianist, singer, composer, and recording artist. He likes organ music, rock music, and rocking organ music.

Born and raised in Mannheim, Germany, he now resides in Los Angeles. He started improvising on the piano at age 5 and has been giving public concerts since the age of 12. He’s studied at top conservatories in Germany and the U.S. and won international awards in Performance and Composition.

Equally versed in classical and popular music, he has performed around the world, including Europe, the U.S., Russia, and India, at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.; Lincoln Center in NYC; the Catholic Cathedrals of Moscow, Salzburg, Saint-Denis and Los Angeles—and also at rock clubs like the Viper Room, the Roxy, and the Whisky in L.A.

Among others, he’s worked with Steven Spielberg, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Lili Haydn, and Nishat Khan. His genre-crossing concert and CD series organica presents the pipe organ to a new audience by combining classical with contemporary music, adding computer visuals, live painting, other instruments, voice, and dance—taking the instrument to the cutting edge.

Christoph also likes politics, theology, and sports. He won the German national youth championship in baseball with his team BC Tornados Mannheim and ran the L.A. Marathon four times.

He is currently finishing the world premiere recording of the one-of-a-kind Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ, slated for release later in 2010. More info about this project:http://www.planetillogica.com/xoph.

This concert will include many of the pieces from the Disney Hall recording, including works by Bruhns and Bach and arrangements and improvisations by Christoph. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.

William Chunestudy Men's Chorus - January 29, 2011

Men's Chorus 

The Men's Chorus, which began in the fall of 2006, consists of singers from all walks of life who live in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. The ensemble performs at church, civic, and educational venues.

On December 1 the Men's Chorus released its first album, We Have This Hope, an album of a cappella spirituals recorded as a tribute to the music of Wayne Hooper. Those wishing to obtain CDs may find these in the church narthex after the service today.

For more information, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-Chunestudy-Mens-Chorus/165112786838011.

Second Saturday Series - February 12, 2011

The Second Saturday Series will feature the internationally acclaimed Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, February 12, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. 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. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artists.

Jubilee SingersThe Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, a traveling company of 12 to 18, a resident group of 29, have garnered international acclaim and focused worldwide attention on the vast body of folk music termed “African-American.”

The concert will include music from Traditional and Contemporary Spirituals, Concert Music by African-American Composers (Using Spiritual Themes), Afro-Caribbean Music, Traditional and Contemporary Black Gospels, and excerpts from the cantata, “Changed My Name.”

Thirty-nine years ago (1968) the Singers undertook their first European tour. Today, after 18 sold-out European tours, 12 tours of the United States and Canada, tours of the Middle and Far East, Africa and South America, they are among the most honored singing ensembles in the world. They were selected three times to serve the U.S. State Department and USIS Cultural Exchange Program in areas of the world, known in those days as “behind the Iron Curtain,” including East Germany, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Iran, India, North and West Africa, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

The repertory of The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers is focused on the rich genre of African-American music known as Negro Spirituals.  The arranged spiritual became known in the winter of 1870 when an intrepid group of 11 singers--seven women and four men--representing the newly-established Fisk University in Nashville appeared at the Court of St. James in London. Queen Victoria's immediate acceptance helped this a cappella four-part singing by an ensemble of students to become known worldwide as a creative religious music evoking a deep sense of personal spiritual fervor. The choral music of African-Americans now encompasses not only new and contemporary arrangements of Spirituals, but includes original compositions by young composers who utilize not only the voice but include the use of large and small instrumental ensembles and other indigenous instrumentations. The Black Music Theater has become another source for creative choral writing. The Jubilee Singers have embraced excerpts from works intended for the musical theatre which has allowed the dimension of movement to be introduced through the use of choreography. Movement has always been a basic element in the production of African-American music.

Albert McNeil is a native Californian--born in Los Angeles. He earned bachelors and masters degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and did his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, the Westminster Choir College of Princeton, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.  He is presently Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California at Davis, where he was Director of Choral Activities for 21 years and headed the Music Education Program. Simultaneous with the Davis period, he taught Ethnomusicology at the University of Southern California for 12 years. Prior to his University teaching, McNeil taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 17 years beginning at the elementary level and including junior high, and ended his tenure in the district at the Susan Miller Dorsey High School where he headed a multi-school program known as APEX, Area Project for Educational Exchange, involving five high schools in a unique federally funded experimental program with each high school specializing in unique course offerings.

