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OBSERVATIONS: Symphonic Encounters from Galileo to the Space Age

Intrada presents Observations, a recording of Symphony In The Glen’s historic concert at Griffith Observatory to mark the launch of the Observatory's Cosmic Conjunction celebration.

The main highlight of the CD is the premiere of Arthur B. Rubinstein's 20-minute Observations, a concert piece for orchestra and narrator, with Leonard Nimoy as guest narrator. The piece appears twice on this CD -- once with narration by Leonard Nimoy, then again in purely orchestral form.

Also featured on this CD are works by Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Phillipe Rameau, Henri Duparc, and Darius Milhaud.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit intrada.com

Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Complete Second Season Available!

American spy Lee Stetson and his housewife sidekick Mrs. Amanda King are really going places in Season Two, fighting the Cold War in London, Munich, Salzburg and the Caribbean! Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner again play the mismatched operatives, mixing laughs, intrigue and battle-of-the-sexes verbal jabs in this collection of 23 Episodes on 5 DVDs.


Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete First Season Now Available!

The much-loved and long-awaited classic series from 1983 is available for the first time on DVD in a 5-Disc, 21-Episode set.

Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner, Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a light-hearted yet action-packed series about an everyday Mom who unexpectedly teams up with a top level government agent and comedy chaos ensues.

Arthur B. Rubinstein composed the theme and scored a majority of the episodes for the entire run of the show. In 1986, he won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)" for the episode "We're Off to See the Wizard".



On October 4th, 2009, Symphony In The Glen will be part of a landmark event at Griffith Observatory: the debut of Cosmic Conjunction, the Observatory’s new annual program, linking astronomy and art.

Through the enthusiasm and support of Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO), and its Executive Director, Camille Lombardo—and under the spirited guidance of Griffith Observatory Director, Dr. Edwin C. Krupp—Symphony In The Glen will appear on the lawn of the Observatory to present a magical evening of great music beneath a full moon, featuring a new symphonic work composed especially for Griffith Observatory.

In celebration of 2009 being the International Year of Astronomy—marking the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s extraordinary discoveries—and as the centerpiece of the concert, I have composed Observations, a tone-poem to the cosmos, for which Dr. Krupp has written an inspiring text…which will be narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

The concert will include a unique tribute to five centuries of music stirred by the cosmos, including Monteverdi’s Fanfare Overture to his 1609 opera L’Orfeo, Rameau’s delightful Dance Suite from his opera Castor & Pollux, Henri Duparc’s sublime “Aux Etoiles” and Darius Milhaud’s jazz ballet score “La Creation du Monde”, all performed by the 67-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra.

Perhaps more important than the wonderful evening at Griffith Observatory, following the Observatory concert, this once-in-a-century event will be presented at a special free performance for school children at the Greek Theatre. This performance will provide under-served school children of Los Angeles an opportunity to experience this unique intersection between astronomy and music. This outreach concert is funded through FOTO supporter’s generosity in attending and buying tickets to the October 4th Cosmic Conjunction 2009 at Griffith Observatory. As a member of the SIG family, your attendance on October 4th will provide additional help to support these free events.

Over the 15 years since its founding, Symphony In The Glen has presented a number of ‘landmark’ concerts, including our 1998 Memorial Day performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Fantastic Creatures at the LA Zoo for eight hundred 3rd graders and most recently, Out of the Ashes, the October 2007 concert featuring Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, honoring the LA fire fighters and Park Rangers who fought the devastating Griffith Park fire of May, 2007.


I believe the concert at Griffith Observatory on October 4 will take its place as a highlight of our first 15 years.

I look forward to seeing you—under the full moon and stars—October 4.

Arthur B. Rubinstein
Music Director-Founder
Symphony In The Glen

Ticket information: www.friendsoftheobservatory.com.

Film Score Monthly Releases "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"

From FSM: "The concept decided upon, Rubinstein crafted a unique sound palette (eliminating flutes, clarinets and violins) and wrote in a variety of classical forms—passacaglia, gavotte, bourée and many others. But his adherence to these styles never gets in way of the music’s essential feeling or its sensitive support of the movie’s expertly crafted drama. The film was Rubinstein’s first major feature (he had scored television and smaller films beforehand) and it is easy to see how he would become so successful in the field—the score is not only terrific in and of itself as music, but is carefully designed (theatrically, emotionally, intellectually) to support a thoughtfully intimate story."

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FUNDRAISING EVENT: September 20, 2008

Join us for an evening on Broadway and help support Symphony In The Glen at Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City.

