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Philharmonic in tune with new season

JOYCE RUDOLPH

The season has been announced for the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Symphonic Favorites,” the season opener, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

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The program is Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” and Sibelius’

Violin Concerto in D minor with guest violin soloist Aroussiak

Baltaian, winner of the Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition.

Also to be played is Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

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A “Family Concert” is scheduled for Feb. 14. The program is

Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville,” Wieniawski’s Violin

Concerto No. 2 in D minor, featuring violin soloist Yumi Man, winner

of the Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition, and Prokofiev’s

“Peter and the Wolf” with stand-up comedian Fritz Coleman as

narrator. Coleman is also a weather forecaster for KNBC-TV’s “Channel

4 News.”

The next musical event, “Classical Concert,” on April 24 will

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feature Rossini’s La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), Weber’s

Concerto No. 1 in F minor with Michelle Zukovsky as clarinet soloist,

and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

A “Pops Concert” will be on Aug. 8 but moving up to The Starlight

Bowl. On the program are Johann Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue

Danube Waltz,” Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake,” Bernstein’s

“Dance Episodes from ‘On The Town,’ ” and A Salute to Duke Ellington.

The concert finale will be Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” led

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by a surprise civic celebrity to be announced.

All concerts are free. For more information, call 771-7888.

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The Colony Theatre Company opened the Los Angeles premiere of the

musical “Gunmetal Blues” last weekend. It is directed by Andy

Barnicle.

The text of the play is by Scott Wentworth with music and lyrics

by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler.

The story is about Sam Galahad, a down-and-out private detective,

hired to find Jennifer, the daughter of the recently deceased

millionaire Adrian Wasp. As Sam starts digging deeper into Jennifer’s

disappearance, he finds himself getting in too deep, but will he be

able to solve the mystery?

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m.

Sundays. Additional performances are 3 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 1; and

8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13. Tickets range from $29 to $35 with discounts

for students and seniors. Special Talk Back performances are Oct. 24

and Nov. 6. It will continue through Nov. 16 at Burbank Center Stage,

555 N. 3rd St., Burbank. For tickets, call 558-7000.

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Pop-rock singer-songwriter Kelly Christian will perform from 8

p.m. to midnight tonight at Burbank Bar & Grille.

Self-taught in voice, guitar, keyboards and harmonica at a very

young age, Christian was moved by rock ‘n’ roll rhythm, but somehow

felt a need to enhance the melodic aspect of rock. The result is a

fusion of pop, rock and soul, somewhere between U2, The Doors and The

Beatles.

He and his former band, Catch 22, were featured on “The Howard

Stern Show” and “Access Hollywood.” He has performed live on

internationally syndicated television for both “The Roseanne Show”

and “Regis & Kathy Lee” and has sung the national anthem at Los

Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings games.

Christian’s debut solo single, “Stay,” hit the Top 40 charts a few

months ago, which was tracked by New Music Weekly Magazine.

Burbank Bar & Grille is at 112 N. San Fernando Blvd. There is no

cover. For more information, call 848-9611.

JOYCE RUDOLPH’s column appears Wednesdays. For events happening

this weekend, read her 48 Hours column Saturdays. Reach her at

637-3241.


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