Tickets still available for symphony concert

DOWNEY – The Downey Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert is this Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m., in the Downey Theatre. The harpist Alison Bjorkedal will perform “Sacred and Profane Dances” by Debussy. The Orchestra will present the world premiere of California composer Bryan Kostor’s “Five Variations on Loss and Isolations.”

Also on the program is music by Aaron Copland, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky. An art exhibit under the title “Reflections,” featuring work by local artists, will be available for viewing in the lobby.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a pre-concert talk by the Music Director Sharon Lavery at 7:15 p.m.

Good seats are still available at the theatre box office (open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday), by phone at (562) 861-8211, or on line at

Tickets are $35 or $30, and student tickets are $10.

The symphony concert, entitled “Harp and Soul,” features the Downey Symphony Orchestra’s talented string section along with award-winning harpist Alison Bjorkedal as the featured soloist in “Sacred and Profane Dances” by Claude Debussy.

In keeping with the Downey Symphonic Society’s promise to promote young American composers, this concert will also include the world premiere of “Five Variations on Loss and Isolations” by Bryan Kosters.

Concluding the concert will be the “Serenade for Strings” by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The art exhibit, entitled “Reflections,” will feature more than 20 pieces of art that have reflections or include reflective material.

Participating artists include Elsa Van Leuvan, Karen Yee, Roy Shabla, Mike Ferguson, Ruben Acosta, Monica Wyatt and Dani Dodge.

This will be the most unique art show so far,” said Eloisa Ball, who is curating the exhibit.



Published: Jan. 22, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 41