The McNeil Jubilee Singers ensemble is his creation, and he has dedicated himself to upholding a choral tradition of excellence with the presentation of the concert spiritual and the ever-increasing contributions of African-American composers of concert music, opera, and theatre music. Under his direction, the group, now in its 40th year, has performed in 77 countries, including Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and North and West Africa, and in 44 states in the U.S. During the summer of 1997 they completed their third tour of South America after numerous transcontinental tours of the U.S., Hawaii, and Canada.

In addition to his work at the University and conducting the Jubilee Singers, Professor McNeil has been an author and editor on a series of music education textbooks for Silver-Burdett-Ginn Publishing Company. He co-authored an educational packet for Bowman Publishing Company as well. His arrangements can be found in the Gentry and Lawson-Gould catalogues.

He is currently director of music at the Founder's Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles. McNeil was called out of retirement in spring 2007 as acting director of Choral Activities at the University of California, Davis. He is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and is often invited to conduct “honor choirs” throughout the United States and abroad.

Notable among his many awards are: Alumnus of the Year for Professional Excellence presented by his alma mater, UCLA, and the Michael Korn Award for distinguished conducting (Chorus America--Association of Professional Ensembles). He has the honor of being selected a Sterling Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon. The California State University Board of Trustees on May 28, 2003, conferred the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree upon McNeil at the summer 2003 commencement exercises held on the campus of California State University, Northridge. He also delivered the commencement address at that time. The ACDA Western Division honored both the Jubilee Singers and Dr. McNeil in “command performances” at their Las Vegas Convention in February, 2004, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Choral Music. Professor McNeil’s 2005 schedule included another appearance before the National ACDA Convention in Los Angeles, a headline performance at the Bilbao International Film Festival in November, and an encore performance of Dr. McNeil at Davies Hall, San Francisco, in December. McNeil lead his Singers at the L. A. Holiday Celebration on Christmas Eve 2005 and again in 2006. He received a lifetime achievement award in July 2007 from the National Association of Church Musicians at their summer conference in Camarillo, California. 2008-09 included run-out concerts to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and a host of concerts prior to their 17th tour of Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, and Germany, with several dates in Spain during the holiday period. 

Recently, March 21, 2010, Dr McNeil completed a performance in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, as guest director of the Festival of American Choral Music: Traditional and Contemporary.  This is McNeil's 4th appearance in New York. McNeil was honored by the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in the chapel of Princeton University May 15, 2010, when he was given an honorary Doctor of Music in recognition of his presentations worldwide with the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.

Professor McNeil is on the boards of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Neighborhood Music School. He is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Negro Musicians. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America, 1988-1997.  

Second Saturday Series - March 12, 2011

Ty WoodwardThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist Ty Woodward on March 12, 2011, at 4 PM.

Ty Woodward is currently staff organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and interim choir director and organist at Hollywood United Methodist Church.

As a pipe organ consultant, he has worked with numerous churches in the design and installation of their new pipe organs, and is the area representative for the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio.

This month's concert will include works by John Cook, Jehan Alain, Charles Marie Widor, J. S. Bach, and Ramon Noble.

A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.

Ty holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. He is a former Dean of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served on the Commission of Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

He has played both classical and theatre organ concerts, with performances ranging from Westminster Abbey, London; Trinity Church, New York; The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles; to Shea’s Theatre, Buffalo; the Byrd Theatre, Richmond; the Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids; the Alabama Theatre, Birmingham; and the outdoor pipe organ in Balboa Park, San Diego where his July 2010 concert was attended by 2,300 people. He has played several major works with orchestra including the Symphonie Concertante of Joseph Jongen and Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3.

His recording credits include a solo classical recording on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and a theatre organ recording on the Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. along with accompaniments for numerous choral recordings.

He has conducted many works from the choral/orchestral repertoire, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Hayden’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah and the requiems of Brahms, Mozart, and Faure.

