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Second Saturday Series - January 14, 2012

Philip Smith The Second Saturday Series concert at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature organist, Philip Smith.

Composers for this concert will include J. S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Charles-Marie Widor, Joseph Ahrens, William Mathias, and Clarence Dickinson.

The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall, allowing guests to meet the artists.

After being introduced to the piano by his mother when he was 5 years old, Philip began studying organ at age 12. Soon afterwards, he became the organist for his father’s parish church in Toledo, Ohio; gave his first public solo organ recital just two years later at age 14; and then a senior recital at the Monroe Street Methodist Church, Toledo, Ohio, with Mary Anderson as his teacher.

Philip was named the Conservator of the Organ in July 2004, for one of the premiere concert venues in the nation, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, where his duties include welcoming visiting organists, being an “Advocate” for the organ in Los Angeles and beyond, and playing demonstrations for many groups and international visitors. He plays the annual Holiday Sing Along at the concert hall in December.

Philip has been active in the AGO both in the former Pasadena Chapter, where he has been program chair, sub-dean, and twice dean of the chapter; and where he is currently active in the Los Angeles Chapter as program chair for the coming year, 2011-2012. He currently serves as minister of music and organist at the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel.

Philip has appeared as a soloist around the world, as a member of the Price/Smith Duo for trumpet and organ, and as an accompanist for major organizations in Southern California.

 

Second Saturday Series - February 11, 2012

Redlands Choral Artists The Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist church on February 11, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature the Redlands Choral Artists under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee.

Composers for this concert will include Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Mendlessohn. The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artists.

Dedicated to the highest quality of musical performance, Redlands Choral Artists seeks to enrich the Inland Empire with exceptional interpretations of traditional and innovative chamber choral works. We are pleased to bring this wonderful group of artists to the Los Angeles area. The sixteen singers who compose this group come from across California. They are marked by virtuosity, versatility, and a commitment to excellence. Their music spans six centuries. 

Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee is one of the nations's leading new figures in the world of choral music. Dr. Vallee is the Director of Choral Studies at Califonia State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches conducting both at the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to conducting the University's three choral ensembles. Jean-Sebastien has conducted more than thirty ensembles in Canada and the United States.

 

Bonus Concert - February 18, 2012

Midori A very special bonus concert of the Second Saturday Series will occur on the third Saturday of February. We are very fortunate to have Midori once again grace the stage of the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, February 18, at 4:00 p.m.

With a full worldwide concert and teaching schedule, it is a rare moment when she is able to find time to present a concert as intimate as this one. An “unusual” recital of sorts, a full program of unaccompanied Bach for violin is quite the rarity as it fully exposes every aspect of a violinist’s technique with nowhere to hide! 

There are no ticket sales for this performance, but a donation will be collected at the door upon entrance to the concert with a suggested amount of $20. This is to help defray the costs of bringing performers of such high caliber to our area as well as providing you with a wonderful reception after the performance!

Midori Goto, Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Chair in Violin, is chair of the Strings Department at University of Southern California. She made her orchestral debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, and by her early teens she was an internationally acclaimed violinist. She has been named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations and a Crystal Award winner by the World Economic Forum. She has founded three non-profit organizations which bring music education and social welfare programs to thousands of underserved children worldwide each year. Midori balances her administrative and teaching schedule at USC where she is committed to introducing innovative ideas and new opportunities for the community, as well as preserving the traditions of her field with recitals, chamber music performances, masterclasses, and appearances with the world's most prestigious orchestras.

 

Chapel Organ Concert - February 26, 2012

Stanley Harris The Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 26, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature organist Dr. Stanley Harris in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Tickets for this event are $15.

Stanley E. Harris, MD DFAPA, is University Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Prior to a career in medicine, Dr. Harris earned a BA with honors in organ and violin from Andrews University in Michigan. He served as an assistant organist at the Eastwood Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbus, Ohio; at the University Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loma Linda, California; and at the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles. In 1988, his left hand was injured and became permanently weak and numb, so he retired from professional music performance. Nonetheless, Dr. Harris still enjoys playing some of his favorite organ music at private residences and churches, including the midday organ recital series at the Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Tickets may be purchased at www.glendalecitysda.org.

 

Second Saturday Series - March 10, 2012

Andrea AndersonThe Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist church on March 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. will feature organist Andrea Anderson. Composers for this concert will include Bach, Mendlessohn-Bartholdy, Franck, and Alain. The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artists.