Down Beat Entertainment presents an evening on Broadway featuring an homage to the Shelley Manne jazz version of “My Fair Lady”. This production of Mr. Manne’s highly–original version is unusual, imaginative and brings the great score of “My Fair Lady” into a new jazz focus. Patrick Tuzzolino will be the hip and savvy Professor Henry Higgins, trying to teach the cool and headstrong Eliza Doolittle’s of the world, played by Denise Donatelli and April Williams, to speak proper English. For brutally pragmatic Professor Higgins, it all starts with a bet. What follows, to his horror, is pure romance.

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WarGames Now Available From Intrada!

Intrada Records announces the Special Collection release of WarGames. Never before released on CD, this watershed score from 1983 has been newly mixed from the original MGM 2" 24-track session masters.

How about a nice game of Chess? The original vinyl LP contained film dialogue throughout and most of the score's more prominent sections were altogether not included. Thanks to Intrada and Arthur B., the wait for one of the most beloved scores of the 80s is finally over with more than an hour of original music conducted by the maestro himself plus 2 bonus tracks!

This score is limited to 2500 copies so please stop by the Intrada Store for your copy and to stream several long-awaited samples.

Directed by John Badham. With Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and John Wood.

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Symphony In The Glen
Sunday, October 14, 2007

A special event in support of Griffith Park Recovery With a symphonic tribute to those who heroically fought the fire: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony And a new work by Arthur B. Rubinstein “Life as a Tree” for violin, cello and orchestra

Bring a picnic, blanket, family, friends and neighbors Learn what you can do to help Griffith Park recover

See flyer for details
Or go to http://www.symphonyintheglen.org/

Whose Life Is It Anyway? Available on DVD

Whose Life Is It Anyway?, based on the Broadway play and starring Richard Dreyfuss and John Cassavetes is now available on DVD.

A feature-length commentary with director John Badham and composer Arthur B. Rubinstein is included.


Respect from Soprano Sax Player

Professor Douglas Masek (UCLA) on Arthur B's DreamCycle

Masek, slated to play soprano sax in three pieces, emphasized the wide variety of music of what he called an eclectic program. He was especially enthusiastic about the use of the soprano sax in a concert setting, and highlighted Arthur B. Rubinstein's "DreamCycle."

"It's one of the only pieces I've seen of this kind where there are two solo lines, one using soprano sax and the other solo violin. It's going to be something really unique and different for the listening audience."

LA Times featured a second article written by Arthur B. Rubinstein

Grandpa inspired a love of music, and his career
By Arthur B. Rubinstein, Special to The Times

My grandpa's first name was Naftule (pronounced Noff-TOO-lee). He came from a tiny place in Europe called Galitzia. He was wonderful and loving, like most grandpas. What's more, he was a musician. He played the clarinet and brought great joy to many people with his music. But most important, he put music into my heart, which is probably why I became a musician.

Our grandparents put many wonderful things in our hearts. It can be the love of flowers or animals. It can be the love of certain kinds of food, or love of baseball, or history, or maybe just laughter.

Grandparents share things with us from recollection and knowledge. If you want to know how to plant a tree, maybe Grandma can show you. If you want to learn how to paint a straight line, try asking Grandpa. Need a hug or an ice cream cone? Grandparents are good for these things too.

Did you know there is a special day every year that celebrates grandparents? This year it's on Sept. 11. On that day, Symphony in the Glen celebrates National Grandparents Day with a concert in Griffith Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy beautiful symphony music outdoors. Children and grandparents can also learn how to conduct an orchestra! The Junior/Senior Maestro Conducting Class begins at 4:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6.

LA Times online featured an article written by Arthur B. Rubinstein

With a kazoo, all you have to do is hum a few bars

The kazoo had its roots in Africa, but this fun musical instrument has become as American as apple pie.

Kazoos come in many shapes and sizes. The most popular ones look like those shown here. But a kazoo has no keys or strings, so how do you make music with it?

A kazoo has a tiny membrane inside that vibrates when you hum into the large end. You can't just blow into it, you have to hum. Once you've started humming, you can play a song just by going "toot-toot-toot" into the kazoo.

The earliest kazoo was an African instrument called the mirliton. African villagers made them out of cow horns and the membrane was made of spider eggshells. Mirlitons were used at special ceremonies as a way for villagers to change their voices. It was believed that this kept evil spirits from recognizing them.

In the 1840s, an African American by the name of Alabama Vest got the idea to make the first American kazoo. Musicians played them in jazz and blues bands in the early 1900s. They were even played during symphonic performances.

The original American Kazoo Co. was established in 1916 in Eden, N.Y. Today it's the only metal kazoo factory in the world. The company has a museum that highlights the kazoo's history, provides amusing trivia and shows visitors, step by step, how kazoos are made.

Anyone can play this musical instrument. Get a free kazoo, join the Kazoo Band, and play a special piece on the kazoo inspired by Mozart as part of Symphony in the Glen's special Father's Day concert on June 19. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. A concert follows at 6. For more information, go to http://www.symphonyintheglen.org or call (213) 955-6976.

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