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DOWNEY – Consider the range of these adjectives, all describing music that will be performed by the Downey Symphony this Saturday evening, Oct. 23: fiery, lyrical, spirited and Hungarian-flavored in Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; then dreamy and sensuous in Frederick Delius’s Walk to the Paradise Garden; and finally, for Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, well, for this listener words can’t do it, because with every hearing I am left gulping at the wonder of it, busily picking up my jaw from the floor.
For this first concert of the orchestra’s 53rd year, Music Director Sharon Lavery has invited a splendid young talent to play the Brahms, “one of the larges and most challenging works in the solo violin repertoire.” That feat will spin from the incredible hands of Michelle Tseng, 19, winner of a host of awards and honors, with more to come, assuredly.
Saturday night’s 8 p.m. performance will be preceded by a discussion of the works to be heard at 7:15. The theater is at 8435 Firestone Blvd., and parking is free. Reserved seat tickets are $30, $25 and $20 and may be purchased at the theater box office before concert time. And come prepared for a rush of adjectives.
For more information on this local treasure, go to the website, www.downeysymphony.org. Future concerts will be on Jan. 29 and April 2, 2011.
-Joyce Sherwin, Downey Symphony
Published: October 21, 2010 – Volume 9 – Issue 27