Dr. Andrea Anderson has been playing the organ professionally since she was a freshman in high school. In addition to her work for the church, she has given organ recitals in New York, Michigan, and California. She has performed for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has given both organ and piano recitals at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. She serves as Coordinator for Professional Examinations for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. 

Her work as a pianist has taken her to several foreign countries as well as to most of the 50 states. While pursuing her doctorate at Claremont Graduate University, she was privileged to serve as organist of Glendale City Church. She enjoyed a warm association with this church that honors music in a special way. 

She holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the PhD from Claremont Graduate University. See more information at www.AndreaAnderson.com.

 

Second Saturday Series - April 14, 2012

Choir

The Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature the Glendale City Church Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. Free-will donations are received at the door. 

The Glendale City Church Sanctuary Choir has a long history of excellence. Numerous members of the choir sing professionally with other outstanding groups in Los Angeles. This concert will feature: “Rejoice in the Lamb,” a Festival Cantata by Benjamin Britten based on a poem by Christopher Smart; “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me,” by C. Hubert H. Parry; and “Feel the Spirit,” a cycle of spirituals by John Rutter.

Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr Jean-Sebastien Vallee is one of the nation's leading new figures in the world of choral music. Dr. Vallee is the Director of Choral Studies at Califonia State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches conducting both at the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to conducting the university's three choral ensembles. He is also the conductor of the Redlands Choral Artists. Jean-Sebastien has conducted more than thirty ensembles in Canada and the United States.

The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artists.

 

Second Saturday Series - May 12, 2012

HahnThe Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 12, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature organist, Namhee Han. Free-will donations are received at the door.

Playing from the heart defines Namhee Han’s approach to music-making. She was a featured artist at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in 2004 and appeared at the Regional Convention of the AGO in San Francisco in July 2011. Namhee was selected for the 6th Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition in 2008. Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has played the harpsichord and harmonium with the GRAMMY award-winning Southwest Chamber Music. 

Composers featured in this concert are: Bach, Brahms, Franck, Bovet, Mozart, and Durafle'. The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artists.

A native of South Korea, Namhee studied the piano from age eight. After earning a bachelor of arts in English education from Seoul National University, she came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in linguistics. It was then that she encountered the organ and became immediately fascinated with the limitless tonal and expressive possibilities of the instrument. She began organ study with Thomas Harmon in 1999 and completed master's and doctoral degrees in organ performance at UCLA working with Christoph Bull. In addition, she holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics from UCLA. Dr. Han has coached with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Jean Guillou, and Guy Bovet, and participated in master classes by such eminent teacher-organists as David Craighead, Frederick Swann, Marilyn Keiser, Christopher Herrick, Paul Jacobs, Kimberly Marshall, and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. She has also studied with Philip Smith, the organ conservator at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

The resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Han is keenly interested in contributing to the music community in Southern California and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists, orchestras, and choral groups in local performances. She enjoys teaching piano and organ and maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life.

 

Second Saturday Series - July 14, 2012

Sean O'NealThe Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist church on July 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. will feature organist, Sean O'Neal. Freewill donations are received at the door. 

Composers for the July concert include: Craig Phillips, Dietrich Buxtehude, Herbert Howells, and Charles-Marie Widor.

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 concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artist.

Sean Coburn O'Neal was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He began musical studies at age 10, and his teachers included Carylon Van Essen (piano) and James Walker (organ). Sean has received various musical honors and awards from various musical organizations, most notably having been awarded the first place performance prize in two regional American Guild of Organists competitions: Arizona, 1995; and Hawaii, 1997.

Sean is a frequent recitalist, both locally and around the United States, having been featured at the national AGO convention in Denver, Colorado (1998) and has performed in other prestigious venues around the U.S. such as St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle, Washington), Grace Episcopal Cathedral (San Francisco, California), St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral (San Francisco, California), First Congregational Church (Los Angeles, California), and at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles, California). In June of 2000, Sean was featured on the national public radio program “Pipe Dreams” and, in September of 2001, was the featured soloist with the Long Beach Symphony in a performance of the “Organ Symphony” by Saint-Saens.

Sean is a pipe organ builder with the Long Beach based firm O'Neal, David & Associates, is the accompanist for the Cal State University Long Beach 49er Chorus, and is the Director of Music & Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, California. 

 

Second Saturday Series - September 8, 2012

Ty Woodward The Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Ty Woodward on September 8, 2012, 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.

Among the composers featured in this concert are Buxtehude, Widor, Mozart, and Rogers & Hammerstein. The organ is a 150-rank Colby-Harrah symphonic organ. It utilizes a hybrid configuration of windblown pipe work and digital technology on four manuals.

