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Visit the South Pasadena Public Library
1100 Oxley St.
South Pasadena
California, 91030

Restoration Concerts
Up Coming Concert  •  2015-16 Schedule of Concerts
Admission  Committee Keeps The Music Coming
 History of Restoration Concert Series

City of South Pasadena 2013 Image Award
Presented to the Friends of the Library
Restoration Concert Series Co-Chairs Kathy Folsom and Kay Rosser

  DONATION CATEGORIES: Patrons . Sponsors . Friends
 Click here to see 2015-2016 Patron of the Arts flyer (PDF)


JANUARY 31, 2016
4:00 p.m.





Carrie Kennedy and Ina Veli - violins,
Yi Zhou - viola, Ryan Sweeney - cello, and guest artist Aaron Oltman - viola


-Mozart Quartet No. 22 in B flat Major, K.589
-Ives Quartet No. 1
-Schubert Quartetsatz
-Mendelssohn Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1


2015 - 2016 SEASON

The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc.

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Robert Edward Thies
September 20, 2015

Piano Trio
Cindy Lam - Piano
Radu Pieptea - Violin
Rebecca Merblum - Cello
     February 21, 2016
New Hollywood String Quartet*
     October 11, 2015

Violin Duo "Mason"
Jessica Lee . Cindy Wu
     March 13, 2016

Family and Friends String Ensemble
     November 15, 2015

Elliot Caine - Jazz
April 10, 2016

Fiato Quartet
January 31, 2016
New Hollywood String Quartet*
     May 1, 2016
* Quartet in Residence


1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

   FALL 2015/SPRING 2016

    (one Series= 8 concerts= $96)
Check payable to:
FRIENDS of SPPL Concerts
c/o Kay Rosser
1923 Edgewood Dr.
So. Pasadena, CA 91030
    Name____________________________________ Phone___________________________


    E-Mail______________________________       Please mail my tickets to above address

    Amount included: $___________ for _____series      Additional Information: 626-799-6333


All Concerts are held on Sunday afternoons beginning at 4:00 p.m.
 in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room
 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

              Season 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.




Now 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 in Residence.

Proceeds 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.

All 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 Kathy Folsom,and Kay Rosser.

Laurie Astle served 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”

David Battin
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.

Shireen Chang, who with her husband John and their family have been South Pasadena residents for 24 years, has recently taken on the duties of Restoration Concerts treasurer. Shireen loves South Pasadena and is an active and tireless volunteer with the schools, the library and the community as a whole.

Ann 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 patrons.

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 our community.

Connie and John Flanders: Connie has been a South Pasadena resident for 34 years. She has been a committee member for ten years and says she truly enjoys her participation. John, who has been involved in the motorcycle industry most of his life, enjoys producing the printed materials for Restoration Concerts and is a big fan of the concerts.

Kathy 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.

Ronald 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 musicians.

I am Ana Maria Nicholls, 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 Concert Committee.

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.

Neil 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 Concerts.



Incoming 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.
Mayor 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 annual award.
 page updated 9-25-2015
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