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DOWNEY -- It sounds like a remarkably satisfying life - happy childhood in Downey, great schooling, solid marriage, accomplished daughters, steady involvement in tons of volunteer activities and philanthropies - but we know of one unfulfilled shining Camelot moment that has proved elusive for Rhona Weinberg Gewelber.Be Miss Downey? Did that, 1971. Graduate from college? Did that, Stephens, 1975. Husband of 32 years? "Very patient." Children? Achievers. Services on Boards of Directors? This paper doesn't have enough column space. But still on Rhona's magical To Do List there is this: "I have always loved beautiful music and [would be] excited to hear what an orchestra sounds like as I am surrounded by them from the conductor's position on stage." Well it's going to happen Saturday evening, March 28, when Rhona Weinberg Gewelber, winner of the 2008 Baton Auction with the Downey Symphony, steps onto the podium to conduct the orchestra in that splendid, world-famous, out-and-out crowd wower, the Radetzky March by Strauss, and you, dear reader, don't want to miss it. Nor do you want to miss hearing violin soloist Nigel Armstrong, 19, a new, soaring talent recently announced as the finalist of our symphony's Young Artist Competition. Then you can round out the evening immersed in the happy nature of Brahm's Second Symphony, followed by a patio reception where audience and orchestra members munch and mingle. Data: Downey Symphony in concert Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m., Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. Reserved seat tickets are $20 and $25, students $10, available by phone, (562) 403-2944, or at the theater box office Wednesday afternoon, March 25, noon to 4 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. the night of performance. Music Director Sharon Lavery's pre-concert discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. Show your tickets for 10 percent off those delicious dinners at Mimi's Café, adjacent to the theater. Concert parking and post-concert reception are free. ********** Published: March 20, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 48