Second Saturday Series - April 9, 2011

The Second Saturday Series will feature violinist, Jason Issokson and pianist, Jiayi Shi, on April 9, 2011 at 4 PM. This will be an all-Beethoven concert. 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.

JasonViolinist Jason Issokson began his musical studies at age four, and since then has performed on concert stages across the world. Orchestras with which he has performed as soloist include the Abilene Philharmonic, the Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Meadows School of the Arts Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Great Falls Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and Aspen Concert Orchestra, as well as the Orchestra di Teatro San Carlo and the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia. Recent recital performances include concerts in Albania, Augsburg, Japan, New York, and Los Angeles.

From the age of 10, Jason studied with Jan Mark Sloman, Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony. In 2006, he completed his undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where his principal teacher was Midori Goto. While at the Manhattan School, Jason created Johann-a-thon, an all-day Bach festival featuring MSM faculty and students, from which the concert proceeds were donated to Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. He holds a Masters of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Midori Goto. Jason has studied with Sylvia Rosenberg at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was given the New Horizon Fellowship for the past two summers as well as the Dorothy DeLay Fellowship award in 2010. Additional summer festival experiences include Taos, Schleswig-Holstein, the Perlman Music Program, Encore, and Meadowmount.

Jason Issokson’s playing has garnered numerous awards and honors, including top prizes at the MTNA National String Competition, the Juanita Miller State Youth Competition, and the Five Town Music Competition in New York. Most recently, he won top prize at the 16th International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in Fermo, Italy; third prize at the 15th International Alberto Curci Violin Competition in Naples, Italy; and the Marion Rostal Prize in the International Max Rostral Competition for Violin in Germany. He is also the winner of the 2008 Coeur D'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, and earned first place at the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2006.

Jason was also recently chosen to receive the prestigious Annenberg Graduate Fellowship from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to study arts journalism during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The violin being used by Jason Issokson is a Pietro Guarneri, Mantua, c. 1679, on extended loan through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society of Chicago. The Stradivari Society is a unique organization that supports the very highest level of string playing by assisting patrons.

JiayiPianist 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. Ms. Shi has given recitals in such notable venues as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and St. Luke’s Hall in London, England. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China; upcoming performances will take her to several countries in Europe. She has often collaborated with world famous musicians, including Martin Chalifour and Ryu Goto.

Born in Shanghai, Jiayi Shi began playing the piano at age 4. Early on, she was accepted to the Prepatory Division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied there until graduating from the Music Middle School affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory when she was granted a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. Soon after arriving in the United States, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition, and the MTNA piano competition, of which she was the state winner.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano at the University of Texas, Ms. Shi continued her education the Eastman School of Music in New York. She graduated from Eastman with both a Master’s degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano. She also received advanced degrees in Piano Accompanying and is currently finishing up her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York. Ms. Shi is now on the piano faculty at Biola University in Southern California, teaching piano solo and chamber music.

Second Saturday Series - May 14, 2011

Second Saturday Series, May 14, 4:00 p.m. Admission: free-will offering. This month’s concert will feature soprano Lori Stinson, a frequent concert and opera soloist both in the greater Los Angeles area and nationwide, together with pianist/organist Kemp Smeal, member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, who has performed in U.S. cities and Europe. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artists. 

LoriSoprano Lori Stinson is a frequent concert and opera soloist in the greater Los Angeles area and the country. She has sung operatic roles with San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Glimmerglass Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, and Long Beach Opera, as well as covering roles at New York City Opera.

As a concert soloist, Ms. Stinson has sung with Los Angeles Bach Festival, Redlands Bowl Symphony, Torrance Symphony, The Marina Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Ventura Master Chorale, and Foothill Master Chorale, as well as many others. Some of the roles and oratorio she has most performed are The Countess in the Marriage of Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte. She has performed as the soloist in Carmina Burana five times in the past seven years. When she was a soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Cypress Master Chorale, the newspaper there said, “Her large, gleaming soprano soared above all else, and her wonderful performance would have graced any stage in the world. She sang loud, she sang soft, she colored her words, she shaped her phrases. She made the most of her turn in ‘Libera me’ and her soft high note at the end of the a cappella section was dynamite. Her high C was great. She was fabulous.”

