Sitterly Memorial Quartet
July 14, 2021
James Sitterly (1950-2021): Sadly, great friend to, and musical director for Malaga Cove Concerts, passed away in January of this year. Loved by everyone who knew him, he will be sorely missed by everyone who’s lives he touched. And that includes millions who he reached through his music. Jim taught Music Appreciation and Music Fundamentals at Harbor College. He attended the Curtis Institute following his graduation from Palos Verdes High School. His liberal arts study continued at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor in Music degree. He earned his Master of Fine Arts at Cal Arts and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. Dr. Sitterly had many private violin students in Palos Verdes. As a professional violinist, Dr. Sitterly was the concertmaster of the ALIAS and LOST TV studio orchestra.
As a concert violin soloist, Sitterly performed his compositions, orchestrations and arrangements with orchestras on PBS and throughout the world on numerous tours with THE WHO, DON HENLY, JOHN TESH and MASON WILLIAMS. His influence and accomplishments extend far beyond those listed here. Many thanks to Jim for all his years of support of Malaga Cove Concerts. We love and miss you.
Sitterly Memorial Quartet
Bobby Shulgold has been the principal flutist and soloist for most of the regional orchestra in LA, including the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and the South Central Chamber Orchestra. He is solo flutist, piccolo and Alto flutist in the Hollywood Studio Orchestra and is the featured flutist in award winning film scores, including UP and RATATUILLE.
In addition to his stellar flute playing Mr. Shulgold is also a magician and can be seen at the Magic Castle performing his acts of magic.
Joe Stone is principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Burbank Philharmonic, and the Long Beach Municipal Band, associate principal oboe in the Desert Symphony, and a long time member of the Long Beach Symphony. Joe played the English horn solos on major motion pictures “Up”, “Star Trek (2009)”, and “John Carter” but has also played saxes, clarinet, and flutes in those and many other movies in his studio musician career. Joe plays for local Broadway show productions, jingles, video games, and has even played recorder twice with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a Professor of Oboe, Joe teaches at CSU Long Beach and teaches clarinet, oboe and saxophone at Whittier College.
Kevan Torfeh was principal cellist and soloist with the California Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Henri Temianka. Kevan has been heard on numerous TV shows and movies; most recently he performed on DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES along with Sitterly and Shulgold. Mr. Torfeh is an active teacher and has many students in Palos Verdes.
Sam Sorensen Pianist Sam Sorensen, has composed for Films, TV, Cruise Lines, theme parks, industrials, and commercials. His original music and arrangements have been performed by the Peninsula Symphony, the Orchestra Kentucky, and featured in the 2015 PBS special “Broadway To Hollywood”. His piano arrangements were the main featured music, in performances by pianist Richard Glazier, for this Springs Turner Classic Movies TV Special “Broadway to Hollywood”.
Listen to samples of his music at samsorensen.com