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"Messiah" returns to Ontario with the Southland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

The Southland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with guest soloists, present Handel's "Messiah"

 

 ONTARIO, Calif. - Nov. 21, 2017 - "The Messiah Returns" to Ontario in 2017!

This is a "not to be missed" event!

What: "Messiah"
Who: The Southland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present "Messiah", by George Friedrich Handel,  with World-class soloists, full orchestra and chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann.
When: Sunday December 10th, 2017 4pm
Where: Bethel Congregational Church UCC
536 N Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762

“Messiah”, the exquisite oratorio by George Fredrich Handel,  was presented as an annual event at Bethel Congregational Church by S. Earle Blakeslee and the Foothill Oratorio Society, from 1945 - 1959, at which time the event had become so popular it was moved the Gardiner Spring Auditorium. The last performance was in 1970.

So finally - after 47 years, the Southland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus bring Messiah home to Bethel.

Featuring phenomenal soloists including Ralph Cato, Bass; Steve Grabe, Tenor; LizBeth Lucca, Alto; and Christa Stevens, Soprano.

Premium tickets are only $20
General admission "donation" tix are $5
Be sure to get your tickets now at the SSO website, http://southlandsymphony.com/

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More about the “Messiah” concerts in Ontario:

 

A newspaper article from approximately 1970 about the Messiah tradition was recently rediscovered. (It was found in the “History Room” at Bethel). The article features Mr. & Mrs. Blakeslee, and reads as follows: “For 25 Decembers, from 1945 to 1970, S. Earle Blakeslee lead the Foothill Oratorio Society Orchestra and Chorus in their rendition of Handel’s celebrated “Messiah”. First performed at Bethel Congregational Church, the performances were moved to Gardiner Spring Auditorium in 1959 to accommodate growing performances.

Born in Ohio, Blakeslee came to California in 1916. He taught music at Chaffey High School and College for 38 years, spending the last 15 years as head of the music department at the college. Mrs. Florence Blakeslee was one of the founders of the Christmas on Euclid Avenue Association, and was active in the music department of Bethel.”

 

More about the Southland Symphony Orchestra & Chorus:

The Southland Symphony presented its first concert in Ontario on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The orchestra's founder and director, Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, who had recently relocated to the area, saw a need and an opportunity to bring symphonic music to the larger Ontario Community, a community which was already embracing arts and culture. Since that first concert, we have presented more than 30 free, full-orchestra concerts for this community. We have presented internationally renowned musicians from all over the globe, performing music of the greatest composers of history, and music of great composers still living today.

Our Symphony Chorus is highly regarded, and has been invited to participate in a special Presidents Day 2018 "Mozart Requiem" performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Southland Symphony is a non-profit organization, and needs your support to continue presenting these world-class quality concerts! For even more info and to donate to the SSO - visit the symphony website (http://southlandsymphony.com/) or donate using this PayPal link:
https://www.paypal.me/southlandsymphony

Dr. Mann says of the orchestra, " Our purpose is to enrich our community by engaging audiences and inspiring a love of music through exciting live symphony performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach."  We offer opportunities for the community to experience the very best in music, "right in their own back-yards."

No long drives to downtown Los Angeles, no expensive parking. Arts and music for our community, in our community.

The Southland Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra, providing fantastic opportunities for qualified musicians to experience and perform live music of the highest quality. We welcome musicians of all ages and from all walks of life: Students and senior citizens, professionals and amateurs: Hobbyist, Professional, Retired…. All are welcome.

Are you a musician, and would you like a chance to participate? Musician Auditions: The Southland Symphony holds ongoing auditions for NEW musician members and chorus members. Interested musicians should contact us immediately for an audition, by calling (909) 235-9776 or emailing:

auditions@southlandsymphony.com

 

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Press Release (for a pdf copy click here)

Local Symphony to offer “Tribute to Democracy” Concert

Voter Registration Assistance and Pocket Constitutions included

Ontario, CA, September 20, 2016:  The Southland Symphony Orchestra is presenting a special “Tribute to Democracy” concert for its 2016-17 Season Opening Event. The event will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4pm at Bethel Congregational Church, UCC, 536 N Euclid Ave, Ontario CA 91762. The symphony is teaming up with Bethel’s grant winning “Our Faith, Our Vote” team to offer voter registration assistance, and, while supplies last, free pocket constitutions. Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, founder and conductor of the symphony, and the pastor of Bethel Congregational Church, says that the symphony and the “Our Faith Our Vote” Team at Bethel believe in the urgency and vital necessity of promoting and assisting citizens to vote in this very important general election. She says that It is our freedom and democracy which makes it possible for each person to have a voice, and it is vital that we use our voice and exercise our right and obligation to vote. “We hope to inspire each and every person in our community to be truly invested in learning, understanding, and treasuring the freedom we have worked so hard to achieve. We hope to continue making our society one in which all people are free, and we want to be sure that the people of our communities are registered, ready and empowered to vote.  We understand that we are voting to elect leaders and to pass ballot initiatives that will shape our lives together. We are voting to uplift the common good and to better the lives of our neighbors here and around the world.”   The concert features music by American composer Aaron Copland, the profound “Lincoln Portrait”, with special guest narrator Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, of The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, and presently pastor of the Los Angeles Filipino United Church of Christ. In addition, musical selections include Carmen Dragon’s exquisite arrangement of “America the Beautiful”, the haunting “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS series “The Civil War”, and the astounding and energetic “Symphony No.9, From the New World”, by Antonín Dvořák.  More information is available on the symphony’s website, www.southlandsymphony.com, and a promotional video for the concert may be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/183126627 .

 

 

About the Southland Symphony Orchestra:

The Southland Symphony presented its first concert in Ontario on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The orchestra's founder and director, Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann, who had recently relocated to the area, saw a need and an opportunity to bring symphonic music to the larger Ontario Community, a community which was already embracing arts and culture. Since that first concert, the group has presented more than 30 free concerts for this community. We have presented internationally renowned musicians from all over the globe, performing music of the greatest composers of history, and music of great composers still living today. The Southland Symphony is a non-profit organization, and needs your support to continue presenting these world-class quality concerts! Dr. Mann says of the orchestra, " Our purpose is to enrich our community by engaging audiences and inspiring a love of music through exciting live symphony performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach."  We offer opportunities for the community to experience the very best in music, "right in their own back-yards." No long drives to downtown Los Angeles, no expensive parking. Arts and music for our community, in our community. The Southland Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra, providing fantastic opportunities for qualified musicians to experience and perform live music of the highest quality. We welcome musicians of all ages and from all walks of life: Students and senior citizens, professionals and amateurs: Hobbyist, Professional, Retired. All are welcome. Are you a musician, and would you like a chance to participate? Musician Auditions: The Southland Symphony holds ongoing auditions for NEW musician members. Interested musicians should contact us immediately for an audition, by calling (909) 235-9776 or emailing: auditions@southlandsymphony.com

For even more information and to donate to the SSO - visit the symphony website, http://southlandsymphony.com .

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The SSO Chorus took part in a Presidents' Day performance of the Mozart Requiem. Our singers and VIP guests paid their own way to get there! The concert was fantastic - We will receive a copy of an archival DVD, and plan to have a "viewing party" (Date and time TBA) and we hope to return for another event perhaps next year! If you would like to help us, please donate today!

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