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February 12, 2003

Baroque Fantasy raises $175,000

LOS ANGELES -- Attendants in 18th-century costumes greeted some

400 guests attending the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's A Baroque

Fantasy on Jan. 25 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The gala raised approximately $175,000 for the orchestra's

educational programs such as the Family Concerts at The Alex Theatre

in Glendale and free orchestra concerts for schools in the Los

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Angeles Unified School District.

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducted the chamber orchestra's

strings in a concert that featured soloists Hilary Hahn on violin and

Allan Vogel on oboe.

They performed concertos by J.S. Bach, the most famous composer of

the Baroque era.

Local chamber orchestra musicians attending were David Washburn,

Douglas Davis, Jennifer Munday, Connie Kupka and Armen Ksajikian.

Philharmonic offers competitions

BURBANK -- The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, in conjunction with

the Hennings-Fischer Foundation, is offering the second annual

Concerto and Aria Competition at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn,

Hollywood Hills.

Preliminary competition will be March 24 and 26, with the finals

performed in front of an audience at 7:30 p.m. March 29. First-place

winners in both instrumental and opera categories will be awarded

$500 honorariums and will be announced immediately after the finals

competition March 29.

Forest Lawn is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.

The competition is open to all opera singers and orchestral

instrumentalists, excluding pianists, younger than 30 as of March 29.

For strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, a complete concerto

from the standard repertoire is required. Singers must prepare three

contrasting arias from the standard operatic repertoire. Competitors

must provide their own accompanists at the preliminaries and finals.

Memorization of all repertoire is preferred.

The application deadline is March 15. The application fee is $35

and is nonrefundable. Applications are available by calling the

Burbank Philhar- monic Orchestra at 771-7888, by e-mail at

burbankphilhar- monic@yahoo.com. or by writing the BPO at P.O. Box

6345, Burbank, CA 91510.

Compiled by Joyce Rudolph

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