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DO.GMA Chamber Orchestra : 'American Stringbook'



Playing 'Barber: Adagio for Strings' & 'Diamond Rounds for String Orchestra'

Host: Doug Ordunio Bio

Doug Orduniowas born in Glendale, California in 1950. A student at Glendale College and Cal State Northridge, he majored in musical composition and voice. From 1973-1986 he was the FM Programmer of what was the only commercial classical music station in Los Angeles, KFAC AM-FM. For the last eight years he was a member of the station's prestigious announcing staff. During that time, he produced and hosted some of the most unique programs in the history of the station, including? the unusual combination of popular, jazz, classical music and poetry (read by Carl Princi) Global Village, He also hosted the showsAt Home With, KFAC Musical Theatre, Crossroads of Music, and the talk show KFAC Artsline. He also created and produced a monumental series of five four-hour programs known as The Circular Path. These shows concerned the entire history of classical music from the sound of a mother's aortic pulse recorded within the uterus through the contemporary classical music of the time (1982).

He worked as a professional singer in many churches around Southern California for twenty years. In addition, he performed with the Duke Ellington Band? (when Duke was still living), the NY City Opera, and the Greek Theater Opera.

He was also a program annotator who wrote over 300 articles about classical music.? His employers in this regard included UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, Ojai Music Festival, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Ambassador Foundation.

His voice has been heard on numerous audiobooks. From 1989-2005, he worked for AEI and DMX Inflight, creating thousands of musical and talk programs for the world's commercial airlines.

In 1989, he became the producer of the popular syndicated radio program, The Romantic Hours, hosted by concert pianist Mona Golabek.? The show, heard over many stations around the US is a wedding between classical music and romantic love letters/poetry. In 2012, the show still continues

Although he began to write poetry in 1981, since 2005, he has devoted himself exclusively to writing. His poetry books, Murmurationis (2008) and Tangled Web (2009) are available at, as well as his saga of four hoboes, RAILS (2009). Crossings was published in 2011.

Liquid Realty, concerning non-linear and multiple narrative films was published in early 2012.? Camera Oscura, concerning 150-200 films that you (probably missed) but should see for their unusual takes on life and existence will be published in 2013.

Last but not least, he designed the website for New Millennium Records, for which he invented The Classroom-an online location where young people can learn the basic rudiments of music in over 100 rooms of images, audio, and text.

Host: Mona Golabek Bio

Acclaimed Grammy nominated pianist MONA GOLABEK has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Philharmonica (London), the National Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic including performances at the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and London's Festival Hall, with conductors Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. The New York Times has written "superior music making" while The Boston Globe and The London Times have called her "enormously talented...a knockout pianist."

Ms. Golabek has been the subject of various PBS television specials, including More than the Music, a concert videotaped at a women's prison and Concerto for Mona, featuring the pianist and Zubin Mehta in the world premiere of William Kraft's Piano Concerto and is the host and creator of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Romantic Hours. "A different breed of radio" writes the Pittsburgh Post. "The Voice of Romance" says the Los Angeles Times. The show is heard on more than 125 stations and on XM Satellite Radio.

A prolific recording artist and producer, the Grammy nominated pianist has recorded the best selling album, Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," with her sister Renee Golabek-Kaye and the voices of Audrey Hepburn, Ted Danson, Lily Tomlin and Dudley Moore. She recently released the critically acclaimed recording Babar the Elephant and Mother Goose Suite with the New Zealand Symphony and narration by Meryl Streep. Mona Golabek was taught by her mother, Lisa Jura Golabek, a graduate of the London Royal Academy of Music. her father, Michel Golabek, received the Croix de Guerre during the French resistance. Their life story will be the subject of an upcoming biography, The Children of Willesden Lane, to be published in the May 2002 by Warner Books.

Some of Mona's favorite books or authors are the poets Beaudelaire, Yeats, Rimbaud. My favorite authors are Victor Hugo, Dostoyevsky, Bronte, and Hermann Hesse. As you can see, I am a hopeless romantic and sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong time. I am particularly in love with the biography of George Sand by Curtis Cate and any book on the composer Chopin. I wept when I read Les Miserables by Hugo. I read the book at the age of was given to me by my first boyfriend who was the class genius and nerd. He told me it would enter my heart and he was right.