The Culver City Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season spotlights three finalists seeking to be the new Music Director-Conductor. On Saturday Feb. 11, 2023, 7:30 pm at the Robert Frost Auditorium, the symphony will continue the season with guest conductor Clyde Mitchell in a program featuring our 2019 Parness Concerto Competition Senior winner, Abriana Church, in a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, considered to be one of the most technically formidable piano concertos in the standard repertoire. The concert will open with music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, and end with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
Clyde Mitchell was an accomplished French horn player, including as Principal Horn of the Montréal Symphony, before turning to conducting. He was the Resident Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony for nine seasons, and is currently Music Director of the Lions Gate Sinfonia and Youth Orchestra of North Vancouver, Canada. He has been a guest conductor for the Toronto and Montréal Symphonies and other Canadian orchestras as well as numerous engagements in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.
Mitchell lives in the Los Angeles area and in 2022 he conducted our Marina del Rey Summer Symphony in Burton Chace Park.
Abriana Church brings fresh virtuosity to the stage with some of the most daunting pieces composed for the instrument.
Her emotive musicality and a natural proclivity for the art of performance have won enthusiastic reception from audiences and jurors alike. Ms. Church currently resides in Idaho where she takes inspiration from mesmerizing mountainous landscapes and her energetic family. Her enthusiasm for Biblical spirituality has recently pushed her to a new musical horizon of compositional work setting significant portions of word-for-word Scripture to music. Recently graduated from The Master’s University, she plans to pursue further compositional studies alongside piano performance.
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