Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Positive Motions Announce Fifth Anniversary Season

By: Dec. 21, 2014
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Glendale Philharmonic Association and Positive Motions Foundation proudly present The Fifth Anniversary Season of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Positive Motions Concert Series, founded five years ago by renowned and critically acclaimed Russian cellist, Ruslan Biryukov.

Ruslan Biryukov, Founder of the Glendale Philharmonic and Artistic Director and Producer of Positive Motions Concert Series said, "Our Fifth Anniversary Season will feature four signature events, kicking off with a concert on Saturday, January 10, 2015 on the very same stage at First Baptist Church of Glendale where we appeared five years ago when we started the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra. Other concerts and events will be held in the months of February, March and May of 2015 to celebrate this momentous time in our history."

The Inaugural Concert of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra's Fifth Anniversary Season will be held at First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 North Louise Street (at Wilson Avenue), Glendale, CA 91206 on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be led by Maestro Frank Fetta, the orchestra's Conductor and Music Director, and feature Cello Soloist Ruslan Biryukov. Rich Chapparela, On-Air Talent for KUSC 91.5 FM will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The program for the January 10th concert will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (1756-1791) Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major; Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No. 1 in C; Aaron Copland's (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring; Arthur Honneger's (1926-1955) Pastorale d'été, H. 31 (Summer Pastoral) and Scott Joplin's (1868-1917) ever popular, The Entertainer.

Fifth Anniversary Sponsors include: Los Angeles Arts County Arts Commission, First Baptist Church of Glendale, Billy's Deli, Robert Cauer Violins, Metzler Violin Shop and Glendale Arts.

Tickets for the January 10th concert range are $15 (Balcony), $20 (Mezzanine), $25 (Orchestra), $50 (VIP), $100 (Conductor's Circle) and $170 (Conductor's Circle with an invitation to a Vodka Tasting Party benefiting the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra to be held at Barbarella's Bar & Kitchen in Silver Lake, CA in February 2015). For further information, and to inquire about Group Discounts, please call the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra's office at
323-663-3601. Tickets can also be purchased online at Network with us at, on Twitter @RuslanBiryukov. Free Anniversay Cake will be provided to concertgoers, courtesy of Billy's Deli, during intermission at the concert.

Free Parking will be available on a first come-first served basis on the Maryland Street parking lot adjacent to the church, located between Wilson Street and California Street, directly behind the Alex Theatre.

Tickets for this concert can also be purchased in a variety of ways. IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE at Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra Office, 209 N. Louise Street, Glendale, CA 91206, 323-663-3601; Alex Theatre Box Office, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203, 818-243-ALEX (2539); The Americana At Brand, Grand Lobby Concierge Desk, 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210, 818-637-8982 and Glendale Community College's Theatre Department Box Office, 1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208, 818-240-1000, ext. 5612, or ONLINE at;;;, (Armenian), 818-265-0526; and, (Russian), 323-463-7224.

Other signature events which will be part of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra's and Positive Motions' Fifth Anniversary Season will include:

- A Fundraising Vodka Tasting Party benefiting the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra to be held in February 2015 at Barbarella Bar & Kitchen, 2609 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The party will include a performance by the Los Angeles Cello Quartet and introduce guests to Russian Food and a proper tradition of Vodka Drinking.

- Positive Motions Concert Series will present a chamber music concert featuring the Glendale Trio to be at First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 North Louise Street (at Wilson Street), Glendale, CA 91206 on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature Roberto Cani, Los Angeles Opera Concertmaster; Armen Guzelimian, Pianist and Ruslan Biryukov, Cellist. The concert will be held in memory of Armenian Genocide Victims with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Armenian General Benevolent Union and Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. Repertoire will include Arno Babajanian's (1921-1983) Piano Trio and Dmitri Shostakovich's (1906-1975) Piano Trio No. 2. Tickets are on sale now.

- Positive Motions Concert Series will present a chamber music concert featuring the Los Angeles Cello Quartet and other prominent Los Angeles-based cellists on Sunday, May 10, 2015. More details will soon be announced.

The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra has a present roster of 75 musicians. The January 10, 2015 concert will emulate the Inaugural Concert held in First Baptist Church of Glendale five years ago by utilizing 18 principal members of the orchestra. They are: Violin 1: Nancy Roth, Concert Master (of Lake Balboa); Alex Russell, Assistant Concert Master (of Los Angeles), Carol Pool (of Los Angeles); Violin 2: Karen Elaine, Principal 2nd Violin (of Venice), Steve Huber (of Los Angeles), Shushan Akopyan (of Glendale); Viola: Stefan Smith, Principal (of Van Nuys), Greg Notias (of Altadena); Cello: Hope Easton, Principal (of Santa Monica/Culver City), Mia Barcia-Colombo (of Los Angeles); Bass: Stephanie Payne (of Glendale); Flute: A. Phoenix Delgado (of Silver Lake); Oboe: Myka Miller (of Westlake Village); Clarinet: Andrew Leonard (of Pasadena); Bassoon: Maciej Flis (of Northridge); Horns: Tawnee Lynn (of Los Angeles), Emily Reppun (of Palms); and Piano: Bryan Pezzone, (of La Crescenta/La Cañada).

