Topanga Symphony Resumes Nov. 20

Jeanne MitchellBy Jeanne Mitchell      November 11, 2022

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Topanga Symphony Resumes Nov. 20
Rhondda Dayton in the studio
Still feeling the warm embrace from the Topanga Symphony’s 40th Anniversary celebration sponsored by the Topanga Historical Society and a supportive community, we now embark upon the next 40 years of free classical music concerts with a concert to be held at the Topanga Community Center on Sunday, November 20th at 3 p.m. The program will begin with Celebration Suite for Strings by composer Bill Marx; Concerto for Flute and Alto Flute by composer Barry Brisk, who will conduct soloist Rhondda Dayton, for whom the piece was written; and Symphony #39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Bill Marx, a native of Los Angeles, studied composition in New York at the Juilliard School of Music, has written many concert works and has received world-wide exposure, including concertos for violin, alto saxophone, flute, piano and two harps. He has also composed for motion pictures, television, theater, and ballet. Marx has produced, arranged for, and performed as a pianist as well with many top jazz and pop artists including Doris Day, Joanie Sommers, Stan Kenton, Allan Sherman, Groucho Marx, and two albums with his father, Harpo Marx. He wrote the Celebration Suite for Strings, at the behest of Topanga Symphony Music Director and Conductor Jerome Kessler, in honor of the 70th birthday of Marx’s mother, Susan Fleming Marx. Composer Barry Brisk’s original works have been performed on the Topanga Symphony stage throughout his many years with the orchestra. The elegance of the lovely gentle alto flute is featured in his Concerto for Flute and Alto Flute. Conducted by the composer, this special performance will shine with elegance and the virtuoso skills of both composer and performer. Rhondda Dayton is currently Principal Flute with the Westlake Village Symphony, the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire pit orchestra, and Five Star Theatricals pit orchestra. Rhondda has been a featured soloist with various LA area orchestras and was principal flute for the internationally televised Hour of Power Orchestra at the Crystal Cathedral, the Haydn Festival Orchestra (Vienna, Austria), the Global Community Orchestra (Hawaii), and Beach Cities Symphony. Rhondda has performed several world premieres at various National Flute Association conventions throughout the US with the Professional Flute Choir, Pipe Dream Flutes (of which she is Artistic Director and Founder), and Wind Advisory Wind Quintet. She recorded several CDs with the National Flute Choir, Celine Dion’s “These are Special Times” (vocals), The Professional Christian Wind Ensemble, and on many Terence P. Minogue CDs. After a brief intermission, a chance to enjoy the beautiful Topanga Community Center surroundings, refreshments, and friendly conversation, the orchestra will perform Symphony #39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This symphony was completed in 1788 and is one of the last symphonic works by the master composer. Resuming the schedule of three concerts per year due to our COVID “hiatus,” the Topanga Symphony is happy to be bringing the amazing musicians back to the community house stage. There are still some protocols that are in effect at the Topanga Community Center (TCC). Reservations are required. RSVP at topangasymphony@gmail.com to make your free reservation. The TCC also requests a liability waiver be signed that will be provided upon the request for reservations. Become a Friend of the Topanga Symphony Please consider becoming a “Friend of the Topanga Symphony” by going to the website, topangasymphony.com, and selecting “Donate.” All ages are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the thrill of live classical music in our own community.
Jeanne Mitchell
      November 11, 2022

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November 11, 2022

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