NEXT CONCERT:

  • 09/23/2017
    AGOURA PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION CENTER AGOURA HILLS, CA
     
 

On Saturday, May 18, 2017, after a few words by Maestro James Domine, and the playing of our National Anthem, the audience took their seats and the evening of glorious music was underway. The opening piece on the program was the exciting and sensual "Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saens, beautifully played by the Orchestra. The concertgoers responded with great applause. 

Next we heard the inaugural performance by local composer, Richard Egizi. Entitled "In Memoria di Mio Padre." This a four Tone Poem piece that he wrote in tribute to his late father who, as his best friend and mentor, guided him into and through his musical path. A very touching work, embued with the composer's love and admiration for his father, was felt and acknowledged by the audience's applause and standing ovation.

"By Steam Or By Dream," a work by Larry Tuttle, another local composer, and bass player with the Orchestra, was next on the program. As the composer put it, "This music was inspired by ideas of invention, progress, and forward momentum, and designed to be colorful and high-energy. It contains equal parts Beethoven scherzo, Irish jig, and rock shuffle, with the audience intended to be transported and have fun." It completely succeeded in doing just that, as demonstrated by the audience's appreciative response at its conclusion.

Following a brief intermission, the orchestra performed,"The Enchanted Lake," by Anatole Liadov. Most of his tone poems were based on Russian folk tales but this piece was an exception; it arose solely from his imagination. The audience was enchanted by the delicate scoring and immaculate craftsmanship, all packaged into a magical six minutes. Once again, the Orchestra was excellent.

The program ended with an outstanding performance of the gorgeous "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasie" by Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. There are never words to describe the beauty of this magnificent work. It was a fitting ending to a perfect evening of music, thanks to the great composers, the outstanding performance by the musicians of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the dedication to his art by our illustrious Conductor/Music Director/Composer, James Domine!

 

 

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, a full house of concertgoers were presented with  a most wonderful evening of music by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Domine. 

After a few words by the Maestro and the playing of the National Anthem, we heard the "Hebrides Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn. This overture was written after a trip to the Hebrides Island, "... to depict the movement of the sea and rolling waves, as well as the loneliness and solitude..." that he experienced while exploring Fingal's Cave on the Island. These emotions were all evident in the Orchestra's wonderful performance.

The piece that followed, "Pastorale Variee for Clarinet and Strings" by Paul Ben-Haim" is a ..."flowing work that embodies the Mediterranean school with long, meandering, melodic lines, irregular rhythms and subtle harmonies." Geoff Nudell, the soloist, was superb, and he was supported in kind by the Strings. Throughout his performance, you could have heard a pin drop, so intent was the audience; but when the last note had drifted away, the room just exploded.  

Last Saturday evening's performance of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra was masterful! Maestro James Domine opened the program with not one but two great overtures: The "Overture to Nabucco," otherwise known as the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, by Giuseppe Verdi, which is very well-known to opera lovers; and Robert Schumann's beautiful but seldomly heard "Genoveva Overture."

The next selection, "Music Madly Makes the World Go Round," by composer Cary Belling, who is also a violinist with the SFVSO, was charming and delightful; full of whimsy and unexpected surprises. It totally delighted the audience, who applauded and cheered him and the Orchestra. 

Following the intermission came the last offering of the evening, Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony #3 in A minor, the "Scottish," This very popular and gorgeous piece of music was played to perfection and completely captivated the audience. Their applause brought back Maestro Domine from the wings several times to take his bows. Kudos to him and to the excellent musicians who made this evening so very special.

 

Last Saturday evening's Concert at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center was one of the best performances ever given by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. Maestro James Domine opened with the beautiful "Tales from the Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss, Jr. This was followed by the "Oboe Concerto," composed and conducted by Charles Fernandez, who is also a bassoonist with the Orchestra. The renowned oboist, Francisco Castillo, enthralled the audience by performing this great Concerto in an incredible display of virtuosity, using the "circular breathing" technique which allows him to play very long passages of music seemingly without taking a breath. When the piece ended, the audience erupted with great applause, and cheered both the oboist and the composer. Maestro Domine then returned to the podium and conducted Beethoven's "Romance in G major, Op. 50." Concertmaster Ruth Bruegger gave a wonderful performance on the violin before an enraptured audience.

To conclude the first part of the program, Maestro Domine presented his own composition, the "Frankenstein Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra," in its inaugural performance, with Ruth Bruegger once again on the violin. This is an exciting, somewhat frightening piece of music, with a gorgeous theme that appears unexpectedly. It was played to perfection by Ms. Bruegger, and the audience loved it. They rose from their seats to applaud and cheer. The one word heard from many of the concertgoers in the audience and during intermission was, "WOW!!" 

The second half of the program was the music of Georges Bizet; first his "Symphony in C major" and, to conclude the program, the famous "Carmen Suite #1." Both of these works were beautifully played by the Orchestra under the artful direction of the conductor. When the final notes rang out, the entire audience stood, applauded and cheered what was indeed a fantastic evening of music!

To all who were present last night and witnessed the smashing performance of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, you were indeed fortunate. From the first piece, Von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, which was  played with amazing enthusiasm and zeal, the audience knew they were in for a very special evening.

Then came the winners of the Music Teachers Association of California SFVW Branch Competition, violinists Thompson Wang and Bronte Vlashi. Sixteen-year-old Thompson skillfully performed the first movement of the very difficult Sibelius Violin Concerto, followed by fifteen-year-old Bronte's fiery performance of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. The two young musicians played with the confidence of seasoned professionals and were heartily rewarded by thunderous applause from the audience.

The Orchestra then delighted everyone with a wonderful performance of Strauss, Jr.'s An der Schoenen Blauen Donau Walzer (On the Beautiful Blue Danube). Not only were women in the audience swaying in their seats, but several of the violinists were as well! A gorgeous piece of music that put smiles on the faces of all.

And then, after the intermission, the audience was treated to the final  piece on the program, Beethoven's marvelous Symphony #7. Knowing that classical music lovers are familiar with all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, suffice it to say, it is one of his masterpieces. Under the baton of Maestro Domine and in the hands of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra (literally), it could not have been performed better. At the conclusion, the audience applauded, cheered, and rose to their feet in appreciation.

If you could not be there, you missed a "happening;" we hope you will be able to join us for the next concert on November 19th.   

 

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra gave an outstanding and memorable performance of the last concert of the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Maestro James Domine addressed the audience, explained the evening's program, and thanked them for their patronage and support. 

After the playing of our National Anthem, Maestro Domine began the concert with John Williams' Harry Potter Suite. This delightful medley, in five movements, is based on the endearing themes from the smash hit Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Following the Suite were excerpts from four other Harry Potter movies, as arranged by Katherine Ramos Baker, with the CSUN Women's Chorale joining the Orchestra. 

The next composition, "Nocturne," in three movements, by Claude Debussy, was inspired by a series of impressionist paintings, also entitled Nocturnes. The Chorale of young women sang it like angels, even though they were supposed to be the sirenes,"with their haunting strains of mysterious and enchanting voices from across the salty spray and play of the wind and waves," and the Orchestra did a great job on a very difficult piece.

