June 21, 2018

Free Concert: Topanga Symphony, Sunday, Mar. 17


Free Concert: Topanga Symphony, Sunday, Mar. 17

Remember to be wearin’ a “bit o’ the green” when you come to the free St. Patrick’s Day Topanga Symphony concert on Sunday, March 17.

The concert will feature violinist Bernard Berman playing Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.” The concert will also include, “A Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten, and to pay homage to the Irish on their special day, Arthur Sullivan’s “Symphony in E ‘Irish’.”

Violinist Bernard Berman comes from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and his father was his first violin teacher. Born in Cleveland Ohio his passion for music and the violin propelled him at the age of 16 into the concertmaster positions at youth orchestras around Ohio and Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra.

After his education at Haverford College, and a distinguished career in molecular biology and protein chemistry, Berman returned to his musical studies in the 1970s.

Berman and his wife, Janet, a cellist, moved to Colorado in 1990 and he has maintained a busy schedule as concertmaster of the orchestra of the Air Force Academy Chapel and many other groups in the Colorado area. The Bermans, who have been married for 57 years, own and operate Harmony House Violin Shop, serving the needs of a wide community of string musicians from New Mexico to Colorado Springs. This is the first time Berman has performed with the Topanga Symphony.

The final draft of Benjamin Britten’s “A Simple Symphony” was written for string orchestra. It is compiled from many smaller pieces written when he was in his teenage years and completed when he turned twenty. The most popular second movement is played in pizzicato.

The final piece on the program is Arthur Sullivan’s “Symphony in E ‘Irish’.” Mostly written while on a holiday in Ireland driving through stormy weather, the music came to him with the flair of uninhibited Irish flavors.

Come to the concert and enjoy the afternoon with your neighbors, friends and family. Although the concert is free, there are many expenses. Being a member of Friends of the Topanga Symphony will help to keep classical music in Topanga.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. For more information: www.topangasymphony.com.