Palisades Symphony to Perform Sunday Donations Sought to Keep Concerts Free

The Palisades Symphony performs under conductor Joel Lish.

The Palisades Symphony, under the direction of Joel Lish, will perform its first concert of its 54th season at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, at Mercer Hall at the Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin St. The concert is free and open to the public.

The symphony will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” and “Serenade No. 1” before the intermission.

Ken Aiso, violin soloist, will perform Brahms “Violin Concerto in D” after the intermission.

Annually, the Symphony performs seven concerts: a concert version of an opera, two choral concerts, three orchestra performances with instrumental soloists, and the Young Artist Concert.

In President Eva Holberg’s Year End Report, she noted that last year’s income was $29,740 (mostly through donations), but expenses were $31,750.66.

“One unusual expense was for the rental of the Barber and Korngold concertos which our High School winners played (young artists). Winners get to play the movement of their choice, but those pieces still have copyright and rental expenses, which amounted to about $650 each, including postage and insurance.”

“We certainly try to save whenever we can,” she wrote. “The soloist, vocal and instrumental, perform for a very low fee. There is no cost for administration. The orchestra players and choristers volunteer their services, and many donate.”

The mission of the Palisades Symphony is to make classical music accessible to audiences, provide musicians with the opportunity to perform and contemporary composers with a forum to have their works featured. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome and help defray the cost of the rental and performance space, Young Artist awards, printing and postage, and payments for the conductors and soloists.

If you would like to help these free concerts stay in this community, consider mailing a check to the Palisades Symphony to P.O. Box 214, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. The tax ID # is 237092960.

“Donations in any amount will be gratefully received” and donors will receive their names in the program, unless otherwise requested.

Additionally, Holberg wrote that the Brentwood-Palisades Chorale, under the direction of Susan Rosenstein, rehearses on Monday night at Brentwood Science Magnet Auditorium, 740 S. Gretna Green Way,  and the orchestra on Tuesday night at Palisades High School band room, 15777 Bowdoin. Both groups are open to new members.



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