 There followed an intermission and a silent auction, with the happy winners receiving the good news at the end of the Concert.

And then came the "piece de resistance," James Domine's Piano Concerto #3 in A minor (Wind of Time), played brilliantly by pianist extraordinaire, Joanna Ezrin. Words fail me, but I can say that at the end of the performance, the audience exploded, stood, and cheered her and our illustrious Composer and Maestro, James Domine. Ms. Ezrin came back for three curtain calls and then, to the delight of all the women, sat down at the piano to play and sing a lovely homage to mothers because, in fact, it was Mother's Day. Brought a tear to many an eye I'm sure ... I know it did to mine!

 

 

Last Sunday afternoon's Concert at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center was one of the best the Orchestra has performed! The audience sat enthralled as the musicians under the artful baton of Maestro James Domine, and the soloists, Jennifer Bliman and Aubree Oliverson, created a magical afternoon of music.

The program opened with Maestro Domine's exciting composition, "Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra." This piece is in three chronological contrasting moods: first is a "rock and roll" intro in three parts; the second movement is a jazz ballad arranged in the 1950's style of Nelson Riddle; and the third harks back to traditional classical concerti a la Mozart. The audience applauded and cheered Ms. Bliman's performance. As an encore, and on the lighter side, she offered another type of magic by playing solo horn accompanied by the song "Music Music Music" on CD, and threw in some dance steps as well. The audience was delighted by this sampling from her fun "one woman" show. 

The next selection was the rarely heard but very beautiful,"Violin Concerto in E minor," by the Russian composer Julius Conus. Performed by 17 year old Aubree Oliverson, a student at the prestigious Colburn Academy, the audience knew immediately that they were listening to something very special. Ms. Oliverson was, in a word, brilliant. Her exquisite playing, comfortable and confident demeanor, and charm will most definitely take her to the heights of success! This was her second appearance with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra; it is hoped that she will perform with the Orchestra again in the near future. The audience made their appreciation known by bringing her back for three standing ovations.

Following intermission came the icing on the cake, "Beethoven's Symphony #5 in C minor." Maestro Domine led the Orchestra through the four gorgeous movements of this most favorite of all symphonies, and he and the musicians were, in a word, superb (kudos to the composer as well).

Praise was heard for the entire program, the Orchestra, and the soloists as the concertgoers left the music hall. If you were unable to attend, you missed a fabulous event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following Maestro Domine's opening remarks, the Concert on Saturday evening, January 23, 2016, commenced with the gorgeous "Intermezzo" from Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana," beautifully played by the Orchestra. 

Charles Fernandez then took the baton to lead the Orchestra in performing his own composition, the "Lovers Dance" from "The Statue," a beautiful and charming work that was warmly and enthusiastically rewarded with great applause.

The next selection, Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme," featured the very talented and exceptional 17 year old 'cellist, Ernest Carbajal, Jr., currently a student at the prestigious Colburn Academy. This work, on its own merits, is truly wonderful. In Ernie's hands, it was absolutely marvelous. Those who were present for this performance will one day be able to say they saw him in concert before he achieved the stardom that undoubtedly is his future. Of course, Maestro Domine and all of the great musicians in the Orchestra are to be commended in supporting the soloist to perfection.  

On Saturday, November 28th, in the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, the SFVSO and its guest soloists once again provided their audience with an evening of "Great Music Close to Home." Maestro James Domine, in his opening remarks, spoke about the program that would follow and the youthful soloists who would be performing as a result of having won first place at the Music Teachers Association of California Competition.  

The first piece of music played wonderfully by the Orchestra was Verdi's Overture to "Nabucco." This was followed by excellent performances of the first movement of Liszt's Piano Concerto #1 in E-flat major by 16 year old soloist Devon Valdez; the first movement of Elgar's 'Cello Concerto by 17 year old Isaac Yun, and the first movement of Saint-Saens 'Cello Concerto in A minor by 16 year old Aliya Hunter. The audience sat enthralled by the talent of these students and thanked them with hearty applause and cheers.

After a brief intermission, Maestro Domine returned to conduct the Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakoff's stirring masterpiece, "Scheherazade." Always a favorite among concertgoers, the audience sat entranced by the beauty of the music; the playing of the Orchestra, especially the musicians who handled the difficult solo parts so brilliantly; and last, but not least, he who brought it all together, Maestro James Domine.

As the audience was leaving the theatre, many of them stopped to compliment and thank the young soloists; and many were heard commenting on the evening's marvelous entertainment. All in all, a night to remember!

On Sunday afternoon, September 20, 2015, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra presented the Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra of Calabasas, conducted by its Music Director and Conductor, James Domine. In his opening remarks, Maestro Domine thanked the audience for attending, and expressed his gratitude to the many season subscribers and donors, without whom he could not continue to provide, "Great Music Close to Home." He also acknowledged the efforts of the members of the SFVSO's Board of Directors by asking them to stand.

The afternoon's program was a wonderful one, featuring three foremost soloists: Katherine Marsh performing Vivaldi's "Flute Concerto in F major;" Nancy Roth performing Mozart's "Violin Concerto #1 in B-flat major, and Steven Ades, performing Maestro James Domine's Bassoon Concerto. These consummate musicians would have made Vivaldi and Mozart, and did make Domine, very proud. The final piece was the "Finale from Sinfonia #2 in E-flat major by Domine, a remarkable and beautiful composition. The audience enthusiastically applauded and cheered the musicians, soloists, and music director, composer, conductor James Domine for a great concert.

Comments heard from the departing concertgoers were how much they enjoyed the performances, and that the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center was a delightful place with excellent acoustics for a Sunday afternoon concert.To those of you who were unable to attend, you missed something special; but we look forward to seeing you on November 28th at the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks.

On Saturday evening, July 25, 2015, The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra presented ,"An Evening at Esterhazy," with the Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra performing under the baton of its Music Director, Maestro James Domine.
 
In his opening remarks, Maestro Domine welcomed the concertgoers to the Elks Lodge Auditorium, a new and wonderful venue for the Orchestra, and thanked the season subscribers for their ongoing and much appreciated support. He asked that everyone consider signing up for a season subscription to ensure that the SFVSO can continue to provide,"Great Music Close to Home," far into the future. Subscription renewal forms for the 2015-2016 season will be mailed out in August.  
 
For those who were unable to attend this Concert, the program opened with the inaugural performance of Maestro Domine's own great composition, "Overture in E-flat major," written by him for this occasion. It was followed with the stellar performances of J. S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor" by violinist extraordinaire Ruth Bruegger, and Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in G minor for two 'cellos" with outstanding 'cellists Daniel Grab and Billy Tobenkin. After a short intermission, the Orchestra performed the "Symphony #9 in C major" by Franz Josef Haydn and the "Symphony in D major" by Michael Haydn. 
 
Throughout the entire program, the Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra played beautifully! The audience reacted with applause and cheers after each piece of music, and resounding and sustained applause at the conclusion. Comments heard as the concertgoers exited were how wonderful the program was, how pleased they were with the concert hall, and how they were looking forward to signing up for the next season. 
  