She made her motion picture debut as the singing voice of actress Alison Elliott in a 2001 made-for-TV movie, “The Song of the Lark,” broadcast on most public television stations as part of the network’s “Masterpiece Theatre American Collection.” Miss Stinson recorded more than half a dozen opera and oratorio arias and art songs for the soundtrack in portraying a fictional character through her vocal development from a teenager to a renowned opera diva.

In March of this year she sang a recital of Elinor Remick Warren music for the Da Camera Society.

KempKemp 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 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.

Second Saturday Series - June 11, 2011

Louis MoThe Second Saturday Series will feature violinist Louis Mo on June 11, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.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.

This concert will include works by Schubert, Novacek, Smetana, Saint-Seans, and Veracini. A reception will follow the concert in the courtyard allowing opportunity to meet the artist.

Louis is a graduate of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University. He currently practices dentistry in Burbank, California.

Starting violin lessons at the age of six, he studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music until the age of eighteen with Zaven Melikian, former concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and former assistant concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  As winner of the string division of the 1980 San Francisco Bay Area Young Musician Awards, he was a guest soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in November 1980 in the newly completed Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.

Although not a running enthusiast, Louis has nonetheless taken on a personal goal of completing at least one full-length marathon (26.2 miles) each month and has recently completed his 58th consecutive month in April 2011, which includes a streak of having run a marathon on 8 consecutive weekends and 10 out of 11 weekends. This follows a streak of 59 consecutive months from January 1998 to November 2002, after which he stopped running altogether for 3½ years. As of April 2011, he has completed a total of 165 marathons. 

Second Saturday Series - July 9, 2011

John WestThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist John West, on July 9, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.The concert will include works by Alfred Hollins, Antonin Dvorak, Aram Khatchaturian, Charles Marie-Widor, Ralph Simpson, and Claude Debussy.

John has two solo organ compact discs, “Rev'd Up Organ!” and “The Roar of The Furies & The Sounds of Sirens.” Both are available for purchase at the afternoon’s concert. A reception in the courtyard will follow the concert, allowing opportunity to meet the artist.

John West received his Master of Music degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. His initial studies of the organ began at the age of 13 under the tutelage of Richard Purvis at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Throughout high school and college years he won numerous awards as a keyboard artist and vocalist.

Mr. West’s performance credits include solo appearances with theNew York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony as well as sharing the stage with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. He has been a featured artist of the American Guild of Organists Region IX Convention, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and clinician for the American Guild of Organists 2004 National Convention. In March 2008 he performed a solo concert in Ottawa Canada to rave reviews. He also has been heard on all the major instruments in Southern California including the Hazel Wright Organ at the Crystal Cathedral, Disney Hall and First Congregational Church Los Angeles where he has filled in on numerous occasions since 1993.

In June of 2010 John was one of eight organists asked to play at the Los Angeles Chapter of the AGO's prestigious 100th Anniversary Concert. As the Dean exuberantly stated, “He brought the house down!” following his rousing performance.

His recurring performances as guest artist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall have been extraordinarily well received. In a review from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune of the LAMC All Los Angeles High School Choir Festival, the reviewer wrote, “The students were rapt in their seats. They cheered on West, the rock star of the event, every time he appeared onstage.”

In February 2000 he was the featured solo artist for the longest running radio show for the organ, ‘Pipedreams’ with Michael Barone. His most recent works are published by Augsburg Fortress - Fanfare on ‘Sine Nomine’ and Now Thank We All Our God.

John has also been very active as a performer/musician in film, television, and recordings. Since arriving in Los Angeles he has continuously made a substantial living in Hollywood. He got his first professional industry job as a staff writer on the Motown Records label. He eventually became staff producer and had the opportunity to hone his skills working directly with founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Having the opportunity to learn from such legends as Norman Whitfield [“I Heard It Through The Grapevine”] and co-write with Al Kasha & Joel Hershorn [“There’s Got To Be A Morning After,” The Poseidon Adventure], John thoroughly developed his craft as a music writer and artist in the commercial field. He’s had songs released by such singers as Jennifer Holiday and Nancy Wilson, as well as songs recorded on other acts. Here he also had his first songs placed in film; and, more recently, his vocal arrangements can be heard in the feature films Disney’s “The Three Musketeers” starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, “Phone Booth” and the 2010 release “Faster” with Duane Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton. He became an in-demand vocalist for television and film and has worked as vocal contractor for such blockbusters as “Hairspray,” “Godzilla,” and “South Park.” His vocal performances are included in the films “King Kong,” “Norbit,” “Men In Black,” “Night At The Museum 1 & 2,” “The Matrix Trilogy,” “Happy Feet,” “Wanted,” “The Simpsons,” “Ice Age III,” and a host of others totaling over 130 films! John’s television appearances include “Dancing With The Stars,” “The Academy Awards,” “King of Queens,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” “American Idol,” and most recently “GLEE.”

