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Second Saturday Series - January 10, 2015

Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist, Kristin Holton Prouty on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Kristin is director of worship and music at Victory Lutheran Church and has performed and competed throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. This concert will include compositions from Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, and Franck. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist.

Kristin Prouty

Second Saturday Series - February 14, 2015

The Second Saturday Series presents violinist, Gloria GaHyun Cho on Saturday, February 14, at 4:00 p.m. in a concert, "The Masters of Violin." Cho is the USC Thornton School of Music Performance & Presentation Award Winner. She will be accompanied by Jiayi Shi on piano. This concert will include pieces from Paganini, Milstein, Tartini, Ysaye, and Kreisler. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists. Freewill donations are received at the door.


Acclaimed as "A sensational violinist…who has brilliant colors, originative interpretation, and noble charisma," violinist Ga Hyun Cho, came to international prominence upon winning first prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in 2012. Ms. Cho had previously won first prize in the Washington International competition in 2009, second prize in the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in 2006 and in the Young Concert Artist International Audition of 2008, and second prize in the International Violin Competition Città di Brescia, 2010. As special citation in Brescia, she was noted for “Best Performance” of the composition “Grip” by Carlo Boccador

Bonus Concert - March 7, 2015

CindyWe have a bonus concert on March 7 with a string quintet from USC led by Cindy Wu. They will be doing three of the six Mozart String Quintets. They will do they other three on April 7.


Second Saturday Series Concert - March 14, 2015

Peter MathewsThe March 14 concert features Adventist composer Peter Mathews. We will be doing choral works with the choir, and violin and cello instrumental pieces with organ. We will also feature his music during the worship service that morning

Bonus Concert - April 4, 2015

CindyThese are all students at the USC Thornton School of Music, string ensemble program. Cindy Wu challenged eight of her USC Thornton School of Music students to learn the Mozart String Quintets. The students will rotate to perform three quintets with Cindy.

Mozart E flat Quintet K614
Hanbyul Jang, vn1
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, vn2
Tim Richardson, va1
Corinne Sobolewski, va2
Ben Lash vc

Mozart D Major Quintet K593
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, vn1
Tiffany Chung, vn2
Corinne Sobolewski, va1
Dan Fellows, va2
Eunghee Cho, vc

Mozart C Major Quintet K515
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, vn1
Margeaux Maloney, vn2
Dan Fellows, va1
Tim Richardson, va2
Nick Bollinger, vc tien-hsin-cindy-wu/

Second Saturday Series - April 18, 2015

Cheryl LopezThe Second Saturday Series presents flutist, Cheryl Lopez, on April 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. Flutist Cheryl Lopez will be presenting a concert featuring accompaniment by Paul Switzler on piano, and Dr. Allison Allport on harp. Also joining her are colleagues Dr. Wendy Mazon on clarinet, and Stephanie Lan on piano.

This concert will include solo and chamber works by Bach, Cui, Debussy, Godard, Taktakishvili, and Piazzolla. Freewill donations accepted. A reception will be held following the concert.

Cheryl Lopez received a bachelor of music degree in flute performance last spring from Cal State University, Northridge. She is a private flute instructor and has an active freelance career performing in large and small ensembles in the greater Los Angeles area.


2nd Sat Series

Bonus Concert - April 25, 2015

MidoriMidori Gotō, usually referred to simply as Midori, is a Japanese-born American violinist. She made her debut at the age of 11, when conductor Zubin Mehta added her to the program of the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Gala in 1982. Midori will be performing on April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Mozart String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K.575

Schubert String Quintet in C major, D.956, Op. posth. 163

Midori gave her first public performance at the age of six, playing one of the 24 Caprices of Paganini in her native Osaka. In 1982 she and her mother moved to New York City, where Midori started violin studies with Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard Pre-College. As her audition piece, Midori performed Bach's 13-minute Chaconne, generally considered one of the most difficult solo violin pieces ever written. In the same year, she made her concert debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, a conductor with whom she would record many concertos on the Sony Classical label. In 1986 came her now legendary performance of Leonard Bernstein's Serenade at Tanglewood, during which she broke two E strings, first on her own instrument and then on concertmaster Malcolm Lowe's Stradivarius after she borrowed it. She finished the performance with associate concertmaster Max Hobart's Guadagnini, calmly thanking him afterward for allowing her to use it. Bernstein, who was also the conductor, knelt before her in awe. The next day The New York Times front page carried the headline "Girl, 14, Conquers Tanglewood with 3 Violins".

In addition to being named Artist of the Year by the Japanese government (1988) and the recipient of the 25th Suntory Music Award (1993), Midori has won the Avery Fisher Prize (2001), Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award (2002), the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis(2002, 2003), the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts (2010), the Mellon Mentoring Award (2012), and the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, for her "20-year devotion to community engagement work worldwide" (2012). In 2007 Midori was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2012 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and awarded an honorary doctorate in music byYale University. She is Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Children’s Choir Festival Concert - May 9, 2015

The Second Saturday Series presents Los Angeles Area Children’s Choir Festival Concert, on May 9 at 4:00 p.m. Featuring:

  • Glendale City Church Children's Choir
  • Pasadena Presbyterian Church Rainbow & Carol Choirs
  • San Gabriel Christian School Junior Choir
  • St. John Vianney Children’s Choir
  • Wonders of Worship, Grace Baptist Church
  • Covenant Presbyterian Youth Choir 
  • Yorba Linda Presbyterian Kirk Choir

A reception will be held following the concert.

