Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4:30PM
Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Ave at Culver Blvd, Culver City
Free Parking, Entrances along Culver Blvd
and Music Director BIO
Aubree Oliverson-Violin, Winner, Intermediate Division, Parness Concerto Competition BIO
Mozart: Don Giovanni, Overture (1787)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (1844)
Wagner: Sigfried Idyll (1870)
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (1917)
General Admission: $15
Ages 13-17: $10
Ages 6-12: Free
Members of SoCal Symphony Society Receive
Two Free Tickets, Available at the Auditorium Box Office
Preconcert talk with Frank Fetta, 3:45PM,
for SoCal Symphony Society Members
Tickets available at the Box Office
one hour before the concert,
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It is a safe assumption that today more people know about (Justin) Bieber than Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, or Bartók. Classical Music does not command the interest in our lives as it did in previous generations, many thankfully still living.
For those of us who love Classical Music, we are challenged to find space for it in our very busy lives. We are challenged to carve out interest for it in our society of 24/7 everything, short attention spans, and the lack of exposure to the wonders, joys, beauty, excitement, passion of Classical Music outside of its use as background music for movies and commercials.
The March 5, 2017, concert finds composers who worked to find space for music in their lives, and push that music into, or against, the societies of their times.
Mozart’s expose against the nobility and the ruling class of the aristocracy was first put forth in his opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” and continued with his next opera “Don Giovanni” which portrays the Don, the noble-man, as lecherous, murderous, a manipulator pulled down to Hell by the statue of the Commodore whom he had earlier killed. Mozart’s life was constantly in search for space for his music, and the money to create that space. His concerns for the rights of people outside of the aristocracy was a fight to find space for equality.
Mendelssohn lived in the age of the rising Middle Class, with the aristocracy on the decline. His life was not lived confronting society, but serving music to the highest degree. Through his tireless efforts he brought back from obscurity forgotten works of Johann Sebastian Bach, tireless work for which we still are indebted. He resurrected the neglected Beethoven Violin Concerto. He composed masterpieces which continue to amaze and move. Mendelssohn found and carved out space for music unduly neglected, and for his own marvelous works.
Wagner revolutionized music through his operas, creating works of unimagined dimensions of length, scale, harmonic language and spectacle. He created space for his works through sheer determination, and at times through unsavory behavior, but the space he carved out continues to find audience.
Prokofiev was a composer always looking for space for his music. He fled Russia when the Communist took over, and lived an unsettled life in Europe, carving out his space in musical society, but it was not enough. He returned to Soviet Russia, and was first hailed as the returning son and great composer fleeing the decadent West. He was given plenty of space. But this space diminished more and more as he chafed under the brutal and oppressive Soviet regime. The shrinking of his space closed down to the point of suffocation.
The Culver City Symphony Orchestra is always trying to find space: trying to find our space in the cultural and social fabric of society; trying to find space (rehearsal rooms) for rehearsals-not an easy task when dealing with forty to seventy musicians; and yes, finding the funding to carve out our space, and continue to present to you these concerts.
You can find your own space in these concerts, but creating that space for you, and for us, requires your financial support. Please, support the orchestra, find your space, listen and enjoy. You can help us by becoming a member of SoCal Symphony Society, and with donations, any time, any amount, 24/7, through our website: LINK
Matthew Hetz, President/Executive Director
Culver City Symphony Orchestra