May 27, 2018

Topanga Symphony Gala Fundraiser, Sunday, May 4


The first annual fundraiser concert for the Topanga Symphony will be held on Sunday, May 4, from 2 – 5 p.m. at a private estate in Topanga. Listen to chamber music as it was intended, in an intimate setting surrounded by friends, expansive vistas, good food and drink. The event will feature chamber music by Brahms, Bazelaire and Lutoslawski. Performing artists will include clarinetist Jim Stanley, pianist Theodora Primes and cellist Jerome Kessler.

The Canyon's appetite for symphonic music was first whetted by Roger Bobo's Topanga Philharmonic, which performed one day a year. In 1982, in response to a desire in the community to have more year-round orchestral music, the Topanga Symphony was born. Local residents Gretel Shanley, flutist, and Warren Chase, contractor and firefighter, beat the bushes and assembled an enthusiastic ensemble of Canyon instrumentalists, supplemented by musicians invited by founding Music Director Jerome Kessler.

Since then, the Topanga Symphony has presented three to four free concerts each year, featuring prominent local and national soloists. Over the past 32 years, it has commissioned new works, presented world and West Coast premieres and introduced promising young soloists.

To continue to provide free, quality concerts at Topanga’s Community House, Symphony members are turning to the community to help support this event. It is soliciting items to be donated to the Silent Auction and, of course, hope's Topanga fans and friends consider attending the gala.

A limited number of tickets are available for $60 each. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, helping with the event, or donating an item to the silent auction, please send an e-mail to or call Rebecca Catterall at (310) 455-2720. Help keep the music playing in the Canyon!