Can The Santa Monica Pier Become A Great Concert Venue?

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

Pearl was also a violinist who played a variety of musical styles. His mother Ruth Pearl said when George Pehlivanian, conductor for Israeli Philharmonic, heard news of Daniel Pearl’s death he struggled to gather the courage to take the stage for a performance later to be dedicated in Pearl’s honor. He later wrote that family and saidnever in his life had he felt such a triumph of hope over fear. “That gave us the idea, that music has the power to empower,” Judea Pearl said. “That’s what we wanted to give to the world.” Then, the concerts began spreading worldwide. The Flint Jewish Federation hosted its first “Humanity and Harmony” concert came Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Michigan-Flint Theater. Steven Low, executive director of the Flint Jewish Federation, said the concert featured stringed instruments like violins, banjos and mandolins played by people of varied cultures — all designed to help bring the community together to honor Daniel Pearl. “He had this really great, big idea about bringing all these different styles of music together,” said event coordinator Michael J. Thorp, who also served as emcee for the concert. Low began developing the concert after reading an article in a Jewish magazine about Daniel Pearl World Music Day, which has inspired 2,000 concerts in 120 countries. “I thought, ‘We’ve got so many different groups here in Flint and if we could all come together over music, how awesome would that be?’ ” Low said. The concert was designed to focus on Pearl’s life rather than his tragic death.

Wednesday. WHERE: Mexicali Live, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck ; 201-833-0011 or mexicalilive.com. HOW MUCH: $15 and $18. MORE INFO: theprojectmatters.org. The initial goal of The Project Matters foundation was modest. “All I wanted to do was help a kid buy a pack of strings, something so small which I know would mean a lot, because you go through them so quickly,” said Karen High. “I know. I lived it. I witnessed it. We had the means for $10 here and $10 there, a lot of kids don’t.” The retired teacher from Freehold, her husband William and son Matt started The Project Matters in memory of her other son, Benjamin, a musician who died at 19. Since its inception, the foundation has bought those strings and done much more, including buying instruments and renting studio time for New Jersey bands with musicians 21 and under.

Concert to feature new, familiar pieces

Comments 3 Los Angeles concert promoters Mitchell Frank, left, and Martin Fleischmann are bringing concerts and festivals to the Santa Monica Pier. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / September 26, 2013) Also By Mikael Wood October 5, 2013, 7:00 a.m. A stiff breeze blew across the Santa Monica Pier on a recent afternoon, kicking up sand and sea spray as visitors munched fried food and watched a man paint names on a grain of rice. But sheltered inside a seafood joint, Mitchell Frank and Martin Fleischmann didn’t seem concerned with the weather perhaps because they were busy describing winds of change. “What we’re trying to do is create a destination for locals on the pier,” said Fleischmann, a veteran Los Angeles concert promoter. “Tourists are here all day long, but otherwise it’s underutilized.” Added Frank, another promoter hired by the nonprofit group that oversees the pier, “The mandate was to bring content here.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Content in the form of musical performances isn’t unheard of on the pier, which last month wrapped its 29th annual Twilight Concert series with a free show by the reggae star Jimmy Cliff. The gig drew 30,000 people, according to some estimates. But this year the promoters expanded the menu with a slate of ticketed festivals, including All Bands on Deck! (with indie acts such as Poolside and Yacht) and September’s Beach Ball (featuring Aloe Blacc and Sly & Robbie). This weekend the pier is to host Way Over Yonder, an inaugural two-day roots-music event connected to the venerable Newport Folk Festival with performances Saturday and Sunday by Neko Case, Conor Oberst and Calexico. And Oct. 19 will bring the comedy-based Festival Supreme, assembled by Jack Black and his mock-rock band Tenacious D.

Concert to benefit music foundation The Project Matters to be held Wednesday at Mexicali Live

Exciting trills of the woodwinds, vibrant fanfare from the brass, antiphonal trumpets, sounds of the boisterous organ and rhythmic patterns of the percussion are just a few of the sounds that will resonate from the concert hall of Moody Music Building on Monday night, Danielle Todd, a graduate conductor for the concert band and trumpet player for the symphonic band, said. Both the symphonic band and concert band are composed of both music and non-music majors who underwent a competitive blind audition in order to participate. The upcoming concert is not only an opportunity for students to enjoy a performance put on by their peers, but a chance to highlight the musical talents of several UA students. The concert will showcase the talents of many students from various backgrounds, ages, majors and experience, as well as highlight musical selections that are vibrant, aggressive, soulful and fun, Todd said. With their performance, the two bands seek to engage people of all musical preferences, from contemporary pop to rock to classical, while simultaneously dispelling the connotation associated with symphonic and concert bands. When people hear the terms symphonic band and concert band, they automatically think of older, classical music, Randall Coleman, associate director of bands and conductor of the symphonic and concert bands, said. This presents a challenge since most college students prefer to listen to new songs on the radio. However, I think our program successfully encompasses many different musical tastes by providing fast-paced, contemporary music thats easy to listen to. Similarly, Todd said the symphonic bands and concert bands are much more relatable than most people realize. They are not limited to older music, and students will be surprised to find that many of the pieces in the concert will be familiar to them. This concert will provide sounds that are familiar and recognizable, as well as some that are new and different, Todd said. The overarching goal of the concert is to promote the Alabama symphonic band and Alabama concert band, and by extension the music program as a whole.