We are thrilled to announce that as of this morning, Valentine's Day 2018, the $11,000 matching campaign is a success. In just two weeks all of you helped us to achieve this goal. It is with huge appreciation that we thank you for the support! The new Golden Circle e-newsletters and password for the members only page will be sent out soon.
We are thrilled to announce that we are only $490 away from reaching our $11,000 match for the month of February. Help us make the goal, and get closer to our $100,000 season goal. Visit www.gspo.com to donate online, and to see updates on our donation goals. You can also donate by sending a check made out to GSPO to 383 W 6th St #4, San Pedro, CA 90731.
Click here to be sent directly to the donation page.
MESSAGE FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2018
GSPO announces the Winter donor matching campaign. Throughout the month of February, every dollar you donate up to $11,000 will be matched. Now is a great time to double the impact of your donation.
For an orchestra like GSPO, we are celebrating current musical masterpieces from your favorite films, video games and more. We are not only providing entertainment but were are supporting artists, musicians, and composers that are shaping our era of music. GSPO reminds artists and musicians that simply loving music isn't enough to thrive in today's society. You need to give support as much as you receive it.
A typical performance for the Golden State Pops Orchestra exceeds $50,000 in expenses. Ticket sales average $18,000 per concert, which is only 36% of the budget. Once you start adding up the expenses like musician pay, rights to music, production and rehearsal costs etc, you are in a deep valley of debt. That is why we rely on support from donors to make up the gap. It takes a village to be successful and we are happy to expand the GSPO family by having people donate and become a member of the Golden Circle.
Donate today and be a part of connecting communities through wonderful music.
20% Discount on tickets to the December 1st Film Music concert at Royce Hall. "The Magnificent Movie Poster World of Drew Struzan Live in Concert" with the Golden State Pops Orchestra & GSPO Chorale, led by Resident Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba.
USE CODE: 20struzan
(Use the code in the Offer Code area at the top of the page next to the price range,
where you select your seats at Ticketmaster)
Featuring music from:
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Shawshank Redemption, Beauty and the Beast, Police Academy, Cutthroat Island, Hellboy, Blade Runner and E .T.
We are happy to offer $25 tickets, to UCLA students, for "The Magnificent Movie Poster World of Drew Struzan LIVE IN CONCERT" at Royce Hall. The tickets must be purchased in person at the on-campus ticketing office. There is a limited quantity available. Concert information here.
Composer Brian Tyler (The Fast and the Furious, The Mummy, Avengers: Age of Ultron) has come on board to guest conduct a special string piece by Georges Delerue for "The Magnificent Movie Poster World of Drew Struzan LIVE IN CONCERT," on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Royce Hall. Don't miss this epic concert experience! Click for more information and tickets!
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, October 31st, at noon. Check back to gspo.com to buy your tickets.
If you love GSPO'S work of connecting communities through music and provided media music a second life on the concert stage, tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community. GreatNonprofits – the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback – is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2017 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Click here or the image below to get started!
GSPO is planning great concert experiences this season that reach across the L.A. region, connecting communities through music. All of this will only be possible through the support of our donors. We hope you will consider becoming a part of the Golden Circle, to make these premiere shows accessible to students and families in the greater Los Angeles area? Donations are critical at this point, as we embark on a new season, to continue providing world class entertainment.
** For one week only we are running a competition. Every person who donates $100 or more through 11:59pm on Monday, October 23 will be entered into a drawing where one lucky person will win 4 tickets, with the VIP experience, to the December 1st concert at Royce Hall. A prize worth more than $400. Don't miss this exciting opportunity your support can create for you. One entry per person (multiple donations combine to count as one donation during the competition time period).
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Shawshank Redemption, Hellboy, Cutthroat Island,
Police Academy, Beauty and the Beast, Rainbow Connection and more...
With Special Guests:
Director Frank Darabont, Composers Thomas Newman, Marco Beltrami, John Debney,
Michael Kosarin and Flautist Sara Andon
We are bringing together an amazing group of film directors and composers to pay tribute to Drew Stuzan and his remarkable body of work. Newly created "visual suites," beautifully displaying Drew's various sketches, alternate drawings and final paintings, will be shown on screen above the orchestra as an epic program of classic film music is performed.
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have relied on Drew, time and time again. When we think of Back to the Future we immediately think of Drew's painting of Marty McFly standing beside the DeLorean, looking at his watch. All of your favorite film characters from Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter to Kermit the Frog, Fieval and Hellboy, have been drawn by Drew.
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8pm
Tickets go on sale soon...but donate today for a chance to win 4 free tickets with the VIP Experience.
We are thrilled to welcome Home Advisor to the GSPO family and greatly appreciate their support. Visit Home Advisor's website to learn more about how they can help you find trusted home improvement pros in the San Pedro area.
5/22/2017 by Da'Shan Smith
After wowing audiences with her Billboard Music Awards performance of "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion discussed the moment and the significance of the iconic record 20 years after its release with Billboard backstage.
When asked why she thought the signature song from Titanic was an instant classic, she said "I think it's because it was not supposed to be a part of the movie, period." She agreed with the film's director, James Cameron, on the project not needing any songs, but she still recorded a demo unbeknownst to him. After he heard the recording, Cameron decided to keep it at the end.
"Being a part of a classic is a very big, big honor," continued Dion. Despite an apparent exhaustion that might come from performing the song for 20 years, the Canadian powerhouse singer reveled in the fact that varying audience members -- even those not born at the time of "Heart Will Go On" initial release -- "were all singing with" her.
Dion described the experience as "emotional," telling Billboard that she had to "hold [her] tears" during the performance. At the end, the former BBMA Icon recipient said she'll "never forget" what took place on the stage.
November of 2016 marked the release of 'BREAKING THROUGH', the debut album by composer, film & TV musician and Golden State Pops Orchestra's Concertmaster, Paul Henning. The album features piano solos performed by Paul along with a full 48-piece orchestra. The result is a sweeping musical vista blending joyous optimism with a nostalgic, Americana voice.
The music of the album was inspired by the scenic beauty Paul experienced traveling up and down the West Coast, coupled with his love of American history and the vast expanses of the West.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, Paul has enjoyed a versatile music career in both film and live performance. He has worked on the score orchestrations for over 50 feature films, including 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and ‘Chocolat'. In addition to his film writing, Paul also works on orchestral arrangements that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and London Symphony.
Paul helped create concert suites from the film scores for 'Spider-man', 'The Passion of the Christ', and 'Peter Pan', as well as multiple works from the catalogs of Golden Age film composers Dimitri Tiomkin and Elmer Bernstein. He has also completed band arrangements for Television shows including 'American Idol’, 'The Singing Bee’, and 'Sunday's Best’.
An accomplished pianist and violinist, Paul has performed with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on the soundtracks to ‘Frozen', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'The Maze Runner', 'Furious 7', ‘Moana', ‘Storks', 'Monsters University' and 'Alice in Wonderland', among many others. He has also played violin for artists including Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Paul has served as Concertmaster for the Golden State Pops Orchestra since 2004.
Paul grew up on his family's 125-year old wheat farm near Pullman, Washington, and went on to study music at the University of Southern California and Washington State University.
Despite his years of experience working in Hollywood studios and on the concert stage, Paul's most exciting endeavor to date remains the release of 'BREAKING THROUGH’.
Paul’s album ‘BREAKING THROUGH’ is available through iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. For more information about Paul, visit www.PaulHenning.com, Facebook.com/PaulHenningMusic, Twitter.com/Paul_Henning_, or Instagram.com/Paul_Henning_.
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