DOWNEY -- In honor of its 60th anniversary, the Downey Symphony is throwing a cabaret celebration July 1 right on the stage of the Downey Theatre.
Guests will be offered a glass of champagne and enter the auditorium to listen to oldies but goodies from Three’s Company, a trio made up of local composer Lars Clutterham on piano, Bill Hare on drums, and Mark Artusio on bass.
Guests will then proceed to the decorated stage, where they will find their seats arranged in sections that match the layout of instrumental sections for the Symphony when it performs. There will be hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine as Clutterham continues to entertain.
After time to mix, mingle and greet friends, the trio will be joined by vocalist Rachael Lorenzetti and renowned local jazz saxophonist Fabian Chavez. As the party continues, guests will be given toy instruments corresponding to their “orchestra” section. Concertmaster Carolyn Osborn and orchestra manager Mark Artusio will “tune” the players prior to a rousing rendition of “Happy Anniversary” under the baton of Music Director Sharon Lavery as a 60th anniversary cake is rolled out.
“Everyone is invited to join the party and have a great time with friends while congratulating Downey’s very own Symphony Orchestra’s diamond anniversary,” said Joyce Sherwin, chair of the board’s organizing committee.
Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Reservations are $60.
“The event is not a fundraiser,” said board President Don Marshall. “We just aim to cover costs and give the community an opportunity to gather and enjoy celebrating this historic moment with us.”
For reservations, call Joyce Sherwin at (562) 928-4122. Reservations can also be made online at downeysymphony.org.