Second Saturday Series, Sunset ChamberFest - June 13, 2015, 4 p.m.

The Second Saturday Series proudly presents the Sunset ChamberFest Ensemble on June 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Led by cellist Michael Kaufman and clarinetist Ran Kampel, the Sunset ChamberFest presents high-level chamber music concerts in the Greater Los Angeles Area each June. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists.  Freewill donations are received at the door.

Mozart - Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K423
Ligeti and Nancarrow - Sonatinas for Piano (4 Hands)
David Ghesser - Melody in the Key of VVCCP - WORLD PREMIERE
Stephen Hartke - Meanwhile
Paul Schoenfield - Café Music

Sunset ChamberFest is an organization led by cellist Michael Kaufman and clarinetist Ran Kampel that presents high-level chamber music concerts in the Greater Los Angeles Area each June. The festival also puts an emphasis on the creation of new music, by commissioning composers to write pieces to be premiered in the festival concerts and by working with student composers to improve and professionally record their works. 

David Ghesser’s greatest joy is composing music. Since the age of thirteen, David has been writing and performing his original compositions. For the past four years he has been taking private instruction from the head of music composition at California State University of Northridge. David has developed his musicality and written songs in several music genres including: classical, jazz, pop, and chamber. David Ghesser looks forward to attending UCLA in the fall of 2015 where he plans to major in music composition.

Our mission is to bring together excellent classical musicians from all over the world to share chamber music with the different communities of the Greater Los Angeles Area, with an emphasis on promoting both young professional and student composers.

Second Saturday Series - July 11, 2015

Thomas Mellan, organ.

Max Reger (1873-1916):
Symphonische Phantasie "Inferno",  from Symphonische Phantasie und Fuge D-moll, Op. 57

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Da s musikalische Opfer, BWV 1079 (adaptation: Jean Guillou)
            Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo
                      - I: Adagio
                      - II: Allegro
                      - III: Andante
                      - IV: Allegro

Jean Guillou (1930-): Toccata, Op. 9 

Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”, S.259

Born in Lyon, France in 1995, organist/composer Thomas Mellan has lived in San Diego, California since 2000. In 2010 and 2011, he won first place in the Spreckels Organ Society Scholarship Auditions. In 2011, he won the Bach prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists. In 2011 and 2013, he was a winner of the prestigious national competition sponsored by the San Diego-based Musical Merit Foundation. This was followed by the honor to be one of six organists invited to record on the official Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ DVD. In June of 2012, he performed a solo recital as the Young Artist of the Year in the 23rd Organ Festival at Église St. Eustache in Paris, France.

At the age of six Mr. Mellan began studying classical guitar. Gradually his passion turned to making music on the organ and piano. He has studied composition, music theory, and harmony since the age of twelve, and has written over thirty compositions, including works for symphony orchestra, string orchestra, guitar orchestra, various chamber ensembles, string quartet, solo guitar, violin, piano and organ, as well as a collection of pieces for electronic media. Many of these compositions have been performed in such venues as the Chautauqua Institute (New York), Rider University and the Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego, California), Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles, California) and Église St. Eustache (Paris, France). Mr. Mellan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in organ performance and composition at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, studying organ with Cherry Rhodes, composition with Donald Crockett, piano with Antoinette Perry, music theory with Morten Lauridsen, and counterpoint with Neil Desby. Thomas Mellan was awarded the Thornton Faculty Award in 2013, the most prestigious scholarship awarded to an undergraduate at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Second Saturday Series - August 8, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 4:00 p.m. Cal State LA Graduate Choral Recital.

Second Saturday Series - September 12, 2015

Hyak Arsenyan, piano.

Second Saturday Series - October 10, 2015

The program will incude Louis Mo, violin; Cindy Wu, violin and viola; and Jiayi Shi on the piano. Composers: Spohr (violin/violin), Lachner (violin/viola/piano), Shostakovich (violin/violin/piano), Moszkowski (violin/violin/piano), Handel-Halvorsen (violin/viola). Admission: Freewill Offering. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists.

Second Saturday Series - November 14, 2015

Kemp at organ

Glendale City Church presents the Second Saturday Series November 14th concert at 4pm: A Tribute to Kemp Smeal.

This concert will feature: Philip Smith, curator of the Walt Disney Hall organ; Samuel Soria, organist at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral; Kimo Smith, organist at Loma Linda University and previously at Glendale City; Ty Woodward; and Sean O'Neal.

Featured works include:
Mozart - Rhondo a la turque
Lochlair - The Peace May Be Exchanged (from Rubrics)
Ives - Variations on "America"

Admission: Freewill offering. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists.

Second Saturday Series - December 4, 2015

Christmas Concert. Friday evening, 7:30 p.m.


Bonus Concert - December 12, 2015

Glendale City Church is proud to present a special performance by South African artists, Pierre van der Westhuizen and Anina Wassermann on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Since 2010, Anina and Pierre have been collaborating with mutual vision to serve God with their voices. CDs will be available for sale after the vespers program.

Bonus Concert



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