| Nov 22, 2014
| 11:32 PM
The train was decidedly not bound for glory. It was only going to Hollywood. Pasadena, actually. But that three-day journey — taken in 1955 by 12-year-old Van Dyke Parks, aboard the ultra plush Super Chief from Princeton Junction —...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Artistic director/conductor Norman Mamey is a giant step closer to his dream of starting a new orchestra.
His 35-member board of governors coordinated the first fundraiser for the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra earlier this month at Lakeside Golf Club....
| Oct 22, 2014
| 8:17 PM
Many people can name a list of musical instruments ranging from flute to piano, but few have encountered a glass armonica. Not only has William Zeitler heard of the unique period instrument — he plays it.
Zeitler, a composer and trained pianist,...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:10 PM
“Another Op’nin’, Another Show….” But not just any show. This is Cole Porter’s 1948 masterwork, “Kiss Me, Kate,” and it fairly zings with exuberance at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Taking his inspiration...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Members of Glendale's youngest show choir at Mark Keppel Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School — who made a name for themselves during a major competition last year — are preparing again for a full slate of musical performances.
| Aug 28, 2014
| 7:53 PM
Noted singer-pianist Michael Feinstein remembers what he was thinking just before he took the stage last year for his inaugural performance as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
“It was a moment of truth,” said Feinstein, who had...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 10:50 AM
Readers of this byline may recall a feature on the jazz at Glendale's Neat Bar in the Glendale News-Press in March 2012. While the bar itself and the band were worthy enough subjects, the big discovery that night was young bassist Katie Thiroux and her...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The local musical theater program for children, La Cañada Junior Theater, this weekend presents "Legally Blonde," which in 2007 won the Best New Musical award on Broadway. The story centers on a sorority girl, Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 3:37 PM
Danielle Sadd is a rare breed of entertainer in Los Angeles: a native, who can sing a soulful rendition of “The Sister Act” opening and crack killer jokes about falling in love with guys named Taylor at Starbucks.
She’s so local that...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Martin Short is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor with dozens of films behind him and a small crowd of bizarre characters that follow him everywhere. The "completely mental" Ed Grimley — with slippery cowlick and pants pulled up to his chest...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 10:13 AM
The Stepping Stone Players is known for producing large musicals such as “Oliver,” “The Music Man” and “The Wizard of Oz.” This year, the local community theater troupe is doing a smaller production, “You’re...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson,...