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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Awards Nearly $554,000 to Musical Arts Organizations through Southern California

PASADENA, Calif. March Madness generally refers to season-ending basketball tournaments. But increasingly it’s also a term used by members of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

(PSHA) to describe how the committee is now in the final stretch of readying its 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design – one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation – to open to the public from Sunday, April 18 to Sunday, May 16.  Yet, at the same time, one of PSHA’s most important tasks is already completed.

“We’re so pleased to announce that, this year, we’ll be awarding nearly $554,000 to 42 musical arts organizations in our community,” says Delise Menik, PSHA President.

Grant recipients for 2010 are: A Place Called Home (Music Education Program); Blair IB Magnet School, Pasadena (“Ovations” Spring Musical); Braille Institute (Johnny Mercer Children’s Choir); Bret Harte Elementary School, Burbank (K-1 Music Instruction); Childrens Hospital (Community Performance Series); Classical KUSC Radio (LA Phil On-Air Broadcast series); The Colburn School (Concert Series); The Coleman Chamber Music Association (Sundays with Coleman Concert Series); C.O.O.L.-Thomas Edison Elementary school Booster Club, Burbank (Orchestral Music Instruction); Crowell Public Library, San Marino (Literacy Through Music); Field Elementary School, Pasasdena (“Putting Jazz to Work”); Five Acres (Music Therapy Program); Foothill Summer Theatre (Summer Production); Friends of Music, Pasadena Presbyterian (“Music at Noon”); Glendale Youth Orchestra (Concerts at Alex Theatre); Harmony Project (Summer Music Festival); Huntington Middle School, San Marino (Winter Choral Concert); Intimate Opera Company (In School Productions); John Burroughs HS, Burbank (Chamber Music Ensembles); John Muir High School (Spring Musical); La Canada Educational Foundation (“Recorder Karate”); La Canada High School Choral Parents (Men’s Ensemble Uniforms); Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (need-based tuition scholarships); Los Angeles High School for the Arts (Strings Chamber Music Instruction); LACMA Museum Associates (“Sundays Live” Concerts); Los Angeles Opera Company (Opera Education Pathways); Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (School Partners Program);  Monte Vista Elementary School, La Crescenta (K-3 Music Instruction); MUSIC Foundation (K-5 Music Instruction); Pasadena Conservatory of Music (Outreach Music Program in the Pasadena Unified School District); Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club (Performing Arts Program); Pasadena Master Chorale (Concert); Pasadena Opera Guild (Youth Education Program); Pasadena Senior Center (Concerts in the Park Series); Pasadena Symphony Association (TEMPO! Educational Program); Renaissance Arts Academy (Summer String Orchestra); Saturday Conservatory of Music (Percussion Replacement); Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (Music Workshops for Youth); Shumei Arts Council (Concert Series for PUSD); Theatre 360 (Summer Musical Performances); Verdugo Young Musicians Association (Youth Orchestra); Washington Middle School, Pasadena (Spring Musical).

“This year, 66 organizations applied to us, and we wished we could help every one of them,” says Phyllis Wilburn, chairman of the Gifts and Grants committee.  “All are so worthy and doing such amazing work.”

Joining Wilburn on the Gifts and Grants committee are PSHA members Joy Sullivan, Marti Farley, Susie Caron, Kathy Feely, Erin Dundee, Liz Giordano, Cynthia Legato, Lisa Lipman, Lynn Mehl, Kait Sullivan and Delise Menik.

Awardees will be honored at PSHA’s annual Gifts and Grants reception, which will take place at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. This year’s House is the historic Cravens Estate in Pasadena. Over 30 designers have taken on the challenge of revitalizing the property – a designated landmark currently serving as the home of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross – while working with a team of experts in historical architecture and preservation to respect its past.

“If you haven’t picked a day yet to visit Showcase, Wednesday, April 21 may be the day you’ll want to join us,” says Wilburn. “Hearing the important role that the grants will play in the organizations we’re helping makes your visit to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design even more meaningful.”

“If it weren’t for our visitors and patrons,” adds Beverly Marksbury, Benefit Chairman, “there would be no money to give away. We can’t thank the community enough for its support.”

Tickets for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design – which will take place Tuesday through Sunday, April 18 through May 16 – are available online, by visiting www.pasadenashowcase.org, or by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (714) 442-3872. Prime time tickets for all day Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, may be purchased for $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  Weekday matinee tickets (Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to closing) are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Complimentary parking and shuttle service will be available as well at the Pasadena Rose Bowl – Lot I, located at 360 North Arroyo Blvd in Pasadena. On April 18, April 24 and May 15, however, visitors should park at Parsons Corporation, located at 100 West Walnut in Pasadena, entering from Walnut. Tickets are not necessary to visit The Shops at Showcase or the restaurant/bar.


An all-volunteer organization, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  Founded in 1948 and formerly known as The Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee, the organization adopted the Pasadena Showcase House of Design as its annual benefit in 1965. Since then, it has become one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.

The women of PSHA are united by their belief in the power and beauty of music.  Together, they work to provide funding for programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, utilize music as a means to heal and enhance health, encourage the use of music in the classroom to promote learning and ensure that music is available to as broad an audience as possible, from toddlers to senior citizens.


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