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 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I have a ticket I need to sell. It's located orchestra right on the aisle, row I seat 2. I paid $44 ($50 ticket with 20% discount and $4 service charge). The ticket can be e-mailed since it's an electronic ticket in PDF format. I'll entertain any reasonable offer and go with the highest if I get multiple offers. E-mail me @ mwford at earthlink dot net if interested. Thanks!

Mark

[update] I gave this ticket to a person who could not afford to go otherwise. Thanks Henry for helping out on this!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

JOHN DEBNEY TO PERFORM AT THE VARÈSE SARABANDE 35th ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY GALA!
The Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary Holiday Gala with the Golden State Pops Orchestra is coming up in just two weeks and we are thrilled to announce that the great John Debney will be joining us to celebrate the holidays with a live performance of his Christmas classic ELF! Believe it or not, ELF, which opened on November 7, 2003 is 10 years old this year! Who didn't laugh out loud when Buddy (Will Ferrell) bounced off the sofa and dove into the Christmas tree to place the star atop it? (Things didn't go so well) We just couldn't have a Christmas concert without John Debney and ELF. With more than 20 of his scores released on Varèse Sarabande, John's discography here includes Sin City, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, The Ant Bully, Cats & Dogs, Dream House, Paulie, The Replacements, The Scorpion King, Sea Quest DSV, End of Days, Zathura and many more! As a conductor, John has recorded such classics as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad by Bernard Herrmann, John Williams' Superman: The Movie and John Barry's Somewhere In Time for us. John Debney brought down the house at our May 11 concert, with his magnificent performance of THE ANT BULLY, featuring Sara Andon on penny whistle and the GSPO choir! In October he paid tribute to the legendary Bernard Herrmann and conducted the world premiere of THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR. John Debney now returns to the GSPO podium to conduct a special 10th anniversary performance of ELF on December 21, 2013 in the final concert of Varèse Sarabande's 35th anniversary celebration at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, CA. The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. Join us!
https://gspo.secure.force.com/ticket#sections_a03G000000aQmvQIAS

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Golden State Pops Orchestra shared a link.

19 hours ago
.

We couldn't wait to tell you this.....

YouTube singing sensation SARAH HORN will join the Golden State Pops Orchestra on May 10, singing the role of Mrs. Lovett in "SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT." Ms. Horn was chosen out of the audience at the Hollywood Bowl by KRISTEN CHENOWETH to join her in a surprise duet; her performance stunned the audience at the Bowl and later worldwide, as a video of the event went viral with over THREE MILLION VIEWS to date.

Watch our interview with now!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBfdrdtdRxw

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Some aisle seats still available.
From last year's Holiday concert:





https://gspo.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a03G000000aQmvQIAS

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2013 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   markbagby   (Member)

I have two tickets -- very good seats, mind you -- purchased for this concert, and my wife and I cannot go. (Too dang many holiday obligations.)

As I'm in a holiday mood, first person to respond to this post will get said tickets, free of charge.

Concert is Saturday, Dec. 21, in San Pedro, Calif.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

I'm interested if they are still available.

I have two tickets -- very good seats, mind you -- purchased for this concert, and my wife and I cannot go. (Too dang many holiday obligations.)

As I'm in a holiday mood, first person to respond to this post will get said tickets, free of charge.

Concert is Saturday, Dec. 21, in San Pedro, Calif.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   markbagby   (Member)

I'm interested if they are still available.

I have two tickets -- very good seats, mind you -- purchased for this concert, and my wife and I cannot go. (Too dang many holiday obligations.)

As I'm in a holiday mood, first person to respond to this post will get said tickets, free of charge.

Concert is Saturday, Dec. 21, in San Pedro, Calif.


Don: they're yours. Send an email address and/or physical address to mark_bagby at hotmail.com and I'll send you the PDF tickets or I can mail the physical tickets Monday. Enjoy!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   bagby   (Member)

Don: tickets have been sent as a PDF attachment to your email address. Print and enjoy! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and God bless us everyone!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Looks like there might be a little Craig Armstrong added. LOVE ACTUALLY will be represented.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Fellow board member Don has one free ticket next to him in the orchestra.

Let us know here if you want it!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Last call. One free ticket.

This show is pretty sold out. No aisle seats left on the main floor.

Let us know here.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I asked Steven Allen Fox how the Herrmann rehearsal was. He always tells the truth, for instance he related how rough things were for that Varese Anniversary concert with all those composers trying to keep things together.

But this time he had only one word "Awesome!"

When Steven uses the word awesome it gives me chills.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Always I have trepidations. This time the GSPO will drop the ball after I hyped them to the max. Their streak of fantastic concerts have come to an end.

Nothing of the sort. They always come through.

