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Russian Composers Featured November 23

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Balakirev: Overture on 3 Russian Themes

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

Enjoy the drama and excitement of three Russian composers in our “Russian Tales” concert on November 23.

Get into the holiday spirit with the famous Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite. Concert begins at 3 pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Free admission and free parking. A $5 donation per seat is suggested. No reservations required. Doors open at 2:30 pm. For further information call 562-941-5779 or 714-521-0774.

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“Masters of Inspiration” Opens New Season

Mozart              Bernstein        Beethoven

Composers Bernstein, Mozart, and Beethoven kick off the 2014-2015 season, under the direction of Alan Mautner, with an assortment of inspiring pieces. Beginning with the exuberant Divertimento for Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein, to the exquisite tones of Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet, and ending with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, “Pastoral”, Op. 68, the audience will enjoy a variety of masterful works.

Goode-CastroGuest soloist Helen Goode-Castro will take center stage for the Concerto for Clarinet. She is a popular performer with symphonies throughout Southern California. Her performance background includes playing with several European orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty of the University of California at both Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. No reservations are required; doors open at 2:30 pm. For more information call 714-521-0774 or 562-941-5779.

 

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Alan Mautner Named Music Director and Conductor

The La Mirada Symphony Association is pleased to announce long-time orchestra member, Alan Mautner, will step up to the podium this season as the new Music Director and Conductor. Mr. Mautner has served as principle cellist for over five years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in his new leadership role.

About Alan Mautner:

Alan 1 (1)Alan Mautner is a native of Southern California, growing up in nearby Downey.  He  received his Bachelor of Music Degree in cello performance from California State University, Fullerton.  He has been very active as a freelance cellist performing with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Desert Symphony, Mozart Classical Orchestra as well as the La Mirada Symphony serving as principal cello for the last 5 seasons.  He has performed with such noted artists as James Taylor, George Benson, Andrea Boccelli, Crystal Gayle, John Tesh, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick and Phil Collins.  He has also performed with artists of the jazz world such as Terry Gibbs, Teddy Edwards and McCoy Tyner.  He currently performs with his string trio, “Vio-fonik,” which is dedicated to performance of contemporary and original works.

Mr. Mautner has been conducting ensembles since his high school days.  He began conducting the Symphony Orchestra at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 1994, a position he still holds today.  During his tenure, the LACHSA Orchestra has received numerous superior ratings at local festivals.  The Orchestra has been selected to be a part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Educational Partnership, allowing many master class and coaching opportunities for the students.  Mr. Mautner and the LACHSA Orchestra were invited to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Spring of 2013.  In addition, Mr. Mautner also co-conducts the LACHSA String Ensemble and coaches string chamber music.

Many of Mr. Mautner’s students have gone on to major music schools such as Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, Eastman and USC to name a few.  His position at LACHSA has also involved him conducting Operas such as “The Magic Flute”, “Tales of Hoffman” and “Carmen.”  He has also been involved as music director of many music theater works such as “West Side Story”, “Evita”,  “Into the Woods” and “Phantom of the Opera”.  In February of 2014, Mr. Mautner collaborated with LA Opera conductor, James Conlon, for a production of Benjamin Britten’s Opera “The Little Sweep” performed as part of the Britten Centennial celebration.

 In January of 2014, Mr. Mautner became the Partnership Manager for YOLA at LACHSA, an initiative partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic bringing music into the lives of 4th grade students in the East LA area.  In this first month of existence, 95 4th grade students are learning string instruments on the campus of LACHSA free of charge.  They were visited by Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the LA Phil for its grand opening in March

Mr. Mautner is also the conductor of the Wildwood Music Camp Senior High Festival Orchestra, a position that was passed to him from his father, Arthur Mautner, in 2007.  He has conducted the Pasadena Summer Young Chamber Orchestra in 1996.  He recently was a guest conductor for the La Mirada Symphony and was guest conductor for the 2011 Pasadena All-City Orchestra.  He also directed the Cal Poly Pomona String Ensemble from 2005-2009.

Welcome, Conductor Mautner! We look forward to a wonderful season of beautiful music in the year ahead.

La Mirada Symphony Association Board of Directors

 

 

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New Association President for 2014-2015 Announced

The La Mirada Symphony Association is happy to announce the election of a new board of officers for the 2014-2015 season. Board members stepping into new positions will be Rose Bourassa, President; Joseph Yakovetic, Vice President;  and Rose Hamilton, Secretary. Rob Martin continues his tenure as Treasurer.

Focus on New President

RoseB2Rose Bourassa is no stranger to the world of fundraising. She’s been working on the symphony team since 2010. In La Mirada she is well known for her participation in fundraising events at the Beautitudes of Our Lord, Los Coyotes Middle School, and Eastwood Elementary School. She began working on community programs as a teenager in Montebello. Professionally, she has a respected reputation as a Purchasing Manager and currently works for Vege Kurl/Vege Tech in Glendale. She is mother to two young adult children and recently celebrated 32 years of marriage to her husband, Michael.

