History of the la Mirada Symphony

The La Mirada Symphony, founded in 1961, is a thriving community orchestra in the city of La Mirada, California. Our diverse ensemble delivers classical music performances to local audiences, including professionals, music educators, and community members. 

We perform symphonies, concertos, overtures, and popular orchestral pieces, often featuring guest soloists, renowned instrumentalists, and vocalists to enhance our shows at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. 

We ensure accessibility by offering free admission, made possible through the City of La Mirada, community sponsors, and donations. This practice aims to make orchestral music available to everyone and foster a broader appreciation for the arts.

We hold a significant position in the cultural landscape of La Mirada and its surrounding areas. Through our dedication to artistic excellence, we enrich the community by providing musical experiences and promoting the appreciation of orchestral music among a diverse audience.

1963: A Year of New Beginnings for the Symphony

Imagine a concert pianist uniting a community to create a symphony. That’s exactly what Blanche Nissim did in 1963. As a La Mirada resident, she gathered passionate advocates and local musicians to form the La Mirada Symphony. Their early performances took place at La Mirada High School, and later at Biola College. In 1968, Leon Guide became the conductor, leading the orchestra to perform at the newly built La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Guide dedicated 33 years to the symphony until his passing in 2001.

In 2002, the Orchestra Association embarked on a “new beginning.” An enthusiastic executive board was formed, introducing expanded Youth Enrichment Programs, following Leon Guide’s recommendation. These programs aim to preserve the music genre for local students through education, classroom performances, and special daytime youth concerts.

In 2014, Alan Mautner became the Music Director and conductor. His extensive qualifications and community involvement have elevated the La Mirada Symphony to new heights.

For over 60 years, the La Mirada Symphony has provided high-quality orchestral music to Southern California. With generous donations and sponsorships, we look forward to continuing our performances and youth enrichment programs for many more years to come.

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The La Mirada Symphony maintains its policy of offering free quality concerts to the residents of Southern California.

The La Mirada Symphony is a California 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Your donation today is tax deductible. Our Federal ID number is #94-3223735. Thank you for supporting the performing arts.

Our Mailing Address

La Mirada Symphony Association
P.O. Box 117
La Mirada, CA 90637-0117
Email: lamiradasymphony@aol.com