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Orchestra Santa Monica 

Orchestra Santa Monica dedicated its performance of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony to John Bohn, a leading OSM supporter and the sponsor of the concert at its season opening concert on October 26, 2014. An impassioned performance of the symphony ended with a standing ovation by the audience, markedly honoring and celebrating his life. John Bohn, one of Santa Monica’s most distinguished citizens, passed away on October 11.

At the time of the sponsorship Bohn explained to OSM that supporting classical music was a family tradition and added, “I believe that Orchestra Santa Monica is a marvelous orchestra that contributes to the vibrancy of our wonderful community. I am excited to sponsor this concert and help share their music with a wider audience.”

“I think it was very fitting to dedicate the performance of the "Eroica" Symphony to John,” said OSM Music Director Allen Robert Gross. “Everyone who knows this piece immediately thinks of the funeral march for such an occasion as this, but in fact the entire piece is celebratory in the deepest sense. And ultimately we wanted to celebrate the life of this unique individual who brought so much to his community.”

The opening concert was held at Barnum Hall. Entitled “Heroic Beethoven and More,” the orchestra also performed Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Another highlight was Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng’s west coast premiere of Latvian composer Georgs Pelecis’ “Concertino Bianco”, which uses only the white notes on the piano.

In addition to Bohn’s sponsorship, Orchestra Santa Monica has received two grants from the City of Santa Monica to support its programs this year as well as grants from the Leo Buscaglia Foundation and the Santa Monica Rotary Club. Important corporate support for the orchestra also comes from Agensys, Inc., RAND, Pacific West Bank and the office of LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

OSM’s next concert “Happy Birthday Amadeus” is on January 18, 2015 at the Moss Theater located on the campus of the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Complete information about the season’s programs can be found atwww.OrchestraSantaMonica.org

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:58AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Ain’t it a Pretty Night

Jane Ohmes Mirshak, executive director of Naam Yoga Los Angeles, and Dr.Robert Mirshak perform, “Ain’t it a Pretty Night” from Susannah, during Naam Yoga Los Angeles' 3rd Anniversary Gala Celebration and Fundraiser on Friday, October 24, 2014. Proceeds from the event benefited their 501(c)(3) and Giving Naam community outreach programs. These programs benefit many people with health challenges such as cancer, thyroid health, diabetes, autism, heart health, brain and nervous system disorders, severe stress, and many others. Naam Yoga LA received a commendation from the Mayor of Santa Monica, Pam OConnor, for its many contributions to the community. Photo by Brandon Wise

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:55AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Santa Monica Pier 

Saturday night at the Santa Monica Pier. (October 25, 2014) 

Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 12:35AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Wellbeing Festival

Trainers compete in the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Wellbeing Festival's Trainers Challenge at the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot on Saturday, October 18, 2014. 


 

 

 

Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 07:46PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Hemophilia Walk

Participants walk along Ocean Avenue during the sixth annual Southern California's Hemophilia Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 07:40PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

SPIKEBALL

Competitors play Spikeball at Santa Monica Beach on Friday, October 17, 2014. USASpikeball Regional Championships are tomorrow at Santa Monica Beach. The object of game is to hit the ball off the net so your opponent can't return it. Teams volley back and forth with each team able to use up to 3 hits before hitting it back on the net. First team to 21 wins. Bring it.#SpikeballNationals #Spikeball #Jointhemovement 

Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 07:23PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

One Stop Prep Shop

Santa Monica Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows teaches CPR during the Office of Emergency Management's One Stop Prep Shop at City Hall Courtyard on Monday, October 13, 2014. The Office of Emergency Management is dedicated to preparing the City of Santa Monica for emergencies and encourages those who live, work and play in Santa Monica to be ready to respond to and recover from disasters.

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Pier Del Sol “Goes Hollywood”


Pier Del Sol 2014 - Images by Fabian Lewkowicz 

With a "Hollywood" theme, Special Olympics Southern California staged its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser at  the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park on  Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

This year’s event included a VIP brunch with spectacular cuisine from nearly 35 of LA’s top restaurants, including Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Chef Olivier Rousselle of On Sunset, Chef Tanino Drago of Tanino Ristorante, and Chef Ermando Robles of Porto Via.

The event featured music, entertainment, all the rides and games of Pacific Park with game booth prizes. Attendees had their chance to win fabulous silent auction prize packages from shopping sprees to local entertainment. Participants also enjoy arts and crafts and karaoke.

“Pier del Sol is a fun day at the pier that the whole family can enjoy, while making a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Each year, we bring out an entertaining new theme, and we hope the public will continue to come out and enjoy the wonderful cuisine, live music, and games on the historic Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.”

At this year’s fundraiser, Special Olympics honored The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company has been an Official Global Partner of Special Olympics for 46 years, and has had significant impact on the Southern California program through financial support, budget relieving Coca-Cola products, leadership engagement on SOSC’s Board of Directors, marketing and promotional support of our competitions, and a loyal and passionate team of volunteers. In 2015, that support will extend to the 7,000 athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

“The Coca-Cola Company has proven to be a very valuable partner to Special Olympics,” said Shumard. “We couldn’t be prouder to honor them at this high-level event.”

Handfuls of celebrities and sports figures visited the pier for the fundraiser, with Maria Shriver and Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver attended as honorary chairs. Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised nearly $8 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 17,000 Special Olympic Southern California athletes.

Founded in 1969 by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson, Special Olympics Southern California offers opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. More than 17,000 athletes and 15,000 coaches and volunteers take part in 12 Olympic-style sports.

 

 

 

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 05:25PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club workout at Third Street Promenade on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 05:12PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Front Porch Cinema

People watch Gravity at the Santa Monica Pier during Front Porch Cinema on Friday, October 10, 2014. #FrontPorchCinema 

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:04PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint
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