Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, concerts in Burton Chace Park,

Waterside Concerts



This summer we again head west for a series of concerts at Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey. Frank Fetta is the conductor and music director, and the orchestra is comprised of the same usual suspects found in the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.

Come join us. We will be performing popular works throughout the summer in one of most beautiful settings in town to hear Classical Music, particularly if you like the grand Pacific Ocean and SoCal     beach ambience. All concerts are admission free.

Make it a mini/micro staycation. Bring a picnic, a jacket, a blanket to sit on,

and if you bring a chair, please make sure it has a low back to not obstruct

the view of those behind you. Watch the boats in the Marina and the clouds

roll by, feel the ocean air on your face, tune out the day and tune in to

Classical Music.


and for more information.

The summer concerts are solely funded by Los Angeles County, Department of Beaches and Harbors with the much appreciated support from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. We thank Supervisor Knabe for his support and vision for these special concerts. If you attend these concerts, why not send Supervisor Knabe a note of thanks for his vision and efforts:  LINK

Burton Chace Park
13650  Mindanao  Way, Marina  del  Rey,  CA  90292


County Lot 4: 13500 Mindanao Way, West of Admiralty Way-fee as posted

County Lot 5: 4545 Admiralty Way, entrance on Bali Way-fee as posted

County Lot 77: 13560 Mindano Way, West of Admiralty Way-fee as posted

These concerts are funded through the offices of Los Angeles County

Supervisor Don Knabe, through the Department of Beaches

and Harbors: LINK.

The Culver City Symphony Orchestra is the parent orchestra.

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The orchestra rehearses at West Los Angeles College: LINK

Rich Capparela of KUSC, 91.5fm, is the concert host: LINK


Thursday, July 11, 7:00PM

Opera at the Shore

Maestro Frank Fetta conducts the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony.

Finalists and winners from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal

Competition in arias and ensembles from some of the

best-loved operas. Singers: Erin Wood, William Davenport, Rena Harms,

Rebecca Nathanson Program July 11 13.pdf


Thursday, July 25, 7:00PM

American Influences – featuring Ruslan Biryukov, cello

Whether native born or visiting, inspired by nature or city streets,

this evening’s featured composers celebrate America and its natural

and cultural influences. Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto was

composed at the end of his three-year visit to the U.S. Craig Safan’s

“The Last Starfighter” captures the excitement of American films.

Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture” to “West Side Story” is an

American Classic on struggles on the city streets. Ferde Grofé

celebrates this nation’s natural wonder and greatness in his

“Grand Canyon Suite.”

Dvořák: Cello Concerto

Safan: The Last Starfighter

Bernstein: “Overture” to West Side Story

Grofé’: Grand Canyon Suite. 

Thursday, August 8, 7:00PM

Imaginary Places – featuring Roberto Cani, violin

Composers often find inspiration in places-real or imaginary. For Bruch

it was both: Scottish Folk Songs inspired him, but he didn’t visit Scotland

until after completing his Scottish Fantasy. Carnival is the festival time

before the severity and restrictions of Lent. Dvorak’s vivid overture gives

the listener an imaginary sound-world of a carnival. Richard Strauss'

Don Juan is an orchestral tour de force, which is more of the composer's

own imagery of the amoral Don than how he has been portrayed elsewhere.

Antonín Dvořák: Carnival Overture

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy


Thursday, August 22, 7:00PM

Russian Reprise – featuring Rufus Choi, piano

Russian composers have remained very popular with American audiences

over generations, and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony has

performed a number of these works. The Russians return to Chace Park

with Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative music of those Thousand and One Arabian

Nights. Tchaikovsy returns to the orchestra and the park with the perennial

favorite of his always engaging first piano concerto.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto, No. 1.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Photos from previous rehearsals at West Los Angeles College and Chace Park,

and concerts past and present, in no particular order.

Erin Wood, July 11

Wood bio.pdf

William Davenport, July 11

Davenport Bio.pdf

Ruslan Biryukov, July 25

Biryukov bio photos.pdf

Roberto Cani, August 8

Cani bio.pdf

Rufus Choi, August 22

Choi bio 2013.pdf

Rich Capparela

Capparela Bio - Full.pdf

Rena Harms, July 11

Harms Bio.pdf

Haqumai Sharpe, July 11

Sharpe bio.pdf

Rebecca Nathanson, July 11

Nathanson Bio.pdf