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DOWNEY - You wonder if this young musician ever has time to go out for pizza, or watch sunset from the beach for two minutes.
You wonder what early influences pointed him onto a road that demanded tons of study, poise and dedication. You wonder how he mastered so soon the skills that have already earned him heaps of recognition and awards.
But this much we know: His name is Conrad Jones. He plays a mean trumpet, as in fantastic, and is the Downey Symphony's 2012 Young Artist Competition winner. He is 22. And he will appear as soloist with our orchestra on Sunday evening, Jan. 26, in the Downey Theatre.
Actually, he will appear twice as soloist that evening, in the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Johann Neruda and, along with Catherine Del Russo's English Horn, in a work by Aaron Copland, Quiet City.
The remainder of this program for string orchestra, titled "Simple Pleasures" and conducted by Music Director Sharon Lavery, includes Mozart's Divertimento K. 136 and Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony. A 7:15 p.m. discussion of the music precedes the 8:00 performance.
Our theater is located at 8435 Firestone Blvd. in Downey and parking is free. Tickets, at $35, $30 and $10 for students, are available at the theater box office by calling (562) 861-8211, and in person before concert time. We encourage you to visit our website also, downeysymphony.org.
The orchestra is enjoying its 55th consecutive season of providing excellent music in the Downey community, and we invite you to come along with us for this pleasurable ride.
Published: January 17, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 40