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  • Sep. 29, 2002
    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Featuring Two Performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya & Randall Craig Fleischer

    On Sunday, September 29, the 30th Peninsula Music Fair, presented by the Peninsula Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, takes place at a new location on the grounds of Palos Verdes High School. Parents are encouraged to bring the entire family for a festive day of crafts, food, and music, designed to appeal to children of all ages, from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Everyone will find something special to enjoy at the Peninsula Fair's all-day schedule of events featuring an eclectic array of music and performance: from jazz to world, from classical to pops, from dance to storytelling. The Los Angeles Philharmonic gives two family performances: at 1:30 p.m. with conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, and at 3:30 p.m. with Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

    At 1:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs a children's concert featuring American works such as Copland's Billy the Kid and Rodeo, and music from Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer and hosted by charismatic storyteller David Prather.

    At 3:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs a family concert conducted by Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya including Piazzolla's Tangazo, Mozart's Symphony No. 36 ("Linz"), and Ginastera's Variaciones concertantes.

    Afternoon events include Prather's Poetry Jam, an energetic presentation reveling in the rhythm and rhyme of poetry presented by David Prather, who also hosts Open House at the Hollywood Bowl and appears at the Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Children's musical education specialist Sandra Clay, composer John Zeretzke, and music educator Ann Ehrenclou will lead workshops for children of all ages. An afternoon Children's Parade concludes with a patriotic puppet show by Jim Gamble entitled Celebrate America.

    Other highlights of this year's Fair include performances by three-time Grammy-award-nominated jazz pianist David Benoit, and Spanish-born classical guitar virtuoso Angel Romero. The Pacific Harmony String Quartet, featuring members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, also performs, as will a dance troupe of colorful and dramatic flamenco dancers; the Cajun, Mexican, rock, and folk influenced band Rick Shea and the Losin' End; the Firebird Quartet, a balalaika ensemble whose traditional instruments bring the heritage of Russia and the Ukraine to life; and pianist Esther Keel, a Chadwick School student and winner of national and international awards.

    Convenient street parking is available; free all-day shuttle services depart to the high school from designated points along Palos Verdes Drive West and Paseo Del Mar. Handicapped parking is available on campus. Local restaurants, including The Red Onion, Misto Caffe and Bakery, and Jacaranda Gourmet Food provide picnic fare for the Fair. Other snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.

    The Peninsula Fair is presented by the Peninsula Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic which has functioned as a volunteer group since 1952. The Fair's proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 2002 Peninsula Fair is co-chaired by Carol Hart and Joyce Robertson. The Music Fair President is Val Noguchi.

    For more information, call 310.318.8166.

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony and the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. As one of the most exciting young conductors in America, he has an active guest conducting schedule, which includes appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Quebec Symphony, and the Mexico National Symphony. Festival appearances include Grant Park, Tanglewood, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian in France, the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, and the Musicarchitettura International Festival in Italy. Born in 1968 in Lima, Peru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya holds degrees in conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

    Following his tenure as Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, RANDALL CRAIG FLEISCHER was appointed Music Director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic; Music Director of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra; and Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has served as guest conductor for numerous orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Seattle, Utah, and the Detroit Symphonies and New York City Opera. Fleischer came to international attention when, during a 1990 tour of Japan and the U.S.S.R., he conducted Dvorák's Cello Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra's Music Director, Mstislav Rostropovich, as soloist, the first time Rostropovich played the cello in Russia since his forced exile in 1972. Fleischer was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in 1989 and the Assistant Conductor of the American Symphony in New York City from 1986 to 1989. While working toward his Master of Music degree at the Indiana University School of Music, he was the Chorus Master of the Indiana University Opera Theater from 1983 to 1985. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

    Storyteller DAVID PRATHER is a talented and charismatic actor who has two decades of experience working with young audiences. His performance style employs a blend of stand-up comedy, improvisation, and audience interaction. He has been on the Music Center Education Division roster for many years as a workshop and residency artist and performer. Mr. Prather has hosted the popular "Open House at the Hollywood Bowl" since 1997. He is also a playwright. His play John and Juan has been presented by the Tony-award winning Alley Theater in Texas, as well as at the Gene Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mr. Prather is a graduate of Princeton University and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.


    September 29, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Symphony by the Sea


    Palos Verdes High School (formerly Palos Verdes Intermediate School)

    600 Clyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Concert, 1:30 PM




    JOHN PENNINGTON, dancer/choreographer

    Program to include:

    ROSSINI: William Tell Overture

    GROFÉ: "On the Trail" from Grand Canyon Suite

    COPLAND: "Gun Battle" and "Celebration Dance" from Billy the Kid

    COPLAND: "Party Scene" from The Tender Land

    COPLAND: "Hoedown" from Rodeo

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Family Concert, 3:30 PM


    MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA, conductor

    PIAZZOLLA: Tangazo

    MOZART: Symphony No. 36 ("Linz")

    GINASTERA: Variaciones concertantes

    If purchased in advance, tickets are $25 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-17. Children under 4 years of age are free. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Amuse, 43 Peninsula Center, 310.377.7838. Or, to order by mail, send a check payable to Peninsula Music Fair with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Peninsula Music Fair, P.O. Box 2122, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. Tickets may also be purchased at the event; adults are $30 and youths, $7.

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    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; David Barber, 323/850-2023