We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming new season opening Concert on September 20, 2015!
 

 

 

 

Saturday evening, March 21, 2015, began with a pre-concert fundraising dinner at the Marmalade Cafe in the "Commons." Thanks to the participating concertgoers, the SFVSO will be the beneficiary of a nice sized check from the restaurant. After dinner, it was just a short walk to Founders Hall in the Civic Center where The Esterhazy Orchestra of Calabasas was in readiness for the Concert.                                                                                                                         

At exactly 8:00 pm, Maestro James Domine took the podium to chat briefly about the evening's program. He thanked the audience for their continued support, and introduced the Orchestra's Board of Directors.

J. C. Bach's Symphony in B-flat major, a delightful piece embodying the composer's use of flowing melodies, and played to perfection by the Orchestra, opened the program. 

Giovanni Battista Viotti's Violin Concerto #29 in E minor was presented next. Concertmaster Ruth Bruegger delivered an outstanding performance of this beautiful but seldom-heard piece. The audience showed their appreciation with tremendous applause and a standing ovation.

The next treat, after intermission, was the inaugural performance of the Overture in G minor by our wonderful Maestro, James Domine, whose extraordinary talent never ceases to amaze. Based on the reaction of the audience, he may very well be a "legend in his own time." 

The final piece on the program was Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony #8 in G major (Le soir). This symphony is a quintessential work that uses instrumental soloists juxtaposed against the Orchestra in a kind of quasi concerto grosso format. Cast in four movements, it begins with an Allegro followed by a charming and graceful Andante, continues with the traditional Menuetto and concludes with a finale subtitled La tempesta that depicts an evening storm. The Orchestra gave a splendid performance of this classical period masterpiece.

Thanks to all who attended and showed appreciation for the marvelous music and performances you were privileged to see and hear. It should be noted that the room was sold out and many had to be turned away. To that end, we recommend you consider  purchasing a season subscription, when it is offered for the next season, to insure that you do not miss each and every glorious performance.

 

Thanks so much to all of our music friends who enjoyed breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Ruby's Diner on Thursday, February 26, in support of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. This writer was pleased at lunchtime to see that the majority of patrons arrived with fundraiser flyers in hand; word has it that there was a substantial dinner crowd as well. The 20% return by the restaurant to the Orchestra of the total amount you spent will result in a sizeable and greatly appreciated check.   
 
The Saturday, March 21, 2015, pre-concert fundraising  dinner will be hosted by the Marmalade Cafe at the Commons in Calabasas. Details will follow by email regarding the concert program in Founders Hall at the Calabasas Civic Center. 
 
Maestro James Domine and the members of the Orchestra wish to express their gratitude for your patronage and support, and pledge that they will always endeavor to bring you, "Great Music Close to Home.

 Saturday evening's Concert at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts was, in a word, phenomenal! From the opening Cariolan Overture by Beethoven to the final piece, Schubert's Symphony #9 in C major (the Great), the entire audience sat enthralled. Each offering was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers; however, it was Maestro Domine's Cello Concerto that "brought the house down." Cellist Daniel Grab was stellar and, in his hands, the Concerto soared to incredible heights. After thunderous applause and a standing ovation, Mr. Grab returned to his seat and treated the concertgoers to an encore of the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 in C major. At the conclusion, applause rang out for him, Maestro Domine, and the entire Orchestra for what was indeed a most wonderful evening of music. 

 

Last evening, November 22, 2014, a gathering of concertgoers met for a pre-concert fundraising dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen, near the Scherr Forum Theatre. Thanks to those who came to dine in support of the Orchestra, CPK will be sending us a very much appreciated check.

After Maestro James Domine's words of welcome and the playing of our National Anthem, the exciting and fun "Animatus Eventus Suite," composed and conducted by Chuck Fernandez (who also plays bassoon in the Orchestra) was performed to rousing applause from the audience.

We were then treated to the superb playing of pianists Graceful Lee, 18 years of age, and Ivy Lee, 14 years of age, who were this year's winners of the Music Teachers of California Concerto Competition. Ivy played the first movement of Beethoven's "Piano Concerto #1 in C major;" Graceful played the first movement of the "Piano Concerto #2 in G minor" by Saint-Saens. The audience was enthralled by the marvelous performances by both sisters and spoke glowingly of them during intermission. 

Maestro Domine, who knows how to put together a "fun"tastic program, proved it by concluding the first half with the very famous "Dance of the Hours" from "La Gioconda" by Ponchielli, which the Orchestra performed with verve and enthusiasm. This very famous piece of music was immediately recognized by the audience with smiles and chuckles (remembering the Disney version in the movie Fantasia). 

Following intermission, Maestro Domine masterfully conducted the the final selection ... the not often heard but, of course, marvelous "Symphony #4 in B-flat major" by Beethoven. At the end of the Orchestra's excellent performance, the audience cheered and applauded. As they exited, everyone was smiling and talking excitedly about the entire program. The word "wonderful" was heard over and over again. It truly was that ... and more! 

If you were unable to be in the theater last evening, you missed something special. Hopefully we will see you at our next concert on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Tutor Family Performing Arts Center at Chaminade in West Hills. It's never too soon to order tickets, which you can do right here on our website.

We look forward to seeing you in January and wish you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year.

We are pleased to announce that 16 year old wunderkind 'cellist Ernie Carbajal, Jr., has been awarded first prize in the recent Bach competition sponsored by the Music Teachers Association of Southern California. Our kudos to Ernie, with thanks to his teachers, Daniel Grab currently and Glenn Grab previously, and to his parents, Ernie and Jackie Carbajal, for giving him their support and musical genes.

Ernie has the distinction of being the youngest member of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and has soloed on several occasions. Special thanks to Maestro James Domine for providing Ernie with the opportunity to perform before audiences who delight in seeing and hearing this rising young star. 

The evening began with a pre-concert fundraising dinner at the Marmalade Cafe, just a short distance from Founders Hall at the Calabasas Civic Center. Thanks to everyone who participated, the Orchestra will be the recipient of a substantial check from the restaurant.  

Those of you who attended were truly rewarded with one of the most wonderful Concerts the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Domine, has performed. From the rousing opening number, Contrapunctus in D minor by Domine, to the final Symphony #7 in C major by Haydn, the Orchestra played magnificently. 

There are not sufficient adjectives to use in remarking on the three selections in-between and the artists who performed them. The Violin Concerto in C major by Haydn was performed brilliantly by 16 year old Aubree Oliverson, with poise and skill beyond her years; The Horn Concerto #1 in D major by Mozart was played beautifully by veteran horn soloist and Orchestra member Jennifer Bliman; and 16 year old Ernie Carbajal, Jr. "brought down the house" with his superb performance of Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68.

As we left the Hall, people all around could be heard extolling the marvelous music and performances they had been privileged to see and hear. It should be mentioned that the room was sold out; and those who chose to stand indicated how glad they were that they had stayed. Special thanks to them. 

The evening of May 24, 2014, started out with a gathering of many of our concertgoers for a pre-concert fundraising dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen, close to the Scherr Forum Theatre. Because of you who came and dined with us, we are certain to receive a nice return from CPK for the benefit of the Orchestra.

