Downey to host Michelle Tseng

DOWNEY - She is local - Huntington Beach. She is young - just turned 19. She has already tamed a notoriously obstreperous beast - the violin.And she has won, in her tender years, more prizes, more competitions, more first-places, more honors, awards, scholarships, admiration, acclaim, exposure and applause than most of us generate in a couple lifetimes. In short, Michelle Tseng is a phenom, an extraordinary talent, and we will hear this soaring star in concert with the Downey Symphony when she performs the Brahms Violin Concerto on Saturday evening, Oct. 23, in Downey's Civic Theatre. At 7:15 p.m. Music Director Sharon Lavery gives a preview discussion of the music to be played, and the concert itself begins at 8. With the Brahms, the program includes Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius, and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Tickets for this enjoyable evening are $30 and $25, $10 for students, and may be purchased at the theater box office next Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 20, between noon and 4 p.m., and on the evening of the performance. The Theatre is at 8435 Firestone Blvd. at the corner of Brookshire, and convenient parking is free. You may also phone the Symphony office for tickets at (562) 403-2944. Now in its 53rd year, the Downey Symphony's 2010-11 concert series will include performances on Jan. 29 and April 2, 2011. We invite you to our website to learn more,, and to attend concerts by this fine metropolitan orchestra. -Joyce Sherwin, Downey Symphony

********** Published: October 14, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 26