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Space explored in composition in world premiere at concert

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Cary Belling has put to music the story of the birth of the

universe based on scientists’ theories in “Ripples in the Fabric of

Space-Time.”

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One of his goals in creating the piece, he said, was to have

listeners get out of their own little space and look out into the

heavens and realize how beautiful, inspiring and how vast the

universe is.

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“If you realize how vast the universe is and that our planet is

one small part of that universe, that changes our perspective,” he

said. “To me, that means that makes our planet, each other, and

plants and animals, all life on Earth, more important.”

His work receives its world premiere when it is played by the

Burbank Philharmonic at a free concert beginning at 7:30 tonight in

the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Belling, who lives in Pasadena, is the Burbank Philharmonic’s

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composer in residence. The piece was commissioned by the orchestra

and also supported by a Subito Grant from the American Composers

Forum.

In his talk before the concert, Belling will pay homage to the

seven astronauts who perished aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

“By their example, these heroic explorers inspire us to expand our

awareness of nature, our community and our spiritual consciousness,”

he said. “I believe that music [including the music in this concert]

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can help us deal with their loss and encourage us to continue our own

personal search for truth and understanding.”

His composition uses conventional instruments, but, he said, it

uses a wide palette of sounds.

Belling began his musical studies on violin at 5. He has a

bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin and

won a violin position with the San Antonio Symphony. At the Grove

School of Music in Studio City, he studied composition,

orchestration, arranging and film scoring. He is a violinist with the

Pasadena Pops Orchestra for which he has been commissioned to write

several works.

Steven Kerstein will conduct the Burbank Philharmonic in the

program titled “Music for the Family: Lone Ranger and Beyond!” It

features such classics as Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”

Forest Lawn is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.

SPECIAL EVENTS

‘FUDDY MEERS’ OPENS TONIGHT AT THE COLONY

“Fuddy Meers,” the off-Broadway hit comedy that launched the

career of playwright David Lindsay -Abaire, opens tonight and is

produced by Burbank’s Colony Theatre.

It tells the story of Claire, an amnesiac who awakens each morning

not knowing anything about who or where she is. She ends up being

kidnapped by one husband and pursued by another.

Directing is David Rose, who also directed “Bea[u]tiful in the

Extreme” and “Our Country’s Good,” which received six Ovation

nominations.

The production contains strong language and is recommended for

mature audiences.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7

p.m. Sundays through March 9. Tickets are $22 to $28 and can be

reserved by calling 558-7000. The Colony makes its home at the

Burbank Center Stage, 555 N. Third St. For reservations, call

558-7000.

‘A TWILIGHT ROMANCE’ OPENS AT THE FALCON

The world premiere of Mayo Simon’s “A Twilight Romance” opens

tonight at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

This new stage comedy stars Katherine Helmond and Robert Mandan.

Helmond won a Golden Globe Award for best actress in 1981 for her

portrayal of Jessica Tate on the TV series “Soap.” Mandan played

Helmond’s husband Chester on the series that ran from 1977 to 1981.

They are reunited as a couple in this play that explores the

humorous dating dilemmas and rituals of two old lovebirds.

Directing is Jules Aaron, a recipient of 18 Drama-Logue Awards,

three Backstage West Garland awards and three Los Angeles Drama

Critic’s Circle Nominations for direction, winning the award for his

revival of “Equus.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m.

Sundays. Tickets range from $25 to $37.50.

The play continues through March 2. The Falcon is at 4252

Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

CONDUCTOR IS SOLOIST FOR CHAMBER CONCERT

Jeffrey Kahane will be conductor and soloist with the Los Angeles

Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major,

beginning at 8 tonight at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Young soprano Elissa Johnston will perform Bach’s Wedding Cantata

and the sensuous prose of Joyce’s Ulysses -- as set by Stephen Albert

in “Flower of the Mountain.” Johnston has appeared in the season-

opening performances of the L.A. Philharmonic under Esa Pekka

Salonen, as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber

Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Contemporary

Players.

Kahane and the orchestra will bring the program to a melodic

climax with Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major.

Kahane will present Words on Music, a 30-minute talk on the

program, free to all ticket holders one hour before the concert.

Tickets range from $15 to $63 and are available at the box

office, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For information, call 243-2539.

‘CALIFORNIA COLORS’ OPENS AT DESCANSO GALLERY

Artists Margot Lennartz, Jim Yurk and Louise Forbes are combining

their talents in a monthlong show opening this weekend at Descanso

Gardens’ Boddy House Art Gallery.

Lennartz will exhibit “California Colors,” a collection of oil

paintings including plein-air landscapes of sea, mountain and desert

scenes from throughout the state.