We were then greatly rewarded by the performance of our Orchestra and guests at this last Concert of the season. The wondrous Concerto for Viola, subtitled: Equinox, a Seeker's Journey, was written by Cary Belling, a local composer and member of the SFVSO, and was played with virtuosity and soulfulness by violist Victor de Almeida.

The next selection was the Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat minor, written by our own James Domine and performed by three local high school students, Vera Weber (1st movement), Colin Muir (2nd movement) and Carmen Cabral (3rd movement), who had previously played these movements at the annual Music Teachers' Association of California Competition. Thanks to the tutelage of piano teacher extraordinaire, Joanna Ezrin (and the genius of the composer), Vera, Colin, and Carmen were all winners at the competition. Needless to say, these talented young people brought down the house!

Following the intermission, Maestro Domine masterfully conducted the Orchestra in the magnificence that is the Shostakovich Symphony #5 in D minor. In this great work, the composer depicts the isolation, abandonment, and social separation endured by him throughout the dark oppression of a Stalinistic society. Finally emerging in the last movement of the Symphony is the composer's realization of an idealized artistic vision. If you missed the concert and have never heard this Symphony, purchase a CD or listen to it on YouTube. You will be very glad that you did.

We look forward to seeing you at next season's Opening Concert on September 27th. 

 

Everyone attending the Concert last Saturday evening, March 29, was in agreement that the Orchestra performed magnificently under the artful baton of Maestro James Domine. The first selection, the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Strauss, was warmly received bythe capacity crowd.. It was followed by Nancy Roth's superb performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The audience acknowledged the skill and artistry of Ms. Roth's playing with tremendous applause, cheers, and a standing ovation. Glowing remarks were heard during the intermission, after which the Orchestra concluded the Concert with an outstanding performance of the seldom heard but greatly admired Symphony #1 in G major by Tchaikovsky.

It was a wondrous evening of beautiful music which the concertgoers appeared to enjoy immensely. If you missed it, be sure to attend the next great Concert on May 24, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there.

As a result of a few audience mishaps during the Orchestra's performance on March 29, 2014, we would like to remind everyone of the following Rules of Concert Etiquette:

  • Cell phones must be deactivated or placed on "silent" mode before entering the auditorium;
  • Food and beverages; unauthorized cameras, recording equipment, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the auditorium;
  • Persons experiencing uncontrollable coughing must leave the auditorium and wait in the lobby until the spasm subsides; 
  • Late arrivals must wait in the lobby until there is a break in the music, and then enter quietly;   
  • Finally, there must be no talking during the Concert. Each performance is a unique experience and deserves the full attention of the audience.

Such disturbances are disrespectful to Maestro Domine, the Orchestra, and the audience; your observance of these Rules of Concert Etiquette will be greatly appreciated.

Larry Tuttle, one of our bass players, composed a wonderful work entitled, "Chorale and Fiddle Tune," which was performed by our Orchestra in concert on May 26, 2012. It gives us great pleasure and pride to let you know that the Pittsburgh Symphony has included this piece in one of its upcoming performance dates. This is a great honor for Larry and, by extension, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Maestro James Domine, Music Director of the SFVSO presented The Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra of Calabasas in its first performance at Founders' Hall in Calabasas. To say it was a success would be an understatement! 

The music performed by the 20-piece Orchestra included two pieces by Mozart: Symphony #1 in E-flat major; and the Violin Concerto #5 in A major, beautifully played by Concertmaster Ruth Bruegger. Also on the program were the Symphony #9 in C major by Haydn; Boccherini's Violoncello Concerto in B-flat major, featuring soloist par excellence Daniel Grab; and the inaugural performance of Domine's Sinfonietta in C major. At the conclusion, the full capacity audience stood and cheered the Orchestra, the soloists, and the Maestro in recognition and gratitude. It was an evening to remember!

The Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra of Calabasas looks forward to performing in Founders' Hall in the near future, so stay tuned ...... 

Many thanks to all of you who attended the Orchestra's performance on Saturday, November 23, 2013, in the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civics Art Plaza. Thanks also to the concertgoers who supported our pre-concert fundraising effort by dining at CPK. As you know, the success of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra is incumbent upon your support. 

Maestro James Domine began the evening with the exciting and beautiful "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens, followed by The Inaugural Performance of the Maestro's very own "Flute Concerto," featuring Katherine Marsh. The audience loved it and showed its appreciation with hearty applause for both the composer and the soloist. 

During the intermission, people were heard praising the Orchestra, Maestro Domine's wonderful concerto, and the masterful playing of Ms. Marsh.

Following intermission, we were treated to an extraordinary performance of Manuel da Falla's "El Sombrero de Tres Picos" (Dances from the "Three-Cornered Hat" Ballet). The Orchestra did itself proud, under Maestro Domine's able direction, and we congratulate them.

We hope to see you at the next Concert on March 29, 2014. 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Opening Concert of the 2013-2014 season last Saturday evening, September 28, 2013.
 
Those attending were treated to the most wonderful Concert, from the opening piece, von Suppe's rousing Poets and Peasants Overture to the final selection, Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor. In between, the audience sat mesmerized by the playing of MTAC Competition winners, Christine Ye Seul Park and James Quan. Ms. Park performed Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5 and Mr. Quan played the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto No. 1; both received enthusiastic applause and cheers from the audience. In addition, composer and former SFVSO member Michael Kibbe was present in the audience for the inaugural performance of his own delightful composition, Aztec Fantasy. The Orchestra, conducted by Maestro James Domine, did an outstanding job and was applauded and cheered by a most appreciative audience. As we left the theater, all the buzz was about what a great night of music it had been!
 
Your patience and understanding with regard to seating at the brand new Tutor Family Center is much appreciated. Ours was the first performance of a non-student event in this theater. Prior to our March Concert, the necessary adjustments will be made for your comfort and convenience. We believe everyone will agree that it is a beautiful place to enjoy classical music.
 
We look forward to seeing you at our next Concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on November 23. Please check out our 2013-2014 Concert Calendar page to see the program.
 

Another season of outstanding music is just around the corner. We hope that you had a great summer; and we're looking forward to seeing you at the season opener on Saturday, September 28. Four concerts are scheduled this season, two in the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and two at the brand new Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts at Chaminade in West Hills. Please check the 2013-2014 CONCERT CALENDAR for details and, for the best deal in town, become a season subscriber. Tickets may be purchased online or by check (click HERE). Maestro James Domine and the musicians of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra are looking forward to bringing you a full season of "Great Music Close to Home."

P.S. Information regarding the Pre-Concert Fundraiser Dinner will be forthcoming. In the meantime, view photos of some of our previous dinners on our PHOTO ALBUM page.

The fourth and final Concert of the season on Saturday, April 20, 2013, was, in the opinion of a great many of the concertgoers, "brilliant." The opening selection, "Intermezzo and Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann" by Jacques Offenbach was played by the Orchestra with a vitality that did this work proud.  Many of us were very familiar with the "Barcarolle" and were delighted to have an opportunity to hear the "Intermezzo" as well. 

