By Ted AYALA
Is the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra (GPO) feeling the pain of the sour economy?
After a thrilling season premiere concert last November, lauded by yours truly in these pages, GPO patrons were getting ready to experience another evening of glowing and vibrant musicianship.
The Jan. 8 concert, which would have paired an orchestral arrangement of Tchiakovsky’s “The Seasons” along with Prokofieff’s evergreen “Peter and the Wolf,” was abruptly postponed via an announcement on the GPO’s Facebook page: “[Due] to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing our concert previously scheduled for [Jan. 8]. We will keep you informed as soon as possible when we re-schedule! Thank you for your support this year and we look forward to sharing much more music with you in 2011.”
No word yet as to what caused the postponement.
Inquiries made to the GPO have yet to be returned. Steve Moyer, the publicist for the GPO, declined to elaborate on the nature of the postponement, deferring questions to Ruslan Biryukov, GPO founder. However, he did mention that, “The economy is tough right now. It’s up to Ruslan to decide how he wants to go forward.”
One of the comments on the GPO’s Facebook announcement was from Pastor Charles Updike. Pastor Updike’s First Baptist Church of Glendale has
served as the GPO’s home
since its founding. His comment, “Glendale Phil is a wonderful thing for our region. Let’s hope that sponsors will help keep it going!,” was made soon after the GPO announcement.
For a city of its size, Glendale surprisingly enjoys the services of many quality ensembles. One would hope that all of them could survive this economy – especially the GPO.
The GPO is, arguably, one of the very finest ensembles in the region. Their adventurous programming and brilliant musicianship brought real thrills and musical enrichment to the audiences it touched. To lose the GPO would be a terrible blow to Glendale’s music scene. Let’s hope that this postponement is just that and that untimely obituaries aren’t needed.