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.
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.”
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
The next musical event, “Classical Concert,” on April 24 will
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
by a surprise civic celebrity to be announced.
All concerts are free. For more information, call 771-7888.
The Colony Theatre Company opened the Los Angeles premiere of the
musical “Gunmetal Blues” last weekend. It is directed by Andy
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.
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
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.
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