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Program to feature acclaimed Trio Da Mare E Sole soloists cellist Ruslan Biryukov, clarinetist Dr. Julia Heinen, and pianist Dmitry Rachmanov.

The Glendale Philharmonic’s Positive Motions Concert Series will celebrate the opening of its fourth season on Sunday, October 6th, with the world premiere of Rescue – A True Story , (a musical narrative about a dog’s rescue) written by celebrity comedian Elayne Boosler and composed by award-winning composer Carol Worthey. The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, located at 209 N. Louise Street, Glendale, CA.

An original composition, the piece will be narrated by Boosler and performed by the esteemed Trio Da Mare E Sole, which includes clarinetist Dr. Julia Heinen, Russian cellist and founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra Ruslan Biryukov, and pianist Dmitry Rachmanov. A family oriented program, the Trio will also perform “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83” by Max Bruch, and Beethoven’s “Trio in B-flat Major, Op.11”.

Rescue – A True Story is the only musical piece ever composed for a narrator, clarinetist, a pianist and a cellist. Boosler has been involved in animal rescue and advocacy since 1996, and in 2001 founded her own animal rescue and advocacy non-profit organization, Tails of Joy (

“Music is a positive carrier of emotion. ‘Rescue—A True Story’ takes the listener to a place where heart and humor meet. With each note I imagined, I felt as though I was looking into the eyes of my own rescue dogs, (Sophie and Winston) who found their forever home with me. Knowing I had three world class performers whose artistry would express every nuance in the score, I wanted to provide just the right touches of fire and delicacy.  I have no doubt you will leave the theater with a full heart,” stated composer Carol Worthey.

A comedian, writer, and animal activist, Boosler is best known for her feisty political humor, her love of baseball and animals, all of which are a big part of her act. Over the years, Boosler has been a TV regular, starred in five of her own one-hour Showtime comedy specials, written, directed and starred in two movies for Cinemax. She has done standup from Las Vegas to the London Palladium, to the White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner and performed for the Queen of England. For more information go to

 “I feel nothing lends itself to music better than the top notes of comedy, tempered by the depth of emotion we and animals experience every day in the world of rescue.  Rescuers speak for those who cannot. We are their voices. To be lucky enough to also have their voices be soulful instruments played by some of the world’s best musicians, opens the eyes and hearts of all who hear it,” explains Boosler.

As a soloist, Dr. Heinen has performed hundreds of recitals throughout the United States and is often heard as a chamber musician with the noted Trio Chiaroscuro and the Oneota Chamber Players. An accomplished ensemble musician, she has served as Principal Clarinetist with numerous symphony orchestras and also serves as a professor of music at California State University, Northridge, teaching clarinet and chamber music.

Known to worldwide audiences for his superb artistry, passion, and individuality, Biryukov has performed throughout the world with such renowned artists as violinist Midori at Disney Hall, and cellist Kirill Rodin at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. Biryukov was the only Russian cellist invited to solo with the orchestra at the inaugural season of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and is the only cellist to perform solo recitals for 10 consecutive years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Sundays Live Concert Series.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Dmitry Rachmanov is a Professor of Piano at California State University, Northridge, where he also serves as the Chair of Keyboard Studies. An established musician, Rachmanov has appeared as a guest artist at many top universities throughout the country and has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Beijing’s Concert Hall, among others.

Tickets to the concert are $15 (balcony), $20 (mezzanine), $25 (orchestra), $50 (VIP seating) and $100 (Conductor’s Circle).  For tickets, and more information about student and group discounts for five or more, please call 323-663-3601.  Tickets can also be purchased online at 

Free Parking will be available on a first come-first served basis on the Maryland Street parking lot adjacent to the church, located between Wilson Street and California Street, directly behind the Alex Theatre.
Known for its architecture, perfect acoustics and beautiful sanctuary, The First Baptist Church of Glendale was originally built in 1924. It is considered a historical landmark in the area and has been beautifully restored.

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