University Co-Sponsors Performance of Los Angeles Philharmonic

University Co-Sponsors Performance of Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, under conductor Yasuo Shinozaki, perform selections from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky during last year's performance at the First Baptist Church of Pomona.
This year's Los Angeles Philharmonic performance will include soloist Ben Davis, a baritone.

One of the world's premier orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will return for a sixth consecutive year to the First Baptist Church of Pomona as part of a special regional performance. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at 8 p.m. Through the support of local sponsors, including Cal Poly Pomona, tickets will be available at the discount price of $5 each.

Under the direction of conductor Alexander Mickelthwate, this year's performance will include soloist Ben Davis, a baritone. Davis has performed on Broadway and with opera companies around the country. He has just been signed to sing the role of Papageno in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute. For the Pomona concert, Davis will sing two arias from this opera. The program also includes Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3, Bedrich Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture and Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dance, op 72, No. 1, 2 and 7. Mickelthwate is the newly-appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he served as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

This unique community event receives primary support from Cal Poly Pomona, the city of Pomona, the Pomona Redevelopment Agency, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona Unified School District, Mount San Antonio College, First Baptist Church of Pomona, Jeved Management and Los Angeles Philharmonic. These and other organizations have banded together to provide an affordable opportunity for new audiences to enjoy world-class performance arts right in the heart of Pomona.

The First Baptist Church of Pomona is located at 601 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona.  Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, April 25, in the city's Community Services Department in City Hall, 505 S. Garey Ave. The first week of sales, through April 29, are exclusively for Pomona residents and businesses, who must bring proof of residency. Afterward, tickets are open to the general public. For more information, call Pomona's Community Services Department at (909) 620-2321.