DOWNEY - At 52 she is a survivor, exceptionally spry and attractive, unhesitant to try new stuff even before an audience. A creature of many parts, she knows from a lifetime of experience how to put herself together, but she works long and hard for that. Her beauty and vigor require endless polishing, constant attention, self-scrutiny.She is, of course, the Downey Symphony Orchestra, and we celebrate her first concert of the new season on Oct. 24 in the Downey Theatre. Under Music Director Sharon Lavery, the orchestra will play Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, plus episodes from his Rodeo. Violinist Roger Wilkie will perform the world premier of Generations for Violin and Orchestra by Daniel James Chen. So with the traditional music of Dvorak, the aching loveliness and rowdiness of Copland, and the brand-new, first-time-anyone's-ever-heard-this of the Chen, the audience is in for a splendid time in the company of this illustrious lady. Performance begins at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert discussion at 7:15. Tickets are $30 and $25, students $10, available at the box office or by phoning (562) 403-2944. The theater is located at 8435 Firestone Blvd. and ample parking is free and convenient. The orchestra's winter concert date is Jan. 23, 2010, and the spring concert is set for April 10. Please visit out website at www.downeysymphony.org for more goodies.
********** Published: October 9, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 25