Topanga Symphony Concert, Brahms and Beethoven, August 25
August 8, 2013 - By Jeanne Mitchell
The Topanga Symphony, under the direction of Jerome Kessler for the past 30 years, will present the free summer concert of the 31st season on August 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Topanga Community House.
The soloist for this concert will be violinist, Nancy Roth performing the Brahms Violin Concerto. The concert will also include Beethovens Symphony No.6 Pastoral.
Nancy Roth first appeared with the Topanga Symphony on November 12, 2006, in a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, with violist Pamela Goldsmith.
Roth is currently concertmaster for three local orchestras, The Culver City Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony and the Burbank Philharmonic. She holds a Bachelor of Music from CSUN, a Master of Music from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from USC. She is a featured soloist with numerous Southern California orchestras.
The Brahms Violin Concerto is considered to be one of the most challenging and satisfying solo works in the violin repertoire. When it was composed in 1878, Brahms sought the advice of Joseph Joachim, one of the greatest violinists of the 19th century. Joachim helped shape the solo part, which contributed to the concertos overall success.
Fans of the 1940 Walt Disney animated film, Fantasia, will remember the beautiful music of Beethovens Pastoral Symphony. The Disney artists interpreted the music of this piece as a gathering for a festival to honor Bacchus, the god of wine. In the fourth movement, Allegro, the festival is interrupted by Zeus who creates a storm and throws lightning bolts at the attendees.
Fantasia is a beloved film that has made Beethovens Pastoral Symphony a recognized classical masterpiece for all ages. There is genius in the marriage of imaginative images created by the Disney artists and the great classical music of Beethoven.
BECOME A FRIEND
The Topanga Symphony has maintained a schedule of three excellent concerts a year for the past thirty years due to the generous donations of Friends of the Topanga Symphony, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and the Topanga Community House.
The intimate setting of the Community House, which provides such close proximity of the audience to the stage, gives an up-close-and-personal experience to high quality, highbrow classical music right here in Topanga.
Mark your calendar for August 25 at 7:30 p.m. and introduce a neighbor and a few friends to the concert. Please donate to the Friends of the Topanga Symphony to keep classical music in Topanga.
For more information or to donate, visit topangasymphony.com.