LA MIRADA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2022) – The La Mirada Symphony is thrilled to announce that concerts will resume with the first performance of the homecoming season on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, 3pm at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts. For those arriving early, a pre-concert lecture by conductor Alan Mautner will take place in the main theatre at 2:15pm.
The concert will feature the West Coast premiere of Maria Newman’s piece “Our Rights and Nothing Less,” which was written in honor of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday. Maria Newman is a composer of classical music, violist, and pianist, and the youngest child of legendary Hollywood film composer Alfred Newman. She has been presented with many awards and commissions including musical commendations from the United States Congress and the Annenberg Foundation.
Other featured works will include “Lyric for Strings” by George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer prize for Music; “Overture to Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr.; and “Red Poppy Suite” by Reinhold Glière.
“I’m very honored to have Maria Newman’s music as part of our first concert in two years,” said David Derks, President of the La Mirada Symphony Association. “The majority of our musicians are back at rehearsal, and under the creative leadership of conductor and music director Alan Mautner, we will have a robust concert with original and familiar music that will give our audience a great concert experience.”
The health and safety of all who enter the theatre is a top priority of the La Mirada Theatre for the performing Arts and the Symphony. Information on safety is included on the theatre’s official website.
About the La Mirada Symphony
In 1961, creating a symphony for the community was the dream of Blanche Nissim, a La Mirada resident and concert pianist. She and a determined group of community advocates and local musicians united to make her dream a reality. Also known as “The Jewel of La Mirada,” the La Mirada Symphony provides free classical concerts for residents who appreciate the cultural value of beautiful music in their lives and an opportunity for local musicians to share their talents.
About the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
The 1,251-seat state-of-the-art performing arts venue is widely known as one of the most enjoyable places to attend live events in the region. In addition to the mainstage McCoy Rigby Entertainment series of award-winning plays and musicals, La Mirada Theatre also produces the critically acclaimed ONSTAGE series, a wide range of concerts and special events, and a children’s series, Programs for Young Audiences. The theatre is also home to Phantom Projects Theatre for Teens and the La Mirada Symphony.