LA Phil Returns to Pomona


LA Phil Returns to Pomona
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction of assistant conductor Joana Carneiro, performs at the Pomona First Baptist Church Sunday Feb. 4, 2007.

Music from the Romantic era will be spotlighted when the Los Angeles Philharmonic returns to Pomona for a special community performance Wednesday, Feb. 6.

General admission tickets for the world-class concert are only $5 due to the generous sponsorships of local organizations, including Cal Poly Pomona. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 14.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Pomona at 601 N. Garey Ave. in Pomona.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will stage an hour of music under the direction of conductor Ward Stare, the organization's American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Fellow. The American Conducting Fellows Program is a national conductor training program developed and managed by the American Symphony Orchestra League. The program supports the musical and leadership development of exceptionally talented conductors in the early stages of their professional careers.

The evening includes two movements from popular concert hall libretto La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust) by French composer Hector Berlioz. Joining the orchestra to perform Marguerite's aria D'amour l'ardente flame (The ardent flame of love) is soprano Lauren McNeese. The concert closes with Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.

This is the ninth concert the Los Angeles Philharmonic has performed in Pomona. The event is organized by the Cultural Alliance. Event sponsors include Cal Poly Pomona, City of Pomona, Western University of Health Sciences, Mount San Antonio College, Pomona Unified School District, State Farm Agent John Forbing, Pomona Rotary, Downtown Pomona's Owners Association and Pomona First Baptist Church. The Cultural Alliance banded together to provide affordable opportunities to enjoy world-class performance arts in the heart of Pomona.

Tickets are available at the Pomona City Hall's Community Services Office, 505 S. Garey Ave. For more information, call (909) 620-2321.