125th Anniversary of St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009

     Sunday, January 25, 2009 – Annual Meeting and kickoff

     Saturday, February 7, 2009 – A Pilgrimage to the historic       sites of St. Peter’s


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Sunday, March 15, 2009 @ 4 p.m. – Anniversary Concert featuring Odyssey Tango.  Reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Odyssey Tango plays an exciting blend of vintage and contemporary Argentinean tangos and light jazz. Violinist Alan Busteed leads a top lineup with renowned pianist Mark Gasbarro and virtuoso bassist Oskar Cartaya for the March 15th concert. The authentic Puerto Rican salsa roots of Oskar and the chameleon-like musical faces of pianist Mark – who has played for Star Trek and Mission Impossible movies — are given free range on this exciting program. With special guest singer and guitarist Quetzal Guerrero.

Violinist Alan Busteed served for seven years as professor of chamber music at the Academia Nacional de Orquestra in Lisbon, Portugal, and has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe. He has played in first violin sections of the San Diego, Fort Worth and Florida Symphony Orchestras and has coached with Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov  and Henryk Szeryng. Alan performs with the Southern California based Hutchins Consort of specialized stringed instruments and has served as a guest principal violist for the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He studied jazz with Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef, and Don Cherry and at UMASS Amherst. He has been a solo violinist with salsa’s Fania All Stars and played with the Latino music group Charangoa in Los Angeles. A concertmaster for film scoring in Los Angeles, Alan is also plays the violin for the Trio del Mar, a classical piano trio with Ruslan Biryukov and Mary Au. After undergraduate study in New York City, he has worked closely with the acclaimed Ensemble Sepia chamber music group and was a founding member of the Orion Piano Trio.

Pianist Mark Gasbarro has been a featured pianist and composer for television, film, and has been commissioned to write large works for chorus and orchestra at Azusa-Pacific University. He will soon be heard as the pianist for the score of the upcoming Star Trek movie and the Pixar animated feature Up!. As an orchestrator, he has worked for Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, CBS-TV, ABC/Disney, Paramount and MGM. Among his long list of credits as a contributor for television scoring are the series Lost, Mysteries of the Bible, In Search of History, and Tom Sawyer, and Anne Frank. He has conducted and arranged for chorus and orchestra at The Church on the Way and his many contributions to contemporary Christian music production have brought national attention to his extraordinary musicianship and project leadership. Mark can be heard in avant- guarde improvisatory music with the group Chaos Theory in Los Angeles. He is renowned for his effortless, crystal clear and dramatic piano performance in just about any style.

Bassist Oskar Cartaya has been a bandleader, composer, arranger and electric and upright double bassist in an impressive array of musical settings. He has lived and worked in his native Puerto Rico, had the jazz and salsa musician’s obligatory stay in New York City and is now based in Los Angeles enjoying a multidimensional career. Oskar’s acclaimed solo release on OYE Records, entitled My Friends, My Time, demonstrates a life well lived in music, presenting a joyous kaleidescope of musical styles. He has been tapped as a creative force for Herb Alpert, produced and composed soundtracks for first run movies, played on Grammy winning albums, notably for trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval, and collaborated with Salsa greats Willie Colon, Ruben Blades and the groundbreaking fusion band Spyro Gyra. He has recently toured as electric bassist for Cristina Aguilera. A career highlight was a free wheeling world tour with a virtuoso instrumental trio led by Toto guitartist and studio mastermind Steve Lukather. Oskar is respected among musicians for his mercurial personality — expressing his complex and probing, even hilarious point of view — and translating that into effusive music making that is very much in the moment.

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 – Actual 125th anniversary – reception after main service (Bishop Talton is scheduled to visit)

Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Family dinner & celebration