IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Women’s Committee of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Assn. will
present a total of $4,400 in scholarships to students at the annual
Meet the Musicians free concert at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Brand Library
Performing during the evening will be 14-year-old Katrina Bobbs
and 16-year-old Martin Leung, co-winners of the Blanche Bobbitt Piano
Scholarship for a pianist younger than 18.
Katrina began her piano studies at 4, but now is equally
accomplished as a violinist and attends the Colburn School of
Performing Arts and continues studying both instruments. She is often
concertmistress with the orchestra. She also has performed as piano
soloist with several orchestras.
One of eight children, Katrina, together with her sister, Emma,
was selected to perform on National Public Radio in March. Their
performance was broadcast nationwide.
When Martin was 3, he listened to his sister’s piano lessons and
started playing himself. His formal lessons began the next year.
Since that time, he has won innumerable awards and scholarships and
has performed as a soloist with many orchestras.
He also plays the double bass in his school orchestra at
University High in Irvine.
Also performing are winners of the $1,500 Terry Scholarship for a
singer between 18 and 30 and the Chipman Voice Encouragement Award
for a singer between 15 and 19. Finalists between 18 and 27 for three
other scholarships will include two pianists, a tenor, a violinist
and a cellist.
There is no admission, but donations will be appreciated. The
Brand Library Recital Hall is 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.
Burbank resident and psychotherapist Dr. Nicki Monti will sign her
new book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Borders Books & Music, 100 S. Brand
Blvd. in Glendale.
The author believes everyone has a tale to tell -- a story that
describes their life. These stories are held in place by a system of
carefully constructed defenses, which she categorizes as either “hit”
In her book, “Stuck In The Story No More: Breaking Down The
Defenses That Define You and Bind You,” she further breaks down the
defensive system into 41 easily understood categories -- categories
such as anger, withdrawal and fantasy. She then offers solutions to
the “stuckness” these defenses can create.
Monti has master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology.
The Associates of Brand Library will sponsor the second
“Children’s Day” at the Brand Library Art Galleries from 2 to 4 p.m.
Anita Klebanoff and Masha Schweitzer of the Los Angeles
Printmaking Society will demonstrate block printing to families.
Materials will be available for the children to make their own
artwork to take home.
Children must be accompanied by an adult supervisor.
Brand Art Galleries is in Brand Park at 1601 W. Mountain St.,
Other events planned to celebrate Mr. Brand’s birthday are a
ranger-guided hike at 10 a.m.; Tour of the Brand Home at 11:30 a.m.;
and cutting of the birthday cake from 1 to 4 p.m. All events are
Burbank’s Media City Ballet will perform excerpts from Aram
Khachaturian’s classic love story, “Gayne,” at 4 p.m. May 18 at The
Alex Theatre in Glendale. Also on the program is the full-length
ballet, “Rachmaninov Sketches.”
Associate director and choreographer Ruben Tonoyan, formerly of
the Kirov Ballet and the Armenian National Opera Ballet, will direct
a rare staging of “Gayne.”
Artistic director Natasha Middleton, the daughter of Ballet Russe
de Monte Carlo soloist, Andrei Tremaine, is the choreographer for
“Rachmaninov Sketches.” Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be
purchased by calling 243-2539. The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand
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