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

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

His classical and theatre organ concerts have ranged from performances at 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 2012 concert was attended by over 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, New York,. along with accompaniments for many choral recordings.

Ty holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and a masters degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern California, having studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas, and conducting with James Vail and Rodney Eichenberger. 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

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.

 

Second Saturday Series - October 13, 2012

The Second Saturday Series will feature Tower Brass Quintet on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 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 feature both classical music for brass quintet and brass hymn arrangements. A reception will be held following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artists.

Tower Brass Quintet Tower Brass Quintet is a group of professional musicians based in Los Angeles who has performed on movie scores, television, record dates, and in orchestras of numerous light operas. The brass quintet itself has been in existence since 1978 and has performed many concerts in the L.A. area, including television spots during the Christmas season. Their first CD titled, "Sacred Sounds" was completed in August of 2012. Tower Brass Quintetfeatures the following:

Larry Hall (Trumpet) is a graduate of Indiana University, where he studied with Professor William Adam. Toured with Buddy Rich and recorded Roar of '74. Moved to Los Angeles in 1979. Recorded with Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, and Gordon Goodwin. Played on movie soundtracks: Back to the Future I, II, and IIIDances with Wolves, and Forrest Gump. TV shows include The Simpsons, Warner Brothers’ cartoons, and Family Guy. Appeared with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and L.A. Opera. Larry has played for numerous Broadway shows, including The ProducersCATS,Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

David Johns (Trumpet) has a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California. He has played in many local orchestras including the Santa Barbara Symphony, Ventura Symphony, San Fernando Valley, and Burbank Symphony. He has recorded a CD titled, “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” with his wife who plays the harp. He has also recorded with Philip Webb who sings with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has made several recordings with the Grace Community Church orchestra where he is a member.

Joseph Meyer (French Horn) is principal horn with the Long Beach Symphony and a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has played on so many movie sound tracks that for several years he has been asked to play in the prestigious Academy Awards Orchestra. He has also played in the L.A. Opera Orchestra and numerous local orchestras, small ensembles, and light operas in the L.A. area.

Charlie Morillas (Trombone) has a bachelor’s of music from the University of Southern California. He has played on numerous motion pictures, including The IncrediblesMr. Popper’s Penguins, and Return of The Planet of the Apes. He has played numerous shows at the Ahmanson, Pantages, and Orange County Performing Arts Center. He is a member of the Grammy nominated Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, and many other bands throughout Southern California. When not playing the trombone, he is usually trying to find which shopping mall his wife and 14-year-old son are raiding at that particular moment!

Ross DeRoche (Tuba) has played for many movie soundtracks, including 2012Sucker PunchMr. Popper’s PenguinsDarkest Hour, and Conan. He was score supervisor and contractor for the 1996 and 2002 Olympics and Video Games Live.

Second Saturday Series - November 10, 2012

KempThe Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Kemp Smeal, on November 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. This month's concert will feature some well-known toccatas for organ and music by Bach, Liszt, Jongen, Franck, and Widor. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall 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. 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 laudegraduate of Westminster Choir College in organ performance at Princeton University. He has 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.

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 Ave.

Annual Christmas Concert - December 7, 2012

Christmas ConcertThe annual Christmas concert at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church will be held on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.).This event always fills the church to capacity with both members of the congregation and many from the community. It is always held on the first Friday of December to herald the beginning of the Advent season and delight the senses. The Church has been known for decades for presenting the finest music in the city for this event. 

You will be greeted by carolers and the children's choir as you enter the church. This year's concert will include an 18-piece orchestra and the following choral groups: Glendale City Chamber Choir, Glendale City Sanctuary Choir, Mountainside Master Chorale, and the Glendale Adventist Academy Chorale. The full 120 voices will join in some of the music and then will have featured spots in the program. The program will have works by Rutter, Gruber, Finzi, Mendelssohn, Parry, Bach, R Vaughn Williams, and Handel. Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee and Brenda Mohr conduct and Kemp Smeal will be at the organ.

Dr. Vallee is the Choral Director for the Glendale City Church and the Mountainside Master Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches conducting both at the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to conducting the University's three choral ensembles. Brenda Mohr is the Choral Director at Glendale Adventist Academy. Her chorale is regularly featured at events in Southern California. The Mountainside Master Chorale draws over seventy singers from all across Southern California and performs a wide variety of choral works each season.

A final holiday flourish is the reception with delicious holiday sweets and hot cider accompanied by the carolers.