La Cañada High School senior Finn Sagal is starting to get used to the sound of it: 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador.
His new title certainly has a ring to it.
“This is such an amazing opportunity,” said Sagal, who was named the top singer at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy this summer at the Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana.
This week, he signed a contract for three high-profile performances with Michael Feinstein, the Songbook Foundation founder, in addition to a date singing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game — all part of his duties as ambassador. There also will be a handful of other yet-to-be-determined events around the nation, perhaps including stops at important venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Continue reading “LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook”
With great risk comes the potential for great reward, especially in the sport of motorcycle racing, where racers push machines to their limits simply to cross the line first. Although the reward is somewhat fleeting, to those who truly understand it, the taste of victory is a feeling unlike any other.
Tanner Giao understands it.
Giao, a 2010 La Cañada High School graduate, developed his skills in the mountains above Los Angeles. He began riding dirt bikes at a young age before making the switch to street riding in 2012.
“Growing up, I was never stellar at anything,” Giao said. “When the motorcycle came into my life, I had no idea what it was going to turn into. I don’t know if it was natural ability or that I learned quickly, but for the first time, I knew what it’s like to be truly good at something.” Continue reading “LCHS Grad Sets Sights on Pro-Motorcycle Racing”
Years ago, Zhen-Gang Wang was at the piano, practicing, while his then-5-year-old twins played together on the ground nearby, seemingly engrossed in their own activities.
But then one of them spoke up.
“Dad,” Wang’s daughter, Sydney, said, “You’re playing the wrong key.”
After a moment’s reflection, the Caltech chemical engineering professor agreed: “Oh, darn! I am.”
So goes the story, one of many chronicling the La Cañada High School freshman’s natural musical aptitude, a gift that’s already opening doors and garnering international acclaim.
At 2 years old, Wang could play a simple song on a piano, her mom, Xia Qiu, said. By 6, Sydney could hear a pop song once and sing it back, hitting each note perfectly. Professor Ian Krouse of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music took her on as a private student at 11, agreeing to meet with her a couple of times per month to help cultivate her budding composing skills.
And earlier this year, Wang, now 14, was invited to New York City to receive the 65th annual BMI Student Composer Award for her ambitious four-movement symphonic work, “Tales from the Sea.” Continue reading “Local Freshman Composer Shines With Musical Spirit”
State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently personally delivered to Gov. Jerry Brown thousands of signatures on the “No 710 Tunnel” petition, rolling out a lengthy scroll of signatures that activists opposed to the freeway tunnel collected for several years, the 25th district senator’s office said in a statement.
“I was extremely honored that the No 710 Action Committee would ask me to deliver our petitions to the governor and that Gov. Brown would so graciously receive them from me. In addition to presenting the petition signatures, we had a chance to discuss Metro’s recent unanimous action to terminate the tunnel project,” Portantino said. Continue reading “Portantino Meets Gov. Brown to Discuss 710 Tunnel Demise”
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will be among the headliners at the 23rd Global Leadership Summit, presented by Willow Creek Association, on Aug. 10-11. The event will feature insight from individuals who will challenge leaders to maximize their influence. The two-day event will be simulcast live by satellite in HD to 600 sites in North America, including La Cañada Presbyterian Church (626 Foothill Blvd., LCF).
Sandberg, who is widely regarded as a key to Facebook’s meteoric success, and television host Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will be among this year’s featured speakers. They are among those who will offer unique perspectives, enabling participants to challenge their learning. Continue reading “Global Leadership Summit Comes to LCF Aug. 10-11”
As Sagebrush residents wait to learn whether their neighborhood will, at long last, be redistricted from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified, 59 additional students from the 385-acre westernmost slice of La Cañada Flintridge are expected to enroll in LCUSD on permits in the coming school year.
This year’s anticipated influx would bring the total of Sagebrush students attending LCUSD schools to 159, according to Superintendent Wendy Sinnette. Continue reading “Decision Pending, LCUSD’s Sagebrush Enrollment Grows”
Greg Brown kept things simple after he was formally sworn in as a La Cañada Flintridge City Councilman this week.
“I really look forward to working with you and to keeping things going,” Brown said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Given this was his third time being sworn in as a councilman, Brown was certainly in familiar territory. He fills the seat that was occupied by Dave Spence, who died on May 16, just two months after beginning his seventh term on the City Council. Brown will serve a two-year term, through March 5, 2019. Continue reading “Brown Gets Back to Business as Member of City Council”