Los Angeles, Monday, 25th November, 2002
Today I attended the Peter Matz Memorial Concert at UCLA.
The artists, orchestra and sound system were all first-class.
Having worked with Pete for a number of years during the seventies,
I did enjoy hearing his music played by a wonderful concert orchestra,
assembled by his contractor, Joe Soldo. Although it may be a thing of
the past, this type of vintage New York show music does have a timelessness
to it. The orchestra that performed that evening could not have been
outplayed anywhere at any time. It was a thrill to be in the audience.
The personnel was:
Saxophones: Gary Foster, Greg Huckins, Vince Trombetta, Gene
Cipriano, Lee Callet
Trumpets: Warren Leuning, Rick Baptist, Wayne Bergeron, Larry
Trombones: Chauncey Welsh, Bill Elton, Bob McChesney, George
French Horns: Brian O'Connor, Marty Rhees
Piano: Tom Ranier
Bass: Chuck Berghofer
Drums: Steve Houghton
Percussion: Bob Leatherbarrow
Guitar: Jim Fox
Violins: Assa Drori, Olivia Tsui, Liane Mautner, David Stenske,
North Wood, Irina Voloshina, Jennifer Walton, Kirstin Fife, Ron Folsom,
Hana Krejcova, Karen Jones
Violas: Ray Tischer, Harry Shirinian, Renita Koven
Celli; Armen Ksajikian, Stephanie Fife, John Krovoza
Harp: Julie Berghofer (from Manchester)
The Artists in order of appearance: Joel Grey, Melissa Manchester,
Burt Bacharach, Elaine Stritch, Michael Jeeter, Maureen McGovern, Gary
Foster, Sam Harris, Jason Alexander, David Hyde Peirce, Barbara Cook,
Carol Burnett and Pete's widow, Marilynn Lovell Matz.
Barbra Streisand did not appear.