…Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer

…The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician
…Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician

…Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician




I have a question about the MICU (Musicians’
Interguild Credit Union) merger with SAG-AFTRA
FCU — I was just informed that former MICU members
will not have access to their transaction data
prior to the merger — that if you want info prior
to the end of last year, you have to contact them
to ask for info.

This is contrary to what I was initially told —
that ALL records would transfer and we would
have access from the time of opening the MICU

[Colleagues, any thoughts?]




[MEMBER COMMENT: An example on how
important a Orchestra is to a city and also an
example of how management let the orchestra fall
short of pension payments to AFM if what has been
presented is factual.]

San Antonio leaders throw support behind symphony
By David Hendricks

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson
Wolff appeared Saturday night with the San Antonio
Symphony in a show of unity behind the beleaguered
orchestra that is struggling to stay onstage.

Nirenberg and Wolff spoke to a near-capacity audience
of almost 1,450 people at the Tobin Center for the
Performing Arts before the symphony’s performance
of its first Tricentennial program.

“We believe in a world-class symphony for San Antonio.
We believe in a long-term sustainable plan for the
orchestra,” Nirenberg told the audience.

City leaders talk about how important the San Antonio
Symphony is to the city.

“I wish I could say the work is completed, but it’s
not,” Nirenberg said in reference to this week’s
developments in which the Symphony Society of
San Antonio first said the rest of the 2017-18
season would be canceled then reversed the
decision, under new Chairwoman Kathleen Vale,
in favor of a modified concert schedule that will
be announced soon.

Initially, symphony officials said $2.5 million
would be needed to complete the entire season,
then announced Wednesday it would be
cancelled altogether for lack of funds.

After that announcement, Vale said, about $400,000
in donations was verbally pledged, allowing for the
presentation of at least some of the remaining concerts.
She declined to name the donors.

Also available to the symphony is part of the city’s
allocation of more than $600,000 for the current season,
said bassoonist Brian Petkovich, the orchestra musicians
union representative.

About $300,000 already has been spent by the Symphonic
Music for San Antonio nonprofit, Petkovich said. SMSA
operated the orchestra during the fall but last month pulled
out its deal to take over the orchestra’s management,
citing a possible pension liability that was disputed by
the musicians.

The city still holds about $350,000 that would be available
to the orchestra for concerts this winter and spring. But
the city “will want to see a plan from the symphony before
they release the funds,” Petkovich said. “I’m confident
we’ll develop something, and we’ll have an orchestra on
the stage,” he added.

Wolff told the audience that local leaders and symphony
supporters will begin this summer, if not earlier, to “sit
down and start planning a viable way to operate the
symphony. We have a great orchestra. We want to
keep that orchestra,” Wolff said, before the musicians
took the stage to perform a program focused on the
music from and about Spain in recognition of the city’s
early history.

While a complete list of what concerts will be performed
hasn’t been released, the Jan. 12, 13 and 14 classical
series concerts featuring a program led by Ludwig van
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” will be performed
at the Tobin Center, according to Friday’s announcements
from symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Contributions are coming in steadily to help keep the
orchestra together and performing, Vale said.

“It’s exploding. We’re receiving contributions in spades.
We have enquiries about where to contribute. Contributions
can be made to the Symphony Society of San Antonio,”
Vale said.

“This is a critical moment in the destiny of the symphony.
It’s our treasure. We appreciate the outpouring of support.
We need financial support and everyone’s attendance at
concerts. This organization belongs to the city of San
Antonio and the area. It will take the whole city and the
area to support the symphony,” Vale said.

Holders of presold season and ticket holders can seek
refunds if some concerts aren’t included in the modified
season to be announced soon, said Vale and violinist
Craig Sorgi, negotiating chairman of the Musicians of
the San Antonio Symphony.

“Our message to ticketholders is do not go and refund
tickets,” Sorgi said. “You’ll need them. If there is a concert
or two that is not performed, refunds can be made, but I
believe it would be better to hang on to them. I believe
you’re going to use them.”

“Ticketholders can seek refunds or they may donate
unused tickets (by not seeking refunds), which would
be gratefully received,” Vale said.

[email protected]


III. China Is the New Hollywood, Director Says

12/28/2017 10:49AM

Big-budget director Renny Harlin, known
for films such as “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger,”
has left Hollywood behind to work in China,
the world’s fastest-growing movie market.

In this video, he talks to the WSJ’s Daniel Epstein
about his experience.



interesting story & comments at
about Local 47 falsely accusing a company
of doing a non-union session. Thoughts?


are now at Culver City Elks the first 
Friday of 
every month.
11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232




The 9 piece flute orchestra that I perform with will be
having a concert at the Miles Playhouse on Jan. 19th.

I hope you can make it. In addition to the large ensemble
I will be playing in a quartet!

Tickets are limited, so I suggest that if you are interested
you purchase them through the eventbrite website.
Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

Ellen Burr



Tuesday, January 19th, 2018 / 8:00 pm
Pete Christlieb & Linda Small
with the Ray Ohls Trio
Ray Ohls on piano Derick Polke on bass Tim Malland on drums
Brother Don’s
4200 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
Reservations: (360) 377.8442



The Kim Richmond/Kimberly Ford Band, featuring Will Brahm,
A Tribute to the Music of Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell
WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 8 PM, 2 sets
WHERE: Bar Fedora, 710 W. 1st Street, downtown Los Angeles
WHO: Kimberly Ford, vocals
Kim Richmond, saxophones/flute
Will Brahm, guitar
Daniel Szabo, piano
Jordan Richards, bass
James Yoshizawa, percussion
FOOD: Excellent cuisine

Hope you can make it.



