We’ve been using the slogan “Your Orchestra for the San Fernando Valley” for many years, and perhaps it’s time to review what that means. Since 1992, we’ve presented over 90 concerts, playing over 400 orchestral pieces, from overtures to suites to concertos of all kinds, to major symphonies (like last year’s memorable Beethoven Ninth) to full length operas in concert form. Our repertoire extends from the Baroque period to pieces written within the last year! We do our best to feature as many local soloists as possible, from students to faculty to professionals from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but we have never compromised on quality. And many local composers, winners of our annual Composition Competition, would never have had their pieces played were it not for the Valley Symphony. On top of all this, we’ve kept our ticket prices as low as possible, recognizing the need for high quality orchestral concerts at reasonable cost for the two million residents of the San Fernando Valley. Yes, we truly are “your” orchestra, as we are a part of “your” community, the community of our ever-growing family of fine music lovers. Won’t you join us for the upcoming season?
Robert Chauls, Musical Director
All concerts take place in the Los Angeles Valley College Mainstage Theater except as noted
Saturday, October 18, 2008, 8:00 PM
Weber & Shostakovich
Carl Maria von Weber was one of the founders of the Romantic movement in Germany. His music and ideas influenced many composers, most significantly Wagner. Dmitri Shostakovich is widely regarded as the greatest symphonist of the mid 20th century, having written 15 symphonies. CSUN professor Julia Heinen’s international career has taken her to Europe, Central America and many venues across the United States
Weber: Overture to Euryanthe
Weber: Clarinet Concerto in E-flat - Julia Heinen, clarinet
Shostakovich: Symphony No.9
Sunday, December 7, 2008, 5:00 PM
LAVC Music Recital Hall
Today’s concert, our annual chamber music extravaganza, features MATHEW EDWARDSEN, who our audiences will remember as the tenor soloist in the Valley Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th last Spring, and our concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist ROCHELLE ABRAMSON, as well as our conductor, DR. ROBERTCHAULS, as both composer and pianist. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Chauls: Songs of Great Men and Death (poetry of Emily Dickinson)
Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano in A major (“Kreutzer”)
Sunday, December 14, 2008, 7:00 PM
‘Tis The Season
Our concert has a decided Holiday complexion this year, with every piece relating to the celebration of Christmas. We are happy to feature tenor MATHEW EDWARDSEN, from the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and DARIA SOMERS, thrilling Puccinian soprano from the Los Angeles Opera.
Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival
Puccini: La Boheme ( End of Act I)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:00 PM
In Memoriam: Handel and Haydn
We commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel and the 200th anniversary of the death of Haydn with a program featuring the music of both, as well as that of Mozart, Haydn’s good friend. Our piano soloist is our music director ROBERT CHAULS and our guest conductor is conductor of the Valley Philharmonic Choir, MICHAEL ARSHAGOUNI.
Haydn: Divertimento in B-flat (St. Antony Chorale)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 – Robert Chauls, Pianist – Dr. Michael Arshagouni, guest conductor
Brahms: Variation on a Theme of Haydn (St. Antony Chorale)
Handel: Water Music
Saturday, May 30, 2009, 8:00 PM
Isn’t It Romantic?
Beautiful music from the 19th and 21st century concludes our season. We are delighted once again to feature our concertmaster ROCHELLE ABRAMSON.
Winner of the 15th Annual Valley Symphony Composition Competition
Dvorak: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
St.-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso – Rochella Abramson, violin
Dvorak: Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op.88
15th Annual Valley Symphony Composition Competition
Each year the Valley Symphony offers Los Angeles area composers an opportunity to hear their orchestral works performed. All scores must be received by March 30, 2009 to be considered for performance on our May 30th concert. Contest rules and entry froms are available by calling: (818) 947-2775, or write to:
Valley Symphony Orchestra – LAVC
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, Ca 91401
Contact Number (818) 947-2775