Experience “Chamber Orchestra Elegance” In Santa Monica This Sunday

Friday, 28 Mar 2014, 8:51:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Organist Patricia Maimone.
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Organist Patricia Maimone.

Orchestra Santa Monica will present its third concert of its 2013-2014 season this Sunday, March 30, entitled “Chamber Orchestra Elegance.”

The 3:30 pm concert will feature music by Mozart, Bach, and Handel.

The orchestra, under Music Director Allen Robert Gross, will be performing this concert at its intimate concert venue at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.

Lovers of the Baroque and Classical eras will particularly enjoy hearing familiar and unfamiliar pieces by three of the most beloved of composers.

The program will feature organist Patricia Maimone performing Handel’s Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 4. This is the first OSM concert to utilize the magnificent organ at Mt. Olive Church. Bach’s popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 features hunting horns, oboes and solo violin, played by the virtuoso soloists of OSM.

Maimone has been the organist and choir director at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church since 2009.

A long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, she inaugurated a series of concerts and celebrations to celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, first at West Point’s Post, Cadet and Old Cadet Chapels, then at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring, NY, followed by Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica.

Sunday’s program opens and closes with two early works by Mozart.

The Symphony No. 17 was written when Mozart was a teenager and already shows a thorough mastery of the elegant early classical style. The Divertimento in D Major, K. 251., for solo oboe, horns and strings is one of Maestro Gross’ favorites.

“It’s extraordinarily joyful music, full of fun from beginning to end,” Maestro Gross said. “Mozart must have had a romp composing it.”

Orchestra Santa Monica Executive Director Jennifer Frain said its performers were excited to present this wonderful concert.

“It gives the audience a rare opportunity to hear a first-class chamber orchestra concert in Santa Monica,” Frain said.

Mount Olive Lutheran Church is located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Orchestra Santa Monica’s 2013-14 season will conclude with its Spring Concert Finale at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

For more information, visit OrchestraSantaMonica.org or call 310.525.7618.

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