Second Saturday Series - January 12
The Second Saturday Series will feature organist, Weicheng Zhao, on January 12, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include the following composers: Widor, Bach, Liszt, Guillou, Bao, and Dupre. 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 fellowship hall following the concert allowing everyone to meet the artist.
Weicheng Zhao‘s brief study of three years of pipe organ has already brought him much distinction. In March 2012 he won First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Sixth Miami International Organ Competition. There were 52 contestants from 17 countries. Previously he received the Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the Ruth and Clarence Mader National Organ-Playing Competition in 2010.
Born in Tianjin, China, Mr. Zhao began his musical training at the age of five. From 1993 to 2008, he studied the Electone Organ (which features orchestral and newly developed electronic sounds) under Jiyong Gao, Professor of Keyboard at Tianjin Conservatory of Music. In 1994 and 1999 he was selected to perform as soloist during the 45th and 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Day of China. He enrolled in the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 2004. During that time he took part in 23 performances known as “Winners Concerts” which toured in Japan and performed for the World Economic Forum Summer Davos 2008 in Tianjin.
Among numerous scholarships and awards, he received the prestigious People's Government Scholarship. Out of 20 million college, university, and conservatory students, Mr. Zhao was one of 30 students chosen to receive the Nomination Prize for Student of the Year 2007. That same year, Mr. Zhao was the first prize winner at the Yamaha National Electronic Organ Competition held in Shanghai, which qualified him to compete in the 43rd Yamaha International Electronic Organ Competition (open age group) in Tokyo, Japan. Included in his performance were Jubilation, his own composition, and his transcription of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. He was the first Chinese to win this competition, which is recognized as the most significant of its kind in the world.
After receiving a bachelor of music degree in 2008, he was appointed a full-time faculty member of the Electone Organ at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. In 2009 he took a leave of absence to pursue study of the pipe organ with Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. At the invitation of Jean Guillou, Mr. Zhao played a solo recital in Paris at the Saint-Eustache Festival d'orgue 2011. He completed the Graduate Certificate program and is currently enrolled in the master of music degree program at USC. Mr. Zhao is organist at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, La Cañada, California.
Second Saturday Series - February 9
The Second Saturday Series will feature the Afro-American Chamber Music Society on February 9, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall following the concert so you can meet the artists.
The February 9 concert features a piano trio with vocalist, Dr. Eleanor Ferguson Marshalleck, dramatic soprano. Works will include Afro-American Suite by Undine Smith Moore for flute, cello, and piano; Summerland (Heaven) and Motherless Child by Dr. William Grant Still with violin, flute, and piano; spiritual arrangements by Dr. Frederick Tillis for ensemble; Vocalise for soprano, cello, and piano by Betty Jackson King; and Negro spirituals performed by Dr. Marshalleck by Perry, Bonds, Still, and Hall Johnson.
The Afro-American Chamber Music Society (AACMS) was founded in 1987 by Professor Janise White, Professor Valencia Mitchell, Hollywood Bowl violist Robin Ross, and the late violist Patrick Morgan, who named the organization. AACMS’ mission to preserve black symphonists’ repertoire is achieved through live performances. Since its inception, AACMS has premiered and revived over 200 works by black symphonists through archival research dating from the 17th century to the present.
The Second Saturday Series is held each month at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. A freewill donation is received at the door.
Bonus Concert - February 24, 2013
The Glendale City Church is pleased to offer a bonus concert as part of its concert series. This concert will feature cellist, Michael Kaufman, on February 24, at 3:00 p.m. The sanctuary of the church is considered to be one of the finest acoustics for strings in Los Angeles. The church is located at 610 E. California Avenue in Glendale.
Michael is a regular and avid chamber musician. He was a member of the Ars Subtilior Trio with pianist Zuo Zhang and clarinetist Ran Kampel. He has participated in music festivals such as Music@Menlo, Verbier, Kneisel Hall Norfolk, and Sarasota. Michael plays a rare Italian cello by Gaetanno Sgarabotto, dated circa 1920. His program will include works by Boccherini, Schumann, and Poulenc.
He will be accompanied by Hsin-I Huang, who has been studying piano since the age of 5. Her virtuosic playing has earned her full scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival. She received her Master of Music degree and Performance Diploma from Boston University and Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California.
