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Glendale Pops Orchestra Launches New Season, Names Matt Catingub New Artistic Director and Conductor

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Photo courtesy of Glendale Arts Matt Catingub, renowned composer, arranger, singer, and conductor has been named the new Artistic Director of the Glendale Pops.

By Ted AYALA

Just in time for the opening of its first concert of the season on May 13, Glendale Arts, the managing organization of the Glendale Pops Orchestra (GPO), announced that it has named Matt Catingub as the new artistic director and conductor of the GPO.

Matt Catingub, who conducted the GPO last year in a concert featuring American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin, is a well regarded musical jack-of-all-trades. Catingub has worked as arranger who has collaborated with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall, and Kenny Loggins. His work as a composer has won wide renown, with his scores for the films ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ and ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ being among his most notable works (the soundtrack for the latter film was the winner of a Grammy). He has also conducted symphonic ensembles across the United States and is looking forward to future conducting dates with, among other orchestras, the Cincinnati Pops and the Nashville Symphony.

Asked about his new job as the GPO’s head, Catingub was flushed with joy. “How often does an artist have the opportunity to build an orchestra from the ground up? I get to work in one of the largest markets in the country, with some of the industry’s top musicians, in two thrilling locations. Everything I’ve done up until this point has prepared me for this and I am ready to give this community an orchestra they can be proud of.”

Rick Lemmo, chair of the Glendale Pops Committee, highly praised the talents of the GPO’s new artistic director. “Matt is the complete package,” said Lemmo. “He exudes talent and his vision for the orchestra is fresh and exciting. Glendale has world-class businesses, shopping, and–with [Catingub’s] help–we’ll soon have a world-class pops orchestra.”

The GPO, formerly known as the Glendale Renaissance Orchestra, was founded in 2009 by members of the community that felt Glendale was missing pops concerts in its musical landscape. Barry McComb, CEO of Glendale Arts had this to say: “We’re doing something truly groundbreaking. The GPO the product of a few dedicated community leaders who believed Glendale deserved a vibrant pops music program and helped to make it a reality. In this economy this is a remarkable achievement and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The GPO’s initial concert of the season will be held at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on May 13th at 8:00 p.m. Dubbed “The Premiere” it will be a program of music from a variety of styles. Kenny Loggins will be the guest star with other guest performers to be announced soon. For more information, please contact Glendale Arts via phone at (818) 552 -2787, or by e-mail at info@glendalearts.org.

For tickets or additional information please go to http://www.alextheatre.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=466&month=05&year=2011

