Peninsula Symphony
2012 - Season Forty Six - 2013
Mozart In the Classroom

"Friends of the Symphony" volunteers Maude Landon and Caroline Hyde presenting a narrative of Mozart at a young age to a 2nd grade class. This was part of the "Friends" Celebrate Mozart program for Peninsula Schools. These programs, along with "Peter and the Wolf," are funded by Don Knabe's Arts Education Partnership Program (AEPP) with matching funds from the Peninsula Symphony Association and Campus Concerts.

A view of the "Mozart In the Classroom" taken January 2016.

July 8, 2015 party at Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Redondo Union High School Jazz Combo and the setting sun.

February 2013 Concert: Russian Roulette

Our soloist, Mimi Jung, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major, and things happen. This is the "before picture" Can you see what changes?

This is the "after picture"

February 2013 Concert: Russian Roulette

Mimi broke the E string, swapped instruments with the Concert Master who swapped with her stand partner.

October Concert: Brahms

The weekend began with an impromptu fund raiser featuring Elizabeth Pitcairn, the soloist for the Sunday concert. Marion Ruth and her committee was able to organize the event. Julian and Carolyn Elliot graciously made their home available to us.

Many thanks to Carolyn Elliot.

Verna Balach, Principal Flutist Emeritus, and Dorthy Lay, violinist .

Ms Pitcairn made herself available to answer questions...

... autographs, here with Marion Ruth.

Before each concert, Music Director and Conductor Gary Berkson discusses of the program. Here he is caught in the act of ribbing the first violins...

October 28, 2012: Dress Rehearsal. This is "Tragic Overture" by J. Brahms.

Elizabeth Pitcairn with her Stradivarius. The Brahms Concerto, once more before the concert.

The Brahms Serenade No. 2 Opus 16. This time for real...

First, a few words about the violin...

... now the main event.

The final cadence, now we can relax.

Well, almost time to relax. Autographs for CD and DVD buyers.

I do not know who this lady is, but she REALLY wanted one of the "Red Violin" DVDs. She waited patiently in line, and bought the last copy we had. There was another gentleman who also wanted the DVD. He too was satisfied when another fellow exchanged the DVD for a CD.

A reception to celebrate the concert and recognize the soloist. Dessert and conversation.

Friends of the Peninsula Symphony: Kick-Off Party

The Friends of the Peninsula Symphony held their "Season 46 Kick-Off" event on September 15, 2012. Entertainment was provided by "Prima Volté String Quartet." Seen here, these four young ladies are students at our two peninsula high schools. They can be contacted via Facebook.

Many thanks to the Friends organizing committee for the wonderful event. They are Mona Gofford, Jane Copper, Jene Dunn, Harriet Severis, Anita Gash, and Jeff Earle. Mr. Earle is owner of "The Original Red Onion" and expertly catered the event. The Original Red Onion is also a long-time supporter of the symphony. Thank you.

Installation of The Peninsula Symphony Association Board of Directors, July 21, 2012. Present were members of the board and significant friends. From left to right, Eugene McAdoo, Bob Coffey, Mona Gifford, George Bender, Marion Ruth, Ken Gash, John Williams, Larry Andrews (partially hidden), Jackie Crowley, Paul Nibarger, Dorothy Lay, Dan Keller, & Jack Trost. A good time was had by all, and the party raised $250 for the association.

Installation of The Peninsula Symphony Association Board of Directors. These are the smiling faces of outgoing President Ken Gash and incoming President John Williams.

2011 - Season Forty Five - 2012


Guest Conductor, Wayne Abravanel introducing "Moonlight Serenade the July "Pops" Concert.

Los Angeles Harbor College/Peninsula Symphony Association Youth Orchestra in concert June 23, 2012, Richard Babcock conducting.

Esther Keel performed Concerto No. 2 for Orchestra and Piano, Opus 83 by Johannes Brahms.

Preparation and presentation of the "Pre-Concert" by Maestro Gary Berkson

Preparation and presentation of the "Pre-Concert" by Maestro Gary Berkson

Knox Performance Competition 4/15/2012: The Finalists - Jeffery Li (cello), Jonathan Mamora (piano), Jesse Chen (violin), Isabella Ma (piano), Yifan Zhou (violin) , Michelle Tseng (violin), Ken Gash

Knox Performance Competition 4/15/2012: The Winner - Michelle Tseng

Esther Keel playing at a fund raising event for the Peninsula Symphony Association. The event was hosted by Mel and Linda Rowan. The program included recital playing Chopin Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op. 23, Chopin Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise in E-flat major, Op. 22 and Ravel La Valse.

Previous Seasons


Dress rehearsal the day of our second concert this season.
Students from the 15th Street Elementary School of San Pedro were in attendance.

David Nicholson, Principal Clarinetist of our Symphony, playing the Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Double Base Violins being patient for "play time" to begin.

Playing 4-handed piano are Gary Berkson (our Music Director and Conductor) and Wayne Abravanel (Broadway producer, composer, arranger, associate Conductor of "Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show") at an event for "Founders" level members.

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