GLENDALE – As he teaches his two talented daughters the violin, Glendale Symphony Orchestra viola player Peter Hatch has found that they each have their own gifts. Heidi, 12, can play 26 orchestral pieces and soloed at the symphony’s Christmas concert last year. Then there’s her 10-year-old sister, Alexis. “She’s actually the most talented member of the family,” Hatch said. “She can sing anything, literally … She can imitate with her voice a telephone ringing or a commercial that she hears on the radio.” Hatch will perform without either of his daughters when he takes the stage Friday at the Alex Theatre for the symphony’s Christmas Celebration Gala. But he will be with his other family that evening – fellow musicians with a love for classical music. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “A lot of the guys would make a point to play with the Glendale Orchestra just to stay with that side of music,” Hatch said. The orchestra was started in 1924. Ten years ago, it began performing at the Alex Theatre after 30 years at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The orchestra, conducted by Norman Henry Mamey, will bring nearly 60 musicians to the stage for Friday’s show. In years past, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and John Williams each conducted the orchestra. Fans still remember the “pops” musical style that the late Carmen Dragon brought in his 20 years conducting the group. “We have the finest musicians in Southern California,” said Diane Hedrick, executive director of the orchestra. “You can’t get better musicians.” In the symphony’s last performance in September, conservative talk show host and classical music aficionado Dennis Prager conducted the orchestra and gave the audience an A-to-Z lesson in classical music. The Christmas show will include classical, pops and jazz, and Broadway star Dale Kristien will sing in the show a day after performing at the White House. The orchestra plans to perform an outdoor concert on the Glendale Community College football field. “Once you introduce yourself to people who will come to hear you outdoors, the next time we’re indoors in a theater maybe they’ll follow us and buy a ticket,” Hedrick said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] IF YOU GO The Glendale Symphony Orchestra will perform its Christmas Celebration Gala, 8 p.m. Friday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. Tickets are $20-$100. Call the theater box office at (818) 243-ALEX. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Symphony offers Christmas Gala