A Message from Rose Bourassa, President La Mirada Symphony Association

You Gotta Have Faith

For me, that’s what it’s all about…Faith. For 52 seasons the La Mirada Symphony has performed free concerts. The music has been amazing…the artistry superb. Faith makes people support the organization responsible for these concerts.

A group of people have put their faith in me. As the newly elected President of the La Mirada Symphony Association, I am asking for your faith…and help…to keep the music playing. The magic doesn’t happen on its own, but with the dollars and talents of those who believe in the music and want to share it with the world.

If you are already a member, thank you for your continued support. This year please consider upgrading your membership to the next level. If you haven’t joined the association,  show your faith through a tangible, monetary donation. Together, we will continue the tradition of  free classical music in La Mirada.

Keeping the Faith–

Rose Bourassa, Association President

How to Donate

 

 

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High Tea Kicks off Season September 27th

The La Mirada Symphony is on summer hiatus. During that time, the next season is planned and new leadership steps into position. In the coming weeks you’ll see exciting announcements for the upcoming A TOUCH OF CLASSICAL season. In the mean time, here’s the latest on our opening event–

tea pot gold“Tea and Symphony” Fundraiser September 27, 2014,  At Neff Park- 12 noon- 3pm

 Almost all sold out! (Contact Rose Bourassa  at LMSymphonyGuild@aol.com  for information on purchasing any remaining seats. Cost is $45 per person.)

High tea, a ladies fashion show, live entertainment, opportunity drawings and more! We want to put the “fun” in fundraising. Did you know each concert costs approximately $15,000 to produce? Association and Guild members are going into the community and asking for contributions to make this a highly profitable event. Below is the message they are handing to merchants and individual supporters.

Dear Community Friends,

          The La Mirada Symphony Association (Tax ID 94-3223735) will hold a Tea and Symphony Fashion Show event on September 27, 2014 to kick off the  A Touch of Classical season of fine music at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

          The community orchestra is celebrating its 52nd year of presenting concerts.  Your generous donations of gifts or services will ensure continuation of our traditional free community concerts, as well as our concerts for youth, our instrumental ensemble visits to schools, and the opportunity for young honor band musicians to perform on stage with the orchestra.  It is only with the help of our friends and businesses that these programs will see a bright future.   With an annual budget of approximately $85,000, fund raising events are vital to keep the music playing.

We will use your tax deductible donations for table favors and giveaways at the event which will be held at the La Mirada Neff Park Barn. Monetary donations are also welcome to defray costs.  

To make arrangements for donations please contact Rose Bourassa at LMSymphonyGuild@aol.com or call 714-930-6209. 

Thank you for your generosity.

Do your part to keep the music alive!

 

 

 

 

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“Bambi” artist Tyrus Wong Featured in Auction

Imaginary landscape no.1Many of the artists involved in the upcoming Art Exhibition and Auction Sunday, May 18th, after our Art and Music Concert have associations with the Disney Corporation–Yakovetic, James Mulligan, June Valentine, and Katie Kelly, just to name a few. Little did we know that a piece donated by Guild President, Rose Bourassa, would also have a Disney connection. When Ms. Bourassa presented a print by Tyrus Wong to Joseph Yakovetic, he thought it might possibly be the same artist, Wong, known for his work on the Disney classic, BAMBI.

Indeed, Tyrus Wong, is the cherished artist, still creating at the age of 103 in Santa Monica. From the time he immigrated to the United States from China in 1919, he pursued his artistic career in many ways. One of his first commissions at the age of fifteen was to paint a brassiere for a Hollywood company. He lied about having ever seen one! He survived the Depression by painting for Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) and ultimately landed an illustration job with Disney studios in 1938.

His work caught the eye of Walt Disney and his style set the tone for the beautiful aesthetics of the beloved BAMBI. During his career he worked for Warner Bros., Columbia, Twentieth-Century Fox, and RKO. His art has been shown in museums throughout the country.

Upon his “retirement” in 1968, he began building kites, that are also world famous.

BambiThe beautifully framed piece we will auction on Sunday is entitled Imaginary Landscape and harkens back to the Asian influences of his homeland, China.

Whoever makes the winning bid on the print will be taking home a piece of historical importance–and supporting the La Mirada Symphony at the same time!

Read the full biography of Tyrus Wong at http://www.artpractical.com/column/tyrus-wong/

Tyrus Wong, 2013. Photo: Sara Jane Boyers

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Come for the Music, Stay for the Art! The concert begins at 3 pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Parking and admission is free. No reservations required. Doors open at 2:30 pm. $5 donation suggested. For more information call 714-420-0262 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 562-941-5779. begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting

 

 

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