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    http://www.glendalearts.org
    Glendale Arts Appoints Matt Catingub Page 1
    as Artistic Director / Conductor of the
    Glendale Pops Orchestra
    COMPOSER, ARRANGER, MUSICIAN AND CONDUCTOR MATT CATINGUB NAMED
    ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF GLENDALE POPS ORCHESTRA
    GLENDALE ARTS TAKES OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE GLENDALE POPS ORCHESTRA AND LAUNCHES
    A SIX SHOW SEASON UNDER NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    GLENDALE, CA (MARCH 23, 2011) ‐ Glendale Arts has officially announced Matt Catingub as the
    artistic director and conductor of the Glendale Pops Orchestra (GPO). The six show series will
    feature two free summer concerts at The Americana at Brand and four paid performances at the
    historic Alex Theatre.
    The first performance, entitled Glendale Pops Orchestra, THE PREMIERE will take place at the
    Alex Theatre on May 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM and is a benefit for Glendale Arts. A complete
    schedule of performances and some featured artists will be released on March 30, 2011.
    “We (the Glendale Arts Board of Directors) are doing something truly groundbreaking,” stated,
    Barry McComb, Chief Executive Officer of Glendale Arts. “Most Pops Orchestras are extensions
    of traditional Symphony Orchestras. Glendale Pops wasn’t, but was rather the product of a few
    dedicated community leaders, who believed that Glendale deserved a vibrant pops music
    program and helped to make it a reality. In this economy, this is a remarkable accomplishment
    and we are honored to be a part of it.”
    Rick Lemmo, founding member of the Orchestra and current chair of the Glendale Pops
    Committee, found it difficult to contain his pride and enthusiasm. “Matt is the complete
    package, he exudes talent and his vision for the Orchestra is fresh and exciting. Glendale has
    world‐class businesses, shopping and, with Matt’s help, we’ll soon have a world‐class Pops
    Orchestra!”
    Matt Catingub, said of his recent appointment as artistic director / conductor of the Glendale
    Pops Orchestra, “How often does an artist have an opportunity to build an Orchestra from the
    ground up? I get to work in one of the largest markets in the country, with some of the
    industry’s top musicians, in two thrilling locations. Everything I have done up until this point has
    prepared me for this and I am ready to give the community an Orchestra they will be proud of.“
    While Catingub focuses on the program and securing top notch featured guest artists, Glendale
    Arts’ McComb and Lemmo are pursuing Season sponsors.
    http://www.glendalearts.org
    Glendale Arts Appoints Matt Catingub Page 2
    as Artistic Director / Conductor of the
    Glendale Pops Orchestra
    “The business community is very excited,” stated Lemmo. “We have created packages that give
    businesses opportunities to reach highly appealing audiences, entertain clients and reward
    employees. Smart businesses invest in winning propositions, and this has winner written all
    over it.”
    ABOUT MATT CATINGUB (CONDUCTOR/ARRANGER/INSTRUMENTALIST)
    Multi‐talented musician Matt Catingub is generating excitement throughout the entertainment
    industry for his unique abilities as a conductor, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and singer.
    A prolific arranger, Matt has developed such a substantial library of his own charts that he is
    able to put together shows in virtually every genre of music from big band, to the Rat Pack, to
    Motown, to 80’s hits, to smooth and classic jazz. Matt has made a specialty out of arranging and
    orchestrating symphonic shows for a bevy of international artists and industry icons, such as
    Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall, Kenny Loggins, Michael Feinstein, John Pizzarelli, Toto, Michael
    Mc Donald, to name a few.
    As a conductor, he has appeared with ensembles including the symphony orchestras of
    Cincinnati, Columbus, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, Oregon, St. Louis,
    and Utah, among others. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Cincinnati Pops, the
    New Hampshire Music Festival, the Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony, the Hartford Symphony and
    the Nashville Symphony.
    Matt’s music has also been heard on the Oscar winning film A Beautiful Mind, and in 2005 Matt
    appeared in, and scored the soundtrack to, the Oscar‐nominated George Clooney film
    Goodnight, And Good Luck. The CD of the movie’s soundtrack won a Grammy in 2005.

    HISTORY OF THE GLENDALE POPS ORCHESTRA
    In 2009, a small group of Glendale business leaders, residents and arts advocates, created the
    Glendale Renaissance Orchestra (GRO). In early 2010, the Glendale Arts Board of Directors
    agreed to partner with The New West Symphony as Title Sponsors of the GRO’s Inaugural
    Season.
    In 2011, Glendale Arts assumed all managerial responsibilities for the orchestra and officially
    changed the name to the Glendale Pops Orchestra. After an exhaustive search, Glendale Arts
    hired Matt Catingub to be the first artistic director / conductor of the Glendale Pops Orchestra.
    http://www.glendalearts.org
    Glendale Arts Appoints Matt Catingub Page 3
    as Artistic Director / Conductor of the
    Glendale Pops Orchestra
    ABOUT GLENDALE ARTS
    Glendale Arts is a private nonprofit organization, charged with managing the Alex Theatre and
    coordinating resources that are designed to benefit Glendale‐based artists, arts organizations,
    businesses, government agencies, and local schools.
    Since its inception, Glendale Arts has partnered with a host of local organizations and
    businesses to support community events, programming and arts activities. These include:
    Glendale Adventist Medical Center, the Glendale Latino Association, the Downtown Glendale
    Merchants Association, Massage Envy Spa Glendale, the Character and Ethic Project, the
    Glendale Kiwanis Club, Porto’s Bakery and the Americana at Brand, to name a few.
    In 2011, Glendale Chamber of Commerce gave Glendale Arts the Organization of the Year
    Award for its efforts to promote business and economic growth through the arts.
    PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
    ###
    Media Contact:
    Elissa Glickman, General Manager, Glendale Arts
    eglickman@glendalearts.org
    (818) 243‐2611 ext 14

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