Culver City Symphony “Casual Concerts” to Premiere at Grace Lutheran

Join Maestro Clyde Mitchell and musicians from the Culver City Symphony Orchestra in the Premiere of the Culver City Symphony Ensemble. Easily enjoyable music with melodies you will remember!

Mitchell and the Orchestra are creating a new forum to bring beautiful and exciting music to the community. Families, people looking for a new and friendly/casual experience, and long-time music lovers can all enjoy this shorter and lighter format. Families and children are especially invited – with four rows at the front reserved for families with young children. We want the children to be able to see the musicians and their instruments!

The program celebrates Spring and includes works by Antonio Vivaldi, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Christopher Tyler Nickel, Johann Strauss II, and Aaron Copland. The concert will last approximately one hour, and audience members are invited to a reception with Maestro Mitchell and the musicians after the concert.

At our April concert, Brooke deRosa and the Orchestra performed “Voices of Spring”, a waltz-song inspired by the singing of a lark and a nightingale, by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss II in its original version as a display piece for solo soprano and orchestra. We are delighted to welcome Brooke back to Culver City to sing this popular waltz again with the smaller Ensemble.

Appalachian Spring began life as a score for a ballet that celebrated “not just any Spring but the Spring of America.” Composer Aaron Copland subsequently arranged a Pulitzer Prize-winning Suite for full orchestra, which the Orchestra performed at our April concert. The Ensemble will perform the original ballet score for 13 instruments.

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Admission to this concert is FREE – no tickets required

Sponsored by the Culver City Rotary Community Foundation, Hosted by the Grace Lutheran Church Performing Arts Ministry, its Director Mary Lou Basaraba, Pastor Jim Maines and Administrator Marina Tidwell.

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