21 , 2016
Cindy Lam - Piano
Radu Pieptea - Violin
Rebecca Merblum - Cello
The Friends of the
South Pasadena Public Library, Inc.
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
September 20, 2015
Cindy Lam - Piano
Radu Pieptea - Violin
Rebecca Merblum - Cello
Hollywood String Quartet*
Jessica Lee . Cindy Wu
and Friends String Ensemble
Caine - Jazz
April 10, 2016
January 31, 2016
Hollywood String Quartet*
Quartet in Residence
SUNDAY CONCERTS 4:00
LIBRARY - COMMUNITY ROOM
1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena,
FALL 2015/SPRING 2016
Series= 8 concerts= $96)
FRIENDS of SPPL Concerts
c/o Kay Rosser
1923 Edgewood Dr.
So. Pasadena, CA 91030
mail my tickets to above address
$___________ for _____series Additional
All Concerts are held on Sunday afternoons beginning
at 4:00 p.m.
the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA
ticket price: 8 concerts for $96.
At the door when space permits is $20
for individual concerts. For additional information,
please call (626) 799-6333.
beginning its 19th year, The Restoration Concert
Committee continues to bring world-class music to
South Pasadena. The Sunday afternoon concerts, frequently
featuring internationally-known and award-winning
musicians, attract music lovers from throughout
the Los Angeles area and beyond, while requests
are regularly received from performers wishing to
participate in the series. This fall, the New Hollywood
String Quartet begins its nineth season as our Quartet
from the Restoration Concerts are dedicated to the
ongoing enhancement of the historic Community Room
where the concerts are staged. Improvements to date
have included new carpeting and chairs. A recent
special project enabled the purchase, thanks to
support from individuals, grants, local organizations
and businesses, of a 9' Steinway concert grand piano.
of the administrative, fundraising, artist relations,
community outreach and other tasks involved in presenting
the concert series are carried out on a voluntary
basis. Committee membership has changed somewhat
over the years but several of the original members
are still actively involved, including co-chairs
Folsom,and Kay Rosser.
on the Restoration Committee from 2003-2009 designing
flyers and programs and recently returned. She
along with her husband Scott have lived in South
Pasadena since 1983 and have raised 4 children
here. She has been actively involved in PTA, SPEF,
Church, Relay For Life and other community activities.
One of the joys of living in a small town
is being involved with such great programs such
as the Restoration Concerts
with his wife Marcia, has been a South Pasadena
resident since 1978, when they returned to California
in order for him to take up his obstetrics residency
at UCLA/USC. Both have been active in the community,
volunteering with the PTA, SPEF and youth sports.
David, who considers the Restoration Concerts
series "one of the best things in this town",
researches Restoration Concerts performers and
produces our printed programs. David and Marcia
now live in the Sacramento area, but David continues
to create the concert programs via e-mail.
Chang, Shireen and her family have
South Pasadena since 1983. She has been a Committee
member since 2005 and its Treasurer since 2007.
She also volunteers at the Friends Bookstore and
on the Hospitality Committee. She is proud to
be a part of this fabulous Committee, bringing
beautiful music to the community. She is also
a Public Safety Commissioner and Board Member
of the South Pasadena ChineseAmerican Club.
Erler, a resident of Eagle Rock, has
been attending Restoration Concerts since 2001
and became a member of the committee after her
retirement from Delta Airlines in 2004. Ann says
she enjoys every aspect of helping plan for the
concerts and meeting the musicians and concert
Janet Ervin and her family settled in South
Pasadena in 1973 and have been involved volunteering
in a variety of community organizations. Janet
joined the Restoration Concerts Committee in 2007
and considers it an honor and a pleasure to help
in bringing outstanding musical performances to
and John Flanders: Connie has been a
South Pasadena resident since 1974. She joined the
Restoration Concerts Committee in 1998 and truly
enjoys her participation. John, who has been involved
in the motorcycle industry most of his life, enjoys
producing the printed materials for the concerts
and is a big fan of the Series.
Folsom, committee co-chair, is responsible
for finding and working with the musicians who play
in the Restoration Concerts. A South Pasadena native,
Kathy says music has always been a big part of her
life and she and her husband Ron enjoy sharing their
love of music with our community.