M  A  H  M  A
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Wine and Cheese Gathering at 7:00 pm

L A U R A   H A M I L T O N, C O N C E R T M A S T E R
M E T R O P O L I T A N O P E R A  O R C H E S T R A

L A N N Y   P A Y K I N  – C E L L I S T

E L L E N   S O M M E R  – P I A N I S T

F E A T U R I N G   R E S I D E N T   A R T I S T S
M A R I A   N E W M A N,  v i o l i n i s t  &  c o m p o s e r
S C O T T   H O S F E L D,  v i o l i s t

P E R F O R M I N G   M U S I C   O F
A n t o n i n  D v o r a k,  M a u r i c e  R a v e l
and  M a r i a  N e w m a n

J a n u a r y   21,  2018
P  R  O  G  R  A  M

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
…Antonin Dvorak (1841- 1904)
For Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Violoncello

String Quartet No. 2 (“Lauds”)
…Maria Newman  (comp. 1999)
Commissioned by Pacific Serenades (Los Angeles)
And the Icicle Creek Music Center (Washington)

Sonata for Violin and Violoncello  (1920/21)
…Maurice Ravel  (1875 – 1937)

Selected performances featuring
MAHMA artists below:



21st Annual Season


Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor
Susan Greenberg, Flute
Kenton Youngstrom, Guitar
Delores Stevens, Piano

with commentary by Alan Chapman

Music by
Piazolla, Tarrega, Gershwin, Bellini, Copland,
Ahlert/Young and Mike Mower

Tuesday Jan. 23. 8 pm.

St Mathews Parish
1031 Bienveneda Ave.
Pacific Palisades

Ticket Price – $30



Pete Christlieb and Linda Small
The Tall and Small 11 Piece Band NW
Wednesday, January 24, 8:00 pm
featuring: Pete Christlieb saxophones and Linda Small trombone
saxophones: Tracy Knoop, Travis Ranney, Jeff Kashiwa, Bill Ramsay
trumpets: Morris Northcutt, Jared Hall
piano: Bill Anschell, bass: Nate Omdal drums: Tim Malland
Cover: at door: $12  Online: $10



DeLuna, Marder & Kronstadt
Upstairs at Vitello’s
Thursday, February 1 at 8 PM – 11 PM
4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, California 91604

Three Singers, Songwriters, and Arrangers perform
their Original Music. Jazz/Brazilian/Groove/Pop…
backed by an All-Star Band.


Rich Ruttenberg on piano,
Edwin Livingston on bass,
Joel Taylor on drums,
Brian Swartz on trumpet,
Bob Sheppard on sax,
Peter Kent and Rocio Marron on violin,
Rodney Wirtz on viola,
and Peggy Baldwin on cello.

Tickets: $20 for General Admission// $40 for VIP Seating

A minimum of two items ($20.00) is required per person
while occupying a table. If the minimum is not met the
difference will be charged. – Free dessert with your
purchase of a VIP ticket. $10




Brendan White- Piano & Jacqueline Suzuki- Violin at [email protected]
· Hosted by Maksim Velichkin and Jacqueline Suzuki

Wednesday, February 7 at 8 PM – 9:30 PM

MiMoDa Studio
5774 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90019




“Animatus Eventus”
Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
Music to entertain the young and the young
at heart, with a unique concert celebrating the
music of cartoons including “Alice’s Wonderland,”
“Felix goes to Hollywood,” and others, composed
by some of Hollywood’s top cartoon composers,
like Mark Watters and Charles Fernandez.

Plus: Animatus Eventus (Cartoon Suite), a three
movement symphonic work by Charles Fernandez
based on original material with nods to cartoons
from the last 80 years, including classic cartoon
footage shown on a large screen.
Email – [email protected]
Phone – 951-787-0251

Steve Piazza, Director
Subscription Concert 4 – Valentine Concert
Sunday February 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center
22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

Valentines Concert featuring music of some of
history’s greatest pairs of lovers including
Romeo and Juliet and Tristan and Isolde.


The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute

is now accepting applications for the one-year

Master of Music in Film Composition

One of the Top 4 Film Music Programs in the World!

Recently rated as the #4 school in the world for film scoring education by Music School Central.

“in just one year, the school places students into a pressure cooker of intense learning resulting in a professional demo reel that can be used to obtain future paid commercial opportunities.”

Learn from Industry Professionals

All PNWFS faculty are active professional film and game composers, orchestrators, copyists, and engineers, including the program’s creator and lead instructor Dr. Hummie Mann.  Hummie is the two-time Emmy Award winning film composer of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and featured in Variety Magazine’s article “Leaders in Learning”.

Our Program Features:
• 9 live recording sessions with professional musicians at Studio X, Seattle’s premiere, world-class studio.
• Opportunities to work with student directors to score actual films from film programs all over the world.
Training in all major software programs used in the industry.
A state-of-the-art workstation assigned to each student fully installed with the latest versions of all software, sample libraries and plug-ins needed to complete the program.

Accelerated and Affordable

We are a one-year Master of Music in Film Composition program which not only gives our graduates the opportunity to enter the industry and start their careers a year sooner than other programs but saves them an entire year of living expenses. In addition to our accelerated format we also offer the most affordable tuition out of competing programs. Our students have access to FAFSA financial assistance, loans, and scholarships as well.

History of Success

We are very proud to have a high success rate for our graduates who have gone on to work on television shows such as Castle, Empire, and Once Upon a Time; video games such as World of Warcraft, Spate, and Destiny; and films such as The Revenant, Trolls, The Dark Tower, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Apply now and you could be joining their ranks!

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2018 school year.
We offer rolling admissions – no deadline to apply.

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