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Concert Pays Tribute To Composer Sherman

On Sunday Jan. 8 at 7  pm.  the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd,  will presents a special concert—“A Tribute to Richard M. Sherman,” with international concert and recording artist Rob Richards, the theatre’s own house organist, performing on the world-famous El Capitan Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ

The program is a musical multi-media showcase saluting composer/lyricist Sherman, who will make a special appearance, along with some rare film clips of his work.
 
The concert also features special musical guests—Nashville Pianist Alex Zsolt and Hollywood Maestro Richard Allen, along with many special surprises.

Tickets are available at the El Capitan box office, 800-Disney6 and online at www.elcapitantickets.com

Ford To Discuss Actor Father, New Book

Peter Ford, son of movie star Glenn Ford, and author of the new biography Glenn Ford: A Life, will make an appearance at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, 2100 North Highland Ave.

The book presents a candid and unflinching portrait of a  man who led a a life as an outgoing Hollywood star, and also a deeply private one.

Ford starred in such now classic films as Gilda, Blackboard Jungle, The Big Heat, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Rounders.

For more information on the free event, visit www.hollywoodheritage.org.

For information on the book, visit uwpress.wisc.edu-/books/4293.htm.

Triple Helix Coming To Pompeian Room

Triple Helix, an ensemble of three award-winning musicians, brings its artistic and communicative skills to works of Mozart (Trio in C, K. 548) and Brahms (Trio in A, Op. posth.) at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan.  14 in the Doheny Mansion’s Pompeian Room, 8 Chester Place, Los Angeles.

A highlight of the program will be a rare performance of Armenian composer Arno Babajanian’s Piano Trio featuring folk-like themes derived from the music of his homeland.
 
The Boston-based, internationally known Triple Helix musicians, violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider, and pianist Lois Shapiro, joined in 1995, and subsequently became known as one of the best piano trios on today’s musical landscape.

In addition to presenting  traditional concerts, the trio  also offers Musical Explorations  that invite audiences to see things from new perspectives, to cross stylistic or cultural or disciplinary boundaries.

Advocates for new music, the Helices have premiered several new works.  They are regular guests on National Public Radio’s WGBH-FM.

Built in 1899 by the firm of Theodore Eisen and Sumner Hunt, the Doheny Mansion has been the architectural centerpiece of The Da Camera Society’s concert series for more than 35 years.

The Pompeian Room features a spectacular dome of gold-favrile Tiffany glass.

A pre-concert talk begins at 7:40 p.m.

Tickets, at $86 and $66, include a catered reception with the artists.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 213-477-2929 or visit www.DaCamera.

Williams’ Premieres At YMF Gala Concert

Composer John Williams will premiere his recent film scores for The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, both directed by Steven Spielberg, at the Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) Annual Gala Concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The performance by YMF’s Debut Orchestra will be the first time the score selections have been played outside the recording studio.

With the theme “Celebrating the YMF Legacy,” the 57th Annual Gala Concert will feature classical and contemporary compositions.  Five guest conductors will lead  the orchestra’s 70 musicians, 15-25, and 20-plus local alumni.

Two honorees will receive awards at the gala:

• YMF’s Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lawrence N. Field, founder and principal of NSB Associates and long-time YMF board member in recognition for his support of the Los Angeles community and in particular of a young person’s artistic training. 

• David Weiss, YMF alumnus celebrating 50 years of involvement with YMF, will receive the inaugural Living the Legacy Award, presented to alumni who embody the spirit and vision of the YMF.

In addition to Williams, guest conductors at the gala include Richard Kaufman, Teddy Abrams, Joey Newman and YMF alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas.

Tickets are $75 and $20  and available online at www.ymf.org/gala.
 
Proceeds from the gala  benefit children and youth ages 8-25 who receive music education, scholarships, pre-professional musical training and performance opportunities.

Other YMF programs include the Music Director and Conductor-in-Residence post. Conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, André Previn, Lawrence Foster and Daniel Hege have each held this position.  

YMF also provides music mentorship and harp instruction in the Lennox School District and classical music experiences to elementary and high school students in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Debut Orchestra is the flagship program of the Young Musicians Foundation and is one of the oldest and most successful pre-professional training orchestras in the country.   Debut Orchestra alumni are members of L. A. Phil and  other orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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