John is currently Organist in Residence at St. Thomas The Apostle, Hollywood, California.

For performances and appearances at Mr. West can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Second Saturday Series - September 10, 2011

David YorkThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist David York on September 10, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. A freewill offering will be received. Composers represented in this concert include J. S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Felix Mendelssohn, Alexandre Guilmant, Thomas Kuras, and Calvin Hampton. A reception will follow the concert in the courtyard allowing opportunity to meet the artist.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, David York began piano studies at age 7, started organ at age 12, and received his first job as a church organist at age 16. After graduating with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, David completed a master’s degree in organ performance at the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Edward A. Hansen and Ladd Thomas. 

David has served as director of music at several churches in Southern California, including First Presbyterian, San Pedro; and St. Luke’s Episcopal, Long Beach. He recently served as interim organist and choir director at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles, and is currently minister of music at Lutheran Church of the Master in Westwood. David is organist at Temple Israel in Long Beach and a lecturer in music on the faculty of the Bob Cole School of Music, California State University, Long Beach. 

Recent performances include an appearance as guest organ recitalist on the 30th anniversary season of the Corona Del Mar Baroque Festival, and has played concerts in Virginia and Washington. 

The Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 610 E. California Ave. You can get a map and parking information by going to the church website at www.glendalecitysda.org

 

Second Saturday Series - October 8, 2011

Jaime Jorge The Second Saturday Series next Sabbath, October 8, 4:00 p.m., will feature Jaime Jorge, violinist, in this special presentation “The Rock of Ages.” Jaime’s music will be accompanied by images of God’s creation through a spectacular multimedia presentation of photography by Palmer Halvorson. Please also note that next Sabbath, from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., Jaime will be playing some of his repertoire in our sanctuary for all who wish to listen! All are welcome.

Composers represented in the afternoon concert include Sibelius, Massenet, Luther, Hine, Monti, and di Capua. A reception will follow the concert in the courtyard allowing opportunity to meet the artist.

Jaime Jorge! His forceful, expressive mastery of the violin has delighted audiences around the globe. Born in Cuba in 1970, Jaime began violin studies at age five. When he was ten, Jaime’s family immigrated to the United States and he began lessons with the eminent violinist Cyrus Forough, a student of the great David Oistrakh. Jaime’s mom wanted him to be a violinist, but he dreamed of becoming a missionary doctor. When he entered college in 1988, he began to take all the pre-med courses in order to prepare to go to medical school. In 1993, Jaime was accepted into the University of Illinois Medical School; but, into his second year of medical school, Jaime felt impressed to leave to use his God-given musical talents.

From high school auditoriums to magnificent cathedrals, from simple church programs to Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center, Jaime’s music can inspire, uplift, and bring peace. Whether teaching a workshop/master class, as a university instructor, or as a performer playing for as many as 60,000 people, Jaime touches people’s hearts; and all are drawn to this young man and his violin. For over two decades, through 15 albums and more than 2,500 concerts in 5 continents and over 40 countries, Jaime’s music has touched the lives of millions. It can touch yours, too.

 

Second Saturday Series - November 12, 2011

KempThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Kemp L. Smeal, on November 12, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. This month's concert will feature organ works by: Vierne, Bach, Reger, Alain, and Durufle.

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.

Kemp L. Smeal is currently the organist in residence for the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church and La Canada Presbyterian Church. He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area, including Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Crystal Cathedral, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Temple Bat Yahm, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and Glendale Presbyterian Church. He has performed in other U.S. cities and Europe and is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied with Mark Brombaugh and coached with Joan Lippincott and Eugene Roan.

