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      Date(s) - 04/23/2023
      4:00 pm

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      South Pasadena Public Library Community Room

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      South Pasadena Community Room (Photo – Cyndi Bemel)

      The Restoration Concerts Committee of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will be presenting a Restoration Concert featuring violinist Roger Wilkie and Friends.

      Tickets will be available at the door for $25. Mask wearing is optional but strongly recommended.

      In addition to Roger Wilkie, violinist Anna Landauer, Violist Connie Kupka, Cellist David Speltz, and Oboist Leslie Reed will be performing music by F. Schubert, Arnold Bax, and A. Dvorak. A much sought after chamber musician, Mr. Wilkie was a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, principal 2nd violin with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony. In addition, he was solo violinist with Camerata Pacifica, on whose series he played hundreds of concerts as recitalist and chamber musician. Currently, Mr. Wilkie is a member of the critically acclaimed Pacific Trio. He has also appeared at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, and Mainly Mozart Festival. In great demand as a concertmaster for the Hollywood studio orchestras, Mr. Wilkie has served in that capacity for many of Hollywood’s leading composers. Since 2005, he has had the honor of serving as concertmaster for the motion picture scores of legendary composer John Williams.

      Currently the Principal Second Violinist of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra , Ana Landauer has been with the company since 2001. At age six, she began her violin studies at the Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Yerevan, and was a winner of several national violin competitions in her native Armenia. Winner of the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn International Competition in Tennessee, Ms. Landauer has also appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Shady Side Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and served as Concertmistress and Guest Soloist for the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado.

      Violist Connie Kupka has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for many years. Ms. Kupka’s lifelong passion for chamber music (and orchestras) inspired her and her future husband, cellist David Speltz, to form their own ensemble, the Arriaga Quartet. The group went on to win the grand prize in the prestigious Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and was able to tour with a broad range of offerings from the magnificent quartet repertoire. David Speltz has been active for years on many Los Angeles chamber music series in Los Angeles and participated in summer festivals throughout the United States. Mr. Speltz was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner and served as the principal cellist of the California Chamber Orchestra under Henri Temianka. In 1989 he served as principal cellist for the German conductor Helmuth Rilling at the Bach Collegium Stuttgart.

      Oboist Leslie Reed joined the LA Opera Orchestra in 1996. In 2009, music director James Conlon appointed her to the principal oboe chair, a position she currently holds. In addition, Ms. Reed is currently principal oboe of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia. Her past positions include principal oboe of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Glendale Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony. She has appeared as guest principal oboe with the LA Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

      The Restoration Concerts Committee, a committee of the non-profit organization, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, has a goal to bring world-class music at an affordable price to the concertgoers in South Pasadena and surrounding communities. As the name suggests, net proceeds from the concerts provide for restorations, enhancements and other benefits to the South Pasadena Library and Community Room.

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