In keeping with the energy that had already been generated, composer Charles Fernandez took the baton to conduct his "Suite from 'The Statue' Ballet." This never before performed cinematic-type work is simply breathtaking in the excitement it generates. The audience thanked Fernandez and the Orchestra with appreciative applause.

If you had seen Daniel Grab perform the Haydn Cello Concerto at the March 2012 Concert, you knew that the next piece by Tchaikovsky, "Variations on a Rococo Theme," was going to be something special, and it was. Played superbly by Daniel, you could have heard a pin drop.This gorgeous music was sheer perfection to our ears. The applause was tremendous; and our wonderful young cellist received three curtain calls and a standing ovation. He then favored the audience with an impeccable performance of the Prelude to Bach's Suite #3 for Solo Cello. It brought the "house" down!

Maestro Domine selected as the finale Tchaikovsky's Symphony #3 in D major (the "Polish"), a great but rarely played or heard work. Those of us who were fortunate enough (or wise enough) to attend this Concert have definitely heard it now, and we thank the Maestro for making us aware of it. Under his direction, the Orchestra performed the five movements beautifully; and received thunderous applause and a standing ovation after the rousing conclusion. 

If you were there and would like to leave a message, please go to "Sign Guestbook" on the Home page. If you were unable to attend, we are sorry that you missed it and hope to see you at the opening of the new season in the fall.


The next 5-week sessions of the SFVSO's Education Outreach Classes at the Winnetka Convention Center, 20122 Vanowen Street, Winnetka, will begin on Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Classes are held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Complete information is available at our Education Outreach page.

Last Saturday evening's Concert opened with Sir Arthur Sullivan's rousing Overture to the Pirates of Penzance. The Orchestra played with gusto and the audience responded enthusiastically. It was followed with a stellar performance by Nancy Roth of Beethoven's magnificent Violin Concerto in D major. The audience rose to its feet at the conclusion and rewarded Ms. Roth with three curtain calls amid great applause and much cheering.

During the intermission, many comments extolling the soloist and the Orchestra were heard by and personally expressed to the writer. Beethoven's magnificence was once again revealed through the brilliant performance by the Orchestra of his Symphony No. 6 (the Pastoral), under the baton of our marvelous and multi-talented maestro, James Domine. It was a wonderful evening and the concertgoers left the theater beaming. We are sorry if you missed it. Please keep in mind that the final Concert of the season will take place on April 20, 2013. The tickets will sell out quickly so be sure to buy yours soon. We look forward to seeing you then.

The Third Concert of the Season will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 7:30 pm, in the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The Orchestra will perform Gilbert & Sullivan's Overture to the Pirates of Penzance followed by the magnificent music of Beethoven, which we are certain you will not want to miss. For program details, click on the "2012-2013 Calendar" heading.

Please show your added support of the SFVSO by joining fellow music lovers for a great meal at the pre-concert fundraiser sponsored by Claim Jumper Restaurant, which is adjacent to the Civic Arts Plaza, at 2150 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Starting at 5:00 pm, the restaurant will donate back to the Orchestra 15% of your dinner tab when you present a "Redemption Flyer" to your server. To print this flyer, simply click here: Claim Jumper Flyer. You may also print the flyer from the Home Page.

We hope to see you on the 23rd!

 

Last Saturday evening's Concert was, in the words of one outspoken person, "the best one so far." Of course, "best" may not be the same to everyone; all the concerts this year have been outstanding! The program choice was wonderful, with Maestro Domine (sporting a "new look") conducting the Orchestra in a great selection of musical delights. He opened the program with a holiday season favorite, Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, giving harpist Kathleen Moon a chance to display her virtuosity in the solo part, and followed with the always delightful L'Arlesienne Suite #1 by Bizet.

Ruth Bruegger, violinist extraordinaire, then came on stage for the inaugural performance of James Domine's Violin Concerto #1 in G major. The Maestro had commented prior to the Concert that he had written this concerto many years ago and had been influenced by the great composers of the past. As we listened, traces of Haydn and Mozart were present but, as the Concerto developed, it took on the clear and unmistakable mark of its composer, James Domine. The audience responded heartily and Ms. Bruegger was called back for several curtain calls. During the intermission, many of us talked and agreed on how glad we were that he had dusted off this splendid work and afforded us the pleasure of hearing it.

The concluding piece, the beautiful Ninth Symphony in E minor (From the New World) by Dvorak, was played to perfection. The audience exploded with cheers, applause, and a standing ovation for Maestro Domine, the wonderful soloists within the Orchestra and, of course, the entire ensemble of talented musicians.

We do hope you were in the audience. If you were unable to attend, please come to the next Concert on February 23, 2013. Another great program is planned so be sure not to miss it. We will be looking for you!

Here's wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season, one that need not be stressful. While some of you enjoy the hustle and bustle of shopping for gifts for family and friends, others prefer staying away from crowds and rather buy online. Whatever your preference, we ask you to consider doing your holiday shopping in an easy way that will also help to support the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

The SFVSO has an arrangement with Amazon.com whereby Amazon pays the Orchestra a percentage of the sales from purchases made through our website. Just click on the amazon.com icon on the left side of this webpage. That will take you directly to their website where you can make purchases the same as if you had gone directly to their website. There is no extra cost to you. It's simple, it's convenient, it's your way to help assure that the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra continues to bring you, "Great Music Close to Home." Thank you!

The Second Concert of this Season takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 7:30 pm, in the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civics Art Plaza (for program details, please click on "2012-2013 Calendar"). We are very excited to tell you that Maestro James Domine's Violin Concerto in G major is having its inaugural performance that evening. You will not want to miss what will be a wonderful night of music, one which your family and friends will enjoy as well.

Please show your added support of the SFVSO by joining your fellow music lovers for the pre-concert fundraising dinner at the Marmalade Cafe in Westlake Village. The food is great; and they will donate 20% of your dinner tab to the Orchestra. To print the flyer, which must be handed to your server at the restaurant, click here: Marmalade Flyer

We look forward to seeing you!

As you may know, in addition to being Music Director and Conductor of the Orchestra, Maestro James Domine is an excellent teacher of music appreciation and an historian of considerable accomplishment and scholarship. The two classes he taught in October, as part of the San Fernando Valley Orchestra's Education Outreach Program, were very successful and greatly appreciated by those who attended. It is Maestro Domine's intention that this be an ongoing program. The following classes are scheduled for the month of November:

The Renaissance Aesthetic: Understanding the Universe

Class meets Monday afternoons 1-3 pm - November 5, 12, 19 & 26

Great Composer Series: The Music of Franz Josef Haydn

Class meets Tuesday afternoons 1-3 pm - November 6, 13, 20 & 27

Classes are held at the Winnetka Convention Center, 20122 Vanowen Street, Winnetka.

There is a small fee of $20.00 for either class or $35.00 for both. If you are interested in enrolling, please call 818-347-4807.

"The Orchestra was terrific tonight," commented concertgoers as they exited the Scherr Forum Theatre at Saturday evening's season opener. Beginning with the exciting "Slavonic Dance #2" by Dvorak and concluding with the hauntingly beautiful strains of "The Moldau" by Smetana, everything went perfectly under the baton of Maestro James Domine.

