Orchestra to play spring concert

DOWNEY - The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alan Mautner, will perform their annual Spring Concert at the Downey Theatre tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.The program will include Richard Wagner's Overture to the Opera "Tannhauser" and the Symphony No. 5 by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. The concert will also feature soloists from LACHSA's senior class: Michelle Pan will perform a movement of the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss and pianist Cooper Labinger will perform the popular first movement of Serge Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. The concert will also debut a student composition by senior Jack Lipson. He will lead the orchestra in his Overture in Bb Minor. Mautner, a native of Downey and graduate of Warren High School, has been the orchestra's director since 1994. "This is our ninth year performing the spring concert at the Downey Theatre," he said. "For me, this is like a homecoming each year." In 1981, as a senior in the Warren band, Mautner made his public conducting debut on the stage of the Downey Theatre. Tickets to the concert are $15 general admission and will be available at the Downey Theatre box office. For more information regarding the concert, call the Music Department (323) 343-2659.

********** Published: May 7, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 3