Symphony returns for Jan. 24 performance

DOWNEY – Is there room in your life for one more gift? A post-holiday gift of wide appeal, one-size, never-out-of-style, no maintenance required, made in the USA kind of gift? If you’ve gotten totally wired by holiday frenzies, this gift will soothe, calm, restore your balance. Or if you’re feeling a little down, it will lift you out of all that gunk and send you on your way renewed, confident, here I come, world!

It’s an enduring gift, suitable for all ages. It takes up no space, and is available only in Downey, Calif. Gluten-free, it contain 0 calories, 0 carbs, 0 fats, 0 cholesterol. Moderately priced, you can take delivery at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, in our Civic Theatre, located at 8435 Firestone Blvd.

This beatiful gift is offered to you by the members of the string section of Downey’s own Symphony Orchestra, an especially lovely concert of works by Copland (“Hoedown”), Mahler (“Adagietto” from his Symphony No. 5), “Dances Sacred and Profane” by Debussy, and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” There is a stunning, award-winning harp soloist, and a world premiere by Brian Kostor titled “Five Variations on Loss and Isolations.”

“The concerts that feature our string section are amond some of my favorites,” says Music Director Sharon Lavery. “Not only are they an opportunity for the strings to show off their lush, rich sound, but the repertoire performed always makes a strong connection to both the musicians and audience.”

In the lobby, beginning at 6:30, you are invited to browse “Reflections,” an art exhibition of works from more than 20 local artists. Sharon Lavery will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15, there’s coffee and wine in the patio, friends and neighbors in the audience. All in all, quite an attractive package to begin a fine new year.

Tickets at $30 and $25, students $10, are available at the theater box office or by calling (562) 861-8211. The next issues of The Patriot will give you lots more information, or go to and

We will be happy to see you on Jan. 24 to give you this special gift. It’s got your name on it!



Published: Jan. 1, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 38