Kemp is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has a solo CD, “Beside Still Waters,” featuring his arrangements and original compositions for piano, which is featured on the TimeLife® 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.

Bonus Concert - November 19, 2011

The Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church is presenting a bonus concert as part of its Second Saturday concert series this coming Saturday, November 19, at 4:00 p.m. The concert features the amazing young violinist, Xiao Liu, accompanied by Jiayi Shi.

The program will include works by Schubert, Prokofiev, Gregson, Mozart, and Ravel. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the concert giving an opportunity to meet Xiao and Jiayi.

Xiao Liu, accompanied by Jiayi Shi One of the most well-known young violinists in China today, Xiao Liu was recruited as a violin teacher at the age of 24 by Central Conservatory of Music, China’s top music academy. He is currently a student with Midori Goto at the USC Thornton School of Music.

As a soloist, he has been active on music platforms all around the world. He has been to concert halls in various countries in Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, including France, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Colombia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore.


Xiao Liu, accompanied by Jiayi ShiPianist 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. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China; upcoming performances will take her to several countries in Europe.

The Glendale City Church is located at 610 East California Avenue. For parking information, go to www.glendalecitysda.org.

 

Annual Christmas Concert - December 2, 2011


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Glendale City Church Christmas Program 2011 on YouTube

Begin your holiday season with the festive sounds of music at the annual Christmas concert at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. For decades, residents in the Glendale area have looked forward to this popular musical program at the Glendale City Church on the first Friday night of December. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 2, 2011.

This year's spectacular concert, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” will begin with the combined choirs of over 120 voices singing All Creatures of our God and KingThe Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham will be sung by the combined voices of the sanctuary choir and the Mountainside Master Chorale under the direction of Dr. Sébastien Vallée. Other choral works from these choirs include the Lullaby and Gloriaby John Rutter and arrangements of traditional carols. They will be accompanied by a brass octet, tympani, and organ. The Glendale Academy Chorale, under the direction of Brenda Mohr, will present carols The Hills are Bare at Bethlehemand Angels We Have Heard on High. The Sunshine Singers, children's choir under the direction of Lissie Quishenberry, will delight you with their Christmas music, Come, Come Emmanueland Will You Be Ready? The handbell choir will amaze you with their special features, Lo, How a Rose E'er Bloomingand Carol of the Bells, under the direction of Ariel Quintana.

Dr. Sébastien Vallée is the choral director of the Glendale City Church Sanctuary Choir and the Mountainside Master Chorale and is Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Brenda Mohr is the choral director at Glendale Adventist Academy. Lissie Quishenberry directs the Sunshine Singers and provides private music studies. Ariel Quintana directs the combined bell choirs for the Glendale City and Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Churches and is the choral director at the Loma Linda University Church. 

A freewill offering will be received to cover expenses. 

A holiday reception will follow in the fellowship hall with carolers providing additional festive music.

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The Modern Organ in Concert - December 11, 2011

Robert Tall The Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church is beginning a new Sunday afternoon concert series in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. This organ series begins this Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. with a concert by Dr. Robert Tall.

Classically trained, Dr. Robert Tall is one of America’s most acclaimed musicians. Using the classical organ as his medium, he applies his composition and arranging skills in a unique approach to an instrument he calls “The Modern Organ.” His music embraces digital technology and becomes remarkably orchestral and expressive. This new approach is quite daring and the results are often quite dazzling! His concerts are said to be “organ music for people who dislike organ music!”

It was an evening of delightful music making by a distinguished seasoned organist who has explored the infinite possibilities in this digital age with great success. —American Guild of Organists, Indianapolis Chapter

Dr. Tall is a major force in the development of digital technology in classical organs, both pipe and electronic. As such, he has become one of the foremost authorities in the development and use of MIDI. Combining his composing/arranging/performing skills with the latest technological advances, he brings organ music, especially transcriptions, into the modern era as only a few can do. He is at home on both pipe and electronic organs and uses MIDI to its full advantage whenever available on an instrument. His style is unique, daring, entertaining, and totally “out of the box.”

Tickets for this concert may be reserved or purchased at the door. Tickets are $15 per person.