Monday (1/11) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Yvonne Villarreal writes, “The newly formed Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra learned something over the weekend: If you play it, they will come. The orchestra made its debut Saturday night to a sold-out crowd of 750 at the First Baptist Church of Glendale. Under the baton of artistic director and principal conductor Mikael Avetisyan, the musicians performed a two-hour concert, which included compositions by Bach and Karl Jenkins. The young orchestra consists of 20 musicians, mostly from the Los Angeles area. The plan is to expand as the orchestra attracts followers and secures more funds. Its next concert is in March; the program will include Italian composer Archangelo Corelli’s ‘Suite for Strings’ and Bizet-Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite.”

Posted January 12, 2010