The key is simple. From day one they had this love of film music. Ten years ago when the Warner Grand was somewhat of a sad looking theater I'd traipse over to San Pedro to see concerts entitled "Swords, Sandals & Swashbucklers" (LAND OF THE PHARAOHS, IVANHOE, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, BEN-HUR), "Round-Up" (THE ALAMO, THE COWBOYS, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, DANCE WITH WOLVES, CITY SLICKERS) or "Out of This World" (THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, A.I., LAST STARFIGHTER, FIRST CONTACT, COCOON). And their annual Halloween and Christmas shows became packed with film music. I was delighted, a Pops Orchestra totally dedicated to film scores! A dream come true.

That was the start of that love of film music.

The orchestra was eventually honed into a world class one and with that dedication it had started to attract a wide range of fans from the industry including Christopher Young, Stu Phillips, Sam Spence and his NFL scores, John Ottman, William Stromberg with partner John Morgan, Christopher Lennertz, the Gaming industry and it's myriad composers and in particular Austin Wintory, Bear McCreary, Richard Sherman, etc. PLUS large entities like Varese Sarabande Records and Walt Disney productions who have come to be a part of the GSPO family. The attendance steadily has increased until last spring's Varese Anniversary concert finally sold out the 1500 seat Warner Grand.

The absolute love of film music had started to become mainstream.

This time out the GSPO decided to break out of it's time honored mode to resurrect a 60 year old television version of Dicken's A CHRISTMAS CAROL with music by Bernard Herrmann for the first half of it's show. They would do it radio style. Well radio style indeed, choral director Maestra Marya Basaraba had everyone in full costume with props, like Marley's chains, added here and there. All with a spectacular backdrop of a Dicksensian street. Even Bob Townson's brief narration worked. The uneasy marriage of Herrmann and Dickens won me over eventually and I was profoundly moved at it's conclusion. The audience was a little taken aback. They were used to something closer to Broadway rather than Herrmann's approach which was closer to light opera. Speaking of which many of the cast was recruited from the LA opera and gave some astounding renditions of the Bernard Herrmann/Maxwell Anderson songs. I have the feeling most of the crowded theater preferred the familiar Leroy Anderson/John Williams/John Debney/ Vince Guaraldi/William Ross/ Alexandre Desplat second half. I can understand that. It was delivered with their usual class and splash of fun. But at the same time the guts of doing that first part, so complex and challenging and really triumphing will probably stay with me longer.
GSPO music director Victor Pesavento (whose IMDB credits include LINCOLN, THE RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, THE BOOK THIEF, LIFE OF PI and ARGO) spent months reconstructing the Christmas Carol's parts from Herrmann's music and notes that exist. Approximate cost he would have charged away from the GSPO $350,000. He did it for nothing. Everyone involved in this project seemed to give their all. The glow that came off that stage warms me still.

The love of film music.


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   James Corry   (Member)

It was fabulous (after years of watching/hearing beat-up old kinescopes of the original 1954 only performance). I know. I was there.

J.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

So, are there plans for a release of some sort, audio? Or, video?

I'd buy both...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

So, are there plans for a release of some sort, audio? Or, video?

I'd buy both...


No, they do record all of them for their files, but one camera from one wide angle which is of little commercial use.

I got two Herrmann GSPO virgins to come this time. They both are extremely finicky and they both loved it! The GSPO passed the Herrmann test!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2013 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Don Norman   (Member)

I really enjoyed all of the music at the concert. It was the best xmas concert I've attended. I thought the smaller pieces were great like the two encores, Sleigh Ride and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Also a short piece from Love Actually: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfn90OdrcfY.

The arrangements by William Ross of the A Charlie Brown Christmas music were very beautiful. Don't be surprised if a recording is released.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2013 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

37 photos from Saturday:


https://www.facebook.com/victorpesavento/media_set?set=a.10202496913767185.1073741830.1325268283&type=1


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)



Sara Andon :


Very grateful for this very special musical moment with the great GSPO and the legendary, genius composer and arranger William Ross at the Varese Sarabande RECORD LABEL 35th ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY GALA CONCERT!! MAESTRO ROSS is conducting his brilliant and aMAZing world-premiere arrangement of the beloved and iconic VINCE GUARALDI'S "A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" for SOLO FLUTE, CHOIR and ORCHESTRA with the awesome Golden State Pops Orchestra (Steven Allen Fox, Artistic Director), the glorious GSPO Chorus (Marya Basaraba, Director) and Robert Townson, VS Producer. Very grateful to be a part of such a special and historic musical celebration with all of these incredibly talented people! (Awesome photo by Victor Pesavento, Music Director). Dec. 21, 2013. — at Warner Grand Theater.


 
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