Temecula Valley Symphony features Young Artist Competition winners

Malvyn Lai. Courtesy photo
Malvyn Lai. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Symphony’s 2016-2017 Season continues with “BRAVO!” March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Golden Bears Theater, Temecula. The state-of-the-art venue is located at 31555 Rancho Vista Road on the Temecula Valley High School campus.

BRAVO!” features the winners of the Symphony’s 2017 Young Artist Competition, including first place winner Malvyn Lai, 12, of San Diego, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, 3rd movement; second place winner Justin H. Lee, 10, also of San Diego performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, 1st movement and third place winner Nathan Cox, 15, of Murrieta performing Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello by Tchaikovsky.

Nathan Cox. Courtesy photo
Nathan Cox. Courtesy photo

Other concert highlights include, “Candide” by Bernstein, Wagner’s “Prelude to Act III” from “Lohengrin” and “Finlandia” by Sibelius. Adventure comes to life with “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams, and music from the Hollywood film score “How to Train Your Dragon” by John Powell.

Alana Joos, the Symphony’s artistic director and president, noted “We design our programs to connect to the audience in a personal way and strive to make them engaging and light-hearted. We’re not your ordinary stuffy symphony. It’s my belief that we need to remove the barrier between the audience and the musicians and encourage people to laugh, applaud, and participate in the musical experience. We are very proud to announce that Inland Empire Magazine readers voted us one of the Best Entertainment Venues in the Inland Empire! Under the baton of John Mario, our music director and conductor, the Symphony has become a leading orchestra in the region.”

The Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus presents “The Music Of Living,” a stand-alone concert, April 8 at 4 p.m. featuring selections focused on how music is intertwined into every part of the human experience and how we use song to celebrate, play, work, love and experience life. This concert at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula, 31143 Nicolas Road is conducted by Artistic Director Eric Rea. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

“The Colors Of Music III” April 22 at 2 p.m. will spotlight several of the Symphony’s principal musicians in an intimate concert setting. Works include “Silent Woods” for Cello and Piano by Dvořák, Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute and Piano and “The Shepherd on the Rock for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano” by Schubert. Other pieces include Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Percussion and a performance by the i.e., Brass. This concert will also be held at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Justin H. Lee. Courtesy photo
Justin H. Lee. Courtesy photo

May 20 the Symphony and Symphony Chorus combine for their season finale, “UNIVERSAL” with a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. concert to perform the last movement of Beethoven’s 9th. Other exciting selections include “Across the Stars” (the love theme from Star Wars) by John Williams, “Quadrophenia” (as performed by the Who and the Royal Philharmonic), “Curtain Up” (a compilation of Broadway hits), Slavonic Dance No. 8 (“The Furiant) by Dvořák, and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

For more information, ticket prices and venue details please call (951) 587-1536 or visit www.TemeculaValleySymphony.org – Symphony tickets are; $25 adults, $15 active military, $10 students and $5 children 12 & under.

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