The Glendale Pops Orchestra - Music for All Seasons and People
By: Melissa Berry
November 18, 2011
Season's guests include - David Benoit, Kenny Loggins, Dave Koz, and Patty Austin.
The Glendale Pops Orchestra is your full service entertainment. It has all the friendliness suggested by the idea of "Pops" with music that includes the Great American Songbook, Swing, Big Band, The Movies, and Latin, even including Christmas. It's an orchestra with the requisite instruments and all that connotes. And, as the magical catalyst putting this all together as Musical Director/Conductor, is Matt Catingub. Co-sponsored by Glendale Arts, a nonprofit organization that manages the Alex Theatre and promotes the city's arts endeavors, this is truly community endeavor. This includes being privately funded through a mix of corporate sponsors and individuals including The Americana at Brand, Pacific BMW, Forest Lawn, Massage Envy Spa, Community Bank and KKJZ/KMZT, to name a few.
The Premiere performance in May, with all proceeds going to support Glendale Arts, was a wonderful evening filled with exuberance, and embraced by an audience that was more than ready for some comfortable and familiar music. Guests for the evening included David Benoit who opened the program with flair and panache that energized an audience already wanting to have fun. Monica Mancini sung us into delightful memories with some standards we were happy to hear, and lastly Kenny Loggins took over the stage filling every inch with his contagious enthusiasm and talent. With Matt Catingub, as the "Master Puppeteer" of it all, made it an enticing glimpse into the upcoming season.
After this wonderfully entertaining and musically successful premiere preview, I had to find out how such a monumental endeavor as creating an orchestra for a city came about. It seems that in In 2009, Glendale Arts, along with a group of influential community leaders and volunteers, believed the City deserved a world class Orchestra that bore its name...and the Glendale Pops Orchestra was born. Glendale Arts quickly hired GRAMMY Award winning arranger and musician Matt Catingub as the Orchestra artistic director/ conductor. He had previously held positions as Pops Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor of the New Mexico Symphony, where he consistently garnered praise for his innovative programming and community minded spirit.
The next logical step was for me to chat with Mr. Catingub and hear what was going on musically, so that's what I did. In the course of our conversation, he told me, "I have never in my career as a Pops Orchestra conductor anticipated anything with any more excitement than the launch of our new Glendale Pops Orchestra. Tapping in to the incredible talent of the artists and musicians who call Glendale and the surrounding L.A. area their home brings a level of sophistication and raises the bar for what is possible in the coming years. The music and themes we have chosen, and the artists that have agreed to join us this first season, are only the beginning of what promises to be a Pops Orchestra that will set new and bold standards for the industry." And that's just what he's doing having assembled some of LA's finest musicians, sharing many performers with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
So, when is a musical performance equal to a symphony, a Pops orchestra, a jazz band, includes great solo performances, and where the audience is guaranteed the best of it all? A Glendale Pops Orchestra performance. There are still three performances left is the season...don't miss them! Not a one!
The remainder of the debut season for The Glendale Pops' will take place at the Alex Theatre. "Holiday Pops" (Dec. 9) will feature David Benoit, while "This Is Romance" Feb. 10) will feature Kenny Loggins. "A Night at the Movies" (May 11, 2012) will include appearances by Dave Koz and Monica Mancini.
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