The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra is a DBA (Doing Business As) of Positive Motions Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to present professional quality orchestral and chamber music concerts. The orchestra is led by Maestro Frank Fetta, who serves a Conductor and Music Director. Maestro Mikael Avetisyan is the Founding Artistic Director and Music Director of the orchestra. The orchestra was founded in January 2010 by noted cellist, Ruslan Biryukov, who also serves as Artistic Director and Producer of Positive Motions Concert Series, which presents the orchestra and chamber concerts. The orchestra is comprised of local professional musicians from various local communities in the Southland. To learn more about the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, please visit the website,

More About the Artists for the January 10, 2015 Concert:
Ruslan Biryukov is the Founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and Producer of the Positive Motions Concert Series and Los Angeles Cello Quartet, as well as Professional Cellist and Educator. Biryukov is the only cellist ever invited to perform for 10 consecutive years solo recitals at the Sundays Live Concert Series in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the longest running live radio broadcasted concert series in the United States on KUSC 91.5 FM.

Biryukov was also the only Russian cellist invited to solo with an orchestra during the inaugural season of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County. Recent appearances in the Los Angeles area include appearances with the Redlands Bowl Symphony in Dvo?ák's Cello Concerto, with the Marina Del Rey Symphony (Summer Series), with the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra in the World Premiere of Bestemming: Concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Narration written by composer Sharon Farber, with the San Bernardino Symphony, and with the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra in the World Premiere of composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto's 2nd Cello Concerto. He has performed with world-renowned violinist Midori at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, with cellist Kirill Rodin at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, and with members of the Ysaye Quartet.

Biryukov has been a master teacher in music festivals in Europe and Russia. He has held teaching positions at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia; the Music Academy in Lovran, Croatia; and the California Institute of Music in the United States. His creative artistic ideas are based upon the traditions he learned from esteemed artists Kirill Rodin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutman, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, and Eleonore Schoenfeld. Within the last decade of his teaching career his students won over 200 prizes at various competitions worldwide including the 8th International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Nathan Le, 3rd Prize), American Protégé International Competition in New York (Meagan Wu and Stephen Yang, 1st Prizes), American Fine Arts International Festival (Zoe Lavoie-Gagne, Stephen Yang, 1st Prizes).

Ruslan Biryukov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and received his formal music education at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in Russia (Master of Music, M.A.), and the USC Thornton School of Music in United States (Artist Diploma and Graduate Certificate). He first earned international recognition by winning major awards in Azerbaijan and through the inclusion of his name in the Golden Book of Russia's international program "New Names." Biryukov has gone on to win numerous other awards worldwide, including the Grand Prize at the 17th Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.

Biryukov has resided in Los Angeles since 2002. He was awarded permanent residency from the U.S. government as an "Artist with Extraordinary Ability." The title signifies that he has "sustained national or international acclaim and his achievements have been recognized" in his field, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Biryukov also is the only professional musician in the world granted a U.S. Commercial Pilot license and is a Certified Flight Instructor single/multi-engine instrument license (SEL, MEL, CFII, MEI). To learn more about Ruslan Biryukov please visit or

Maestro Frank Fetta currently serves as Conductor and Music Director of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been the Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival since 1985. He is also the Music Director/Conductor for the Culver City Symphony and the Torrance Symphony. In addition, he holds the same position with the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony, which is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles and Supervisor Don Knabe, County of Los Angeles, Fourth District.

Fetta is also the Principal Conductor of the Nevada Opera Theatre. In June of last year, Fetta conducted the Culver City Symphony in the world premiere of Sinfonia Concertante by Damian Montano, featuring the Calico Winds. Last summer, he conducted another world premiere, Pacific West, by Sir John Dankworth, when Sir John and Dame Cleo Lane appeared with Fetta's Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony.

Maestro Fetta also continues in his position as the conductor for the prestigious Zachary Foundation International Vocal Competition. As a conductor, Fetta has collaborated with the Riverside Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, Sinfonia Mexicana, Inland Dance Theatre; Fresno Ballet, Symphony and Opera; the Pasadena Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, Opera A la Carte, the Toledo Opera, and the San Diego Symphony.

Among the fine artists he has conducted are Julian Lloyd Webber, Judy Collins, Louis Lebherz, Suzanna Guzman, Eugene Fodor, Leila Josefowicz, Diane Schuur, Daniel Rodriguez, Lorna Luft, Vicki Carr, and Eduardo Villa. Growing up in New Jersey, Fetta's early passion for music led him to the piano and organ. He still coaches, accompanies, and guides the careers of vocalists and instrumentalists, and serves as organist at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades.

Recently he has happily achieved the new title of "grandpa." Maestro Fetta lives in Los Angeles with his artist/inventor wife, Susan. Their son, Raphael, is an actor living in New York City. Maestro Frank Fetta was appointed Artistic Director of Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra for 2014/2015 Season.

Rich Capparela will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra's January 10, 2015 concert. In 1972 an employment counselor asked Rich Capparela, "If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?" Without hesitation he replied, "A classical music radio announcer!" Today Capparela is one of the best-known classical music radio personalities in the United States. He currently hosts weekday afternoons (4-7 pm) and Sunday afternoons (1-4 pm) at KUSC-FM in Los Angeles. His recording company, Cardiff Studios, produces commercials and programming for U.S. arts organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony.

Capparela has appeared as narrator at Carnegie Hall in music by Benjamin Britten and has performed in Southern California with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, narrating The Night Before Christmas. In 2009 he began an association with the Metropolitan Opera when he hosted the Met's prestigious Western Regional Finals competition. Since 1995 Capparela has hosted live radio broadcast concerts by the Pacific Symphony.

In December of 2001 as part of Los Angeles Music Week, Capparela was honored in chamber by the Los Angeles City Council for his for his contributions to the city's music community. In 2002 Capparela provided program notes for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's Grammy Award nominated album LAGW: Latin. Capparela hosted the Grammyâ Salute to Classical Music honoring Placído Domingo. He is active as a lead singer and guitarist with a four-piece cover rock bank, Otherwise Normal.
Rich Capparela and his wife Marcia, a private school administrator, live in Santa Monica, CA.