"A fine cellist with a well-developed sense of musical characterization, Michael Kaufman plays with intensity, commitment, and deep understanding," says Robert Levin, internationally renowned Mozart scholar and piano virtuoso. A recipient of numerous awards, the 25-year-old cellist has won the Cleveland Cello Society, Empire State, and Alexander and Buono competitions, as well as the Eastman Concerto Competition, the TCU CelloFest Concerto Competition, and, most recently, the Voices of Music Bach Competition. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Switzerland. He recently performed the Gulda Concerto with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and other concert highlights include Michael's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" (original version) with the Eastman Philharmonia in the grand opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and his debut solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Most recently he won the PPA Inaugural Competition for artists who excelled in both performance and presentation.
A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Michael has premiered works written for him by composers such as BMI Competition winners Justin Hoke, Jen Bellor, and Matt Barber. He has also performed in the two contemporary music ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, Ossia, and Musican Nova, and is currently a member of the USC Contemporary Music Ensemble.
In an orchestral setting Michael has performed as principal cellist of the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, the USC Symphony, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1987 in New York City, Michael moved to Cleveland at the age of three. One year later, he began cello lessons with Pamela Kelly, which lasted for the next ten years. By age seventeen, he was already participating in music festivals. In 2004, he was the only cellist to be accepted to the Young Artist Program of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Alison Wells. He was graduated with a bachelor of music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. Michael is currently pursuing his master's degree, studying modern cello with Ralph Kirshbaum and baroque cello with William Skeen at the University of Southern California.
Second Saturday Series - March 9, 2013
The Second Saturday Series at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 9, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. will feature the Glendale City Church Sanctuary Choir and the Mountainside Master Chorale under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Freewill donations are received at the door. This performance will feature The Seven Last Words of Christ by Théodore Dubois and Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. The concert will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall allowing guests to meet the artists.
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. Under the dynamic direction of Dr. Sébastien Vallée, the Mountainside Master Chorale draws over seventy singers from all across Southern California and performs a wide variety of choral works each season.
Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr Jean-Sébastien Vallée is one of the nations's leading new figures in the world of choral music. Dr. Vallée 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-Sébastien has conducted more than thirty ensembles in Canada and the United States.
Second Saturday Series - April 13, 2013
Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church presents cellist David Garrett and pianist Annemarie Fanselau on Saturday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include pieces from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists. Admission: freewill offering.
David Garrett joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2000 after tenures with the orchestras of Houston, San Antonio, Shreveport, New Orleans, and Grand Rapids. He also appears frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist, including performances on the L.A. Phil's Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella concerts.
Annemarie Fanselau started studying piano at the ages of 5 1/2 with Mae Gilbert Reese. At the age of 13, she transferred to her formative teacher at the studio of Robert Turner in Santa Monica. Annemarie attended Pacific Union College where she did a music major and premed. She continued on to Loma Linda University for medical school and then completed residency as chief resident in pediatrics at UCLA.
Second Saturday Series - May 11, 2013
The Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist Jonathan Hehn on May 11, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include pieces from Dupré, Bach, Brahams, Messiaen, and Swinnen. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.
Jonathan Hehn is a brother of the Order of Saint Luke and organist of Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. He holds degrees in music and theology from the Florida State University and the University Notre Dame. Jonathan has studied organ with Michael Corzine and Craig Cramer, respectively. He also holds the Choirmaster certificate of the American Guild of Organists and has studied choral conducting with Kevin Fenton, Nancy Menk, and Andre Thomas. Additional time was spent at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where Jonathan studied organ, improvisation, continuo, and Gregorian chant. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music degree at the Florida State University, where he is a teaching assistant in the Organ and Sacred Music Departments.
An active recitalist, Jonathan appears frequently both as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed in Austria and across the United States. In 2007, he won the AGO Regional Competition for Young Organists (Region IV). Jonathan has been a finalist at the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival in Wethersfield. As a scholar he has been the recipient of several awards. His work is now being published by the American Guild of Organists, Saraband Music, and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. In 2011 the Hymn Society awarded Jonathan the Austin C. Lovelace scholarship, and in 2012 he was given the Emerging Scholars Award.
Jonathan is the founding director of the Tallahassee Church Music Conference, held every two years in Tallahassee, Florida, and is the co-moderator of a group of scholars within The Hymn Society which focuses on key issues in congregational song. He resides in Tallahassee with his wife Kelly, daughter Edith, and dog Salena.
Second Saturday Series - June 8, 2013
The Second Saturday Series proudly presents Thérèse, on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., starring Los Angeles Opera singer Jennifer Wallace as Thérèse and featuring pianist David Clemenson. Thérèse must choose between duty and affection in this two-act opera written by Jules Massenet, which takes place during the French Revolution. This concert also features Kevin St. Clair, Aram Barsamiam, Aaron Ball, and Owen Lovejoy, and is produced by Aram Barsamiam.
