SFVSO Summer Concert 2021 - A Stellar Performance Under the Stars!
Wednesday evening, August 11, 2021, saw the return of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for the first time since January 2019, bringing much happiness to Maestro James Domine, the musicians, and the music lovers who came out in force once again to hear, “Great Music Close to Home.”
The SFV Orchestra’s annual “Concert in the Park: A Stellar Performance Under the Stars” at the Israeli-American Council Shepher Community Center in Woodland Hills, was everything it promised to be. The IAC graciously sponsored the event, providing rehearsal space inside the center, while the actual concert was performed outdoors in the park. It was a lovely setting for a magical evening of classical music composed by Verdi, Offenbach, Bizet, Saint-Saens and Strauss. Also featured on the program was a new medley of Cole Porter songs arranged and orchestrated by SFVSO violinist Cary Belling, followed by George Gershwin’s, “Summertime,” with music director James Domine's “Summer Solstice” concluding the program.
This concert featured the auspicious debut performance of vocalist Annie Miller singing the Cole Porter, Gershwin and Domine pieces. Annie was joined by the audience in singing “Summer Solstice” and, at the conclusion, they stood and applauded heartily. It was a delightful summer evening of musical magic.
The SFVSO is planning concerts for September 26th, October 16th, and December 4th of this year. Please visit www.sfvsymphony for more information.
Message from the Orchestra - August 9, 2021 - "Year of the Violin Concerto"
The upcoming concert year has been designated the "Year of the Violin Concerto" by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. We are working with Robert Lipsett, distinguished professor of advanced violin studies at the Colburn School in Los Angeles to provide an opportunity for some of the finest up-and-coming young virtuosi to perform with our orchestra. Each of the selected soloists will play the world premiere of a new concerto by James Domine composed over the last year in addition to one of the well-established best-loved concerti from the standard repertoire.
Fiona Shea will start the year as soloist for our Fall concert (date to be announced). She will be playing not one but two concerti, the Bruch G minor and the inaugural performance of Maestro James Domine's own Concerto #2 in B minor. This promises to be an unparalleled festival of violin music that will be a real treat for our listeners.
We look forward to you joining us for the "Year of the Violin Concerto" kickoff concert. You can view Ms. Shea's bio on our About The Orchestra page.
Message from the Orchestra - June 16, 2021 - Our Live Symphomaniax Jazz Concert
For those of you who were unable to attend last evening's performance by the Symphomaniax Jazz Ensemble, this is what you missed. From 8:00 - 10:00 pm, we were entertained outdoors on the lawn at the Shepher Community Center in Woodland Hills, The ensemble included two sax players (each of whom doubled on clarinet and flute), a trumpet player, a bass, drummer, James Domine on guitar,
and a wonderful singer. The admission was $10.00, and the good sized crowd truly got their money's worth. The musicians were very happy to be performing as most of them had not played publicly for more than a year. The seats were set up on the lawn, no one wore a mask; the heat had abated, and it actually got nice and breezy. Happily, it does appear that things are starting to move towards normal. The band hopes to do a repeat performance in the near future, at which time we hope you will take the opportunity to attend.Add text
Message from the Orchestra - March 2021 - After one year of Coronavirus
For the past year, due to the Coronavirus, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra has been silent and sorely missed by season subscribers and others who have always looked forward eagerly to our yearly five-concert series.
Maestro Domine, while waiting for the orchestra to return to the stage, has undertaken in a unique way to fill the void via video, and has been busy composing new music for solo piano. These piano pieces, which he assiduously composes and records in the social-distance privacy of his home, represent one of the only types of musical performance possible under the strictures of pandemic circumstances.
He continues to churn out these piano solo pieces like clockwork, with a dogged perseverance and grim determination, and will continue to do so until such time as the orchestra returns once again to bring you, “Great Music Close to Home.” Within the set of pieces composed and performed by Maestro Domine, there is a surprisingly wide range of musical styles that testify to the versatility and freely associative qualities that are attributes of his compositions.
These new works are premiered every Sunday at noon on James Domine’s Youtube Channel, and are thereafter available for viewing at any time. Comments made on YouTube by hundreds of viewers have been positive and very rewarding.
We thank you for your many years of support in the past, and hope to have your support in the future.