In between, there was an outstanding display of virtuosity by three young musicians who were this year's winners of the Music Teachers' Association of California (West San Fernando Valley Branch) Competition. 15 year old violinist Timothy Le performed Wieniawski's "Scherzo Tarantelle;" 16 year old pianist Bruce Tui played the 1st movement of Chopin's "Piano Concerto#1 in E minor;" and 17 year old pianist Wesley Tui played the 2nd movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 in C minor. The audience responded with cheers and hearty applause. Ms. Anita Swearingen, Chairwoman of the MTAC Competition Committee, presented Maestro Domine with a donation to the SFVSO for providing Timothy, Bruce and Wesley with the opportunity to perform their winning pieces with the Orchestra.

The next composition, 12 year old Nathan Le's Symphony #1 in A minor (Crisis in Japan), left many in the audience awestruck that such a wonderful piece was the work of so young a boy. Applause rang out and, at the end of the concert, people hovered around him, offering congratulations and assuring him that he is destined to become a "big star." Nathan took all of this praise with great modesty (and was probably glad to go home where he could be out of the spotlight and return to just being a regular 12 year old kid).

It was a night of great music!

Thanks to everyone who dined at The California Pizza Kitchen restaurant Saturday evening prior to the Concert by our own San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. It was wonderful to see you enjoying great food in the company of friends and fellow music lovers. The Orchestra is truly appreciative of your support by attending not only our Concerts, but also these much needed fundraisers. We are certain to receive a nice check from CPK because of you!

Once again we want to thank our supporters who stopped to have a meal at El Torito Restaurant on September 20, 2012, to help in the Orchestra's fundraising effort. We just learned that they took in a substantial amount of money from our friends and family, which means a nice check for the SFVSO. In fact, they asked us to please come back again any time.

Gratitude and appreciation to one and all!

The first Concert of the 2012-2013 season debuts on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 7:30PM, in the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. As part of the Orchestra's Youth Outreach Program, the Music Teachers Association of California (MCAP) Competition winners will play their winning pieces on piano and violin. In addition, Symphony No. 1 by 12 year old Nathan Le, a cellist who has won competitions all over the world, will be performed. The Moldau by Smetana and Slavonic Dance #2 (Opus 46) by Dvorak will round out the program. This promises to be an outstanding evening of "Great Music Close to Home."

Please show your support of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra by joining us at the Concert, and by having your dinner at California Pizza Kitchen prior to the Concert. CPK is located in restaurant row at "The Lakes," just east of the theater. They will give back to the Orchestra 20% of the amount you spend. The food is great and you can dine and have good conversation with other music lovers and SFVSO supporters. On the Home page, you will see information about this fundraiser; clicking on "CPK Flyer" will allow you to print the flyer that you are required to have at the restaurant. If you click on "Tickets and Directions," you will be able to purchase tickets and get directions if needed.

The Orchestra thanks you!

The fourth and final Recital of the Summer was a marvelous performance by the San Fernando Valley String Quartet of great music (close to home) by renowned composers James Domine, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Antonin Dvorak. The featured players, who performed so beautifully, were Ruth Bruegger, violin; Florence Titmus, violin; Robin Ross, viola; and Glenn Grab, cello (on the Domine piece) and Daniel Grab, cello (on the lesser known Mozart and Dvorak pieces). The audience sat captivated throughout, and showed their appreciation and pleasure with a standing ovation.

If you were fortunate enough to see all or some of the Recitals, but were unable to attend any, we plan to offer them again in 2013. In the meantime, you can see all of of these wonderful musicians perform in the Orchestra's four concerts this upcoming season. The first one is on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 7:30 pm; we do hope to see you then. For more information, click on "Calendar Dates."

El Torito Cantina at 6040 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, is sponsoring a fundraiser on Thursday, September 20, 2012, to benefit the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. The restaurant is generously giving back to the Orchestra 15% of the monies you spend between 11:00 am and 10:30 pm on that date. You are simply required to have a fundraiser flyer with you, the link for which is: September 20 El Torito Flyer.

Please join us for great food and stimulating conversation with other music lovers. You will not only have a good time, you will also show the SFVSO how much you appreciate its efforts to bring us, "Great Music Close to Home." And be sure to invite your family and friends to come along.

P.S. Thanks to all of you who have supported our previous fundraisers. We are pleased to report that they were successful, both in attendance and monies raised for the Orchestra.

The fourth and final Recital of the summer will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 2:30pm, in *Pierce College Recital Hall 3400. We encourage you to take this opportunity to see and hear the San Fernando Valley String Quartet, comprised of Ruth Bruegger, violin, Florence Titmus, violin, Robin Ross, viola and Daniel Grab, 'cello.

This wonderful ensemble's program of "Great Music Close to Home" will include selections by Mozart and the "American String Quartet" by Dvorak. It promises to be an outstanding evening ... one that you will not want to miss ... and all for the small ticket price of $15.00, with an added bonus of free parking.

If you haven't already purchased a ticket, please call 818-347-4807. Tickets will also be available at the door.

We look forward to seeing you there!

*For directions to Recital Hall 3400, click on "Tickets & Directions" located at the upper left corner of this website's Home page.

The third Recital of the Summer 2012 Music Festival on Saturday, August 11, was a complete sellout and a huge success. The "stars of the evening," violinist Ruth Bruegger and pianist Joanna Ezrin, captivated the audience. Beginning with their beautiful playing and their obvious enjoyment in performing for the crowd, to their comedic bits of poking fun and trying to outdo each other on their instruments, they were a magical duo.

Featured in the program were wonderful Sonatas by Veracini and Mozart, Kreisler's Schoene Rosmarin, Excerpts from "Eurosuite" by James Domine, Bloch's Nigun, the Suite Italian by Stravinsky, and three jazz pieces which concluded the concert. The performances were applauded and cheered with great enthusiasm and gratitude.

We look forward to seeing you at the fourth and final Recital of the Summer on September 16 at 2:30PM.

We are pleased to inform you about a new and exciting online newsletter entitled "Suddenly65," which is an entertaining and informative resource for those over the age of 60 who want to know about events in their own backyards. Our Orchestra's Symphonic Concerts, Wednesday night Concerts at the "Bowl," and Summer Recitals at Pierce College are prominently posted in each issue, along with other cultural and educational activities, local entertainment, exercise venues, health information and tips, and any scams that target seniors. It even suggests fun places to take the grandkids, and a wide variety of other information in and around the San Fernando Valley.

This FREE out of the ordinary newsletter is available to you by going to their website, www.suddenly65.com, and signing up. You will immediately start receiving it directly into your inbox every Thursday morning.

The Third of our Summer Recitals will take place on Saturday, August 11, at 8:00pm, in *Pierce Recital Hall 3400. We encourage you to take this opportunity to see and hear the wonderful duo of Ruth Bruegger on violin and Joanna Ezrin at the piano. Their program of "Great Music Close to Home" will include classical, light classical, and jazz pieces, all for the small ticket price of $15.00. And, as an added bonus, parking is free!