Second Saturday Series - July 13, 2013
The Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist Emil Iliev on July 13, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include pieces from Bach, Mendelssohn, and Maurice Durufle. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.
A native of Bulgaria, Emil began piano instruction at the age of six. He graduated from the School of Music in Russe under the direction of Professor Diana Boteva and continued his instruction at the Academy of Music in Sofia under the guidance of Professor Jenny Zacharieva.
Emil has appeared in many concerts, recitals, and master classes in Bulgaria, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and the United States. He has extensive competition experience, winning the National Competition for Bulgarian Piano Music in Provadia, Bulgaria; the Dimitar Nenov National Competition; and the International Competition for young pianists in Salerno, Italy. He was invited to perform an all-Chopin concert at Leiden University in The Netherlands. After winning the Ibla International Competition in Ragusa, Italy, he received a scholarship for study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he completed his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance as a student of Professor Eric Larsen.
A church job in Seattle, Washington, led to an increasing fascination with the organ. After studying with Stephen Marshall and Douglas Cleveland in Seattle, Emil moved to Los Angeles where he continued his studies with Philip Smith and now with Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California. Currently, Emil is pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Organ Performance at USC in the studio of Professor Rhodes, serves as the organist at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Studio City, and accompanies the choirs at La Canada High School.
Bonus Concert - July 20, 2013
Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church proudly presents South African gospel music singer, Manuel Escorcio! Loved by audiences all over the world, Manuel has performed in almost 5000 concerts. He is currently touring in the United States during the month of July.
Bonus Concert - July 27, 2013
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. - "Musique Française" - Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church proudly presents the California State University, Los Angeles' Summer Choral Festival. Choral Works by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and many others performed by the Festival Choral Ensemble. Conducted by Sébastien Vallée and Donald Brinegar.
Robert Gosselin, organist - September 14, 2013
The Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist, Robert Gosselin on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. This concert includes works from Michael Burkhardt, Louis Vierne, Johann Sebastian Bach and more! A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.
Previously organist for the Notre-Dame-de-Foy and Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle churches in Sainte-Foy, he currently holds the position of chief organist for the Saint-Yves and Saint-Louis-de-France parishes, also in Sainte-Foy. Robert Gosselin is also Musical Coordinator for the Faculty of Music at Quebec City’s Université Laval.
Born in Canada, Robert Gosselin started his musical education at age 12. In 2001, he received a B.A. in music performance at Université Laval under Yvon Larrivé. In 2005, he completed his master’s in performance with Richard Paré, harpsichordist of Les Violons du Roy.
Active in the Quebec music scene, he performed recitals on numerous occasions: as part of the Conférences Notre-Dame at the Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral in Quebec City; for the Printemps en musique at Notre-Dame-du-Très-Saint-Sacrement church; during the summer concert series at Charlmers-Wesley United Church, and in various school concerts. In 2005, he performed in Montréal at Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus church during the prestigious Orgue et Couleurs festival, as well as at Saint-Roch church for the Amis de l’orgue de Québec.
In the last years, he developed an interest in 19th and 20th century works by composers from various countries. He hopes to introduce to the public lesser-known works of this period’s organ repertoire.
Second Saturday Series - November 9, 2013
The Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist, Kemp L. Smeal on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Kemp L. Smeal is currently the organist and pianist in residence for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
This concert includes works from J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, Charles Ives and more! A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.
Kemp 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. He studied accompanying with Martin Katz and, later while in the San Francisco Bay Area, studied piano with Scott Fogelsen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
While at Westminster Choir College, Kemp studied handbell ringing with Don Allured, and was a member of the concert handbell choir. Kemp is currently the director of the Exultate Ringers at La Cañada Presbyterian Church and the LA Bronze professional community bell choir.
In line with his academic pursuits, Kemp served as associate professor of accompanying at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. Kemp is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Kemp has released his solo piano album compact disc, “Beside Still Waters,” an eclectic work of original hymn arrangements, classical repertoire, and original compositions for piano. Time Life Video features a number of selections from Kemp’s CD on the video “A Walk with Jesus: A Holy Land Journey with Hymns and Scriptures.” Kemp is the featured organist on the Welsh Choir of Southern California CD “Hearts Afire” playing on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, California.
Never a person to limit the range of his skills and interests, Kemp earned a degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, and is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Long Beach, CA. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Kemp has been awarded a listing in Outstanding Young Men in America and a biographical listing in the 2008 (62nd) Edition of Who’s Who in America.
Apart from his musical and professional interests, Kemp enjoys coastal living, traveling, reading, concerts, and theater.