The 2012-2013 La Mirada Symphony season finished on top with two April 6th POPS Concerts and a grand celebration. The afternoon of Broadway style medleys inspired a full house. Many patrons lined up at intermission to purchase bargain seats for the evening fundraiser concert featuring Susan Egan. Here are some pictures of the day’s highlights!
Artwork created by Joseph Yakovetic for auction. Winning bid $800–Thank you!
Judge Ruffo Espinosa began the day by conducting “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Dr. Frelly & LMS
Dr. Robert Frelly & Susan Egan
Artist Joseph Yakovetic at Intermission
Thank you to all the musicians, volunteers, theatre staff members, and patrons for a wonderful season!
Dr. Robert Frelly
The big day is almost here–two POPS concerts celebrating 5o years of beautiful music from the La Mirada Symphony.
3 pm–Free admission–”Celebration of Song” Dr. Robert Frelly and the La Mirada Symphony offer selections from “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “An American in Paris,” “Disney Magic”–and more. $5 donation suggested.
Artist Joseph Yakovetic
5:30 –La Mirada and Norwalk Chambers of Commerce Business Mixer in the upstairs lobby. Joseph Yakovetic and Jamie Shaheen provide entertainment of music and performance painting.
8 pm– Gala Fundraiser POPS Concert featuring Susan Egan and the La Mirada Symphony. Songs include–Judy Garland Medley, “And All That Jazz,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “Cabaret,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Tickets available through the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at 562-944-9801. Ask about the “Chamber Discount.”
10 pm–After Glow Reception–Former La Mirada Mayor, Hal Malkin, will serve as Emcee as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary. Festivities include live auction of artwork by Joseph Yakovetic, appearances by Robert Frelly, Susan Egan, Joseph Yakovetic and Jamie Shaheen. Refreshments served. Please be our guests and join us in our celebration!
Symphony Association, Dana Taylor, at the Duck Race Booth
The life-sized yellow duck led the crowd of excited families in the countdown–Five-Four-Three-Two-One! Hundreds of plastic toy ducks were released into the flow of the lazy river at La Mirada’s SPLASH! Waterpark in the annual Duck Race for various charity organizations in town. Each duck represented a $5 donation to the charity of choice. Mary Dilena was the winner of the Grand Prize–$2,500. Congratulations!
Former symphony association president, Pat Ruiz and I, manned the LMS table, talking up the upcoming POPS concerts and gathering entries for a free ticket giveaway. La Mirada residents are a friendly bunch and we enjoyed chatting all morning. The highlight for me was meeting a sixth grader girl and her dad.
She asked, “Will there be violins? I’m taking violin lessons.”
Oh yes, we said, plenty of violins. Come, come to the concert. How long have you been taking lessons, etc. It turned she has only been taking lessons a few months–since attending one of our La Mirada Youth Concerts last fall. In October the Norwalk/La Mirada School District partnered with LMS to bus in nearly 2,000 elementary school children to hear symphonic music.
From that experience one girl (that we know of) was inspired to begin taking violin lessons. Her father told us she loved the violin and she’s hoping to continue her musical education as she enters middle school.
There’s a lot of work that goes into the concerts. Is it worth it? For me, watching the sixth grader and her dad heading down the sidewalk clutching our flyers made the answer–Yes–all the efforts are worth ”keeping the music alive.”
See you at the POPS on Saturday–
President, La Mirada Symphony Association
with the La Mirada
50th Anniversary Benefit Fundraiser
Saturday April 6, 2013, 8pm
The La Mirada and Norwalk Chambers of Commerce support LMS!
Call the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at 562-944-9801 for special discount—Code is “CHAMBER”—any seat is $20 (up to $70 value)
Tony-nominee, Original “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast
Singing songs from your favorite Broadway shows & more!
Also—Live Painting Performance Art!
Artist Joseph Yakovetic
Don’t miss this One Night Only Event—50th Anniversary Reception following the performance in the main lobby
Tickets are on sale NOW for our final concert of the season, CELEBRATION OF SONG featuring SUSAN EGAN. The Tony-nominated “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast joins the La Mirada Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Robert Frelly, for a night of Broadway music guaranteed to lift your spirits and leave you humming.
Disney Magic South Pacific West Side Story Oklahoma
Susan Egan on Broadway–
As Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway’s longest running Sally Bowles in Cabaret
Support the La Mirada Symphony and enjoy a fabulous night of entertain. TICKETS $20-$70 online thru the La Mirada Theatre Box Office or call 562-944-9801 or 714-994-6310
JUST ADDED!!!!!! ARTIST JOSEPH YAKOVETIC
An award winning set and costume designer, Yakovetic’s creative expertise includes sculpting in a variety of mediums, book design and illustration, concept art and prop design for television, theatre and theme parks.
Artist Joseph Yakovetic
Disney art lovers worldwide have dubbed Yakovetic the “Painter of Shadows.” His realistic interpretations capture evocative moments from Disney’s most beloved films. Fans eagerly search for shadows and images hidden in his highly sought after paintings. “SURRENDER DOROTHY,” Yakovetic’s first creation in THE WIZARD OF OZ series, premiered in 2008 as part of WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS’ The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Exhibition. The image is also a limited edition US Postage Stamp.
Visit ART OF YAKOVETIC to see the range of this talented artist’s work!
RECEPTION FEATURING ROBERT FRELLY, SUSAN EGAN, AND JOSEPH YAKOVETIC FOLLOWING CONCERT
ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY! http://wwwlamiradatheatre.com
Continuing the La Mirada Symphony’s Golden Anniversary season, we’re presenting the lush sounds of some of the most revered composers of classical music. Our “Celebration of the Masters” concert at 8 pm on February 23rd will begin with Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner and conclude with the four movements of Symphony No. 8 in G Major by Antonin Dvorak under the direction of Dr. Robert Frelly.
Our special guest performer will be pianist Teresa de Jong Pombo playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major. Ms. de Jong Pombo has toured extensively across the United States, Austria, and Columbia. She is a popular faculty member at Orange Coast College and the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. She brings a fresh vitality to the keyboard and will be an exciting addition to the evening. You won’t want to miss it!
Join us at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on February 23 at 8 pm. Admission and Parking is FREE. $5 donation suggested. For more information call 714-420-0262.