If you haven't already purchased a ticket, please call 818-347-4807. Tickets will also be available at the door.

We look forward to seeing you there!

*For directions to Recital Hall 3400, click on "Tickets & Directions" located at the upper left corner of this website.

Last Sunday afternoon's Second Recital presented at the 2012 Summer Festival offered an eclectic and diverse program by the Composers' Ensemble of Los Angeles (CELA). 

This outstanding ensemble is comprised of three brass, four woodwinds and five strings, and virtually all of the players are professional musicians as well as composers or arrangers. Many of them have had successful careers doing studio work, performing in shows, concert halls, clubs, and other venues; and some works have been played throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel and China. 

The program consisted of nine numbers. Seven were original compositions written by five members of the group: Charles Fernandez, Michael Kibbe, Kim Richman, David Ryan and Larry Tuttle; an eighth piece was arranged by Charles Fernandez, who soloed on the bassoon, and the last was an arrangement by Marcy Vaj, who soloed on the violin. 

The audience applauded enthusiastically after each selection and gave the ensemble a standing ovation at the conclusion.  Everyone agreed that it was a most enjoyable and unique musical "happening."

For more information about CELA, visit: www.wix.com/jazzkim/cela

You may have taken notice during the past year of the addition to the Orchestra's cello section of a very young man, namely Ernest (Ernie) W. Carbajal.

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra sponsors a "Youth Outreach Program" to foster and aid exceptionally talented instrumentalists whose excellence is brought to the attention of Maestro James Domine by their teachers. Such a young man, and student of Daniel Grab, is 13 year old Ernie who has been studying and playing the cello since the age of five.

In the past year Ernie has won four competitions, including the Glendale City's "Best Musician Award," having been chosen from among the entire Glendale School District. In addition to the grand prize, he received a cash award and the opportunity to play the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in front of an audience of 1,000 people. 

In 2011 and 2012, Ernie was awarded two-week scholarships to "Stage Strings Summer Camp." This summer he was selected from a group of eight equally talented students to perform the Haydn Cello Concerto at the final Recital of the season.  

This September he will enter the prestigious and renowned Crossroads School under a four year fully paid scholarship. Crossroads is a small private high school in Santa Monica that boasts an 18 piece chamber orchestra that is consistently one of,    if not the finest in the country.

Keep your eyes and ears open for rising young star Ernie Carbajal.

 

The first of the 2012 Summer Recitals (which actually took place four days before the solstice) was attended by a very enthusastic and appreciative audience.

Ernest W. Carbajal, 13 year old 'cello student of Daniel Grab, played the "Prelude" and "Sarabande" from Suite No. 3 by Bach and "Salut d'Amour" by Elgar.  He was followed by 'cellist Mia Colombo and pianist Cassie Nickols on piano in Rachmaninoff's beautiful "Vocalise." All four 'cellists - Daniel Grab, Mia Colombo, Ernest Carbajal and Glenn Grab - and pianist Cassie Nickols - then performed James Domine's wonderful "Chorale for 'Cello Quartet."

A short intermission followed to refresh and stretch.

The second half featured Faure's "Elegy" and Saint-Saens "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals," beautifully played by Daniel Grab on 'cello and Cassie Nickols on piano; and a solo performance by Daniel Grab of Bach's "Prelude" from Suite No. 6. 'Cellists Daniel Grab, Mia Colombo and Glenn Grab, and pianist Cassie Nickols then offered "Requiem for Three 'Cellos and Piano," a rarely heard masterpiece by Popper. The concluding piece of music for the evening was the charming and uplifting "Duet in C major by Kummer, with dazzling performances by Daniel Grab and Mia Colombo on 'cello.

The audience showed its enjoyment and appreciation with a standing ovation for all of the musicians. It was indeed a great evening!

If you missed this Recital, be sure to join us for the second on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at 2:30 PM. It promises to be every bit as entertaining!

The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra has been given a fantastic fund raising opportunity. Whenever you, your friends and/or family make purchases from Amazon.com through our website, the Orchestra will receive back 10% on e-books, 5% on paper books, and 5% on anything else Amazon sells.

To take advantage of this amazing new connection, simply click on "Our Advertisers" on the left side of the "Home" page, then click on the Amazon ad which will appear, and proceed to place your order the same way you would by going on their website directly. Amazon will automatically credit the SFVSO account, provided your order is made and completed through our website.

By using this link, you are able to shop as usual on Amazon.com and, at the same time, benefit the Orchestra. It costs nothing extra, and the price for goods is the same as if you went directly. Please help us in this innovative way to raise the funds necessary to insure that the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra may continue to bring us "Great Music Close to Home."

The Season Finale of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra was a great success in every way. Maestro James Domine opened the evening's program with the much beloved "Symphony #40 in G minor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The audience responded warmly and appreciatively

Two new compositions, written by Orchestra members Larry Tuttle,"Chorale and Fiddle Tune," and Michael Kibbe, "Tabloid News," followed.  It was obvious to this writer that the audience, who of course had never heard the music before, enjoyed both of these works. They applauded enthusiastically when Mr. Kibbe and Mr. Tuttle were called upon by Maestro Domine to take bows after their pieces were performed.

Following the intermission came the piece de resistance, the "Symphony #4 in B minor," by James Domine. Masterfully conducted by Maestro Domine, the Orchestra gave an excellent performance of this wonderfully complex and outstanding work. The audience sat transfixed throughout the four movements and, at the conclusion, rewarded the composer, James Domine, with a standing ovation.  

Kudos all around, and thanks to composers and performers alike for an unforgettable evening!

Happy to report another wonderfully successful Pre-Concert Fundraiser this past Saturday. Many of our loyal patrons of the Orchestra enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Marmalade Cafe in Westlake Village, in support of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. We thank all of you who participated, and expect a nice size check to be forthcoming because of you. 

There will be additional Fundraiser dinners between Concert seasons; emails with flyers will be coming your way. We hope you will continue to lend your support by frequenting these as well; in that way we can enjoy the opportunity during the summer months to meet and eat together.

Thanks again!

The final concert of the season is just a little over two weeks away, and it promises to be great. Maestro Domine has put together for your enjoyment a wonderful program that includes Mozart's Symphony #40 in G minor and concludes with the Inaugural Performance of his own Symphony #4 in B minor. You do not want to miss this one!

Additionally, we have arranged a Pre-Concert Fundraiser at the Marmalade Cafe in the Westlake Promenade Mall. Under its "Dine and Donate" program, the restaurant will give back to the Orchestra a generous 20% of the monies spent by our concertgoers who dine there. Many of us have previously participated in similar fundraising efforts. We have found great delight in enjoying good food and conversation with friends, classmates, and music lovers. So please, come and join us in our ongoing efforts to support the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. Print a copy of the flyer (click here: May 26 Marmalade Flyer) and hand it to your server at the restaurant. Directions to the restaurant are on the flyer. Thank you!

Another success!

