Phil It Your Way: Glendale Philharmonic Third Season Celebrates Second Anniversary with Special Family Concert and Birthday Party Featuring Presentation of Peter and the Wolf, Sunday, January 8, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Glendale at 4:00 pm. Celebrity comedian Emo Phillips To Narrate. Noted Russian Cellist To Perform Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Maestro Mikael Avetisyan To Conduct.

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The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its second anniversary with a special family holiday concert and birthday party on Sunday, January 8th, 2012, at 4:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Glendale located at 209 N. Louise Street.

The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its second anniversary with a special family holiday concert and birthday party on Sunday, January 8th, 2012, at 4:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Glendale located at 209 N. Louise Street.

Presented as part of the Positive Motions Concert Series, the family oriented program will feature a special performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s famous children’ symphony Peter and the Wolf narrated by celebrity comedian Emo Phillips and conducted by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Maestro Mikael Avetisyan. The program will also include noted Russian cellist Ruslan Biryukov in a solo performance of Joseph Haydn’s classical cello Concerto no.2 in D Major, as well as the eclectic Concerto For Typewriter with Orchestra by famous composer Leroy Anderson, known for his light concert pieces. Tickets are $15 to $50 (VIP) and $100 for the Conductors Circle and can be purchased at the box offices of the Alex Theatre, Metzler Violins and the Americana mall, online at GlendalePHIL.com, or by phone at (323) 663-3601,(818) 265-0506,(Armenian/Russian) or (818) 243-ALEX(2539). Billy’s Deli in Glendale is baking a birthday cake and there will be free cake for everyone as part of the celebration!

Founded by Russian cellist Ruslan Biryukov, the orchestra consists of 35 professional musicians and made its official debut to rave reviews and a sold-out crowd at The First Baptist Church on January 9, 2010, immediately catapulting it into one of the leading musical groups in the community at large. In the two years since its inception, over 20,000 people have attended its concerts, including many of the area’s most prominent social, community and political leaders, musicians, and youth groups.

Maestro Mikael Avetisyan, the artistic director and principal conductor of the Glendale Philharmonic holds Doctor of Music degrees and Master degrees from the State Conservatory in Armenia and St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. He also previously served as the Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra and is presently also Music Director of the Los Angeles Armenian Society Choir in addition to his position with the Glendale Philharmonic. He is also an instructor at the International School of Music in Glendale.

A famous orchestra piece and children’s story featuring music and spoken text, each musical instrument in Peter and the Wolf represents an animal. The bird is the flute, the duck is the oboe, the cat is the clarinet, the Grandfather is the bassoon, the wolf is the French Horns, the hunters are the timpani, and Peter is represented by the strings. Celebrity comedian Emo Phillips, the narrator, is known for his wandering falsetto voice and childlike delivery that will provide the perfect complement to the music.

Orchestra Founder and cellist Ruslan Biryukov, who will perform the Haydn D Major cello concerto, considered one of the most technically challenging pieces ever composed for a cello ,is a charismatic, award-winning young performer known to worldwide audiences for his artistry and passion. He has performed with world renowned violinist Midori at Disney Hall, cellist Kirill Rodin at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, and was the only Russian cellist invited to solo during the inaugural season of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. His recent recital at LACMA’s Sunday’s Live concert series, podcast also on KUSC, earned five successive encores.

LeRoy Anderson, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the recording industry, was the first artist to ever sell one million copies of an instrumental recording for “Blue Tango”. His lighthearted musical style employs creative instrumental effects and occasionally makes use of sound-generating items such as typewriters or sandpaper, with often humorous effects.
The First Baptist Church of Glendale is known for its architecture, perfect acoustics and beautiful sanctuary. Originally built in 1924, it is a landmark in the Glendale community and has been beautifully restored. Free parking is available around the Church.
For further information, call (323)663-3601, or e-mail director(at)glendalephilharmonic(dot)com.

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