Folsom began his first serious study
of the violin with William Kurasch of
Los Angeles and concluded his formal studies with
the famed Jascha Heifétz in his Master Class
at USC. He has been a soloist, chamber music player,
and a member in many orchestras including the Los
Angeles Philharmonic where he played under Zubin
Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Andre Previn, to name a few.
His activities also include being very active in
the recording studios of Hollywood with television,
records and hundreds of motion picture sound tracks.
Before retiring his last motion picture was the
Help. Ron has played for the Restoration concert
series as well as helped with the hiring of our
wonderful musicians. Many of you may now know him
as the "guy" that opens the door for the
Ana Maria Menjivar-Gutierrez, resident
of South Pasadena, have enjoyed living in this town
for some years now. I am semi-retired from a long
career in real estate and at the present time I
work in property management in the Los Angeles Area.
In December of 2014, Mr. Gabriel Gutierrez and I
were married, and we are blessed with grown up children
and beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy some of my
free time working as volunteer in the Book Store
of the South Pasadena Library and feel very excited
to have been invited to become a member of the Restoration
ODonnell lives in Pasadena and
is active in several projects. She has been a docent
at the Pasadena History Museum for over 20 years,
and currently serves on the board of the Pasadena
Opera Guild. She has also taught a Salsa class for
seniors at the Pasadena Senior Center for several
years, and is thrilled to be a part of the Restoration
Concerts Series at the South Pasadena Public
Kay Rosser, committee co-chair, is responsible
for the group's administrative and fundraising activities.
An inveterate volunteer for more than 30 years,
Kay has contributed her talents to the American
Red Cross and Plaza de la Raza in East Los Angeles,
as well as to our local schools and library. She
was recently honored by the Bank of America for
her volunteerism. Kay is an avid skier and golfer
and studies Tai Chi, but says the Arts have a special
place in her heart.
Rosser moved his international business
to South Pasadena in 1969 from the wholesale district
in Los Angeles. He has traveled extensively to the
Orient and to India establishing business relationships
for the import of seafood to the USA. He is now
retired and pursues his interests in skiing &
golf. For the past 15 years he considers himself
the "head maintenance guy" for the Restoration
South Pasadena Mayor Marina Khubesrian, M.D.,
presented Kathy Folsom and Kay Rosser of the
Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library's
Restoration Concert Committee with the 2013
Image Award, awarded each year to individuals
or groups that enhance the image of the City
beyond its borders.
Khubesrian, who presented the award to the Committee
Co-Chairs at the December 29, 2013 Crunch Time party,
said, "The Restoration Concert Series, now in
its 18th year, brings wonderful classical and jazz
concerts to the community of South Pasadena and beyond,
and the program is completely run by volunteers. Kay
is one of the five original committee volunteers,
and Kay and Kathy are current Co-Chairs."
The Series consists of eight concerts held in the
Library Community Room on Sunday afternoons at 4:00
p.m. The concerts frequently feature internationally
known and award-winning musicians and attract music
lovers from throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond.
Requests are regularly received from performers who
wish to participate in the Series.
The next concert will be held on February 2, 2014,
and will be performed by the New Hollywood String
Quartet, which is in its sixth season as "Quartet
in Residence." Season tickets are $96 for eight
concerts or $20 per concert at the door when space
permits (for additional information, call 626-799-6333).
In addition to the two Co-Chairs, Committee Members
consist of Laurie Astle, David Battin, Shireen Chang,
Ann Erler, Janet Ervin, Connie Flanders, John Flanders,
Ronald Folsom, Neil Rosser, and Gloria Weinberg.
The Series began when the South Pasadena Public Library
celebrated its 100th year in 1995. Volunteer Cindy
Line was asked to plan a chamber music event in the
historic Library Community Room. The event was so
well received that she was asked by the City Librarian
to form a music series. It was the Committee's original
intent that all proceeds would be dedicated to continued
enhancements of the Community Room or the Library,
thus the name "Restoration Concert Series."
The group also accepts donations, with four categories
of donors: patrons, sponsors, friends, and supporters.
A nine-foot Steinway grand piano was acquired for
the Community Room with the funds.
The South Pasadena Image Award has been presented
since 2004, when former Mayor Mike Ten initiated the