Jack’s (very) BIG Music Benefit 11/24/13

Musical Benefit Concert 2013–¬†¬†¬†¬†Featured Artists


Local, professional world-class musicians as well as debuting, talented young artists¬†performed a variety of musical genres. ¬†Fine art exhibits including works from Zony Gordon, contemporary-impressionist artist, Don Trout, and the “Art for Jack” gallery collection of professional, student, and children’s¬†art; the Miss Santa Clarita¬†royal court¬†facilitated our intermission activities,¬†¬†and delicious refreshments from our favorite local vendors were available.

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Program, Part I (76 min)

E. Lalo     Symphonie Espanole,  Allegro non troppo     Sarah Yin, violin;  Akina Motoyama, piano

F. Veracini    Gigue from Sonata in d Minor, Vivace    Alvin Wang, violin;  Akina Motoyama, piano

F. Chopin     Ballade no. 1, op. 23 in g Minor     Akina Motoyama, piano

H. Wieniawski       Scherzo-Tarantelle, Presto       Matthew Yee, violin, Akina Motoyama, piano

J. Haydn      Duo for 2 violins, op. 9 no. 2, Allegro moderato    Peter and Donna Marsh, violins

J. Brahms     Sonata no. 1, G Major, Vivaci ma non troppo     Peter Marsh, violin;  Akina Motoyama, piano

(Alvin Wang, Sarah Yin, Akina Motoyama, Matthew Yee, featured Young Artists) approx. 46 minutes

Center Stage Opera  (approx. 20 min)

Shira Renee Thomas, soprano; Dylan F. Thomas, tenor;
Jerry Brown, pianist.

A Message from Jack’s Angels

INTERMISSION I (5:30pm-5:55pm)

Part II (6:00pm)

Kyle Reynolds, contemporary singer/songwriter, featured Young Artist

Dave Fraser, professional singer/songwriter

Jack’s Song


Part III (7:10 pm-8:00pm)

!!!   Trudeau L.A.   !!!



Peter Marsh recently retired as director of string chamber music at the Thornton School of Music, the University of Southern California. For 23 years (1957‚Äď81), he played first violin for the Lenox Quartet. Still active as a performer, in 2006 he toured Korea, Alaska (the Fairbanks Festival of the Arts), Brazil (XI International Cello Encounter) and France (Franco-Am√©ricaine Rencontre de Musique de la Chambre, at the Ch√Ęteau de la Bretesche in Missillac).

After his time with the Lenox Quartet, Marsh was the first violinist for the Philadelphia, Berkshire, Sequoia, Southwest and Pacific quartets, as well as the Palo Verde and Picasso trios. He is a frequent recitalist on both the violin and viola. As concertmaster, Marsh has played with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Colorado Festival Orchestra and the California Chamber Symphony. He has collaborated in concert with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Stanley Drucker and Eudice Shapiro.

He has had faculty appointments at Indiana University, Ithaca College and Western Washington University, as well as artist faculty positions at Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Spoleto, Fairbanks and other festivals. Additionally, Marsh has conducted the Western Washington University Symphony, has served on the music panels of NYSCA and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a founder of Chamber Music America.

photo0Donna Marsh has been teaching violin and viola privately for over 25 years, primarily to children. She has played in music festivals in Washington State, Alaska, and abroad in Spain and France.  She currently teaches a very full group of students at the Amac Violin Center in Arcadia, CA.

Peter and Donna Marsh, married in 1997, have enjoyed teaching and concertizing together as a “dynamic duet” ever since.

Akina Motoyama

Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Akina first started to play the piano at the age of 4 with her mother. Following studies with Yukiko Kawaguchi, she went on to study at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo with Makiko Yamasaki. She has worked with a number of esteemed teachers including Aldo Ciccolini, Daniel Shapiro, Etuko Tasaki, Haruko Ueda, John Perry, Klaus Hellwig, Kou Iwasaki, Nina Lelchuk, Peter Takacs, and Shigeo Neriki.

AkinaMs. Motoyama has won many prizes and fellowships in Japan and the United States. She has been invited to appear at numerous festivals, including: Montecito Summer Music Festival in USA, Nagasaki Music Festival in Japan, and the Musica Riva Festival in Italy. Most recently she was a guest artist at the Rencontres Franco-Américaines de Musique de Chambre festival in Missillac, France performing solo and chamber music. She was also invited to perform in China as a Music Ambassador from Sasebo, Japan.

Akina is also an experienced chamber musician in Japan with such distinguished artists as Heiichiro Oyama and Rintaro Kaneko, and in France and the United States with Peter Marsh, and the‚ÄúCAY Trio”, and¬†is currently continuing her studies under scholarship with Kevin Fitz-Gerald in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California‚Äôs Flora L. Thornton School of Music.

Center Stage Opera


Dylan Thomas, tenor


Shira Renee Thomas, soprano

Based in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, Center Stage Opera brings only the highest quality operatic productions to diverse audiences in the Valley and beyond. CSO offers unique outreach, educational and senior programs throughout Southern California, as well as professional development programs that enable singing actors, instrumentalists and technicians working in the operatic genre to gain valuable experience.¬† Our mission is to inspire and enrich the culture of Southern California and to showcase professional and emerging artists by bringing exhilarating operatic productions and passionate concert performances of high artistic standards, as well as creative educational and outreach programs to diverse audiences of all ages at affordable prices.¬† Please visit www.centerstageopera.org for more information.

