Symphony performing free concert

DOWNEY – Show tunes, Broadway favorites, patriotic songs, Sousa marches, performed by our own Downey Symphony. For free. What’s not to like? Wafting through Furman Park’s balmy evening air and into your heart next Wednesday, Aug. 6, the orchestra’s program titled “The Sounds of Music” will feature selections from “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma!” and “The King and I”, and what has become a tradition with the symphony at these summer concerts, the stirring Armed Forces Salute, when veterans in the audience rise quietly, proudly, in acknowledgement of their branch of service. It all starts at 7 p.m.

To wrap things up in fine style, there’s that other exciting tradition as kids are invited on stage to take the baton from Music Director Sharon Lavery and lead the musicians in terrific march tunes. Bring your camera -- after the concert Sharon will pose happily with your own budding conductor.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Stop by the Symphony Board’s table for a great discount on the orchestra’s first performance of the next season, set for Oct. 11 in our Civic Theatre. Say hi to board members. Say thanks to the Hoag Foundation for underwriting this performance, and to the musicians, for giving us all such a lovely evening to like.



Published: July 31, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 16