On September 24, we ushered in autumn in at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles by gathering under the stars for Nordic Noir – a benefit for the wild animals. 100% of the Noir profits are for Friends of Griffith Park, and ultimately, back to the park and its wildlife.
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Renowned composer Jacob Groth, who loves to wander through the park when he works in LA, performed music from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and more with the Danish Film Harmonics – the film visuals coupled with the orchestration had us spellbound.
The Finale was a Mashup = Danish Film Harmonics + L.A. Gospel Choir.
Plaid and caps were all the rage and the black goth cello was a hit. Adverting further Danish to English pronunciation discussions of his first name, the composer jokingly said he is now simply “Groth.”
P-22 is my homeboy. We learned of the mountain lion’s miraculous journey over two busy freeways, the 101 and 405, to arrive in Griffith Park in 2012. Dangerous rodenticide made him sick in 2014. Luckily, he recovered but neighbors need to be educated on ceasing the use of the poison. P-22’s presence was first discovered by Friends of Griffith Park board member biologist Miguel Ordenana. He is a symbol of all the wildlife in the park, which includes twelve bobcats and numerous other creatures. And I’m jealous of everyone who snapped a photo with him, well, his cardboard cutout.
EIC of mxdwn.com Raymond Flotat, Music for Good’s Laura Ferreira
Jacob Groth, Sr. VP of ASCAP Shawn Lemone
Blogger Ana Lydia Monaco and guest
Jacob Groth performs
Celebrity makeup artist Beatrie Sandoval and entertainment publicist Eric Osuna.
Jacob Groth and friends.
Composer Michael Levine (Star Wars Detours), Shawn Lemone.
Composers Peter Neff (Hannah Montana), Kenneth Burgomaster (Hannah Montana, Better Off Single), Evan Wise (Ratchet, Clank), and guest Peggy Johnson.
Composer Simone Sello
Composer Rolfe Kent (Sideways, Vampire Academy), writer Vincenza Blank
Damaris Valverde, entertainment reporter Vincenza Blank, and music producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Disney Channel composers Kenneth Burgomaster, Peter Neff
Fashion designer Melissa Birdge, artist Ashkahn Shahparina
Director Knate Lee (Cardboard Boxer, X-Men: The New Mutants)
Director Keith Martin and guest
Jacob Groth, FOGP President Gerry Hans
Director Niels Arden (Flatliners, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) serves as guest speaker
FOGP President Gerry Hans and board member Lucinda Phillips
FOGP President Gerry Hans and crew
Jacob Groth, Danish Film Harmonics perform
Jacob Groth and The Danish Film Harmonics
Jacob Groth, Danish Film Harmonics
Jacques Brautbar, Shawn Lemone, Rachel Perkins
Rogue Magazine’s Heather Seidler, NBC Universal’s Robert Liu, Actress Megan Duffy
Wonderful Poster by Luke McGarry
Al Moggia (boardmember), Ron Brusha
The O.C. Compose Jacques Bratbauer and guest
Nordic inspired tapas
Dita Dimone and guest
with the LA-based Holman United Methodist Gospel Choir
Photos by Preston Thalindroma and Leva Ann.