Kyle Reynolds, featured Young Artist¬† (link to official video of ‘Summer Song’ from Kyle’s picture)

Kyle Reynolds

Kyle Reynolds

21 year old Orange county native, Kyle Reynolds began playing music his junior year of high school. It was his early struggles that fueled his search for fulfillment, leading him to music. Using youtube as his teacher, Reynolds set out to teach himself to play the piano. Since he began writing and playing music, he hasn‚Äôt stopped. Writing about anything that brings him inspiration from summer adventures, to love, loss, and everything in between, the songs are nothing short of relatable. Influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Parachute, and Ben Rector, Reynolds‚Äô has an alternative sound with his own flair of style that shines through, like the addition of the harmonica in ‚ÄúSummer Song‚ÄĚ. Reynolds spends his free time going to the beach, reading the bible, and if you‚Äôve ever checked out his Twitter feed, you would know that this guy loves to eat! His favorite food is pizza, which he says ‚Äúis worth it!‚ÄĚ despite his lactose intolerance. The latest single ‚ÄúSummer Song‚ÄĚ off his upcoming EP, Writing Letters, captures the very heart of every kid’s perfect summer break, making it a great summer anthem.


Dave Fraser

Dave Fraser

Dave Fraser is a professional musician (keyboards, harmonica, accordion), singer and songwriter with roots based in Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, and Country music. His performances are always energetic and heartfelt! He has a wealth of experience having played before a variety of audiences sharing the stage with such acts as The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Journey, Tower of Power and Johnny Rivers just to name a few. While working on his own original recording projects, he’s done extensive tracking for many other CD artists, who are spotlighted below. He is a native of California and calls Los Angeles his home. His soulful presentation always pleases crowds who hear him perform both internationally and throughout the US. He has wide acting experience having taken part many shows produced by the Disney Company.


Movie soundtrack for ‚ÄúBeverly Hills Cop 2‚ÄĚ, ¬†Sang, played piano, and acted in the Sacred Fools Theatre world premier production of ‚ÄúSaving It Up For Saturday Night‚ÄĚ, ¬†Disneyland Band leader at Tomorrowland Terrace and performer in a variety of stage shows, Original Bands, ‚ÄúThe Skins‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúFort Worth West‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúRoute 66‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúThe Mark Pocket Goldberg Band‚ÄĚ,

Played on the following albums:¬† Terry Evans ‚Äď Fire In The Feeling, Steve Samuels ‚Äď On The Corner Of Blues and Swing, Saturday Night Blues, Eddie Edwards – Dirt Angel, TJ Sullivan ‚Äď Mud Island Lullaby, Mark ‚ÄúPocket‚ÄĚ Goldberg ‚Äď Off the Alleyway, ¬†Off the Wire, Ernest Troost- Live at McCabes, Ron Armstrong ‚Äď Ready For Ya, Fort Worth West ‚Äď Fort Worth West, Route 66 Blues Band ‚Äď You Can‚Äôt Take It With You (Awarded European Country Music Awards, Group of the Year 1999)


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Paul Trudeau – Music and Creative Director

For over 13 years Paul has been placing his songs and music in some of today’s top television shows and films. The Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill, Felicity, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Jag, Providence, Angel and Third Watch are just a few examples of the television shows which gravitate towards his writing.

Additionally, Paul has toured with some of the best and brightest artists. Melissa Etheridge, Lifehouse, Mandy Moore, Don Felder, Katey Segal, Suzanne Hoffs, Jude Cole, and Meridith Brooks are a sampling of the many bands and artists that have invited Paul to join them. Paul has worked with many of todays top record producers as well. Chris Lord-Algee, Tony Visconte,David Darling and David Cole just to name a few.

Attending The New England Conservatory of Music at the age of 11, Paul brings his unique talents to Session Pros as well as years of experience in several aspects of our forever changing and evolving industry.

Shawn Fabian-Lead Guitarist and Vocals

Shawn was born in Michigan and raised in the Mountain Drive community of Santa Barbara in the sixties and seventies. This meant a bohemian upbringing with music at the center of his world and inspired him to start playing the guitar at age seven. He¬Ļs a versatile guitarist who has played professionally since 1979. His experience includes live performance, recording and songwriting.

He has been in a myriad of cover and original bands performing all styles including rock, blues, country, R&B, funk, and alternative rock. Shawn plays from his heart and soul ¬≠ it¬Ļs easy to be moved by his performances. He feels very fortunate to have played with the likes of Bo Diddley, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Cocker, Kenny Loggins, Freddy Cannon, Jimmy Messina, also to have opened for Michael McDonald, Tower of Power and the Average White Band.

Jimmy Hoff – Bass Guitar and Vocals

Bassist Jimmy Hoff plays both the porkchop and the doghouse (electric and upright basses). Growing up on the east coast his musical education was mostly self taught, with teachers Dennis Sandole (Philadelphia) and bassist Ron McLure (New York). Some of the artists he has worked with include: Neil Sedaka, George Benson, Donna Summer, Billy Eckstine, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, John “Bowser” Bauman (Sha Na Na), the Coasters, Del Shannon, the Marvelettes, the Shirelles, Lanie Kazan, just to name a few. His playing can also be heard on the award winning “Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the Life and Music of Ledgendary Bassist James Jamerson”.

Remo Packer – Drums, Percussion and Vocals

Remo hails from Buffalo, NY where he has studied and played drums since age 5. Over the course of the past 45 years he has played all over the US, Canada and various countries in Europe. He built a drum manufacturing company in Denver, CO and eventually moved it to Los Angeles, CA. While not designing and building drums, he has played with bands such as Altra, Frankie Vigilante Boogie Band, Alpha Wave, Razor Sharp, Byron’s Backbeat Groove Co, The Drunken Monkeys, City Fritter, Anomaly and currently Trudeau LA. Remo has recorded dozens of commercials and sessions at studios in NYC, Toronto, Buffalo, Denver, and Los Angeles.



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