Thanks to our Encore class friends, our families, members of the Orchestra, and all other diners who came to Ruby's with flyer in hand, a very nice check was received by the SFVSO. Ruby's also told us that we are welcome to have fundraisers there at any time. With so nice an invitation, you will no doubt  be hearing from us in the near future regarding the next date.

Our appreciation to each and every one of you for your support. 

Ruby's Diner at the Promenade Mall, 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills, will sponsor a fundraiser on Thursday, April 19, 2012, to benefit the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. Ruby's will generously give back to the Orchestra 20% of the monies taken in between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm on that date. You are required to have with you a "Fundraiser" flyer, a link for which which can be found here: April 19 Ruby's Flyer

Please come join us for a bite to eat and stimulating conversation with other music lovers. You will not only have a good time, you will also show the Orchestra how much you appreciate its continuing efforts to bring us "Great Music Close to Home."

Hope to see you there!

P.S.  Thanks to all of you who supported our February 16, 2012 Fundraiser at Bob's Big Boy in Northridge. We are pleased to report that is was successful, both in attendance and monies raised for the Orchestra. 

It was a full house in the Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza last evening, and what a night it was ... from James Domine's Orchestral Suite #2 (Serenata de Jalisco) and Chuck Fernandez's Holiday Horn Concerto, featuring the multi-talented Jennifer Bliman on French horn ... to the most amazing cellist, Daniel Grab, in a captivating performance of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major and lastly, under the baton of Maestro Domine, to a masterful performance by the Orchestra of Beethoven's Symphony #1 in C major. The buzz heard while leaving the theater was, "what a fabulous concert!" If you weren't there, you need to purchase your tickets as soon as possible for the next and last performance of the season on May 26, 2012, so that you don't miss out again. For ticket information, simply click on the "Buy Tickets" link which you will find at the upper left side of this page. 

Appreciation goes out to all of the Orchestra concertgoers who supported our fundraising efforts by dining at CPK before the concert Saturday night. It was great to see all of you enjoying each other's company while having a delicious meal.  We expect to receive a very nice check from the restaurant, as we did from the January 28 CPK fundraiser, all thanks to you.

It is gratifying that the conveniently close proximity of restaurant and theater has been so successful. We plan to do this once again for our May concert.

You will be pleased to know that a check was received from our fundraising efforts on February 16 at Bob's Big Boy in Northridge. Another such event is planned at Ruby's in the Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills, in April. Additional information will be forthcoming.

We are pleased to announce that prior to our Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2012, we are having another fundraiser at the California Pizza Kitchen in Thousand Oaks. The previous fundraiser on January 28 was so successful that we have been assured by many of you that you will again support the Orchestra in this way. We ask all of you lovers of good food and fine music to be sure you have your tickets for the performance and your CPK flyers to hand to the servers at the restaurant. This will enable the SFVSO to receive 20% of the amount of your check, for which we thank you in advance. And then the fun will begin!

First, we get to enjoy a delicious meal in the company of good friends and fellow music devotees. After dinner and a short walk to the theater, we will be treated to an evening of great music by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro James Domine, with solo artists Jennifer Bliman and Daniel Grab. If you have your tickets and flyers, you know the "drill." Otherwise, do yourselves a favor and purchase tickets by calling the SFVSO Ticket Line at 818-347-4807. If you need a flyer, you can print one by going to the Home Page and clicking on the "March 10 CPK Flyer" link under "Welcome." (After March 10, the link to the flyer will be locatd here: March 10 CPK Flyer)Time is running out and you don't wany to miss out! We'd love to see you Saturday evening at both the California Pizza Kitchen at "The Lakes" and at the Concert performance in the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.   

We are pleased to let you know that the January 28th fundraiser, sponsored by CPK at "The Lakes" in Thousand Oaks, was a great success. Many of the concertgoers arrived early for dinner before making their way to the theater. So many, in fact, that some had to wait quite a while for a table. Thanks to all of you who participated, and especially to those who were seated late and had to rush through dinner in order to get to the theater in time. Your patronage and support of the SFVSO are greatly appreciated. 

Due to the success of this venture, and because many people have remarked on how convenient it was, CPK has agreed to another fundraiser on March 10th, the evening of the next concert. If you have not purchased tickets yet, please call the Orchestra Ticket Line (818-347-4807) and order yours. We hope to see you then.

P.S. An email will follow with the necessary flyer attachment in the first week of March, or print the flyer using the link on our Home Page.

If you were unable to make it to the Canoga "Bowl" Wednesday evening, February 15, 2012, you missed a very special event. Daniel Grab gave an outstanding performance of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, accompanied by the "Symphomaniax," a quartet comprised of members of the SFVSO. From the moment Danny's bow touched the strings, it was magical. He played with artistry, command, bravado and passion; and received a standing ovation. The good news is that this was only a test run; the real thing takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2012, when he reprises this marvelous Concerto with the accompaniment of the entire Orchestra. For time and place, check the "Concert Calendar" section of the website;  for ticketing information, click on "Contact Us."

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Bob's Big Boy at 8876 Corbin Avenue, Northridge, will sponsor a fund raiser to benefit the SFVSO. The Orchestra will receive a generous donation of 15% of the monies taken in by Bob's between 11:00 am and midnight. You are required to have with you a "Fundraiser" flyer, which you may request by emailing "roberta@sfvsymphony.com." It will be sent to you as an attachment in an email.

Please come and join many other music lovers for a bite to eat and stimulating conversation. You will not only have a good time, you will show the Orchestra how much you appreciate their continuing efforts to bring you "Great Music Close to Home." 

Hope to see you there!

Under the direction of Maestro James Domine, the SFVSymphony Orchestra and violin soloist Tamara Gyulnazarova brought the house down last Saturday evening. Each selection was perfection, and Tamara's performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto was stunning. The chatter on the way out of the theater was that it was the best concert to date. If you missed it, cd's will be available soon. Contact Roberta@www.sfvsymphony.com to order yours.

The next Concert is Saturday, March 10, 2012, in the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. We'd love to see you there. Tickets may be purchased by calling 818-347-4807, or through the Theatre Box Office. 

The second concert of this season will be performed on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available by calling 818-347-4807, or at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Plaza Box Office. A wonderful program in a beautiful venue awaits you. In addition, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is aiding the Orchestra's fundraising efforts by donating to us 20% of the monies spent by concertgoers who dine there before the concert. A required CPK flyer is available by emailing "Roberta@sfvsymphony.com."

Do you know that musicians from the SFVSymphony Orchestra perform each Wednesday and one Friday a month at the Canoga Bowl? No ... well they do, from "chamber music" to the "blues" to "rock 'n roll," and a "French horn" recital with more twists and turns than the horn itself. We would love to have you join us at these nowhere-else-to-be-found "concerts." To request this month's schedule and get on our mailing list, please contact: Roberta @sfvsymphony.com

As many of you already know, the Pierce College Performing Arts Theater, home of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, will be undergoing major renovations through 2012 and possibly beyond.

We were most fortunate to secure as our interim home the beautiful Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza. We realize that it is a bit farther than our "Valley" residents generally travel, and we are grateful that you feel we are worth "going the extra mile(s)." We promise you will be more than pleased that you did.

See you there!

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