NEW! LMS moves to Sunday Matinees–Still offering FREE Classical Concerts

biopic by Dana Taylor, President La Mirada Symphony Association

This last weekend LMS symphony board member, artist Joseph Yakovetic, and I attended the Arts Tune Up event sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. We hopped from table to table for 25 minute information periods listening to experts telling us how to promote and fund arts agencies. Representatives from two other regional symphonies were also there. As they spoke about their challenges, I came to appreciate the position of the La Mirada Symphony. We are very fortunate to have the base support of the City of La Mirada who provides the beautiful venue of the La Mirada Theatre to perform our concerts. One of the other symphony organizations (who shall remain nameless) is on “hiatus” because they have run out of funds and have no city council support. It’s doubtful they will find the $20,000 per performance it takes to keep their music playing. Another symphony gone.

The La Mirada Symphony has been offering free concerts to community for fifty years. Our audiences have been growing. We were filled to capacity for our last concert and some people sat and watched the monitors in the lobby. We’ve got a good thing going! But the symphony is fragile, depending on the continued support of literally hundreds of people.  Each concert happens because the musicians commit to at least a month of rehearsals, the board organizes the music and facilities, the Guild provides volunteers and refreshments, and the theatre personnel mount the production. Individual donors contribute their dollars to fund it all.

The music will only keep playing only as long as there is the collective desire from the community to make it happen. Of course, my personal philosophy is that it should also be fun!

Next month we are ending our season on May 18th with the Art and Music Concert.

The featured music will be Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky/Ravel. In conjunction with that concert, we will be holding an art exhibit and reception to raise funds for the symphony.

Here’s a preview of some of the art pieces you will see from June Valentine-Ruppe,  Greg Evans and Emilee Reed:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Greg Evans-Luanne  Emilee Reed -Bucket List

I strongly encourage you to attend and plan to purchase some fine art. You will be supporting the symphony and local artists at the same time. We’ve invited a dozen artists, plus we’re planning some fun entertainment, a live auction, goodies and more! Mark your calendar now to join us.

Keep the music playing!

Dana Taylor

 

 

 

Here are some highlights from the recent February 2014 concerts by the La Mirada Symphony. On February 18, over 2,000 school children from the Norwalk/La Mirada school district attended concerts by the LMS. This year 30 honor band students were also included in the concerts. Two directors from the schools each conducted a piece.

Youth Concert Feb 2014

Youth Concert 2 Feb 2014

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The SALUTE TO AMERICA POPS Concert of February 23 featured American composers. Film and television actress Morgan Brittany provided narration for the Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland.  The house was packed! Audience members enjoyed the rousing renditions of treasured compositions, ending with a encore of Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa. Below see pictures of Dr. Robert Frelly, Morgan Brittany, and the La Mirada Symphony.

Flag         Morgan and Bob    Lincoln     fireworks

Be sure to join us May 18, 2014 for the ART AND MUSIC CONCERT, including an art gallery and fundraiser reception following the concert. Fourteen professional artists will be featured. You don’t want to miss it!

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Salute to America!

Frelly conducting

Come early to get a seat to enjoy our Salute to America POPS Concert at 3pm Sunday, February 23 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Highlights include- 

American Salute                                                                           Morton Gould

Variations on America                                                              Charles Ives

Raiders of the Lost Ark                                                             John Williams

Lincoln Portrait                                                                        Aaron Copland

Bugler’s Holiday                                                                       Leroy Anderson

Morgan Brittany 26[1]Guest Narrator for Lincoln Portrait will be television and film actress, Morgan Brittany, known for roles in Gypsy, Dallas, Glitter and Melrose Place.

Admission and parking is free. $5 donation suggested. Theatre lobby opens at 2:00 pm. VIP and Handicapped seating begins at 2:15 pm. No reservations required. For more information call 562-941-5779 or 714-521-0774.

Morgan Brittany 26[1]The La Mirada Symphony is pleased to announce the narrator for the LINCOLN PORTRAIT by Aaron Copland will be American film and television actress, Morgan Brittany.

Morgan Brittany  is perhaps best known for her role in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dallas, as Katherine Wentworth, the scheming younger half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes.

She began performing as child under her given name, Suzanne Cupito. She appeared in many television programs, including major roles on Sea Hunt, My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show. Her major film roles include one of the Beardsley children in the Lucille Ball/Henry Fonda film Yours, Mine and Ours and as Rosalind Russell’s daughter,  June, in Gypsy. At the age of 18 she cast off her child actress image and took the name Morgan Brittany. She became a busy model for the Ford Agency and was the Ultra Brite Toothpaste girl for three years. Her face became well-known in commercials and print ads.

As June in film "Gypsy" with Rosalind Russell

As June in film “Gypsy” with Rosalind Russell

Besides her recurring role in Dallas, her adult acting career included three roles as Vivien Leigh in various television dramas and appearances on Murder, She Wrote, The Dukes of Hazzard, Glitter, Melrose Place, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, to name a few. She continues film and television appearances.

She married stunt man, Jack Gill, and has two children. Morgan is now a contributing columnist for Townhall Finance and the political blog Politichicks.tv. She is an outspoken Conservative and appears on national radio programs and news outlets like CNBC’s Kudlow Report. She travels the country fundraising for candidates and bringing awareness to the plights of past and returning veterans of foreign wars.

Brit and YakThanks to LMS board member and artist, Joseph Yakovetic (seen with Ms. Brittany at a Gone With The Wind event) for inviting her to be a part of our SALUTE TO AMERICA POPS concert, February 23 at 3 pm.

Brahms

Brahms

The 4 B’s–Bernstein, Berlioz, Beethoven, and Brahms are the composers featured in the upcoming concert by the La Mirada Symphony on Sunday, January 19 at 3pm at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Highlights include Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein and Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. Dr. Robert Frelly of Chapman University conducts this mixture of musical styles for the second concert of the season.  Admission and parking are free, no reservations required. A $5 donation is suggested.

Berlioz

  Berlioz

Bernstein

Bernstein   

Beethoven

Beethoven

For more information visit LaMiradaSymphony.wordpress.com or call 714-420-0262 or 562-941-5779.

Beethoven’s Birthday

BeethovenDecember 17th marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 243th birthday. The German composer began his musical career as a child prodigy. Despite growing deaf at by his mid-forties, he continued writing some of the greatest classical works of all time. Read his full biography at Beethoven Biography.  Mark your calendar for January 19, 2014 for our next La Mirada Symphony concert that will feature Beethoven’s WELLINGTON’S VICTORY.

Join us for the Sunday Matinee for our next FREE Concert!

Enjoy this version by the Canadian Brass

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