By Ted AYALA
Good things come in threes, so goes the saying. But when it comes to the Glendale Philharmonic, a strong case can be made for great things coming in fives.
The orchestra will be inaugurating its fifth season on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the First Baptist Church in Glendale (209 N. Louise St.), with conductor Frank Fetta and the orchestra’s charismatic founder Ruslan Biryukov leading the festivities. Joining them will be KUSC host Rich Capparella in an eclectic program comprising works by Haydn, Mozart, Copland, Honegger and Scott Joplin.
Biryukov, a consummate virtuoso of the cello, will take the spotlight for a performance of Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1 in C.”
Free cake will be provided for patrons at intermission courtesy of Billy’s Deli.
Tickets range from $15 to $170. To purchase tickets and obtain more information, go online to www.glendalephilharmonic.com or call (323) 663-3601.
The next day, Sunday, Jan. 11, Le Salon de Musiques returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles). Music by Camille Saint-Saëns and Leon Boellmann will be performed by Roger Willkie (violin), John Walz (cello) and Edith Orloff (piano).
Le Salon has distinguished itself as a champion of forgotten and neglected composers of the Romantic era. The performances of the Boellmann works will be U.S. premieres.
Champagne and refreshments will be provided free of charge to patrons after the performance.
Tickets range from $39 to $75. To purchase tickets and obtain more information, visit www.lesalondemusiques.com or call (310) 498-0257.