Last evening, November 22, 2014, a gathering of concertgoers met for a pre-concert fundraising dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen, near the Scherr Forum Theatre. Thanks to those who came to dine in support of the Orchestra, CPK will be sending us a very much appreciated check.
After Maestro James Domine's words of welcome and the playing of our National Anthem, the exciting and fun "Animatus Eventus Suite," composed and conducted by Chuck Fernandez (who also plays bassoon in the Orchestra) was performed to rousing applause from the audience.
We were then treated to the superb playing of pianists Graceful Lee, 18 years of age, and Ivy Lee, 14 years of age, who were this year's winners of the Music Teachers of California Concerto Competition. Ivy played the first movement of Beethoven's "Piano Concerto #1 in C major;" Graceful played the first movement of the "Piano Concerto #2 in G minor" by Saint-Saens. The audience was enthralled by the marvelous performances by both sisters and spoke glowingly of them during intermission.
Maestro Domine, who knows how to put together a "fun"tastic program, proved it by concluding the first half with the very famous "Dance of the Hours" from "La Gioconda" by Ponchielli, which the Orchestra performed with verve and enthusiasm. This very famous piece of music was immediately recognized by the audience with smiles and chuckles (remembering the Disney version in the movie Fantasia).
Following intermission, Maestro Domine masterfully conducted the the final selection ... the not often heard but, of course, marvelous "Symphony #4 in B-flat major" by Beethoven. At the end of the Orchestra's excellent performance, the audience cheered and applauded. As they exited, everyone was smiling and talking excitedly about the entire program. The word "wonderful" was heard over and over again. It truly was that ... and more!
If you were unable to be in the theater last evening, you missed something special. Hopefully we will see you at our next concert on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Tutor Family Performing Arts Center at Chaminade in West Hills. It's never too soon to order tickets, which you can do right here on our website.
We look forward to seeing you in January and wish you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year.