A special show for opera lovers, Opera Favorites Concert, will be performed by the Palisades Symphony and guest artists, this Sunday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Palisades Lutheran Church, 15905 Sunset Boulevard. The show is free to the public.
Under Symphony director Joel B. Lish and guest conductor Alan Medak, soprano Christa Stevens, mezzo-soprano Jessica Mamey, tenor Marco Antoino Lozano and baritone Eric Castro will perform a variety of selections from different operas.
Songs from The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Pearl Fishers, Faust, Lakme and Tosca will be performed before the intermission.
The second half of the program starts with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s’ Overture to Cosi fan Tutte (Women are like that), followed by two selections from Carmen, a song from La Wally and closing with Giuseppe Verdi’s quartet from Rigoletto).
The Palisades Symphony was founded by Lish as an evening adult-school class at Palisades High and became incorporated as a nonprofit in 1972.
After adult schools were discontinued by the LAUSD, the Symphony became an independent organization. It also adopted the Brentwood Palisades Chorale, saving it from extinction and providing it with rehearsal space, insurance, sheet music, an accompanist and a choir director. The Chorale performs twice a year.
Seven symphony concerts are offered annually and are free of charge to residents. Most people in the symphony and chorale are volunteers, although a small stipend goes to soloists, choir director, accompanists and the music director.
Checks of any amount can be made out to the Palisades Symphony Orchestra and mailed to P.O. Box 214, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, to support the programming. Visit: click here.