DOWNEY - Already in this young new year, performing arts seem to be on a roll in Downey, beginning quite literally on Jan. 1 with that breathtaking float in the Rose Parade.The community is so proud of Downey's Rose Float Association for bringing to life an integrated design of beauty and harmony that garnered a prestigious award. There are many other examples of excellence blooming in the city. Marsha Moode's Civic Light Opera, going strong, delights audiences year after year. Downey and Warren high school students, hundreds of them, present astonishing, enthusiastic performances that demand of these busy young people discipline, talent, and lots and lots of rehearsals. And this is now the time when our Symphony Orchestra opens another season with a lovely concert scheduled for Saturday evening, Jan. 29, in the Civic Theatre. Featuring Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with a rising soloist, Francesco Camuglia, the program includes Gustav Holst's St. Paul's Suite and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, under the baton of Music Director Sharon Lavery. Downey's theater is at 8435 Firestone Blvd., concert time is 8 p.m. and tickets priced at $30 and $25, $10 for students, may be reserved by calling the Symphony office at (562) 403-2944. We also invite you to check us out at www.downeysymphony.org where, admittedly, we brag about our accomplishments, but the orchestra is in its 54th consecutive year, providing a rich experience for residents of this community, so we couldn't resist. Besides, we are part of the parade of accomplishments rolling through Downey, and it feels good.
********** Published: January 13, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 39