The Beyond Wonderland concert attracted about 40,000 fans over two days, Mountain View Police Lieutenant Chris Hsiung said. Most of those arrested were charged with furnishing or using illegal drugs such as Ecstasy, LSD and the depressant GHB; police also arrested some people for drunkenness and others wanted on outstanding warrants, Hsiung said. The goal was to interdict as many drugs as possible to keep the concert safer, he said. “We’re just happy and thankful that it’s continued to be a safe operation,” he said. On Saturday, “we make it through without any major medical issues.” The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department transported those arrested to Santa Clara County Jail. Officers from Sunnyvale and Palo Alto assisted Mountain View Police at the concert, which was limited to those 18 and over. Two hours before the concert’s 11 p.m. scheduled end, police had made 55 arrests on Sunday, but the number was steadily growing, Hsiung said. Three years ago, two people died of drug overdoses at a Memorial Day rave at the Cow Palace. Several months later, more than a dozen people attending a rave there fell ill because of suspected drug and alcohol use and were sent to hospitals. Several years ago, two people died of overdoses in connection with a similar music party at the Cow Palace. Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/NoguchiOnK12 .
Ben Speaks concert in Medway to honor suicide victims, bring community together
Five months after her sons April 2009 death, Giovangelo started a nonprofit organization called “Ben Speaks Louder Than Words,” which focuses on preventing teen suicide and providing methods to help teens cope with their problems. Each year since, Ben Speaks organizes an event – A Concert to Remember, which Giovangelo calls a “healing concert for families, using the very powerful medium of music.” The concert was first held at the New England Chapel in Franklin, and at the New England Baptist Church in Newton the previous two years. This Saturday the event will be held at the place where Giovangelo, now the executive director of Ben Speaks, said her son was a target of bullying Medway High School. “As a mother, you can imagine I had to go through my own process and kind of pulled out of Medway,” Giovangelo said. Although Ben Speaks has grown “exponentially,” in four years, Giovangelo said the organization is “very homegrown.” The youth board advisors, she said, meet every other week at Medway Public Library. But holding an event in the same building and town where her son was bullied until he took his own life, she said, will be very different. “Its going to be very healing for my family and me,” she said. In Needham, Giovangelo said a suicide coalition was created after the town experienced four teenage suicides over an 18-month period from 2005 to 2006. But she said Medway did little to address the four teenage suicides in Medway since 2009. “When my son died, it was horrific the way it was handled,” she said, adding that the issue was “swept right under the rug” after some time. In todays fast-moving culture, Giovangelo said people are expected to move on quickly, but when a child dies because of “systematic issues in culture,” it becomes difficult. “Teen suicide and bullying are up front and in our faces today,” she added. She said she hopes the concert on Saturday will help her and other families who have lost someone to suicide cope with their losses – and be a “celebration of life.” In order to stop bullying, Giovangelo said, “We need to shift to collaboration, contribution and recognizing that the weakest link is the greatest strength,” she said. A Concert to Remember will be held at Medway High School at 7 p.m.
Clarksville Community Concert Association kicked off 2013-14 Community Concert Series with a performance by the Toomai Quintet
The program was entitled songs without words and featured a selection of choral music played with their five instruments performing the role of the voices. It was sublime. These five performers were able to draw the emotional complexity from the music with apparently effortless ease. The Toomai Qunitet at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall The quintet is comprised of violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron and Pala Garcia, violist Erin Wright, and double bassist Andrew Roitstein. Austin Peay State Universitys own Assistant Professor of Music Eli Lara joined the group for the evening as guest cellist. Composers featured included Henry Cowell, J. S. Bach, Josef Suk, and Luigi Boccherini. They were Brilliant! Amazing! Virtuosic! and I especially liked the Ponce, said Christopher Groves a guitar Major at Austin Peay State University. Josh C. a freshman at Collierville High School was more succinct in his appraisal as he exclaimed, It was awesome! Pastor Angela Roberts Jones from the Green Hill Church wasnt feeling well, and thought she be forced to leave before the end of the concert, but the music held her until the end. and thoroughly enjoyed it. CCCA President Gail Oturu talks ot the audience about the current season Even though this was the season opener the second concert of the year in what is an ambitious season with four world-class classical musical performances remaining.
Walt Disney Concert Hall Turns 10
And that it had no architectural relationship to its Music Center neighbor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, built in 1964 as a tribute to Greek style, mattered not. (The other theaters making up the Center are the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theater.) What Gehry had wrought was something altogether different. Frank Gehry wanted Disney Hall to be a “living room for Los Angeles,” at the same time envisioning his architecture as frozen music. With Yasuhisa Toyota as acoustician, the Hall would not only live up to everyone’s dreams — it would surpass them. Gil Garcetti, who served as Los Angeles County’s 40th District Attorney for two terms, from 1992 until 2000, remembers being thrilled at the possibilities of the Gehry-designed building. He also had no idea that it would spark a second career — professional photographer — with the edifice a launching pad for two books, “Iron, Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall” (2002) and “Frozen Music” (2003). Recalls Garcetti: “It was June, 2001, and I was driving by the Hall. I see an ironworker on all fours and I stopped to take some photos. I came back the next day and took more. I wanted to get on the site and wondered how to do this.” Garcetti says he called Mortenson Construction, who told him to, “go fly a kite” — that they would only let the L.A. Times take photos. “I really wanted to take pictures of the raw steel and the ironworkers,” adds Garcetti, “so I called the union, and the first thing they said was, ‘We’ll send you $1,000 bucks.’ They thought I was running for office. When I told them what I wanted they said they would give me access and I would give them photographs.” Garcetti hadn’t planned on doing a book, but the 72-year old erstwhile politician explains that one of the workers told him he needed to. “I asked, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘This is going to be an iconic building, but everyone would be thanking Frank Gehry and nobody would be thanking us.’ He was right.