October 1, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Memorial Day Weekend Symphony

By Tabitha Hogue

 

It must have been a dream come true for the young, little known composer Igor Stravinsky when the famous Russian ballet master, Sergei Diaghelev, commissioned him to compose a ballet for the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909. Out of this bold partnership was born the famous Firebird ballet, which draws on Russian folklore to relate how an enchanting and beautiful bird, the titular character of the ballet, brings about the downfall of a cruel ogre-like villain, Kastchei the Deathless. Kastchei is notorious for capturing beautiful young princesses and turning into stone the knights who come to save them.

The Santa Monica Symphony (SMS) will be performing the Firebird Suite at its upcoming free concert on Sunday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall.

Maestro Guido Lamell describes the Firebird Suite as “one of the most dazzling and colorful orchestral works of all!”

“I was looking for a worthy finale to cap a great season of orchestral spectaculars,” Lamell says. “When my wife suggested the Firebird, I jumped on the idea immediately! There’s just no greater orchestra showcase anywhere!”

In addition to the Firebird, guest soloist Ronald Leonard, the former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor.

Leonard was a colleague of Lamell’s in LA Philharmonic for many years; Lamell regards him as “a very prestigious, very great player.”

Leonard is an accomplished soloist, orchestral musician and chamber musician, who has performed many times as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic and has participated in chamber music performances with such renowned artists as Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Richard Goode, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Additionally, in honor of Memorial Day, the SMS is extending an invitation to area veterans to attend the concert and will perform the Armed Forces Salute. The Salute pays tribute to all five branches of the military, incorporating each of the branches’ official songs: “The Caisson Song” (Army); “Anchors Aweigh” (Navy); “Marines’ Hymn” (Marines); “Semper Paratus” (U.S. Coast Guard); and “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder” (Airforce).

The Memorial Day Weekend Concert has traditionally been one of the Symphony’s most popular and well attended events, and SMS staff recommends arriving early to find a seat. In addition to the performance, a pre-concert lecture presented by conductor and keyboardist Stephen Karr will be offered at 6 p.m. at Barnum Hall which is located at 600 Olympic Blvd.

All Santa Monica Symphony concerts are offered with free admission. For parking information or any other questions, please see the Symphony website at smsymphony.org or call 310.395.6330.

Related Posts

Review: “Away”

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

“Away”Rated TV-14Season 1 – 10 One-Hour EpisodesReleased September 4th on Netflix In 2014 Esquire Magazine published a thorough article by...

Beloved Santa Monica Artist Passes Away at 99

August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

Venezuelan born artist surrealist artist Luchita Hurtado passes away  By Toi Creel For some in Santa Monica, the name Luchita...

Brock on Your Block: Saturday Morning Neighborhood Jazz

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

In the latest Brock on Your Block, Phil discovers an impromptu Jazz Concert by the neighbors – a great way...

Film/TV Review: Upload

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

FILM/TV REVIEWUPLOADRated TV-MA30-Minute EpisodesSeason 1,10 Episodes Released on Amazon Prime May 1st Upload has the guise of a cute rom-com....

Edify TV: Santa Monica Place Food Court Vacancies

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Another restaurant has closed in the Santa Monica Place food court, adding to the number of vendor vacancies. Learn more...

Fried Chicken and Doughnut Joint Closes Santa Monica Location

March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

All Southern California Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken shut down By Toi Creel After an almost three-year-long stint, Astro Doughnuts...

Edify TV: Free and Affordable Meals for SMC Students

March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

Santa Monica College has opened its first Everytable SmartFridge. Learn more about this program to make healthy meals affordable for under $5 (and...

Lazy Daisy Cafe to Reopen Doors With New Menu, Ownership

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Feb. 28 soft opening By Toi Creel A popular Santa Monica eatery-once planned to be closed for good – is...

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival Returns

February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 21st to 23rd – Edgemar Center for the Arts By Staff Writer Housed at the Edgemar Center for the...

My Own Academy Awards

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization founded by Louis B. Mayer to...

Brock on Your Block: The Maiden Factor

February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020

Phil Brock meets Tracy Edwards, MBE, skipper of Maiden, who led the first all-female crew to complete the Whitbread Round...

Santa Monica High School Graduate Becomes NASA Astronaut

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020

Dr. Jonny Kim becomes first Korean American astronaut By Sam Catanzaro A graduate of Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) has...