Yurk, a potter whose works are both functional and decorative, is

exhibiting unusual stoneware impressions of wall-hung flowers.

Forbes paints wildlife, fantasy flowers and hidden subjects in oil

on wood panels. The images follow the natural grain of the wood and

seem to exist within, not on the panels.

Much of the artists’ works are reproduced on cards and other items

available for purchase. The Boddy House Art Gallery is open from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free with gardens admission.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Ca- nada

Flintridge. It is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas

Day. Admission fees are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students;

$1 for children 5 to 12; and free for members and children younger

than 5. For more information, call 949-4200.

ON STAGE

‘SNOW QUEEN’ IS EVENT FOR WHOLE FAMILY

The Falcon Theatre is presenting the “Snow Queen,” a winter-themed

production for the whole family, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and

1 p.m. Sundays.

Magic hangs in the air when the Snow Queen comes to town and

transforms balmy Los Angeles into a snowy winter wonderland. Now she

has only a short time to take Emma, Alexander and the whole audience

on a musical adventure through L.A. to show them that, though winter

comes and goes, “Love Lasts Forever.”

The play continues through Feb. 16. Tickets are $10. The theater

is at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank.

For reservations or more information, call 955-8101.

‘SEE HOW THEY RUN’ AT GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE

Glendale Centre Theatre kicks off its new season of wholesome,

family entertainment with the British farce “See How They Run.” It

was written in the 1940s by Philip King. Burbank resident George

Strattan is directing.

The play is about an English vicarage gone nuts. With the arrival

of the Bishop, one expects the shenanigans to cease; however, the

confusion snowballs.

Tickets range from $14 to $17. The play continues through Feb. 15.

For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324

N. Orange St., Glendale.

STAGE AND FILM STARS JOIN IMPROV TROUPE

The Really Spontaneous Theatre Company welcomes two celebrity

guest stars Janet Carroll and Michael Fairman throughout February to

The Third Stage in Burbank.

Carroll won a Dramalogue Award for Best Actress in Ezra Pound’s

stage musical “Elektra.” She has also appeared on such TV shows as

“Ally McBeal” and “Melrose Place.”

Fairman’s career on stage, film and TV spans more than 40 years.

In addition to Broadway and off-Broadway roles, he has had running

roles on TV’s “Ryan’s Hope” and “General Hospital.” He played Adlai

Stevenson in the film “Thirteen Days.”

The improv troupe performs at 7 p.m. Sundays at The Third Stage,

2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $15. For reservations,

call (323) 969-4991.

‘2ND WIND THE MUSICAL’ IS BACK ON STAGE

The revival performance of the rock opera, “2nd Wind the Musical

2002,” has returned with two new songs. Show time is 8 tonight at the

Gene Bua Acting For Life Theatre in Burbank.

The story is about an acting coach, Teacher, who rallies together

three celebrity volunteers to help him with a new program at

Strawberry Fields Residential Treatment Center.

They attempt to teach three street kids how to turn their rage,

fear and shame into positive energy through acting.

Tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors, groups and

teens. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Here’s To Life Foundation,

reaching at-risk youth through art and entertainment.

For reservations, call (310) 680-9109. The play continues through

March 15. The playhouse is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.

‘BUS STOP’ RETURNS TO A NOISE WITHIN STAGE

William Inge’s “Bus Stop” finishes its limited run this weekend on

the A Noise Within stage.

Rodeo star Bo (Ben Messmer) falls in love with saloon singer

Cherie (Abby Craden), and plans to sweep her off her feet and make

her his bride. Cherie has no plans for marriage and is focused on

stardom, but Cupid has other plans and aims his bow when the couple

are stranded at Grace’s Cafe during a snowstorm.

Tickets range from $24 to $32. For reservations, call 240-0910.

“Bus Stop” is part of A Noise Within’s season titled “The

Dangerous and the Divine” by co-artistic directors and husband and

wife Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez Elliott.

The season continues with Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,”

running Feb. 28 to May 10; “O Pioneers!” March 14 to May 15; and “The

King Stag,” April 4 to May 18.

A LITTLE JAZZ WITH DINNER

JAX OFFERS SUPPER, JAZZ EVERY NIGHT

Jax Bar and Grill is a supper club offering live jazz every night

of the week.

Show times are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 p.m.

to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday. Happy Hour Jazz is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through

Saturday.

Tonight, the spotlight shines on the Nelson Adelard Quintet.

Sunday, it’s the Preston Smith Trio performing. The schedule for the

week is the Lloyd Hebert Trio on Monday; Danny Weinstein & Viva on

Tuesday; Brian Elliott on Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and

Dead Ringer on Friday.

Jax is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call

500-1604.

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call JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@ latimes.com

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